To my way of thinking, it's hard to overemphasize the physical experience of the things you put in your home. If something is beautiful to the eyes and ears, sensual to the touch, or delicious to the nose and tongue, then I'm sold. But when I focus only on how an item makes me feel, then I'm not connecting with the broader social context around me.
That's why I remind myself to pay attention to other characteristics such as quality. Considering what the object means, where it comes from, and how other people value it are factors that help me feel proud of my home and excited to let others experience it.
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