|RE: Common House Furnishings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 10:41:20 -0600 (MDT)|
This is a place where the esthetic police of your community will hold some influence. Some folks insist that matching sets of "nice" furniture is a requirement to make the common house "attractive". The obvious other scene is mismatched handme downage and odds and ends as they get donated. The mismatch esthetic of course has its own advocates, the funky look is more comfortable and "attractive". So there is clearly no right answer here. (Although people with strong perspective one way or the other disagree and insist their perspective is the right one) This kind of esthetic tug of war makes for some bumps in consensus process, kind of like picking colored tiles for the bathroom. It tends to be difficult to consent about esthetic issues because there is no clear best answer. Sometimes groups can damage faith in decision making by spending inordinate amounts of time thrashing through such things, until finally everybody just gives in to get the issue to go away. Although you may actually make the decision, the result is people can get a bad attitude about your decision process that has negative effects on attendence and morale in general. Collaboration means listening to all sides before making a decision, but you can do this and also just do a weighted vote system to choose instead of trying to convince somebody that their esthetic preferences are the wrong ones.... Rob Sandelin, On the road, heading home under medication for severe bronchitus, somewhere on the roads of NY.
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