Artful Living

“The arts… are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” —Kurt Vonnegut

  • Focus

    If it is true that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” then we think that the parts, small and large alike, deserve meticulous, painstaking attention to detail.

    “Still – in a way – nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
    -Georgia O’Keeffe

  • Palette

    In creating a palette for the palate, the “heart of the home” is complete when it invites sharing – of tasks, techniques, traditions – and memories.

    “Calvin: Why are you crying, Mom?
    Mom: I’m cutting up an onion.
    Calvin: It must be hard to cook if you anthropomorphize your vegetables.”

    -Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

  • Contemplation

    Somehow, finding the time for reflection becomes easier when the spaces given to it are plentiful and comfortable.

    “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.”
    -Leonardo da Vinci

  • Transform

    Sometimes, we find a piece of the earth that speaks to us…If it holds a building that once spoke to someone else, but not to us. consider the possibility of metamorphosis.

    “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
    -Jonathan Swift

  • Recreation

    Fun – it’s how we connect to one another. In spaces that allow us to pursue the activities we most enjoy – we can be and share our true selves.

    “They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.”
    -Herman Melville

  • Renewal

    A haven should be a space apart, a corner of the world that makes it possible to find oneself again. From daily routine to indulgent pampering, at the start and at the close of every day, the best spaces refresh – one’s body, mind, and outlook.

    “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.”
    -John Updike