Memories and Style

Memories and Style

Article by Preeta Dutta. Founder & CEO, MiradorLife

Memories and Inspiration

Unlike many who find it easy to work from home, it’s not been easy for me. I cannot really do much from my own house other than write and give advice and of course redo and redecorate as much as possible without killing the husband and children ☺

While pottering around my home, I’ve realized and appreciated how much my home is surrounded by memories and how these memories have calmed me and made me appreciate life and time even more. Every home has memories; some you bring and some you create. Without this your house may be magazine worthy; beautiful but cold.

Bunuel, a Spanish surrealist filmmaker once said that “Our memory is coherence”, it is seen in our actions, in our feelings and our reason. Lose your memory and you lose a connection of who you are.

Dali’s Persistence of a Memory – a surreal interpretation of time

When you look at an old photo or see a souvenir you can go back in date, time and place for certain events. Psychologists call this an individual’s semantic memory. However, walking around my home I can do much more than that. I can relive it as if were from inside with the smells, sights and sounds – every sensory moment in detail.

Every home has a design influence and mine is a combination of my childhood memories along with travel. My childhood home is a collector’s delight and it is my mother who taught me to love the eclectic. To admire the hand woven basket as much as the Wedgewood tea set (if not more!). To appreciate textiles and handicrafts painstakingly made by artisans. It was she who taught me to hang constable painting along with the tanjore paintings and anything else you loved and put it together.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Framed textiles from the north-east. Originally a Mekhala made by my grandmother but mounted and framed before it tore apart. Tribal prints are very geometric keeping them contemporary at all times.

Silver tea set handed over on my wedding.

Collections of snow globes by my son of every family trip.

I spent a large part of my career in the advertising film & media industry and these posters are a constant reminder of my favourite films and life’s lesson La Dolce Vita.
Many times when a clients visit the store and admire pieces but do not know where to place them in their homes, I always say to them, if you love something take it, do not try and fit things into your house because it matches or because you have a look in your head. Your house should not be about being just where you are,

So what are your favourite memory spots in your house?
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