If you’ve ever walked into a space that lit up your mood or brought about a sense of calm, then you understand firsthand that a room is more than four walls and the contents they house. A well-designed room has the power to affect a mood or stir up emotions in its occupants, just as spaces that lack a thoughtful design can create a sense of ambivalence or disconnect.
More often than not, the difference between the two is soul. The key to evoking the true soul of a space, is to decorate with colors, textures, and objects that align with a homeowner’s lifestyle and personality. It’s the energy created by this juxtaposition of elements, and how it is received by those who live in the space that is truly responsible for the feeling we collectively think of as “homey”.
To make a truly thoughtful, extraordinary statement in a home, I always lean toward artisanal accessories,” explains God of Fine Things (GOFFT) principal and founder Piret Johanson. “They are the epitome of uniqueness—ultimate expressions of luxury that simply cannot be replicated.” All the extraordinary objects GOFFT offers—from Nepalese hand-knotted rugs made by Tibetan artisans to artfully hand-painted wood and glass trays (Playfully Posh , Bohemian Bliss, and Urban Jungle Collections)—inherently possess a story of the artisans who created them and their lineage. “We stand by creators who are passionate about sustainability, maintaining age-old traditional craft, and the complete wellbeing of all surrounding them,” Johanson says
Ask any interior designer what they wish their clients understood better, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear this: A beautiful room design doesn’t start and end with furniture. While accessories might seem like a detail or an after-thought in the grand scheme of a room design, they’re often the very thing that ties a room together.
Maybe not everyone has an innate talent to be an interior designer, but when it comes to accessorizing a space one basic tip can help guide the way: The size of your décor isn’t all that matters. Making a room both visually engaging and pleasing to the eye is often a matter of choosing decorative items based on scale and proportion, explains God of Fine Things (GOFFT) founder, Piret Johanson. (For those of us who have forgotten the difference, scale refers to the size of an object in relation to another object and proportion refers to the balance between elements, like shape, color and texture.)