Real Life Advice: Why You Should Start Curating Art

Real Life Advice: Why You Should Start Curating Art

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Jessica Isaac
May 22, 2015
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Melinda is a shop owner and mother of two very active boys (seen here in Melinda and Mark's Creatively Curated Eagle Rock Home). Her happiness is contagious and her home is immaculate, so naturally, we wanted to know her secret. Well, it is a concept Melinda dubs “curativity,” and we think it just may be the key to a happier, more productive you. Find out more after the jump.

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Melinda’s shop, like her home, consists of a mix of high-end, low-end, vintage, and modern pieces. She finds the act of curating her diverse collections a therapeutic exercises that enhances her well-being. “If you’re not a designer, you can have a lot of stuff, but placing it is not easy”, says the former therapist. "For years I worked in mental health helping people make sense of their stories and reauthor their lives. Art therapy allowed them to do that visually in a less defended way. I saw the curative powers of expression transform lives and witnessed healing take place.”

It can be intimidating to get started, but anyone can curate. Whether it's a gallery wall in your living room or a few items on your mantlepiece, taking the time to find your creative voice by purposefully curating your space is like a massage for your brain. If you’re like most people today, there’s a lot on your mind and exercising your creative muscles can be a great release.

As an added bonus, creating a space that is beautiful and inspiring to you is likely to result in a higher level of productivity on a daily basis — Imagine it’s the end of the work day and you’re determined to go home and finish a project you started a few days ago (you know the one). If you could walk through the doors of a well-curated and inspiring home or a half-finished space with no personality — which do you think would motivate you to follow through with said project?

Inspiration strikes us all in different ways, which is why taking the time to create a space that inspires you is an important, and often overlooked, way to increase productivity. And who doesn't want to be more productive?

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Don't live near LA? Check out Melinda's blog for a regular dose of "curativity" and peruse her curated collections on Chairish.

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