I’ve always had a hard time picking favorites. If you ask me my favorite food then I’ll ask “what’s the weather?” If you ask me what my favorite color is, I’ll ask about the object in question. I feel like there is always more to these questions than just having a favorite. For example, my favorite color for clothing is black, my favorite color for a bike is orange, and my favorite color for a wall is gray.
So, what’s my personal aesthetic? In short, I have no idea. I’ve enjoyed dressing different ways for different occasions and different times in my life. I have lived in cozy mountain cabins, small minimalist apartments, and now in a (rundown) 60’s cookie cutter family home. Sometimes I like sleek red convertibles, and sometimes I find large pickups to be the coolest car in the lot. Each of these styles/architectures/designs have appealing elements, as well as some things that I would rather change.
I wrote in a previous post about the Tudor architectural style. It is definitely one of my favorites, but I probably wouldn’t appreciate it as much in an urban environment. For those locations, I find myself really captivated by modern architecture with bold lines. I think these are wonderful, but I do wonder how it would feel to have huge floor to ceiling windows that are often found on these homes.
Another aesthetic that you may have noticed I enjoy, if you’ve been reading my previous posts, is the craftsman/woodworker handmade aesthetic. I made a coffee table out of wood for my upcycle project, and while it was in a more modern style, it was mostly all wood and made with hand tools. Additionally, I am in another class right now where I am building a ukulele out of wood, using primarily hand tools. It is hard to describe this as a personal aesthetic though, as it is more of a hobby that happens to conform to an aesthetic. I hope that I am able to use it to create objects that conform to other aesthetics as necessary.
Another aesthetic that I really appreciate is “boho” or the bohemian aesthetic. The reason why I find it so appealing, is because it seems to combine multiple aesthetics to create a cohesive space. It allows someone like me to live in a modern space, have handmade furniture, and add natural elements without looking like a disorganized mess.
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