Some aspects of a home that is just right for you are personal.
Homey personal elements can be symbols of places from your past- perhaps a childhood bedroom that was a sanctuary, a favorite collection of books, a photo of the front porch of your grandmas house, fabric from the first crazily painted freedom space of your young adulthood or a postcard evoking the shadowy memory of a glimpse of a perfect room in your travels.
“Go to the winter woods: Listen there. Look, watch, and the quiet months will give you a subtler secret than any you have yet found in the forest. “~ Fiona Macleod
Every year as it gets darker, I resist winter. I fret about slippery roads and expensive snow tires. I grumble about the extra time that it takes to scrape ice off the windshield and the squeeze of bulky clothes. I mourn the bright summer sun and my beloved garden.
To introduce this project to a home design magazine, I wrote the following synopsis;
Welcome to our home! It’s the first ENERGY STAR Qualified home in B.C., which means that it uses 30% less energy to function as the incredibly comfortable living space that it is. This represents a savings of approximately 3 months of energy bills. The home has a passive solar design, 10” thick walls, Continue reading →
I had a conversation recently with a friend. We were talking about what it’s like to live in a round house. “How is it different”, she asked curiously, “than living in a traditionally shaped home?”
Well, let me count the ways……I feel held by the container of this space, gently. It’s like a womb, like a hug from a home; it’s a safe and inspiring place to be creative in. It feels like there are no corners for “bad energy” to get trapped. I experience a profound sense of peace and harmony in this home.
“The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard.” Abram Maslow
T.C. Mcluhan writes “Human beings all around the world and all through time have used sacred spaces in order to find themselves.” This brings to my mind the line from the song Amazing Grace, ”I once was lost and now I’m found.” Continue reading →