"Have nothing in your houses that you know not to be useful, or believe to be beautiful"- William Morris (1834 - 1896).
I try to follow Morris' admonition. I love beautiful and well made things, particularly things crafted by hand, by artists, and artisans. I get just as excited about a beautiful hand made bamboo fly rod as I do about a bespoke suit. I try to buy high quality things that will last a lifetime. I abhor the disposable culture of cheap flimsy crap that is made to be thrown out and replaced.
I have made an effort to fill my living and working environment with things that are well made, well designed, and that I find aesthetically pleasing. Even simple tools, like well made knives, or a sturdy shovel make mundane tasks such as cooking and gardening more rewarding. I have a strange fondness for my German front loading washing machine. (It's just so well engineered, I can't help but admire it.)
King Lear would have understood:
O, reason not the need: our basest beggars
Are in the poorest thing superfluous:
Allow not nature more than nature needs,
Man's life's as cheap as beast's: