Lifestyle was originally coined by Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler in 1929. The current broader sense of the word dates from 1961.
In sociology, a lifestyle is the way a person lives. A lifestyle is a characteristic bundle of behaviors that makes sense to both others and oneself in a given time and place, including social relations, consumption, entertainment, and dress. The behaviors and practices within lifestyles are a mixture of habits, conventional ways of doing things, and reasoned actions. A lifestyle typically also reflects an individual's attitudes, values or worldview.
Therefore, a lifestyle is a means of forging a sense of self and to create cultural symbols that resonate with personal identity. Not all aspects of a lifestyle are entirely voluntaristic. Surrounding social and technical systems can constrain the lifestyle choices available to the individual and the symbols she/he is able to project to others and the self. -Wikipedia
Our spaces, lives and the items in it therefore, SHOULD be extensions of our personalities. We are not one and our space or lifestyle something else. Too many times, our spaces are disconnected from us. We are just residing in them. Wow-factor happens when all is just right PLUS the space resonates "US".
It was amazing...the room was purposefully lifeless; every design element was stunning but missing one thing ...SHE WAS THE ROOM and it was nothing without her and people in it. That was the WOW!!
I found a picture of it so you could see for yourself.
You don't need a white room to do this. All you need is to take a bit of your personality, and represent it in a well designed space.
People can "connect" to it-it has that "je ne sais quoi" about it. A vase of mauve lilacs or pink hydrangeas resonates peace and gentility; a wine collection-cultivation, art-sophistication. The list is endless.
I have included a chart with personality traits. See what you want to say and how you can do that. Then, see what your lifestyle aspirations are and translate that into the things you surround yourself with.
It will put the most important element a design could ever have, into your space. Even more, it makes a statement that says, "I am unique and this is who I am!".
Get the design RIGHT-that's the science of it.
The SCIENCE of design + the perfect expression of YOU.....
Now, THAT is "WOW-FACTOR"!