Building a curation, rather than decorating a house

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Jun 7 2007
A Greenwich penthouse designed by Amy Lau

I was introduced to Amy Lau Design via the style files and can’t help but blog about her work. There’s only a few properties on her portfolio but everything has been so artfully put together. I wish I were that lucky owner of that bright and sunny Greenwich Village penthouse, which is my fav by far.

A Greenwich penthouse designed by Amy Lau

Curation, rather than decoration

I really connect with Amy Lau’s design philosophy: that the home needs to be built around the idea of “curating” rather than “decorating”. That you don’t get what you don’t absolutely love, it needs to curate. Thesaurus.com mentions that to curate is to heal, to be invigorating, to be medicinal and therapeutic.

I’m so glad to hear that. It is such a beautiful notion, that our homes need to be spaces that allow us to heal and be invigorated in. This world that we live in can be such a traumatic space; with work stresses, bullies, horrid traffic, war, catty others… that when we step back into our home, it should be an environment to allow us to heal.

I know that for some, this means a houseful of memories. Where furniture from your grandparents are meaningful, where piano tops and sideboards are filled with photo frames filled with mementos of good times. Where our kitchens are filled with knick knacks from childhood presents.

For others, it means a place where you aren’t reminded of painful memories. Where you’ve bought furniture directly opposite to your past. Where you’ve allowed your freedom to dictate a home where you can finally heal from.

Others, a space to heal includes plenty of comfortable furniture with deep padded seating, vases filled with fragrant blooms, quiet corners for quiet cups of tea.

Yet for others, spaces to heal include thoughtful entertainment areas where you can gather close to you precious confidants to share in each others’ lives; highs and lows. Where large dining tables and large seating arrangements abound.

And of course, for some, the lack of clutter means a space to heal. I always remember the sparse living rooms and needs of G. Callen off NCIS, Los Angeles. He had one chair and one box in his home, a past residence his manager, Hetty procured for him. Though it was sparse, it was all G needed, a space to heal. (In direct contrast to Hetty‘s *very* curated home.)

What sort of living space do you curate?

For me, I tend to be a mash of all the above. I have mementos of my childhood. I also have deliberately chosen a living space that is removed from my childhood. I enjoy comfortable furniture and like to entertain and have close friends and family gather. I like quiet corners. I dislike clutter….

And I hope, as I continue to curate, that my homes will continue to reflect us.

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