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​Décor Which Inspires

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Your décor might be where it is for a variety of reasons. In the case of furniture, we use it to relax, sleep, eat, and it performs all sorts of useful functions. However, some décor does not perform any of these obvious functions. However, it is far from useless. Much of the way we arrange our living spaces is based not around necessity, but around improving our lives in other ways.

Our power to shape the world around us is a huge part of what makes our species unique on the planet. While some animals do engage in some manipulation of the environment, they do this out of instinct, not really understanding why they do what they do. We alone can really understand the affect our actions have, and can choose our actions in order to ensure that we live in a way that seems good to us.

Manipulation is a bad thing, right? Well… what if we are manipulating ourselves? Everyone has their own tendencies and inclinations, and we are likely fairly aware of some of our proclivities. For example, if you have a certain picture, piece of art, or color which never fails to make you smile, take advantage of this! Put it in a place where you will see it frequently, or where you sometimes need motivation. This might be a picture of your family at your desk, to remind you of what is important. This could be a souvenir from a trip or time of your life which holds special meaning. Your décor should be personal, and these meaningful items can have a powerful affect on your mental state.

Similarly, remove things which might bring up bad memories or have unpleasant associations. Life is hard, there is no reason to make it any harder than it needs to be. If you notice you have a tendency to become unhappy or lethargic when exposed to certain stimuli, do what you can to remove these stimuli. The best thing you can do for yourself is to take control of your surroundings and build them into something which has been specifically designed for you, and by you. Whether it is art, literature, or personal items, ensuring that your décor really speaks to you is truly the end goal of all home design. Think about the things you really love, and don’t be ashamed to embrace who you are. 

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