Emerald Future Thinking & Biophilia for Living

IDS Show Features Installations ‘By Nature’ 2018, 19

Emerald Future Thinking for Working & Living Spaces

Biophilic stems from the word biophilia, meaning a ‘love of nature’

Biophilia is currently a hot topic conversation for design and architecture, as well at Interior Design Shows 2019.

 

Everyone knows that nature is one of the principal stress relievers, and today, stress and anxiety are seriously a part of our everyday worlds, especially in urban centres, and in our over-scheduled lives. Many researchers are revealing that by including just a few biophilic design elements (such as plants) effectively in live or work spaces is a great start to building healthier human-centric spaces.

Designing your human-centric spaces with natural elements such as indoor vegetation, plant walls and large windows can:

* Boost your overall wellbeing and productivity.

* Reduce stress, as they sooth and inspire, improving cognitive function and enhance mood & creativity.

* Improve overall air quality.

* Make a space feel complete and inhabited, as visually pleasing, green shades are a natural neutral.

* Fight effects of climate change in an eco-friendly direction, and promote sustainability methods.

Companies of the future, such as Google, Apple & Amazon, are investing heavily in designed office spaces that enhance wellbeing, reduce stress and increase productivity. Biophilia is just one design strategies being used.

 

As a nature lover myself, I often wonder how we, as humans became so disconnected from nature? Our interiors became so clinical, with fluorescent tube lighting and cold synthetic materials.  Is it about taking the tine to smell the roses? Where is the human connection to today’s environments, filled with synthetic materials, cold steel or oil based bi-products?

Perhaps, we are remembering how important our connection to nature truly is, and how, there is more to biophilia that meets the three-dimensional eye through which we see the world.

Orchids are gorgeous and fun to grow!

Tip: Emerald green often found in plants, is associated with the heart chakra, and Energy Healers call this the “divine Emerald Ray of light” which heals certain human ailments.

Trend Focus: The future of design is focusing more and more on wellness and natural elements to boost our human-centric journey forward.

 

 

 

Emerald Ray- heart chakra ‘Healing our systems of light’

Almost like we are standing in the bright radiating sunlight, the golden solar ray lifts us up, allowing us to tune into the emerald green ray.

This green ray of light makes us feel very bright, and is a core uplifting, healing ray of light!

Nature is in tune with our vibratory DNA. While walking thru a lush green forest, filled with the scents of white pine wafting in the air and listening to the rustling of the foliage, our vibrational energy improves, as we reconnect with nature to support our own healing, and our visual sight is actually said to be enhanced.

We tune into and ignite this higher green light; it is a lush frequency of light.

This ray of healing light uplifts our core light.

Information taken from YouTube Video by Cynthia Cole Energy Healer   www.healingourenergy.ca www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ71NQuFl54

A walk in nature inspires your mind!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Article & Sources:  http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/bringing-outdoors-into-office/  

The Impact and Benefits of Biophilia in the Workplace

 

Maison et Objet 2019 …. Colour Love

Top Row: Maison et Object Colours Bottom Row: IDS show Toronto Colours

A quick comparison in colour seen at Maison in Paris vs. IDS show Toronto. Would love to see more images of Maison et Object, to continue comparing thru colourful eyes!

European Design regarding colour always amazes me, and we see this annually through our work at CMG. The green in the IDS (Toronto, Canada) swatch mostly comes from all the plants we observed at the show this year, only a tiny bit of this green in textiles. The overall European freshness of colour really resonates with fashion, as here we are seeing a tiny bit more colour on the horizon coming into 2019, there is alot of grey here still in North America. Grey is a safe interior finish, but sort of creates a sad mood in fashion, so folks let’s wear some COLOUR- toss some fresh colour in the mix- it will lift our spirits during the dreary winter! Spring Colours are in Sight!

Image Inspired by Jeannette Hanenburg
Trip to Maison 2019
Colour Professionals – Centre for Colour & EducationAntwerp Area, Belgium
Interior Design Show 2019 Living Colour

 

IDS Show Living Colour

 

Inspired by Jeannette Hanenburg’s Video Post Jan 19th/ 2019 at Maison- JLN’s Booth https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6492108198357590016

 

 

Solar Garden

Planning for spring and the growing year ahead this past year was so invigorating!

We set out to teach our little one all about how gardens grow, where do vegetables come from and what is the solar process of the plants!

This was nothing like container or small urban gardening– this was a massive undertaking.

On a plot of land, we plotted, cleared and worked a series of long rectangular patches. Using recycled cedar, we created boxes, partially sunk into the ground to maintain the earth, lined with heavy duty landscape fabric and filled with triple mix soil!

We planned the design to be all fenced in and protected from local wildlife, so we sunk large posts, created wooden gates and an arbor to grow some grapes thru the centre!

Alternating seeds with tiny seedlings we started, veggies with flowers and herbs we created an eclectic arrangement of natures finest colours.

 

Growing everything from corn, beets, eggplants, peppers, carrots (heirloom), tomatoes, broccoli and loads of basil and strawberries, etc. What a fun project to get little ones involved in, especially if they have never seen this type of garden growing before!

Garden in Late July!

We all pitched in watering, weeding and picking- what a project! Hard work paid off for terrific results for harvests  for years to come!

Now what were we going to do with all these veggies?   …. That’s another story!

Let’s just say, everyone got organic homemade pickles for Christmas!

Sunflowers were 8 + feet high!

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous Greens to Rejuvenate us….

Amazing colours that continue to surface in design, decor and amongst colour professionals…. there is something most compelling about these hues….. you can almost feel the grass under your feet…. soft essence of spruce in the fresh air…. birds chirping…. escape for a just a moment….

Greens Inspired by Nature.

Yellow Sunshine in Design….

Loving Yellow in Spaces these days…. it seems we all need a little burst of sunshine in our very grey and white spaces every now and then.

Adding a little Vitamin D to any space…. it’s almost as though Yellow just infuses your brain with instant Sunshine & Happiness with welcoming signs of Spring are all around- inside & outside!

Bursting with Yellow Sunshine Inside & Outside!
Working with Yellow in Design is refreshing a space, adding feelings of cheer, and depending on the shade yellow can be powerful soft & soothing or sharpe & zippy ‘full of buzzzing energy’!   Enjoy some of my favourite yellows for your own designs….

 

Nature Inspired Writing Space!

Ever wish your office was in a Tree House?

Inspired by Nature- My Tree House Office!!

Well mine kind of is!

Writing & creating in a space with lots of warm natural sunlight (Vitamin D), fresh air, & plant life is essential to my style! Not only your atmosphere becomes more organic, but so do your content and creative pieces!

Colours, materials and finishes inspired by nature are almost essential to recreate this atmosphere if you cannot have your office in a Tree House!

How do we Select Colours & Finishes to tell the story?

Colours & Finishes create our atmospheres, that we can feel thru nostalgia and our 5 senses.

Some favourite wood finishes are oil on mahogany and/ or oil on walnut wood!

Espresso colour reminds me of coffee in the morning when you are at your best!

The walls appear as ‘carte blanche’ grey-ish white carrara marble inspired hue, which can seem like the blank page of an ancient hand made book waiting for history to unfold before us!

Shades of white can clear your mind, having slight undertones (ex. warm or cool) can define architectural details in a space differently.

The Fresh Exciting Modern Green infuses new signs of life, sprouting new leaves of inspiration!

Creatively refreshed, inspired and energized this space makes anyone feel!

Pull up a chair and create your perfect inspired space!

Nature Inspired Colour & Finishes

 

Dining Room Drama!

Inspiration Design Board for Dining Space Colours & FinishesHow to Set the Stage for a Dining Space you ask?

Drama- Is the name of the game for Dining Rooms for colour & lighting!

Let’s take the Myth right out of; only pale shades on the walls make a space feel GRAND!

Actually depending on your dining room space, this is the room where you can go a little wild with!

Saturated deep hues add dramatic, elegant evening tones, which create visual focus in a well planned space.

This dining room was colour balanced by adding a rich accent wall, layering contrasting finishes in furniture, metallic silver, pewter and don’t forget the mirror to further enhance depth and reflection of lighting! Lighting is a key component, layering lighting types and dimmers on your switch plate! – Your guests almost expect a little excitement here as your dining space sets the stage for a little entertainment!

The Dining room Designer stage is set, your dinner party conversations will never be the same with these curated Designer Trade Secret Hues!

Continuously, I am inspired by colour & finishes found in nature when designing spaces and this dining room is inspired by the illusiveness of the magical midnight sparkly sky, finishes of a dragonfly wing, crisp, fresh natural green fruit & foliage.

One Dynamic deep tinted accent wall is all it takes to create this look, and when you bored of it- Change it up- it is only One Wall!

Colour Inspiration is all around us, drink it in, snap a shot, experiment with it- ‘Colour is Pure Luxury!

Modern Dining Space Inspired by the Magical Midnight Sky!

 

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