I stumbled across a very interesting article this weekend on Homeostasis in the Home, which made me ask myself – 1) what the hell is homeostasis, 2) is this some sort of new hocus-pocus trend that LA has quickly jumped on board with 3) is this the new disease de jour, 4) do I want it/do I have it? OBVIOUSLY biology was not my strong suit through my educational years, because if it was I would know that homeostasis is, which according to the dictionary is: “The tendency of a system to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation that would disturb its normal function.” and as a parlay to that biology definition obviously english was not a strong suit either so I had to look up a few more definitions before it really started to sink in. From what I picked up from the article and my quick google definition, Homeostasis of the home means a home that keeps itself stable both in function and aesthetics.
However that is easier said than done. The trouble with being passionate about design, especially when it comes to your home, is that you are never quite satisfied with the current or future state of your home. It’s as if I am a child seeing a shiny object for the first time every time I step into a store, or flip through the a new catalog, or spot something online. There are so many beautiful things in the world and the more you see (the more I see), the more you want them (I). In my case it usually happens in this order.
1. Full blown self-design-doubt and crisis mode where I realize I want a completely looking different space
2. Begin the accumulation of more and more and more in my quest to make my space like this new vision I’ve have.
3. Realizing I have no space for my new objects.
4. Buyers remorse for said purchases
5. Questioning my sanity.
So, is homeostasis really even possible within the home for someone that designs for a living? Can you actually have a home the sits stable both in function and aesthetics – or as a designer do you constantly have to reinvent your space to serve as your creative canvas? I know for me personally – and I know this sounds insane – I would be happier in a bigger place, not because I need the space but because it would allow me more area to create, to change up, and to constantly test out new ideas or things that I find. I am a firm believer in the idea that more open visual space in your surroundings creates more open mental space for you to create. Does that even make sense? However – even if I did get that extra space to let my mind and ideas run free doesn’t technically mean that I would be a happier person and there are some very compelling cases for small spaces both in writing and in pictures – and TBH she looks pretty damn happy in that profile pic.
So, now that I have babbled on for multiple paragraphs and realized I have gone no where with this whole homeostasis argument, is it really something that we achieve for ourselves, or is it something that we achieve for those that come into our homes. Take a second to think carefully about who your home is for; if you are worried about your home being perfect for guests, then are you spending a lot of energy on the wrong things? The pressure to always seem fresh, stylish, and ‘put together’ from the facade can be extremely exhausting, draining and well… too damn much sometimes. After all, it is your home, and it should be for you. Finding something that you are comfortable with is paramount – so is that the real form of homeostasis. Finding that inner peace to be content with how you live and understand that each piece in your home brings you what you need and helps your home and your life to operate on it’s own in some form or function?