Curating your Aesthetic
COPPER AND ENAMEL
By, Monet Bush
It’s simple. The labels you see around you challenge, inspire, and influence you. The products you use either cue epic ideas, or they don't. If you are around items that foster sloppy design you will produce sloppy design. If your space is cluttered, your creations may have no room to grow. Everyday you buy something, ask yourself how it enhances your space or fosters your creativity. Does it fit your aesthetic? If not, don’t get it. Make a note of it and find/create something that does.
My kitchen is the place for ideas and practice the process of creation. My colors are neutrals and pops of metallics. Clean innovative design inspires the logos and brands I curate for clients. I searched for a new measuring set for ages and oh was is it worth it. These West Elm gems inspire my use of negative space. The cream enamel is crisp and thin, instilling the notion of straying from bulk and excess clutter within a design. The cup is thin yet sturdy so that it will not break. A constant reminder that designs thrive on exactly the right amount and must be functional across all boards: print, digital, and commerical. When I see these I’m pushed to curate eye-catching creations that remain sustainable; this is how my brain works, this is how I’m inspired.
What you tell yourself daily sticks. If you wake up and tell yourself you are strong and capable, you'll be strong and capable. In comparison, if you start your day off with how ugly you feel in your outfit, your output may be unenthusiastic at best. Think of your surroundings as your unspoken notes to self. What are the things you choose to use daily telling you? If the answer to that question is nothing, or a message that isn't end goal-driven, it's time to find what inspires you and snag an aesthetic.
Pinpointing Your Aesthetic
WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES?
Pick products that value and follow these values.
Do you hate the climate change and shudder at the amount of plastic dumped in the ocean? Look into sustainable products and ditch plastic Tupperware.
WHAT KEY COLORS DO YOU LOVE AND WHY?
You gravitate towards pops of colors, and they induce your happy vibes. Patterns get you going, and you love a good textile. Then it’s time to stop with drab colors and spruce up that old couch. Add pops of color to your solid colored sofa and play with color coding your fridge.
IS IT FUNCTIONAL?
I would go into details But, I digress. You get it.
WILL IT DO, OR DO YOU LOVE IT?
Save money. My grandfather always told me “If you are looking for something particular, wait until you find it. If you don’t, one day, you’ll find what you love, and you will end up buying it twice.” Don’t settle.
If you need something unplanned that day, that’s understandable, but have a plan for selling it. #HowToAvoidBeingAPackrat101 America says you need 800; reality is you barely need one.