More, now than ever, the line between our work life and private life is becoming blurred. We take work home, our smart phones only get turned off (if at all) right before it’s ‘lights out’. We want our office spaces to be more residential, and our homes to offer the function and simplicity that was once relegated only to our work spaces.
The Wow Factor
Given access to so much beautiful design via the internet, it’s no wonder we look to boutique hotels and restaurants to scratch that itch we have for the “wow” factor. We might not tolerate so much bling, so much color, so much richness in our homes, but it’s nice to escape to a space where fantasy runs rampant while we take that weekend away, meet coworkers to review the next presentation, or catch up with friends over a meal.
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Private to Public Consumption
No doubt, our homes must become ever streamlined and functional as we rush in and out of our domiciles. We land long enough to take care of the essentials such as laundry, dinner, and school permission forms. Our interiors must support our pace, as well as our ever growing craving for technology and function. Millennials, as well as those of us rethinking our proiorities and relationship with materialism, are searching more for experiences, rather than stuff. We might not be quick to invest in our own interiors. So if we aren’t putting the divine details into our residences, it is no wonder that the boutique hotel and restaurant phenomenon has taken off. The wonderful thing is that rather than sublime design being created for a wealthy few, it is now available for public consumption.