"What I do, as an Architect and a person, is learn how to create a wonderful domestic life. 'Wonder' in this case, means not only pretty - and pretty* is very important! - but also helpful."
I am so there, only without the architecture training or the devotion to the cause or the creativity. It's an updated version of the William Morris quote I love:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”
As an only peripherally connected aside: now that we have a composting bin, it's really encouraging to see how much compost we generate. All those fruits and veggies we eat, are tangible, and useful.