Objects of Affection
The ritualistic behavior in which a person moves around their home and those objects that support their living rituals are the foundation of Well Rounded.
Growing up in the vibrant country of El Salvador, I was exposed to the beautiful and colorful arts and crafts that make up the fiber of this country. Rich tones of pinks, blues, greens and yellows are usually found in traditional clothing, paintings and ceramics. El Salvador is also known for its food - a staple to family life and weekend gatherings. In fact, I often found myself around a table eating a meal, thoughtfully prepared by a relative or a family friend. It was perhaps at these gatherings, that I believe my interest in interior design blossomed.
From left to right: my coffee book collection, three cow ceramic figurines I purchased on my last trip to El Salvador, a picture of me at Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan, an Antique Chinese Elm wood bench, my two favorite beings in this world - Franklin and Winston, an overexposed polaroid of Kyle and I next to rocks we picked up at Folsom Lake, and my small but mighty ceramic collection from artists all over the country.
While my parents chatted over a meal, I would sit quietly next to them and take notice of my surroundings. Specifically, what objects made up this person’s house. I was drawn to what items were displayed, their placement, their colors or fabrics. Amongst those objects, I particularly noticed how each person would move around in their space. If I noticed a hammock in their garden, I would imagine the placement of it offered some type of escape. If they served food on plates with unique features, I would wonder which town they visited and what drew them to that item. In any case, I felt these objects of affection revealed a little about how what person lived.
Overtime, I've found my home hosts my own objects of affection. Whether they tell a story from my travels or offer a comforting place to sip my tea, I've embraced the objects that support my rituals. I've found that the reuse and repurpose of items with history offer warmth with its patina. And even new items with slight imperfections show an artists subtle signature that I can be proud to showcase. With time, I've come to create a home that represents those who occupy it. The eclectic collection of these items serve a purpose and they cohesively create an environment that brings me peace. I've learned to worry less about having an immaculate house and and rather appreciate its imperfections.