I am a strong believer in surrounding yourself with the intimate spirit and graceful happiness of sanctuary. The rhythm and overall scale of your house needs to reflect a network of private and public spaces that remind you of things serenely reflective of your life’s experiences and should also trail in its wake the vast pool of things we call our lives. In a previous “Why Not…” blog, I suggested we frame a meaningful card or letter from a loved one, a reminder of a wonderful moment in our life. I am now suggesting that we all consider framing a photograph (preferably a black and white photograph) of something from our life’s work. For example, I have a black and white photograph of a shower I designed for a specific space in my home.
It is shot from overhead, lending an edgy, “what exactly is this” feel to the photo. It reflects a part of my design sensibility, contrasting linear elements with shape and varying materials. A client spent a lifetime working in heavy industry. He had a photographer take close up black and whites from various angles of heavy equipment components and enlarged them to line a hall way in a second home. To the untrained eye (just about all of us) the photographs are mysterious, interesting, and architectural. Steel, heavy chain, bolts in artistic composition. To him, they reflect a career. If you are a writer, take some close up photographs of the keys and inner workings of an old style typewriter, the ribbons and interior striking mechanisms, enlarge them and frame them. They will not only constantly remind you of who you are and what you love, but will add interest and mysterious style to your room. So, why not use your artistic sensibility and frame some photographs inspired by your work.