Good morning! When I looked at my editorial calendar for today’s post topic, I wondered exactly what I had originally intended to write about. I mean, I have a pretty good idea I wanted to discuss un-stuffy, un-precious home decor. Lived in, loved in, laughed in. Simple and cozy and you. I didn’t intend for it to be an epic post, and I don’t think it needs to be. But as I’m sitting down to write this post, I’m not sure that’s all I want to write about… I think we need to take a slight detour, to give a little backstory…
When I first started LAF Lines, it was meant to be a freelance graphic design venture. A sole proprietorship with a registered DBA. The name derived from my initials. Lisa Ann Furry. The word “lines” being a design element, or different offerings under an overarching brand umbrella (web design, print design, etc). Together they evoked a familiar phrase, laugh lines.
When it came time to brainstorm taglines, I knew it had to be Down To Earth Design (in parentheses of course… because they look like laugh lines, right?) I knew that was the one because that’s what I was about. Real deal, thought- and heart- and smile-provoking design. And that’s what laugh lines are about. Being authentic. Being the result of a life well-lived, a life well-loved, and a life well-laughed. And my goal, always, is to bring all of that and more into my final product.
There really is no right or wrong when it comes to design. What matters is that you do what you love, do what makes you happy. Bring all of your life experiences and every good memory into your space. Tell your story. Yes, other people may have opinions about how your furniture choices or how you styled a space. Or the clothes you wear, or your kind of humor, the shows you watch, the music you listen to, the way you wear your hair, your friends, your lovers, the way you live your life. Blah, blah, blah. They do things differently. And that’s okay. They do them, and you do you.
If you enjoy it, that’s all that matters. So let your laugh lines shine. Plant your feet into the ground and set up roots that having meaning to you, that tell the world who you are. It can be simple. It can be ornate. Just make it you.