Thursday, January 26, 2012

Our creative selves

Designing and decorating one's home is an essential part of being human. This is not a superficial, "keeping up with the Jones" sort thing. Home. Nest. Shelter. These words conjure up a variety of memories like the sent of home baked cookies that greets one upon entering the front door when coming home from school or work, or perhaps yours is a memory of cuddling up under a quilt with a parent or sibling, or just knowing that upon stepping one's foot upon home base you feel safe, comfortable and at last can be fully oneself. Whatever it means to you, I hope that you can discover a creative part of yourself through the designing of a room.  Most importantly make it functional and personal, filling it with the things you love. "The personal" is of utmost importance in selecting a designer. A home owner must forge an intimate relationship with one's designer. When you enter a person's home not as a family member or friend but instead as a professional it is a delicate dance to learn about, embrace and respect the person, the family and the home for which you are designing. Hopefully, if I've done my job correctly, a new lasting friendship ensues.

I encourage my clients to use their homes as a way to express themselves. As very young children we are almost immediately pulled away from our creative selves. For finding a creative path, we must go to a messy place, a place of mistakes. Luckily, one does not have to have the skill set of an artist to be creative at home. One may simply surround oneself with things she loves. Although, even this, can become a strange quest raising questions like "What do I truly love?," " What can I live without?" "Why am I so attached to...?" This is where hiring a professional can help.

Believe it or not, floor coverings can be wonderful way to be creative in you home. A custom area rug can be made to mimic your child's art work or a family portrait or just a burst of one's favorite color. Hard surfaces, though more permanent, can also be lovely exhibits of self-expression. Perhaps, these images below can be of some inspiration to you...

The patterns above are hand tufted custom area rugs available through Moore Floor Coverings via DCI. 

I love the textile art of Arlene Blackburn. Love this black bird on wire piece.

I have a great custom rug program that I can easily switch out the colors in standard patterns, creating an easier approach for making a custom carpet. This last one is suppose to be for a boys room... A City Planning idea...?