As the first, tentative shoots emerge in gardens across the area, many of us are eager with anticipation. Even non-gardeners can feel a difference. Young green tendrils push their way through cold, half-frozen earth to let us know that winter is losing its grip on Connecticut and spring is not far behind. The days are longer and the sun is higher in the sky.
The new season brings change; many of us thrive on change while others are uncomfortable with it. Just look outside to your garden. Gardens are always changing from one season to the next and from year to year. While change in the garden can make gardening unpredictable, it also brings such pleasure and appreciation.
It is the same with design. Interior designers are a fearless lot because they thrive on change. It keeps their projects fresh and buoys them ahead of their competitors. While change for the sake of change is never good—although we've all been in houses where any change would be a good thing!—change that is most successful is often based on emotion.
Think about it. Designer Mar Silver did. She wanted to treat herself to a vacation—every day—in her Westport home. She added space with expansive views of the Sound and another area for outdoor living. While these might not seem radical or innovative, they were changes designed to meet a personal need. Silver didn't change because of fashion or because someone told her so. She changed for herself.
We all have times in our lives when change is hard or inevitable, but there are just as many times when change is something you want to do. For yourself. And really there's no better reason. Think about those new BMW ads in which the voice-over declares: "We don't just make cars. We make joy." When car companies are feeling it, you know change is happening.
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