As we go through a particularly difficult time and discover the notion of lockdown, the daily life of many of us seems to be suspended or at least slowed down.
If it has been imposed on us and is restrictive, this isolation is necessary. So why not take advantage of this time spent at home to ask ourselves questions about the way we consume, especially in terms of decoration?
Today, we live in an hyper-connected society, at a frenetic pace. Our lifestyles push us to be on all the frontlines, and it was in this context that the Slow Food movement was born at the end of the 1980s, as opposed to the invasion of junk food and fast food.
Slow » has since spread to many other sectors : fashion, cosmetics, design, and of course decoration. Adopting Slow Decorating means agreeing to break with the logic of over-consumption and mass production. We take the time to choose our decorative elements according to quality criteria, favouring local production, turning to hand-crafted creations or pieces produced in small series, or even upcycling. We do not necessarily give in to all trends, we learn about the origin of the products, to consume in a more reasoned, responsible and sustainable way.
Here’s a brief overview of the reflexes you need to adopt to become a Slow Deco expert.
We pay attention to quality
The major decorating brands offer us an extremely wide range of attractively designed furniture and objects at very competitive prices. But what about the quality of these massive productions ?
To reduce costs, stores obviously play on high volumes, but also by choosing cheaper and therefore less qualitative raw materials. For example, more and more furniture is made of chipboard, fabrics are made of synthetic fibers that are resistant but produced in an unsustainable way, and plastic is replacing metal. Is it better to buy a sofa or dining table that will have to be replaced in 4 years because they will not be able to resist the next move, or is it better to invest in furniture that is certainly more expensive, but of high quality and that will last over time? Do the math, but the answer is pretty obvious.
Preference is given to pieces by small designers, in limited series or locally produced
Slow decorating also means supporting craftsmen who offer beautiful, carefully designed pieces made of natural, noble and sustainable materials. Making aesthetic and quality objects requires a particular know-how, as well as manufacturing processes that are sometimes long and meticulous.
For several years now, there has been a growing interest in craftsmanship, which offers objects that convey emotions, imbued with history and the gesture of the craftsman. Of course, the price has to be paid, but once again Slow Decorating invites you to consume less and better by choosing authenticity and long-term investment. You can also encourage the local economy and reduce your ecological impact by digging out creations by local designers, or pieces made from raw materials that are not sourced from the other side of the world.
Avoid succumbing to the ephemeral trends
Like fast food, fast decoration is poorly made on the one hand, and includes this notion of « disposable ». The last few years have seen the major trends of pineapple, flamingo, cactus and so on… very ephemeral fashions that have all disappeared as quickly as they arrived. « Slow » decorating means thinking more about your real needs and desires, in order to avoid impulsive and compulsive buying that will end up in the cellar six months later or worse, in the trash bin.
This way, we slow down when an object makes an eye at us, and we ask ourselves « Do I really want it? « Does it give me a special emotion? ». You will notice that the furniture, accessories or decorative objects that we have been looking for or waiting for a long time are often those that we have at heart to keep, and to which we give a very special place in our interior because they touch us and that we have taken the time to desire them or to invest a little more money than usual.
Let’s adopt the « upcycling » reflex
When we upcycle, we reuse. But first of all we appropriate the object to give it a new life and transform it. In short, you make something new out of something old by repainting, replacing a piece of furniture leg, reupholstering your sofa… products and ideas to give a new look to a piece of furniture are endless.
Check out Pinterest for inspiration, this site is full of DIY ideas for handymen of all levels and all budgets.
This slightly dated armchair that you got from your great-grandmother, don’t hesitate to give it to an upholsterer who will be able to give it a second wind by covering it with a contemporary fabric. And this too classic buffet, why not entrust it to a woodworker who will know how to modernize it?
Of course, it is not about not allowing yourself to fall in love with a decorative item, nor to buy only second-hand or designer pieces. The aim of this article, by explaining the great fundamentals of Slow Decorating, is to encourage people to ask themselves questions about the way they consume and to question the way they buy.
By proposing hand-made weavings and a partly French production, Saint Frison Textiles tries to be part of this slow movement. Discover my creations here : https://www.saint-frison-textiles.fr/category/creations/
So don’t hesitate any longer, and go slowly but surely.