The Art of the Home

The Art of the Home

The Art of the Home

Photography By: Matthew Johnson

Home is the embodiment of ourselves. Just like the essentials that make up our collection, the pieces in our homes tell our unique story, and reflect the lives that we choose to live. In the wake of a new year, during a period of pause, take a moment to evaluate the elements in your space and build a foundation of respite, functionality and a beautiful sensibility. Rather than reaching an immediate conclusion on what is still of worth to you, think about each piece without judgment, remembering why it was introduced into your life in the first place. Whether it remains in your possession or not, you might find such mindfulness brings you back to a profound memory that gives you insights into something forgotten.
“Everything in my home has a designated resting place, and those items being in those places create a sense of order and harmony.”
Part of building your foundation for the year ahead is ensuring home is your sanctuary, and that the story it tells is authentic to who you are. We spoke to Brooklyn-based Homepolish Designer, Amy Johnson, to gain perspective on how to create the most beautifully functional home base for 2017. “I love being able to help people create a space where they can relax and find a tiny bit of peace among the whirlwind of New York City,” says Johnson.
Approaching your home with a fewer, better mindset is the act of creating space and simplifying all that surrounds you, while still honoring the things that are no longer of use to you. “I truly believe each and every piece in your home should be special in some way, and should be beautiful to you,” says Johnson. The first step to designing a space is to deliver functionality, while also taking into account the aesthetic and the energy it creates. “Everything in my home has a designated resting place, and those items being in those places create a sense of order and harmony,” says Johnson.
“I love being able to help people create a space where they can relax and find a tiny bit of peace among the whirlwind of New York City.”
The distinctive story that each piece instils into your space is its heart and soul. Johnson reflects on those unique elements in her home as the things that truly bring it to life: “Loose change and keys go in my favorite wooden bowl that I got at the top of Monte Blanc, mail gets put in a beautiful brass mail holder I got in Vermont at a thrift store made by one of the first brass molding factories in the US,” she says. “Our coasters are from one of my husband’s trips to Japan and are made out of the gold thread that is used in Japanese Kimonos, and lovingly stacked.”
The thoughtfulness that goes into creating and choosing the things that enter your life is at the core of our philosophy. When each piece relays storied craftsmanship, thoughtful design, and artful details, their existence is immediately meaningful. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for pieces that are made with care, made to last, and, hopefully, a true extension of the artists themselves,” says Johnson. “I like to design around special pieces like these. Ones that have a story to tell.”
The same ethos is true for the essentials in your closet. Without carefully considering what you invest in, these things are merely just mindless purchases that will slowly become useless. “Cuyana’s alpaca oversized sweater for instance,” says Johnson. “I love cozy, I love oversized, and I still like to feel put-together when I’m at home. Before I buy something I always ask myself, is this uniquely beautiful, and does this have a place where it can be immediately useful.”
Introduce pieces into your life that are immediately useful and enduringly beautiful.
Pieces to feel put-together at home.
Carefully considered additions to your space.
Gorgeous leather accessories that deliver ease.