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Posts tagged ‘Environment’

Accent with Walls, Expressing the Art of Home: Part One

When I left my career in high tech, I told my tax accountant that I was going to start a business space designing. She asked, “Oh, you mean, like designing spaceships and things?” No, my destination was definitely here on earth getting inspired by the four walls, floor and ceiling that make up a volume of space. When it comes to adding a personal flavor in your space, I am a big believer in making the usual look a little unusual or more interesting. So here are some ideas on how to take the thing in the back drop and make it come alive in your space. Read more

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Showered in puppy hair, Welcome Wabi-Sabi

I have a new puppy in my home. Izzy is a 6-month-old English bulldog with soft white puppy fur that seems to fly off her round chubby body onto every surface and material possible. As I looked down at the moss green Oriental rug and notice a sea of fine white puppy hair peppered all around, I make a mental note to myself: ‘Must find vacuum and remove all traces of shedding.’ As I thought more about a house with a pet, the wave of wabi-sabi came over me. Yes, this is a perfect example of imperfection, of wabi-sabi at home.

What is wabi-sabi? It is a term from the Japanese culture that refers to the natural state and condition of things. The natural state is something that in the Western culture we constantly struggle and wrestle with. We like our things to be perfect. It’s not just our things; we apply the same thinking to our bodies, relationships and more. No wrinkles, deficiencies, challenging moments or such.  And in many homes, there is that high pressure to keep everything just perfect. Heavens forbid, a scratch or blemish exists in a piece of furniture. Read more

What’s Your Reclamation?

There is some period of time, usually at the end of the work or school day, in which we transition from the outside-doing-achieving-world, to the inside-more-personal-space. It’s reclamation time. What’s that?

rec·la·ma·tion  (rkl-mshn)

n.

1. The act or process of reclaiming.
2. A restoration, as to productivity, or usefulness
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Expand, Contract

Do you remember the first place that you called “yours?” Mine, it was a small and old Victorian in a not so good part of town that I shared with a housemate. I started with only a futon mattress on the floor, peach and black colored plastic milk crates stacked on their sides as a makeshift open face dresser and a garage-sale playpen served as a crib for my very young son. It was all I could afford and I had no other furniture to my name. Read more

Ten Minutes of HOMEage

As we finish up the year of 2011, many people wonder what their new “resolution” should be for the year 2012. In the Mayan world, there was talk about the end of the world, as we know it in 2012. Perhaps, that is the new resolution for you and your surroundings, “as we know it.”

In the world of Feng Shui, the Chinese 2,000 year old study of human life and their environment. there are a few overall principles. The one that most resonates with me is the principle that “all things are alive”. This means that all people, animals, plants, things have vital energy in our world. You might quickly dismiss this notion of “all things are alive” but what does that look like in your home, your sanctuary? Read more