Have you heard of the site Apartment Therapy? I like to visit the site for gorgeous, small space ideas, but when I heard about the back story from the founder Maxwell Ryan, I was blown away! I love decorating for the pretty reasons, but he presents the idea as your home surrounding being therapy and taking design and presents it as important for how we live and thrive. Maxwell Ryan recently did an interview on the Chris Loves Julia podcast (episode 33) where he tells why he started the site- it’s a great listen! Here is a summary of the part that I couldn’t stop thinking about- originally he was a teacher for the Waldorf school (a school that emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, and the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of pupils) and part of his job was to visit the children’s houses to meet with the parents. The Waldorf school impressed upon him that environment is important in how we grow- the school walls were painted different colors based on what age the children were, they used different thickness of pencils based on age as well (thicker pencils for younger students). What he found with the home visits is that the home effected the children in the classroom. He says “the ones that did best, came from the best homes.” That it wasn’t a rich or poor thing, but the parents that were able to take care of their home, having it tidy, organized and well lit- their kids did better at school.
Is that interesting or what?! That making your house a happy place isn’t just vain, but important to your child’s growth?! And if it helps your child in school, won’t having a well-kept house help you in life too?! I really like what they say on their site’s about page:
A calm, healthy, beautiful home is a necessary foundation for happiness and success in the world.
Creating this home doesn’t require large amounts of money or space. It requires inspiration, connection to resources and motivation to do something about it.
The basic elements of good home design can be learned and achieved by all.
Simplicity and luxury are not mutually exclusive.”