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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Converging lines



When I was little, having just moved to the U.S. from Italy and going from not having a car to spending a lot of time in the car, I was fascinated by the way that power lines appear to move in and out of one another as I looked out the window during car trips. If you can’t visualize what I mean, try to pay attention to it and observe the power lines the next time you’re driving down a country road (as a passenger). The optical illusion is quite fascinating, mesmerizing, and beautiful in some way. It brings to mind ideas of infinity, continuity, convergence, and linearity.

Morocco anyone?


NeoCon 2016



I just got back from NeoCon, an annual Interior Design conference held at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and I’m still unwinding from the madness/excitement/whirlwind that is NeoCon. I’ve had an interest in Interior Design since I was little, and it started with countless afternoons spent rearranging the furniture in my room. And someday I might wonder why I develop back problems…anyway, this was my first Interior Design conference and it definitely gave me some good insight into what the industry is really like at the highest level. While I love aesthetics, especially when related to interior spaces, I felt like the conference was eye-opening, and not necessarily in the best way. The conference included hundreds of booths showing off their products, designers dressed to the T, seminars about various design topics, and all the showrooms were open for people to meander in and out of.


The Interior Design industry, and practicing Interior Design, is fun, but there is a certain level of superficiality about it that I’m struggling with. While picking out paint colors and tiles and fabrics is fun, sometimes I ask myself, “What are we really doing here besides making things look pretty?” Again, while this is very fun, I worry how much it’s actually contributing to society and what good it’s really doing. Another thing is, that it is only an affluent clientele that can afford to hire an Interior Designer, therefore resulting in providing a service that caters only to the rich. Furthermore, as a designer, you might have a certain style, but the client for whom you are working might have a very different style, and you have to cater to that style, even if you happen to hate it.

All of these components of Interior Design have started to weigh on my mind as I’ve gained more exposure to the industry, and I find myself questioning if it’s really the industry for me, despite the fact that I love looking at and putting together beautiful spaces. It’s a complex and competitive business, akin to the fashion industry, which makes it difficult to make one’s way in.


On the flip side, what is inspiring about Interior Design is creating spaces that will inspire those for whom you are creating them. Helping clients see their space in a new way and teaching them how to coordinate certain things, or bringing in pieces they would not have thought of on their own, arranging things to make a space more functional, or completely redefining a space, and giving them the luxury to enjoy and feel comfortable in the space they call home are all aspects of Interior Design that can be rewarding (and fun)!

Reflections on an age-old question…is happiness worth it if it’s only temporary?


One has to wonder if something temporary, while it may bring you extreme joy, is really worth it since it’s only temporary. Most of the time, when we go into things, we don’t know how long they will last. In this case, it seems only logical to enjoy it as  much as possible because for all you know, it will go on indefinitely. But if you go into something and you know it’s going to be temporary, how do you compensate for the fact that you know it will make you happy in the moment, or for a short time, but then have to give it up and live without it?

On the one hand, it seems most logical not to indulge in temporary happiness in order to avoid missing it when it’s gone. But that would be far too easy. On the other hand, what usually ends up happening, is that you indulge in the temporary happiness because you simply cannot resist it. And the fact that you’ll have to give it up and live without it eventually just isn’t something that you can fathom in the moment.

But then what do you do when it’s over? This is what you should have thought about before when you were deciding whether or not temporary happiness was worth it, but couldn’t possibly imagine at the time. The hard part of missing it and wanting it back is definitely there, and what is the cost? Sorrow. Then you have to ask yourself questions like: was it worth it? Yes. Would you have traded the temporary happiness and avoided sorrow? No. So even then, when you wouldn’t trade the temporary happiness for anything, you still have to deal with the sorrow somehow. Yes, this is the hard part. But knowing that you put yourself into something completely and gave yourself to it completely, in spite of the fact that you knew it was temporary, can be very empowering. And that is exhilarating, despite the sorrow.

Call me a hippie if you want…


But I love this song…and this video.



It’s amazing how sometimes we can see things with such clarity, confidence, and excitement, and other times be struck with fear, apprehension, and indecision. If this is sounding a little bit like bipolar disorder, that’s not what I’m getting at. It’s not an extreme fluctuation in mood and emotion, but rather a fluctuation in outlook and attitude towards things. The difference, I think, is that what I’m talking about is dependent on outside factors that infringe upon us, rather than internal insecurities and fears that run rampant, as is the case with bipolar disorder (this is all coming from someone who has never had bipolar disorder – I am simply trying to point out what the difference is, in my humble opinion).

So how do we compensate for this vast difference in outlook, which can affect our lives in such dramatic ways? For example, it can affect how much (or how little) we choose to go after a career, how we choose to approach relationships and people we care about, how we treat others based on how we feel about ourselves, etc. It’s hard to find that middle ground, realize when we’re there, and are at a point where we can make decisions and move forward  from that unbiased position with the most clarity we can hope to have. It truly might be impossible to realize when we’re at that point, so we can’t necessarily wait to reach that point. We might just have to go for it.