Design Schizophrenia and Bridging Cultures
Sometimes I think I’m a bit of a schizophrenic when it comes to design. I appreciate a good farm house kitchen but also love the sleek lines of modern Italian design. As a designer and person who puts myself out there on social media, people are always trying to fit me into a mold. They think that because my my hardware is inherently high end that my personal style must be similarly as luxe. Because I have a tattoo that I must only socialize with the liberal hipster elite of the town we currently live in. The truth is, I’ve always had the desire to fit into a mold but I have always been a bit of an outsider in every situation I’ve found myself in. My hardware is on the luxury side of the marketplace but I feel way more comfortable strolling the aisles of Ikea than I do at a New York designer cocktail party. I love a good Brooklyn cocktail bar and totally appreciate a well done tattoo, but I find the stylish hipster mom crowd in our current hood is just as elitist and snobby as the preppy rich kids I grew up with in Texas. Not fitting into a mold is why I am who I am and why I’m good at what I’m good at. I’m a little bit Asian, Texan, Ivy Leaguer, hipster, prepster, all rolled into one.
Which brings me to my next point. As someone who is always bridging cultures, I am never quite in my comfort zone (I’m not even sure what my comfort zone is exactly). My hope with this blog and as I develop more of a social media presence is to take you, the reader, outside of your comfort zone as well. I’ll mix high and low, vintage and big box and give you my completely biased opinion on design, culture and aesthetics. So with that in mind, what would you like to see more of here? I think I’ve got the Instagram thing down mostly. Blogging and writing though is a different ballgame. It’s more time consuming and thought out. Do you want more “get the looks”, more detailed in depth documentation of the #hotlantamidmod? Tutorials and explanations of design terminology?
Given my schizophrenic nature, what would be fun for you as the voyeur to experience?