"Show Us the House You Grew Up In -- Does it influence your design tastes today?" was the title of a post on Houzz.com* a couple of weeks ago. I'd discovered this site in searching for images of interiors that might help me describe my heroine's apartment in my romance novel, HOME OF THE HEART. What I found was more than images; it was community as well as a place to create Ideabooks for my own home.
Speaking of House Plants
being. Being in the same room as a green houseplant can trigger that ancient forest memory that is embedded in our DNA. That's my guess, anyway.
I'm a big fan of the Swedish artist, Carl Larsson. The weather where he lived and worked was often cold, so he and his family spent a great deal of their time indoors. Being artists, both Carl and his wife, Karen, designed their home with loving, artistic eyes. Carl documented the results in marvelous paintings of their home life. (See the book, A HOME, that includes many of Larsson's paintings.)
You don't have to be as literal as I've been to be inspired by art work. For instance, you can copy the colors of your favorite painting by repeating them in your furnishings.
If you have a favorite painting displayed in your home, I encourage you to think about how it might inspire you. Feel free to share here..
from Home of the Heart,
I loved writing about Meg Cary's interior design career in my romance, Home of the Heart. Meg worked on some pretty spectacular projects that I've only dreamed of. But my greatest pleasure has been exploring what's involved in creating one's personal Home of the Heart, both helping others as well as the evolution of my own home design. I'll be sharing with you what I've learned over the years as an interior designer.