Aging in Place: Domestic Universe


A man and woman laying in bed smiling for the camera.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

~Khalil Gibran


Aging in Place

One morning on a serendipitous run for coffee I stumbled on an interior design/craft/coffee shop. My adventurous wonderings were rewarded with a hot steaming mug of strong coffee and some visual delights. I love old things; they have a presence and a character earned over time not found in new things (not unlike people).

This was a typical “shabby chic” establishment graced with vintage lace and French farm décor that can often be as contrived as a Palm Springs golf course. My aesthetic appeal is less calculating but nonetheless I can appreciate beautiful objects.

Material Objects

I will admit I began to ponder the frivolous nature of such places–after all these items are not “essential” (coffee is however) …. Or are they?

The shop is a portal to material objects that allow folks (can afford it) to obtain things that create meaning in their domestic spaces. This “meaning”–aesthetic meaning, has the potential to renew one’s energy and feed the depleted soul. This power of objects should not be over-looked, it can infuse the dwelling with transferable energy to its inhabitants–enough so that they can go back out into the world and accomplish their heroic missions in life.

My argument is that it’s not just family and friends, but “beautiful” (eye of beholder) objects that can bring a vital force energy to the home. Aesthetic input infuses the material, physical and spiritual alike and can replenish what living in the modern world extracts.

Beautiful things in the domestic space are vital to successful aging in place and should be a part of your Strategy.


Beauty awakens the soul to act.

~Dante Alighieri

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