A casual aesthetic is relaxed, comfortable and easeful. It is the antithesis of ‘formal’ or ‘designed to impress’. But it’s also not the college dorm look. For most of us, it is a reflection of that feeling we want to immerse ourselves in when we are home.

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When we are out in the world, at work, shopping, at the gym, socializing or dealing with doctors, lawyers and accountants, we want to be able to return from that hecticness, pressure and responsibility, walk into our home and let go. Casual creates that ‘let go’ atmosphere. It is a sensibility that wraps us in a feeling of easeful release. We can sink into its embrace.

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Casual is the outward expression of meditation. It’s sensory, alive, yet gentle. It’s the throw that warms us, feels so soft, holds us and makes us feel safe. It’s the kitchen cabinets and backsplash that reflect a heritage or oneness with nature or a beloved color. It’s that special window that is extra-large and opens up an entire room to the trees, birds, clouds and flowers. It’s the candle that offers a scent capable of arousing beautiful memories. It’s the floor that excites us and speaks to that fun side we sometimes hide.

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Casual releases us and allows us to be free from anxiety and tension. It holds a unique and personal beauty; not so cookie cutter, builder grade or usual. In the deepest way, it’s authentic. Decorating in a casual style may require us to take some chances and create a look that isn’t shelf ready. But then isn’t it worth the time and effort to be relaxed, comfortable and easeful?

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