When Tastes Collide December 19, 2008 22:35

I’m very lucky, generally speaking, and particularly in areas concerning my husband. This blog is not about him directly. It is about what happens when our tastes collide.
My husbands tastes for interior design can best be summed up as- pared down, modern classic, functional. Whereas mine is more theatrical, dramatic, themed and detailed. He lets things develop organically, I pre design every aspect. He doesn’t know what he likes until he sees it, I know exactly what I want in my mind but can’t find it.
The failings with his methods is that living spaces end up chaotic, thrown together. The failing with my method is that the end space runs the risk of looking over-styled, something from a photoshoot, obvious.
His vibe is Russia, laboratory equipment, glass and metal, humanistic. Mine is Parisian, baroque salon, Victorian opium den, a little kitchy and graphic.
The phrase ‘more than the sum of its parts’ comes to mind when I think about the fruits of our aesthetic collaborations.
It is hard to have a great deal of trust in another persons aesthetics when they are very dissimilar to ones own but I do trust my husband. I know that when we combine our very divergent tastes, we end up with a totally cool, eccentric fusion which fits us perfectly.
So that’s one of the reasons why I’m so lucky. It could easily be that we bring out the worst in each others style. I shudder to think of it!
That’s one of the things that make people so very attractive, those people that bring out the best in you, those people that, when you are around them, you become the best version of yourself.
I often end up being friends with people, not just on the basis of the obvious, but also because I like myself better in their company.
The best thing you can do is to make people feel great about themselves.