Surprise

Surprise is a feeling distinct from joy, and yet they so often come together. We can be surprised by the pop of a firecracker, the stripes of a new shop’s awning in the neighborhood, the particular size and shape of a “thank you” note amongst the junk mail. Joyful surprises help to break the monotony of routines and can prompt us to reexamine preconceived notions and stereotypes. We use this aesthetic when we wrap presents, line our drawers with colorful paper, or play with norms around the scale and proportions of the objects in our surroundings.

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Q&A with Katherine May: In Search of Enchantment

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Image of Ingrid standing arms akimbo in a colorful abstract print dress surrounded by greenery.

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How bold design can actually make your home calmer

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