One of the key takeaways for many of my students in the Define Your style course is what I call love vs. appreciation.
I believe things you like and your eye is drawn to at the store, fall into one of two categories; love or appreciation. Knowing how to spot the difference is the key to making sure you are creating a home filled with things you truly love, not merely things you appreciate.
This concept of love vs. appreciation applies to almost every exercise in Define Your Style. I constantly remind students to focus on what they love, not what they appreciate. To create a home you truly love, you need to differentiate between what is right for your home and what is nice, but would be better for someone else’s home.
1. recognize the full worth of
synonyms: value, treasure, admire, respect, hold in high regard, think highly of, think much of
Most people confused about their style say they like lots of things, but the feeling passes later, usually after they have bought something and brought it home. You don’t get the same buyer’s remorse with things your truly love. The many things you like, at least for a little while, are really things you appreciate. You think they are pretty, or interesting, or quirky, or good quality. All those things make a piece nice and make you like it, but they can’t make you love it.
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