Have you ever strolled through a Zen garden? If you have, you know what we mean. The Zen garden is the perfect example of balance and peace, with its carefully placed pebbles, plants, and calming lines raked into the sand. It is a living work of art that ignites the soul and stills the mind. As part of our series, Life of an Interior Designer, we interviewed Ajai Guyot of True Home about her philosophy on design & life and the home trend we will be seeing more next year.
On Telling Adventures and Soulful Stories Through Design and Styling
There is such great beauty in simplicity. It gives you space to breathe and to think clearly. It advocates quality over quantity. It helps you get rid of life’s excesses, so you have more energy, space, and time to focus on what’s important in life. Truly, it is a beautiful way to live, and we appreciate it even more because of Ajai Guyot. She has dipped her feet in almost everything: an interior designer, journalist, and storyteller through her design and styling.
Ajai shares, “I feel that I do everything in the form of storytelling, especially when I’m curating interiors. I do this by creating vignettes throughout a space, using items that have been passed down generations from family members. I also love to incorporate pieces that have been collected from my client’s travels, these are the pieces that inspire me. These vignettes give you a real look into the life of the people living in the spaces.”
On Designing a Minimalism Meets Eclectic Home
Ajai considers herself a minimalist, she also believes that the definition of minimalism can vary depending on the person. “It really is a mindset that I try to apply to my life in general. I focus on quality over quantity when designing a space. With that in mind, I’ve designed spaces for others who would consider themselves maximalists striving for a more minimalist space. I’ve actually just designed an eclectic outdoor space in Seattle last month (it was more like… minimalism meets eclectic),” Ajai shares with Omysa.
On Her Philosophy on Design and Life
While it is true that a minimalist home helps you focus on what’s important, such as designing a beautiful and functional space. Ajai believes that minimalism is in the eye of the minimalist. “As a minimalist lover, my definition of minimalism isn’t necessarily neutral, though I have a holiday post where I talk about why I gravitate toward neutral tones in my home.
I’ve been called an avant-garde minimalist before, and I do not disagree. I love a good statement wall and/or fixture. However, I believe that an overall simple design that allows one to feel happy, light (without weight), calm, and without anxiety, is one that can be defined as minimal. I believe in quality over quantity. It’s important to source quality pieces that are functional and can stand the test of time, as well as having pieces in your home that truly make you happy.”
On Adding Simple, Inexpensive Touches of Décor
Ajai is a well-known design contributor of Emily Henderson, wherein she creates gorgeous and inviting spaces you want to melt into. So believe us when we say her home did not disappoint. She shares that the key to bringing out the true beauty of your home is to choose antiques for quality fixtures. “There really are some beautiful quality-affordable pieces out there that can be easily installed in a home. Swap out the door, cabinet, and drawer knobs and replace them with well-sourced quality knobs (the same can be done for chandeliers and light fixtures). Opt for more natural materials like linen, jute, and wood. I also love natural fabrics and feel they can really help a space to feel grounded.”
On the Top Interior Design Trend for 2022
Ajai says that people will gravitate toward more natural and sustainable items. With the increase of global warming, sustainably sourced furniture and products help the environment.