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

 

Upcycled Organization Station!

Staying organized and keeping events/ dates all straight is always tricky!

Yes of course, we have Smart Phones to keep our calendars…. yet sometimes we need to hang some important keys, necklace, lanyard, pin up a fast note or save a cool label, ticket or picture!  If you are a visual person like me, gosh I need a reminder board as a landing space,  to quickly glance at it each day as I run out!

Upcycling made this board redesign almost free! 

Upcycled Cork board MOD & Deep Styling!

 

Here’s How to create your own old school Cork board Hack!

  • Select a dramatic latex paint colour!
  • (Note: You can use a contrasting colour from your walls or your wall paint for a monochromatic look!)
  • Paint with roller or brush 2 coats of paint, let dry between coats
  • Clean up edges or frame or repaint frame- depending on material of frame you may have to use a spray paint
  • I created metallic thumb tacks by spraying a light coat of metallic spray paint to old tacks (picture included)
  • Select your favourite colour note paper as ‘To Do Notes”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Have Fun with your old school cork board and ‘Pin Up’ whatever your smart phone will not hold!

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!

 

 

 

 

Here Comes the Sun!

Experience Colour Everyday…. the Sun is Always Shining in My Studio!

You are Invited to join this Colourful Adventure!

Purposefully discovering the pure essence of colour inspirations for design…. decor…. or wherever colour takes you!  We discover colour in the world around us each day… it can be subtle or it can be dynamic.

Colour is SUCH a powerful element to create with.  We all experience colour uniquely, so be sure to enjoy the world in living colour!

Yellow is full of Energy and Freshness! A burst of Sunshine, a ray of light or a hopeful yellow ribbon tied to a tree!

The Power Colour: YELLOW

Yellow is full of energy, vitality and a hit of freshness! A powerful burst of sunshine, a ray of light or a hopeful yellow ribbon tied to a tree!  

Wearing yellow is empowering!  In a sea of grey or black clothes, which are great background colours, you will not stand out.  Each time I wear yellow to an event or meeting, someone invariably comments “I love the freshness yellow brings to your look!”

Yellow is said to stimulate intellect and creativity, filling your mind with positive energy.  It is always seen as a happy colour!…remember, Smileys are yellow!

George Harrison wrote the famed Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” as a relief to the long grey winter, getting outside to finally enjoy some spring sunlight, from the dull winter 1969 England.

 

What’s the sense of yellow anyway?

Yellow in Nature: Bananas (a source of Vitamin D), canaries, honeybees, daffodils, buttercups, day lilies, lemons, etc.

Scent: Citrus, uplifting, zippy, fresh.

Taste: Straight lemons make your mouth pucker, but lemon tea is refreshing.

Yellow in Design: Welcoming, warmth and cheery atmosphere is created. If someone is unwell, try  bringing yellow into their space through flowers or accessories to lift the spirit and reflect light.

Ding! I have an Idea!

Soft yellows (think butter) are stunning on walls in children’s rooms, just be sure to temper the shades, as saturated tones can create excitement making bedtimes a challenge!

Bright pops of canary or sunshine yellow lend themselves well to modern design, whereas more toned ochre, gold or mustard are often seen in traditional or heritage designs.

 

Yellow is the perfect antidote to a dull day—have yourself a sunshine of a day filled with bright ideas!

 

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