Hard to know where to start after you've just been away for a ten day silent Vipassana meditation retreat, but I can say that I've never felt better, more focused and more excited about the year ahead.
For those of you who have no idea what this is, it's ten days of living like a monk (no work, silence, two meals a day) and sitting for ten hours of meditation a day, from 4:30am until 9pm at night. The teaching is excellent, and the effects of quieting down your entire organism are immediate and profound. It's a mental decluttering of the first degree.
Which is where it interconnects with Apartment Therapy and interior design. Life has it's own design and when you strip away all the clutter and the jabber and the static, you begin to see things just as they are and lose your craving for things that used to cause you pain or stress. Things get simpler and more beautiful as well.
While all the courses are free of charge, taking ten days out of your life can be a challenge, but I heartily recommend it and there are course locations all over the world.
Here are a few items I fell in love with during the course, the plates and cups. Used every day for many years, they are super strong, light and retain their white luminous quality. The cup is old Corning and can be found at places like eBay and Etsy, while the plates and bowls are Corelle, made of laminated tempered glass. While they are admittedly spartan, I consider them design classics (are they in MoMA's design collection? I can't remember...) and worthy of consideration in any design-o-phile's home.