Buy Less, Buy Well: Quality Products
When I was a young girl, I remember my aunt visiting from Germany. For a little girl growing up in coastal Maine, she was
an exotic creature: sophisticated, worldly and so intellectual. To this day I remember the most beautiful cognac-toned,
leather pants that were part of her travel wardrobe. Exhibiting exquisite tailoring and an impeccable fit, even my little eye
recognized the quality and craftsmanship, and yes, the price tag. She wore them so often in clever ways to transition her look.
I know those trousers lasted her for decades.
Often true of the European aesthetic, buying a few true-quality, non-disposable pieces trumps having a plethora of shoddy
selections. Less is truly more. In fact, investing in quality saves money in over the span of your lifetime.
That’s why it’s a great mantra, and a value by which I try to live my life. The pieces of clothing I have need to mean something
to me. The same is true in our homes. There is only one bed at a time in which we sleep and only one sofa on which to
snuggle with our family. That’s why we should seek quality investments. Offer our senses the best experience: compelling to
touch, sweet to smell, beautiful to our eyes. Those experiences enrich life’s moments. Buy less but buy well. Be a curator of
your life’s collections and let it reflect who you are. Enjoy the history of the pieces you have acquired with the help of a
trained eye for style and quality.
Enjoying well-designed pieces and understanding the designer’s inspiration behind the creation adds another facet to
quality. It’s interesting, as I often travel to Italy and France to the international design fairs and shows, it is the designer
and their creative genius behind a piece that is celebrated. Design shows such as in Dubai, Shanghai, and the States, are often
very product and sales driven. Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo further encourages us to buy less
and invest in only those pieces that give us joy, according to her best-selling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,
saying “only fill your home with items that spark joy,” she says. I love this sentiment.
Everything starts in the mind of a creator, and whether that is you or your designer, curating the pieces in your home adds
sophistication and depth to our spaces, enriching the experience of the space and our lives.
Don’t be afraid. A good piece can artistically translate into almost any setting adding a unique and personal charm to the
eclecticism of a space. How proud will you be to share the charming history of a piece with your friends and family.
Enrich your life with the opportunities available in furnishing a home that uplifts the human spirit, and in that, you’ll