Friday, August 31, 2007

Harmony in Texture

Exposed or painted brick walls or slate used as flooring or work surfaces, gives the uncluttered look of elegance. This is simplicity soothing in itself, while others prefer to soften hard edges with rugs of silk or wool. The rugs seem even more luxurious on a plain background.
Window treatments can add a tranquil effect. Less is More, however, accent with soft sheer or frame a window with simple top treatments. This room was designed by accenting the stone fireplace. The stone surrounds the bar opposite the fireplace as well as an accect wall in the entrance. Simple elegance is tranquil and relaxes the mind.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Patterns and Thought

You can effectively calm the mind by focusing on something other than your busy thoughts.
Pattern will offer a relaxation process. A design familiar or one that requires concentration can draw the imagination away from problems or worries. In a plain setting pattern can be introduced in the form of a mosaic on pottary, a custom designed pillow or an area rug.

I particularly love tapestry which is a rich blend of woven patterns and subtle colors. Reflecting on designs can bring a sense of peace and harmony to any room.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Achieving Serenity in our Homes and Workplace

Life is often busy and stressful. We seek the calm of the natural world when we look at a beautiful sky, clear calm waters, a soft glow from a fireplace, watching soft breezes flow through trees. These are peaceful retreats to calm the mind and soul. I try to create the same through my design. As Frank Lloyd Wright approached his architectural designs, so do I try to achieve this throughout each room in workplaces and homes. His approach was to see nature through at least one window in each room.

Little do we see Nature in our office environments and our homes. This counters daily stress and will achieve true harmony in our lives, we need to regain an affinity with the natural world. My blog is about creating serenity in our homes and workplaces to restore our energies in quiet places.

Photo taken by Christopher Noessel