"Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!"
- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Has a more timeless character ever existed than Jane Eyre? She speaks to us today because she takes inspiration from an internal reality that has remained constant - tension between reason and passion; a struggle separating what we consciously know to be right and what our hearts desire.
Jane is aware of her limitations, her impulses, her less than perfect looks. But, she is also keenly aware of her faith, her intelligence and her heart. Jane Eyre's character endures because she is filled with real emotion. She is honest, passionate and heartfelt. Yet, she is constantly making efforts to remain modest and grounded.
Like Jane, I frequently observe myself within my own transitions. The longer I practice this profession, the more fascinated I become with unassuming interiors - the ones that have been worn with time. I'm less interested in the brand new, and more captivated by the tattered. I keep going back to simple, humble spaces. To me, that's where the soul is.
Not surprisingly, Ralph Lauren hit the mark with his Spring décor collection, Ile Saint-Louis. It is described as "unassuming, bohemian elegance." The collection is impressive, yet yielding. Unpretentious in spirit (as it takes its cues from French Country as well as Industrial Chic) Ile Saint-Louis strikes the perfect tension between good design (reason) and sheer beauty (passion). Spring (and a little Jane) is in the air.
Be inspired...search for the balance between reason and passion, you'll find soulful.