Being brave has many payoffs. Especially in our homes. Welcome to Mantra #4: The Home You Love is Brave.
Home can bring up our deepest, darkest fears and insecurities. Throughout the process of design, we often find ourselves starting to question our very own preferences. We begin second-guessing everything we know and start thinking in terms of "what ifs".
"I love it, but what if that color is too dark?"
"I love it, but what if I don't like that sofa in a year?"
" I love it, but what if taking out that bathroom to make my dream closet decreases the value of my house?"
" I love it, but what if that tile is too bright?"
All of those "what ifs"? They're not helping you. And they're not helping your home. They are based in fear. They are a design curse. A dungeon where all your creativity tragically goes to die.
What would happen if we trusted ourselves more? What does that look like? What does that feel like?
Trusting yourself takes courage. It is an act of bravery to follow through with your own ideas and preferences in your home. To create a space that comes from what you feel is right, rather than what other people might tell you is right (or wrong!)
To be brave in our homes is to express ourselves open and honestly. To take risks. To make decisions that come from the heart, not from that annoying little voice in our heads that challenges what we know to be true.
Our homes need us to be brave. They need us to acknowledge our fears and push through them. We cannot expect to create safe, supportive, beautiful spaces from a place of fear. When we allow ourselves to be brave, we create spaces that we love.