Bowerbird males, build a structure and decorate it with sticks and brightly “beautiful” colored objects in an attempt to attract a mate.
The ideal home is a treacherous idea. Architectural theorists have fretted about the ideal City since Plato and over the centuries there has been some small measures of agreement, but the “ideal home” is altogether more difficult because it is altogether more personal.
Beauty is an even more treacherous idea. We are still living in the intellectual Modern Movement of the 20th century: “Beauty should be democratized”, this proposition was to achieve the low cost mass production of modern furniture. The Bauhaus teachers never created a design that was successful in the mass market.
Beauty is fragile, but ugliness can be impressively indestructible.
Build your home with beautiful objects chosen slowly carefully, the objects we own tell stories about us. They whisper and they shout. There is no neutrality in the modern world. Every choice has a meaning. You can’t just knock through, and say I am minimalist or I am baroque, next year you will be doing it differently. Choose beauty, choose it humble, take along look at objects that have survived generations and think: “This is the way!”