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Adnane Ben.
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Your Living Space
06:18:25 PM Sunday Aug 14, 2005


As metropolitan species in the east-coast, we spend most of our time commuting to work, and spending 40 hours per week in an environment optimized for focus, problem-solving and finding the next process or idea to make more money and stay ahead. At the end of the day, it should all pay off. You get your pay check and you go back home happy. But are you really?

If your answer is no, then maybe there is something you can take a look at, and it doesn't have to be very complicated.
Look at the photo to the right, and think about the first words that come to your mind. Did you think 'white', 'simple yet sophisticated', 'symmetry', 'reading', 'cozy', 'wood', 'content' ? maybe you thought also 'expensive', 'love seats'? maybe you even started moving the sofas around, rolling a rug, adding some decorative items you have in mind, adding a bookshelf, some candles.. Well, you've got it! it all starts in your head, and unfortunately you can neither own the living room in this photo nor apply the makeover you've started a few seconds ago. However, you can do all of that and more on your living room, which is maybe screaming for your attention.

The first things you need to do is trim the fat. Look for noise and get rid of it. The noise and the fat are the clatter, the paperwork, the wires, the obsolete devices, the nice-to-haves, old clothes, old shoes, redundant things like lamps, rugs, cheap frames and posters, chairs in bad shape or bad color or bad design. Oh, and those Moroccan tiny artisan thingies you got for a few dirhams. Most are in your face just because it reminds you of Morocco, but seriousely unless it is good quality Moroccan decor, lose it, put it on craigslist or.. just give it away. What is left you ask? Only the absolute necessary. Think of yourself like you're about to travel to an island to live for 6 months and all you're allowed to take is 2 suitcases. Don't feel obliged to hang on to those things that have been around you for a long time, and by default, have mistakingly earned the right to remain with you. They belong out except if you can truely justify it (maybe dear gifts and souvenirs).

If you have to change the paint, take a trip to a depot store and pick up your favorite color themes. You could even involve your wife, husband, kids, partner or friends in picking colors and rolling sleeves to help.

The idea here is to live light, in a bright environment and keep the place smelling good and looking clean. The effort doesn't stop at the living room as you probably have guessed. Your room is next, your office, the kitchen etc. The good news is you will learn more about yourself in the process, what makes you tick.

People will enjoy coming over to visit you. You invest in your living space, and you reap peace of mind and plenty of cheers. You will notice that will change the way you sleep, the way you commute to work, the way you work, the way you eat, the way you wear clothes, the way you talk, and even will take your romantic life to places you've never been before.

So having said all that, excuse me while I go practice what I preach.


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6:54 pm    August 15, 2005

Aziz Bezza message
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the first picture is beautiful exept for the symmetry. sometimes a nice balcony or deck can help the eyes prolong to the outside and the body stretch in a cozy chair .
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12:11 pm    August 15, 2005

Adnane Ben. message
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He probably cleaned his room for the first time!
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11:43 am    August 15, 2005

Rasta Gnawi message
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Dude, that's a big smile. That last picture, what's the dude so happy about?
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8:05 am    August 15, 2005

Rasta Gnawi message
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I would agree that sun light is essential. I spent the last year in a place in Cambridge without much sun-light, and it really effected my desire to be home. The new place has a lot more light. The place in Westland is the best though; where else can you find a room that has 6 windows!?

If there is no sun light, then I would like to have lots of colors. Adnane you may not remember this, but the house of 3mti mimouna in Berkane used to have this enclosed room. You had to go through the kitchen to get to it, and the room had absolutely no windows. But she had this colorful tlmit and and rugs that made the place very cosy. The room was actually the main room in the house; but everyone just hang out in wast eddar.

Man, there is this fly that's been hovering over my head since I walked into the office.

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7:46 pm    August 14, 2005

hudhud message
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the first photo.. before i read your words, i was like OMG this needs some colors.. some warmth and softness to take the edge off all that sterile white!! makes me think of a hospital... bleekh..

three things that really make me tick in a space: natural light, plants, and books. light: can't live without sunshine and views of blue sky, plants, trees.. green indoors too creates a change, the feeling of life, something to comfort the eye..
and i can't count how many times i've been to people's homes, or a friend's room or apt., and sure it looks nice and comfy, but i come out wondering what it is that's so badly missing!! and it's always books, i realized i just can't live without a really beautiful library.. books feel like wealth to me, the way some ppl collect art, antiques, jewelry, glassware .. books... :-)

but the idea that our living spaces can do all what you promise at the end is very environmentally deterministic.. yeah it can teach us a lot about our selves and personality, and change our lifestyles and how we use our home-space... but in the end things are still just that - things ;-)

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