Life is very much like a modular system. We all have options to pick and choose certain things that we believe benefit us. Anything from who our friends are (personally & on social media) to what shoes we buy. All of our choices affects how we live our life and although it might be an obvious concept, bringing that further into the products we interact with on a daily basis opens up a new level of awareness of how we live and/or how we want to live.
I color coordinate the objects in my room with shades of white, beige and brown to bring a feeling optimism, relaxation and homeliness. I enhance those qualities when I introduce a plant or two.
A college freshman might bring sentimental objects to his dorm room to also give him a sense of homeliness in a new environment. Sentimental objects like a family picture or family heirloom are all part of the big picture of how we perceive our place, our things and thus ourselves (Noun).
I first encountered Amish-made clothing on a short trip to southern Pennsylvania, and was immediately struck by the warmth of the garments. “What could this be?” I wondered, as I felt the varying textures of patchwork fabric. Overcome with curiosity, I asked some nearby community members about the nature of these clothes, and was surprised to learn that the warmth I initially felt had come from the person who made the garment. It was born out of a deep caring for the person for whom it was made, most likely a family member or close friend. The happiness and love of the creator was tangibly manifested in the end product.
I realized that in order to create a product full of warmth, I myself had to be happy.