LEARN THE RULES LIKE A PRO, SO YOU CAN BREAK THEM LIKE AN ARTIST
I chose the name "Art of the Home" several years ago (when this business was just an idea), because my work isn't just about planning kitchens and rooms or how they look, which often sidetracks the process. Much of my work is about how we FEEL in a space. It's very much an ART, or an "expression of skill and imagination".
There is much knowledge too: standards, codes, norms, architectural styles & history, trends, products, experience, etc, etc.. In fact, I will never stop learning.
So our challenge while learning, living, and aging is to retain our creativity & wonder. To not simply "rewrite" our knowledge, but to hold on to the time when we "didn't know" ~ when we were still curious, when we needed our imaginations.
So when I found that quote, I embraced it immediately. I even had a mug made for my desk.
It's usually credited to Pablo Picasso, and less often to the current Dalai Lama. Either is fine with me; both can teach us something. The Dalai Lama's views are always a lesson worth considering. His version of this quote is beautifully explained right here.