We just got back from an amazing trip to Southeast Asia, the source of all of our inspirations and designs, and a critical part of our origin story.
You might say it’s easy to find inspiration in a region with so much history and culture, but we’d argue that when you run a passionate company like EcoChic Lifestyles, balancing our innate desire to soak up everything with a real need to get things done can sometimes be challenging.
So here’s how we do it.
- We approach every day with intent. When we’re working, we’re working. Boats aren’t just beautiful artifacts bobbing in the water, or even the fishing livelihoods of the people who live there; they’re pieces of furniture that will eventually land in homes from Manhattan to Venice; Caribbean Resorts to California’s Channel Islands. So when we go out to work, we see our finished project. But don’t get us wrong. When we take a rest day, we spend the day enjoying ourselves.
- We keep an open mind. One of the amazing–and most gratifying–parts of our company’s journey has been watching the communities we buy our boats from take increased pride in their watercraft, their workhorses. Since the people here know there’s a high likelihood we’ll be buying their boats once they’re no longer suitable for fishing, they’ve given free rein to their more artistic tendencies. Once, painting your family’s boat was a way to recognize it. Now, it’s a point of pride to be artistic about it.
We see more and more interesting designs on the boats, and that means our company’s aesthetic is constantly evolving. How cool is that?
- We walk. Taking a stroll in a place like this means your brain is constantly being bombarded by colors and shapes and impressions, even if you’re not looking for anything in particular. Sometimes, beginning or ending a long day of work with a leisurely walk to no place in particular can really shake loose some ideas. That bougainvillea is colorful, sure, but take a look at the way its dark, shiny leaves offset the color. This pool is certainly serene–and check out where it meets the rock edge, how that tiny ripple makes a new line to play with. The mountain over there–it’s not really black, even in the distance, is it? It’s more a million shades of grey and dark green.
Next time you’re stuck for inspiration, try one of these approaches. And tell us what your intents, open minds, and walks shook loose.