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Interior Reflections
    #3326208 - 11/05/04 11:55 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Do you ever stop for a moment and think of how your surroundings, external realities are a reflection of your [and other?s] internal realities? All of us should have a good understanding of this aspect of Life, and there is one particular facet of such that I would like to surface into light of discussion: Interior design ? courtesy of Christopher Lowell.

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POVERTY CONSCIOUSNESS
Why? It?s because we are innately pack rats. We?re told from childhood to ?waste not, want not.? My family was a family of savers. My Sicilian grandmother tore paper napkins in half and even found a way to recycle eggshells and coffee grounds. She would go to the produce station and hoard as many plastic produce bags and twisties as she could get away with. Even my other grandmother, who was somewhat more well-to-do, would dine at an expensive restaurant and then squirrel away al the sweetener packs and extra dinner rolls that her Nantucket basket would hold. One time, several of the packets were open and I, embarrassed beyond belief, had to escort her out of the restaurant leaving behind us a trail of Sweet ?n Low. How many times did I hear my own mother say, ?there are people who have nothing,? or  ?Children in Africa are starving, so stop your whining??

But, while I feel that one should be a good steward of one?s money and that cavalier spending should be frowned on, there is a limit. A lot of why we hold on to things we don?t like or don?t need is that the poverty consciousness we grew up with comes back to haunt us. There used to be a time to ?tinker in the garage,? to repair those things that might be irreplaceable. But who?s got that kind of time today? And are manufacturers really making things in such a way that even experts can repair them? It is realistic to let a now-useless object take up valuable space when you know that in spite of your good intentions, the object in question will never get fixed?

I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT!
The flip side of the desire never to let go is the impulse to buy something we really don?t need in the first place. What about one of those ?seal-a-meal? or ?salad shooter? gadgets that you simply had to order off that late-night infomercial? What about that enormous freestanding cooking machine that places poultry in the chamber of torture? Then you find out that it takes longer to clean than your entire oven. Yet, you tell me your kitchen is too small. We can?t help it. We say to ourselves, ?It?s perfectly good. I can?t toss something perfectly good, can I?? No, but you could give it to someone who could really use it.

Think of it this way: If we are how we live then what does your living space?s clutter say about you?
Quite often, the reality is that we fill our lives and our homes with things we thought we needed and don?t leave room for things we think we can?t have. In other words, made room for the only life we thought we?d get but never left space for the life we might be able to have. I can?t think of anything sadder.

A cluttered physical interior is a sign of a cluttered mental interior. It keeps us from dreaming about who we want to or could be. It?s simply proof of what we were. Look around you. Does your home make room for the new or old you? Is there space to evolve ? to dream? Or is it a graveyard of things that remind you that your home really doesn?t nurture you as it should? If your home is a place that doesn?t allow for change, there?s a reason for that.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGE!
In our hearts, we want everything to be new, fresh, and different, but in our minds, we don?t want anything to change. Hmmm. Funny, but in nature birds build their nests one piece at a time. For months they toil around the clock. But after their chicks clear out of the nest, they abandon it. They?re off building the next one not knowing what nature or fate has in store for them. They instinctively fall into a rhythm of life, unafraid. But we who have dominion over them and an opportunity to make choice, fear that choice most of all. Only after it is threatened to be taken away from us, do we wake up.

It?s unfortunate, but a disaster like September 11 made a lot of us look around at our homes and say, ?Gee, this place I call home may be the only thing I get that I have control over.? Still, we place the blame for our lack of motivation on our homes ? our homes! As though the house is in control and not us. As though our clutter rules instead of us.
Hello?! What basic delusion of humanity does this represent? Identifying with our mental clutter, thoughts, and mind!

In smaller homes this comes up more frequently. We seem to live with the idea that when we can afford it we will upgrade to more roomy surroundings, but for many of us, for many reasons, either we can?t move right now or we never will. Can?t is a word that causes resentment, so we grow unhappy with the home we are living in now. We hate what we have because it is a reminder of what we think we can?t have. We live resigned to things staying the same or put our lives on hold until we think that we can upgrade. Somewhere in the future we?ll take responsibility for that new home ? that new life ? that place altogether different from this one. For now we?ll suspend any form of nurturing. Why spend all that time on a home that either isn?t worth fixing up or is simply temporary?

I have heard this refrain all too often. I have also received many photos from viewers who paid heed to what we teach everyday. After accepting where they really were in time, they did remarkable things with what they had ? with astonishing results. From pitching clutter to tearing down walls, to turning occasional guest rooms into more useful creative spaces, they told use they had given themselves a new lease on life.

Everyone had a different story, but a number of our older viewers who had kept their empty nests the same after the kids moved out felt too guilty to make changes. They reasoned that if they converted their kids? old rooms into adult rooms, then the kids might not come back ? or, if they did, then where would they stay? It finally dawned on these older viewers that if and when their ?kids? did come back, they would be adults, not kids anymore. When they realized that they were hanging on to the past and hoping life would return there, they got the message. Retirees turned bedrooms into offices and actually started new businesses in their homes. If that?s not life-changing, I don?t know what is.

YOUR STUFF WON?T SAVE YOU
Our homes are not there to preserve what we were; instead, they should become incubators for who we want to be. Imagination, forethought, cleverness, and physical labor cost nothing. And frankly, small spaces are no less of a challenge than large spaces, because the same questions still pop up: ?Who am I?? ?What?s my style?? ?How do I want to live?? ?What am I going to have to do to make this place a positive reflection of myself?? All that changes is the scale. The rest, my dears, stays the same, except for large spaces you need more stuff. You have to make more decisions and? well, you get the idea. So it should not be the house?s fault that you can?t find it within yourself to take a fresh look around you and be grateful for the chance to make change in one of the most profound ways you ever will.

THERE ARE NO SMALL SPACES, ONLY SMALL MINDS
Small spaces are only small in your mind, but still are a wonderful canvas on which to explore your universe. And we should explore that universe unabashedly with sentiment, na?vet?, and wonder. Embrace what you find. Honor that with which you can connect. Whatever you no longer have feeling for, make it go away. Either pitch it or disguise it and make it into something else?but do something! When you do, then share it with those you love. Your home should inspire you. It should keep your creativity kindled and allow you to express your joy at the chance you have been given to claim your space and make it yours.

ENROLL, ENROLL
Remember, rarely does anything magnificent happen by itself, so once you have got an idea that you feel you have the courage to start and finish, then enroll. Enrolling others in your dream is about inspiring them with your vision.

Look at every inch of your home and ask yourself, ?Is that space there, where the file cabinet is, the one I haven?t opened in two years, better used for something else? Are those cupboards full of stuff I keep rummaging through to find the three things I actually do use ready to go bye-bye? Are those boxes, which fill my garage, full of things that only validate who I was? Or would this garage be better as a great living space for me to explore who I want to become?

As you begin to look at how you have been living, write down what it is in your home that doesn?t work. Make a note of what?s missing that would make your space great. Windows can be added [real or otherwise]; walls can be rearranged or painted; furniture can be covered or reupholstered; cubbies, bookshelves, and ledges can be added to help reorganized. Do what I do. Take the drawers full of stuff that you?ve forgotten about and put them up on your bed. Turn on the TV or rent a stack of great movies. Sit there with a garbage bag while you start a great film and start the weeding process. Don?t stop there. Pile all your clothes on your bed and start going through them, too. If you haven?t worn anything in two years, you won?t ever again. Give it away. Be ruthless, knowing someone will love what you are about to part with.

NOW, VOYAGER
Pretend you are moving onto a boat, a wonderful yacht that will take you all over the world. The price to pay for the adventure is to take only what you really need. It is said that he who travels lightest, travels farthest. [This all applies to our inner-space as well] Get rid of the extra luggage. Don?t spend the rest of your life at baggage claim waiting for the stuff that has lost meaning for you to come off the conveyor belt. Give yourself a few weekends to accomplish this. Once you get started, I promise you won?t be able to stop. It?s addictive. Giving yourself a new life is exhilarating. At this stage it won?t cost you anything but time. But not doing it could cost you everything!

RENTERS
I hear this excuse all the time: ?I can?t do anything because I live in an apartment.? In my many years of living in apartments, I simply went ahead and did whatever I wanted to, and told the landlord nothing. Of course, I had to pay a price to return the place the way I found it. But my improvements were usually better than the original and I rarely had a problem finding someone who wanted the apartment just the way it was. Be that as it may, even if you only paint and put up pictures, knowing you might have to slap a few coats of white when you move, isn?t it worth spending a few hundred dollars to give yourself the feeling that you have claimed your space and made it yours? If you divide the time you?ll be there by the money it will take to make the place a reflection of who you are, you?ll be surprised that the math comes out to pennies a day. Excuse me, but isn?t your self-esteem worth it?

BOMB SHELTERING
Learn not to hoard. When you?re shopping at the flea market or if someone wants to give something to you, politely step back. Ask yourself, ?Do I need this?? Just because it?s free or cheap, will I love this when I get it home, or does this simply get tossed on my home junk pile?? I know it?s hard to resist, especially if the object is free, or if your son or daughter is hanging on your arm begging for a toy, but you owe it to yourself to summon restraint.

Believe me, I do this, too. But here?s my rule. I say to myself, ?I have everything I want. If I find something better than what I have, then I MUST replace it and give what I had to someone else.? That means I can?t keep both. Be realistic about your time. A perfectly lovely dresser that could be stripped, refinished, and newly adorned may be worth the $30 you might pay for it. But will you really do the work, or will it sit in the garage with everything else you said you?d redo. Will it be yet another reminder that you haven?t followed through? Just because you can doesn?t mean you will.

All in all, we need to find ways to fall in love with the potential of how our homes and our loves could be. It?s so vital that we live in the moment instead of the past or the future. If you can discover something that will give you the nurturing you need today, then have faith that when you get to the next juncture in the road, you?ll have the clarity to do it even better. Life is not a dress rehearsal; it?s opening night, every night. So don?t let anyone but you write your script or design your set.

INSPIRATIONAL ICONING
In my second book, Christopher Lowell?s If You can Dream It, You Can Do It!, I invited you to take the abstract ideas that rattle around in your heads and use them as creative launching points ? springboards, if you will ? to getting started in the design process. If certain objects in your home have ceased to have meaning for you, then they are just clutter, room dandruff that you accommodate rather than icons that inspire you. Consider giving these things to someone who can really use them and will have a connection to what, for you, is now simply meaningless ?stuff.?

Meanwhile, focus on what matters. Any object can spur creativity. A piece of china, a decorative pillow, even an article of clothing can have subtle meaning.
Remember, every man-made object we see is a result of someone?s idea and his or her courage to bring it into the third dimension. The texture on a sponge, the clasp on a handbag, and even the color of a hybrid daylily was designed by someone or something. Visual clues can be right under our noses, and a trained eye and fearless heart can take these icons and turn them into new objects of desire

You can do it too!

D?cor-tip No. 1:
?When in doubt, go organic! Remember, there are no mistakes in nature.?





















All of those rooms you see in the pictures above, were originally bland, boring, lifeless rooms devoid of any creativity before a little creativity and clever design was implemented - with budget-friendly materials and easy know-how, believe it or not. Proof is readily available in  Christopher Lowell's You Can Do It! Small Spaces : Decorating to Make Every Inch Count



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Edited by SkorpivoMusterion (11/06/04 12:45 AM)


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3326517 - 11/06/04 02:27 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

To your first question, i thought about it today actually.


My own personal comment on the interior decoration: Those pictures looked filled with ornate excessive material goods.

You dont need objects to make a space, or to have meaning, the space should make itself... That should be the insipiring element, why weigh yourself down with treasure?

If anyone stopped to think about how chaotic our cities, the effect of urban sprawl, and where we are headed as a unified society... you will find the reality in the bustling cities of America!


Personally, my life is more than a clever scheme of design elements shown off to look like artwork.

I think a good question to ask yourself here might be, why have art in my life? Better yet, how does that relate to design, and how my own internal world really is?

I see plants in some pictures, wheres the real emphasis in nature? They are dominated by the un-organic, synthesized products which seem to be swallowing the plants...

personally, all of those pictures make me feel like im gonna choke. Choke on materialism.

For me, i gather meaning in transcending the material aspects to find a meaning outside of what my economic class says i should have or do.

If we are to embrace nature, we should treat it as such, nothing to excess, but to function in a way that is HIGHLY efficient... that should in itself reflect what it is, a truth.

Why is the sky so pretty? Why do we find such magnificence in the mountains? Is it because someone made it, or because it is so wild, that no one could possibly concieve of making such a thing. Maybe it is this very thing which makes us so inspired.

So why try to fool ourselves? Instead, maybe in our attempt at creating a true efficient system, which works to serve MULTIPLE purposes, we will find that natural beauty, and restore life back to humanity and draw back our destruction to the Natural Environment.



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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: Zero7a1]
    #3327131 - 11/06/04 11:09 AM (13 years, 1 month ago)

So why try to fool ourselves? Instead, maybe in our attempt at creating a true efficient system, which works to serve MULTIPLE purposes, we will find that natural beauty, and restore life back to humanity and draw back our destruction to the Natural Environment.


So...you're saying you want to go back to living in "nature"? :confused:
I find it hard to believe you must've really read the entire article, as it seems you obviously missed some major points. Did you just look at the pretty little pictures? :smile:

My own personal comment on the interior decoration: Those pictures looked filled with ornate excessive material goods.

The article was about getting rid of excessive clutter, materials, and changing areas of your home that ony validate who you were. It's about turning a blank, empty, generic home that is just run-down with messess of useless stuff and heaps of dysfunctional clutter, into a lovely warm home of functionality, feng shui, energy-flow, creativity and conduciviness to happy moods and so forth..

This is about creating the space that you live in, into an incubator for what you want to be, not as some place that only serves as a reminder of what you were.

The major point is about taking control over our clutter, spaces, decor and homes spaces, instead of letting it take control over us.

If you're simply an individual that has minimalist tastes in decor - that's great! Whatever home you live in and will live in, you will have SOME essence of decor in it... The point is to make your home an artistic, beautiful reflection of your creativity...

:smile:


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3328360 - 11/06/04 07:37 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I thought i read all of it... maybe i missed the point?

Looking at the pictures... it seems very filled with just new "stylish" clutter.

I understand what you are getting at, with making the environment help you thrive... and thats a good point, but the pictures you have, I have seen a lot on design shows, which i think are very cluttered. imo

A lot off this stuff looks like you would buy it in a magazine... If you want things that truely reflect who you are, why dont you make a sculpture? Why dont you make your own art, or buy real art, and not commercial artwork and make yourself feel like your living in something that suits your "lifestyle"?

Im not sure if you know a lot about design, or architecture, or urban sprawl... but our cities are over crowding with people who are moving into new 1- acre plots, with a house, a heap of land which they wont use... a house filled with air, filled with shit they dont need! Things that do not reflect their inner values, but only to show off what they think they are! Ive seen these houses! Its a waste! Im not gonna be shy about mentioning what i think about it.

Theres so much synthesized, over produced images and ideas in our world... companies trying to sell mix matched/rustic lives to people... you cant buy a life.... you have to create it for yourself, and i dont see why you cant be honest about it.

Return to nature? Yes, in many ways, return to a balance of using our resources in a way that is efficient and not superficial to make people feel comfortable with surroundings they dont know how to deal with in either their exterior or interior lives.


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3328555 - 11/06/04 09:25 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

WOW! Interior design with creative inspiration photos at S&P? I've died and gone to message board heaven.

I could babble for hours and days and years on this one so I'll just say, excellent post idea Skorp!


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3328577 - 11/06/04 09:34 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Interior design? Is this Skorp's subtle way of coming out of the closet (pun intended) ?  :crazy:


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    #3328695 - 11/06/04 10:19 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Actually, being an owner of the book I proscribed above, I can say you'd probably be surprised how much of the major decorations, colorations, furniture, and details were all custom-built and designed by Christopher Lowell, using an array of smart resources for materials.
But of course, looking at the finished rooms, I can see how one might think that the entire setting is something you'd just buy out of a magazine.. but IMHO, that would be a compliment to me if I were Christopher Lowell. :wink:

I take it you must have a very Zen-minimalist taste in decor if you think those rooms above are truly cluttered. [Could you provide pictures of your living space?]

You and I probably have different definitions of clutter. This is what I see as clutter:


Compare that, to this:


Going on with more specific contrasts; Furniture:



Compare that, to this:


So you get the..picture. :wink:

On the other note, I do agree that organic, nature-wise decor is a big plus. As far as geometric, synthetic, mechanical materials and such, well hell, get used to it, or move to the Jungles of Peru while they last, my dear. There will always be some edgy, techno-futuristic furniture and decor and aspects of homes and such.

Speaking of that type of furniture.. check out THIS badass straight outta Hades:



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    #3328767 - 11/06/04 10:44 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Don't hesitate to contribute!! I'd like to hear what input, advice, tips and knowledge you have on this subject... What kind of decor do you currently submerse yourself in?

I'm curious what other Shroomerite's style of interior design is.. I wonder if their personalites on the boards here would be a good indication or reflection of how they design/decorate their homes/living spaces.

I picture Swami probably has multiple sculptures of women all over, to serve as a skeptical reminder of what he can't 'manifest', with walls painted a generic-agnostic beige color, and various tomes and encyclopedias of data, data, data, data that he always has cracked open.. with a vintage style Zenith TV in black&white technicolor. :wink:

Trendal most likely has unexplained scientific koans all over his ceilings that he ponders on while he sleeps in his Gravity-Blanket?.

MarkostheGnostic, probably has a cathedral-house with Westernized religious-Idols of the cross harmoniously blended with Eastern-religion decor; Buddha chilling with his homie Jesus, etc.

Frog probably has widespread clutter of legal papers all over the floor with tampered-evidence for court-cases and colorful decorations of meds and pills here and there, with some neglect-enduring artificial plants and such.

The Bass Viking God surely has statues of ancient Gods of Norse-Mythology, with Viking helmets and armor, goblets and dragon-ships - yet, with a touch of Zen and Taoistic vibes glowing all over.

Hehehe... :grin:



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    #3328893 - 11/06/04 11:36 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Well,

My home is "old world" meditterean in style and decor. I'm anal about astetics. Everywhere I place my eye has to be pleasing, nurturing and inspiring to me. Anal is an understandment. No clutter what so ever I can't stand it! Everything must have a place and be in it. Far from being a pack rat. I don't hold onto much if it's not in frequent use or service to me.

I can't go into a home, store or restaurant without wanting to rearange and redecorate them. I need ambiance and timeless elegant beauty at every glance. If I could only be allowed one TV channel for the rest of my life, it would be HGTV. I MUST have creative inspiration 24/7. If I am not creating I am dying. Yves Saint Laurent is my idol. In 8th grade when we had to do a report on who we respect the most, I did mine on Ralph Lauren. LOL

Anyway, Yes peoples homes do reflect them. What people don't realise and why I think its neat you brought it up, is that it also works in reverse.

If you are surrounded by clutter, the more your mind will be cluttered in thought. If you are surrounded by worn out junk, you will start to feel like worn out junk. If you are surrounded by dark dull depressing colors, you will feel those things. If your stuff isn't functional, and conviently arranged for ease and flow you'll live in awkward frustration.

Our environments nurture us weather we realise it or not so I think its important to surround yourself with what nurtures and inspires you and makes you feel good and brings ease to life.

A lot of people don't even know what that would be for themselves.

Your home should be your favorite place to be. You should be able to take comfort there, entertain yourself and others there, feel inspired by it and rejuvinated.

A lot of people see it as a place to keep your stuff, cook , eat sleep, shower and sleep, but it can be sooooooo much more and it can do so much for you mentally emotionaly and spiritually if you make it your sanctuary, YOUR own world away from "the" world.

Some people say they don't care or don't understand why it matters, but put them in a home decorated and designed to suit their personal style and needs and then they will say, 'Ahhhhhhhh I get it now" Wow! I feel like a new person ready to take on the world!

I warned you it would be babble, hopefully, a little inspiring to others to think about adding some plants, scented candles, a fresh coat of paint,(not white it is too intense to live with) try a camel color with white trim, a handful of inspiring art pieces and some organizers. Don't forget to add interest with texture as they are stimulating to the senses. Window treatments are highly neglected as well as having at least one self indulgent item in the home to spoil yourself with.

You are worth it people! Pick up a home decor magazine or a friend with a knack for it and get inspired, get creative. We are creative beings and creativity makes us feel ALIVE and present in life. FLORIDA DESIGN magazine kicks ass look no further Skorp! It is my home design source of inspiration.

Did you expect to hear that from me?


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3330444 - 11/07/04 06:45 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Very good! Unexpected, yet didn't surprise me. :wink:
I'm trying to picture what "Olde-World Mediterranean" looks like.

Btw, in regards to this chair:


That chair was actually one of Christopher Lowell's projects, and watched him build that chair, some time ago. When someone who has no clue walks in and sees it, they'll most likely think "Wow! What Ultra-Rich Italian-Import Exotic Furniture place did you get THIS from and for how many legs and arms?"

Hehe, amazingly simple and simply amazing, all Christopher did was buy some medium density fiberboards, glue them together into boxes, and painted stripes onto them, and glued the final boxes together into the chair that you see above, and added some glass panes onto the arm-rests.
And a huge bonus is that the inside of the chair is hollow - which means lots of storage space. :wink:

A pair of glass-panes, pieces of sheet-fiber-board, some paint, and glue - for mere bucks and pennies. Viola!

Get with it, people.
Let your creavity run wild.



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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3330482 - 11/07/04 06:54 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I am a fan of feng shui. It gives a living area a more organic feel, I don't practice it, but I find it's principles appealing...someday I'll pitch out most of the rubble I have accumulated and create something really nice. Good post.


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    #3330828 - 11/07/04 08:34 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Think of an Italian Villa, lots of archetectural detail, stone, wrought iron, gardens and ivy, earthy tones, rich weighty furnishings, nothing nick nacky or whimsical. Casual and airy, yet functional and elegant.

Are you familiar with venician design? Thats somewhat close.



Another thing I should've mentioned is how I notice when I go in some peoples homes, they have all of the drapes and blinds closed during the day. How gloomy and depressing. Open those puppies up and let the sunshine in!


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3330836 - 11/07/04 08:35 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

i lie naked in the garden at the retirement home

needless to say, i get lots of stares


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3330864 - 11/07/04 08:47 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

i dont have any available pictures, sorry

Some people tend to over complicate the issue, i think, through
material goods, hence my philosophy on the "stuff". Sure i have
"stuff", and i probably have the stuff for the same reason other
people do, maybe not, and maybe or maybe not for many different
reasons. I have three pieces of furniture... my bed, my dresser, and
a night stand next to my bed, thats it. I think the building itself
should be able to stand on its own as a work of art, and so you
wouldnt have to buy anything else, as far as "decoration".
Complete in whole as it is.

You dress the house do you not? And who makes the house, or living space, for what? Do you shape the space, or does the space shape you? If the space could shape you, or at least be a vessel for you to fill, why worry about what is in it, besides yourself... or do you identify yourself with the things you buy or
decorate?

Again, this could lead you back to your points about making a
meaningful space. I only disagree in places... where people forget the
above, and buy things becasue they dont need them, but simply just to
fill something they cant even touch. In some ways i think it will
detach people from real meaning, truth, centerdness, call it what you
will..

Im glad you brought this topic up, because it raises a lot of good
questions. I like "minimalism", it reflects a set of ideas that i can
identify with...maybe because i dont like making life more complicated
than it is, or it should be... The world seems to filled with that
already, as you seem to have pointed out in your own way.


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: Zero7a1]
    #3330879 - 11/07/04 08:51 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

It all comes down to sensory input

Some people make themselves miserable in search for more 'asthetic' input.

Others create their own at the base of input recognition.

i dunno, I'm with 0-seven-eh-one on this one


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: deff]
    #3330913 - 11/07/04 09:02 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

Here's the key guys. Your home is about YOU. Any good designer or decorator will make it about YOU. There is no one way to live as in a one size fits all.

Do you need a waterfall? No would you enjoy the soothing sounds and astetics of one? Then get one. Do you need plants? No. would enjoy bringing more of the out doors to get you through the dreary winter months? Then get some.

feeling weighted down by life? Weed through your stuff and get rid of the excess baggage. Sell it, donate it or trash it but get it out of your home. You will feel lighter and refreshed in the oddest way after you do.

Feeling old tired and worn out, put a fresh new face on your old, tired worn out stuff. You will feel freah and new and rivied again.

Feeling frustrated and inconienced at every turn? get you home organised and functional with ease of movement around the place.

There are great principles here in Skorps post idea that a lot can benefit from.

If you start with a blank canvas, be cognitive of how it is serving you as you go to fill it with stuff and color it. Make it about YOU and for YOU.

Your body is your temple, how do you care for it and decorate it and how do you feel about it and how does it make you feel? Same thing with your home only extended.


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: gettinjiggywithit]
    #3330927 - 11/07/04 09:06 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

But if the YOU is truly blank.

Why not leave the canvas blank as well?


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    #3330948 - 11/07/04 09:15 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

That is the point. If you are blank, then a blank home canvas will support you. if you are blank and live with tons of useless stuff and clutter, your environment will crush you.

There is no one size fits all way. Def, have you moved into a place to have your furniture and well, everything show up late? It's not a home and you can't do a damn thing in it, but eat carry out on the floor, sleep on the floor, pee, shit and shower with no towel to dry yourself off with.

If that does it for you then, all you need is a towel really and hangars for your clothes.


def, are canvas's made to be left blank, or were they created to bring out the artist in us?

If your not going to paint it, well then trash the canvas too and go live naked in the jungle. There are people doing that in kauai.

I know you talk alot about the void of nothingness, but when does nothing ever get to become something with you? Nothing can not exist without something to make it nothing.


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3330954 - 11/07/04 09:16 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

I certainly wish I had money pouring out my ears (not really) so that I could purchase all that stuff to make my house more gr00vy. But my point is, you've got to be well-set to have furniture and decorations such as those.


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Re: Interior Reflections [Re: deff]
    #3330977 - 11/07/04 09:24 PM (13 years, 1 month ago)

But if the YOU is truly blank.

Why not leave the canvas blank as well?


And as our external interiors are reflections of our internal interiors, is it clear why Buddhist-temples and Zen-Japanese rooms are very spacious, flowing, and minimalistic ?:


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