One of the things that I am most proud about is the fact that I have had the opportunity to travel a lot. This is less about me boasting or anything like that and more to do with the fact that I now have the chance to go and see a lot of world. I am very excited to be able to do this and am looking forward to the opportunity to see more places. One of my favorite places that I have been to is France. It has such a unique position in the world following its place as such a pioneer in culture and food and how it has emerged following the wars of the 20th century. As a result, there is a ton of history and opportunity to learn about the past in France and that is one of the thing that I really like about the country. Nevertheless, there are also a number of less obvious things that I like about the country. One of those things is its French country furniture. I never would have thought that furniture would be such a topic of conversation, but seemingly every time that I travel, I am finding more and more people that just want to chat about furniture from different countries. This is actually something that I find to be quite interesting. That is the case because all of these different people are coming from across the world and they are all trying to find out more about different cultures, while at the same time trying to relate these new experiences to their experiences back home.
I especially noticed this when traveling in Europe because despite the size of the continent, there are many differences between the different countries. I know this because I have seen it and experienced it. Just take a look at Swedish furniture and note how vastly different it looks to French furniture. I doubt that I would be able to place the two any other way. This largely comes down to the history and current pressures of these countries, but is definitely something that I am excited to see develop further into the new year. In looking at all of these different types of furniture, I have also developed a new understanding of my own tastes. I now know that I prefer to go after more European style furniture because I feel that it fits my apartment better than some of the big bursting couches of American furniture, for example.
The subtle differences are what really makes a home great and I intend to try and sort out those differences to come up with a way to make my home inviting and lovely. I am very excited to see how I can develop a better understanding of what it takes to have a house that is both welcoming and beautiful for everyone that comes. That is what I am trying to work up to and I am excited to see how I can best develop this vision in my head.