Every so often, you come across a
phrase or a statement that is breathtaking in its perceptiveness. This is what
happened to me when I read the following quote from The Poetics of Space by
“The main benefits of the
home, I must say: the shelter during the day, the home protecting the dreamer,
the home allows one to dream peacefully … the home is one of the greatest
forces of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of humanity. The
binding principle in this integration are daydreams. “
Of course, you need to keep in
mind that Bachelard had this book first published in 1958, he was 74, so he was
writing predominantly from a bygone era, and from a European (specifically
French) sensitivity. However, he writes on a theme so universal that it still
resonates strongly in even the most contemporary urban psyche. Similar to the
work of Carl Jung, and of the same era, Bachelard writes about the conscious
and unconscious allure of the dwelling we refer to as home.
As a Feng Shui consultant with a
background in counselling psychology, I have always conducted my assessments
from the position that a client’s home reflects a great deal of their inner
life. So when Bachelard’s put so much power into the term “daydream”,
a term we now often use derisively and dismissively, it struck a powerful chord
On pondering his elevation of the
status of the daydream, I could indeed see the intimate connection between
reverie, and the actual path someone’s life might take. After all, daydreams
reveal our predilections, our yearnings. They are where our vision for our life
is conceived. They are where solutions to our dilemmas are germinated. And
daydreams can best flourish in the quiet nooks and crannies of … Read more
The beauty of a house is largely
determined by the type of floor it has. In contrast to walls that can be
repainted and re-installed, floors are a more long-term and most often
permanent feature. Three main factors determine what type of floor is most
suitable for your home – first, your home location, second, usage patterns and
third, your budget. If you live in a humid area, wooden floors may not be the
best plan. For rough and difficult uses, hard substances such as granite are
the best choice. Budget, of course, is important for obvious reasons. Here are
some of the best and most widely used flooring materials in home design.
These are glazed tiles made by
heating a certain type of clay at a specific temperature. The good thing about
these tiles is that they are joint free, which means that there are no gaps
between adjacent tiles. They are larger in size and are a lot sturdier than
ordinary tiles. The disadvantages of this material are high susceptibility to
scratches and slipperiness. So, it is not a good option if people with joint
problems live in the house. However, according to contrary belief, they do not
hold stains and can be cleaned by acid wash.
Mosaic is basically a mixture of
marble, white cement and marble powder. These tiles are available in great
colors and designs and are very visually appealing. However, powder and fading
remain a common complaint with mosaics. In addition, the use of low-quality
marble powder can reduce durability. The best way to keep your mosaic floor
durable is to polish it regularly.
Ceramic tiles are more flexible
because they have different finishes such as satin, antique, mat and shiny. The
fee depends on the type you … Read more
Wood shutters, plastic shutters, metal shutters, and there are many other different kinds of shutters out there. Some are better than others and some are more expensive than others. The most popular of the shutters are wood shutters. Wood offers the look that people are always wanting and the price is great as well. Read more
Plastic shutters are often a miss with people looking for shutters. They are often the cheapest in price, but if that is what your main concern is then they are not a bad option. However, with plastic shutters they can look a bit more fake than a wooden shutter. They are often also a bit more bulky looking and just give off the “cheap” and “inexpensive” look. They are not a bad option, but they are not the best option.
Another material that people look for shutters in is metal. They are obvious strong and can withhold a lot of punishment from the natural weather. Metal lasts a long time but it can also ding easily. Metal shutters are usually the ones that get the most dents and imperfections as time wears on them faster. Some dents can be unnoticeable, but a large enough dent can really cause the whole shutter to lose it’s appeal and even cause it to function improperly.
The most popular of materials for shutters is wood. Wood is sturdy and cost effective. The look of wood, either left as is or stained or painted, makes any window look complete. Other shutters can do that as well, but many people think that wood shutters look the most natural. Dings and dents won’t really effect the wood, like it does metal. Any imperfection with wood just makes the wood appear more appealing and weathered. Wood is also cheap, not as cheap as …
Music is one of the most expressive form of art and using
this expression inside the house is without a doubt, ingenious. Music wall art
allows home owners to revitalize their living spaces with a colorful mixture of
notes, musical instruments and a jazzy ambience. This type of interior home
concept is widely used by people who loves music. Music wall art allows them to
convey their passion with music to anyone who visits their home.
With the innovation in music wall decor, even if you’re not
truly a music artist you will surely appreciate this kind of art in one of its
particular genre because of the various music wall art designs available today.
With its diverse collection of glass, wood and metal, you can easily find
high-quality music wall decor to accentuate the overall design of your home.
You can also revitalize a certain area of the house (kid’s room or music room)
with music note art or jazz wall art which are two of the most popular concepts
of musical home design. These furnishings offer elegance and style and can
contribute to the principal design of any house.
You can also choose the jazz wall art concept with some
musical instruments to use as decorating accents in the room, the living area
or even in the patio. You can save more if you have your own musical gadgets to
use for display. If the room is large enough, you can also place a piano in the
corner either as an additional feature or as an actual instrument for your
friends and guests when hanging out in the music room. However, if you don’t
have available instruments you can check out thrift, resale or pawn shops to
find guitars, saxophones, or other musical instruments at good prices.
Music … Read more
Ventless fireplaces, regardless if they are gel or electric,
really can lighten up a room.A? Take that any way you want.A? They bring new
life to an otherwise old decor that’s been done for years.
But, sometimes people have trouble figuring out how to
decorate them.A? You can, of course, simply put the fireplace in the room and
rely on it solely to freshen up the place.A? But, we all have a need to go a
step further than that and here are a few ideas.
The first thing I would do is put a flat screen television
on the top of it.A? It’s a trend now.A? But more than that, it’s a great place
to put the flat screen television.A? It attracts attention to that area of the
room and it creates a wonderful ambiance that goes beyond just having a
fireplace in the room.
But, I would only put a flat screen television on the top of
a ventless fireplace if you are going to put any television on top.A? You want
it to have its own stand and be able to have a barrier of air between the
television and the fireplace.A? Also, you’ll want to place the fireplace in the
corner.A? Flat against the wall is a great look too, but in the corner creates
a stylistic approach that stands out more than any other arrangement.
So if you don’t have a flat screen television and the
purchase of one is not in your future, then there are other options for the top
of the fireplace.A? If you place the ventless fireplace flat against the wall,
a mirror would look great attached to the wall above.A? Also, unique paintings
look great there as well.
Certain types of paintings will complete a wonderful look.A?
Landscapes of any … Read more