Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Living the "IT FACTOR "

In order to live IN the IT FACTOR you have to find it!

That indescribable sense of AHHHH!  My goal for my clients in interior design, and most recently I was told... that is the crux of what I provide.

One of my personal IT FACTORS is living amongst mature landscape. I love an open vision of beautifully landscaped space, a view I can see from every room in my home.  A "Viewscape" gives me a sense of freedom and expanse, stability and acknowledgement of the changes in life through the seasons.  Open space and intimate settings have been an instinctive calling when living in all of my chosen homes.

The first home was in an older neighborhood with huge trees lining the streets. I remember loving the sound of our huge pecan tree, dropping pecans on the street and rooftop, during fall winds.  The beautiful colors of autumn leaves piled high just like in the storybooks!!

The second home was semi-custom new construction and the beginning of my design experience. Much love went into creating an oasis of varied elevations and flowering foliage with pine trees to give privacy and an element of calming water. A true labor of love, with 42 yards of contoured dirt from our swimming pool and neighboring swimming pools. Tom loved playing with the borrowed tractor!  Definitely fond memories... and all our baby girl wanted was the green tractor we passed everyday in the farmers yard!

  The third home, was planned to be the final.  I was fortunate enough to have total "hands on" experience with the architect in the design and construction phase of the home and complete control in the landscape. The back yard was a test of we patiently waited for the yard of our dreams.  Our thoughts were to make it a retreat like space, as there was not much time to travel.... work was 24/7, on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We saved up, I contracted the work and created a park like atmosphere that was enjoyed by all.  Intimate pockets of space within a commercial acre of land was indeed the retreat we were after.

The next two homes had expansive views due to the golf course locations,  providing much needed openness and mature landscape, realizing a need to feel unsmothered.  I have come to realize this constant nurturing of nature is a vital component to enriching  my everyday living. current Evidence Based Design has acknowledged, is a very healing factor involved in our well being. I now look back and see the innate insight when I created "Viewscapes" in my beginning design practice over thirty years ago! AND why I love what I do!

The next example of my IT FACTOR, is the mixture of rich woods in my furnishings. I need light and dark finishes, burled woods and inlayed or carved craftsmanship.  I love the visual pleasure and interest
of textures.

 Where does that special feeling come from, deep inside of you?

 I am suggesting your discovery of self within your most nurturing of environmental space. An environment that enables increased energy, productivity and an overall sense of peace within. A place where you lose the sense of time and don't really want to leave.

  My research in advanced design studies has provided the tools and skill-set, developing an insight toward what makes up this perception for our individual sense of well-being. A subliminal feeling, partly extracted from one's history, a history which has been previously set into a deep cavern of experiences and senses from a childhood of various memories, only as correct as the last reflection in our memory bank.  Surprisingly, our memory really only pulls up the last recollection, not the first, which is why the stories and interpretations seem to change throughout time.  Irregardless, those sweetest of memories are the ones that are the most impactful and comforting to the soul.

An environment encouraging multi-faceted growth in mind, body, and spirit with the benefit of arousing all of our senses requires deep thought and the knowledge of many modalities.  A space that accounts for health, personality, constitutional make-up, and many other personal characteristics is profound toward creating a balanced individual space. Different for each individual, yet a mixture of delicious chemical soup in the best of family environmental dynamics.  A far cry from the chemical soup I speak of - regarding the toxins from various substances and furnishings within most homes. No, this chemical soup is from our own essence, which is mutable, as we have discovered.  The dynamics within a family and their space, that has good energy and momentum, balanced positive and negative charges can be a power of influence.

Let me help you make a difference in your world one step at a time, use the wisdom we now have and implement the changes needed in your space.

Bye for now,