I haven’t abandoned my wanderlust and desire to travel to interesting places, and lately I’ve become increasingly interested in the idea of place. Certainly travel encompasses the concept of placement—where we are, where we’re going, what makes a certain destination different and intriguing—but I’ve started to think more about defining place as a reflection of who we are. As such, I recently subscribed to Dwell, a magazine with the tagline “At Home in the Modern World” about architecture and design as it relates to homes and personal spaces.
With our changing lifestyle (and therefore changing definition of travel), I’ve been thinking a lot about making inspiring spaces in my daily life. My office underwent a major overhaul in late 2011 that included a bright paint job, new furniture and an actual, cohesive look and feel that made me feel excited and invigorated. We’ve been talking a lot lately about major changes to our backyard and a bit of work in our library as well. We upgraded our dishes and bought a new set of dish towels as well. All of the bath towels in the house are being replaced next. Why does it matter? A towel is a towel, right? Well, yes, but if I’m going to be in my space, then I want it to be my space.
But I digress … What this means is that I’m finding a new way to look at the world around me in a manner that defines place differently than normally defined by travelers. I enjoy poking through my monthly issue of Dwell because I like to look at the innovate spaces people live in, and, most importantly, I like to learn about what they’ve done to make these spaces their own and why. I don’t care so much about the dropping of architectural firm and designer names (though the standard audience of this magazine likely would appreciate those things), and there’s no way I could afford most of the items featured in Dwell. Nonetheless, this magazine fits very nicely into that new spot in my life that goes hand-in-hand with my wanderlust.