Out With the Old, and In With the New: It’s 2010.
No, I was not planning on getting all philosophical on you, so no worries. I just thought I would write a little somethin’-somethin’ concerning that old aphorism. I do not necessarily think it is a good thing to throw out ALL of the old; take (for example), reclaimed wood from barns or antique furniture. These are recycled gems that can add character and dimensions of style adjacent to shiny, new materials. Eclecticism generates diversity, my friends, and it is all about the balancing act. Think about polished leather and sleek Lucite next to rustic Old World hardware under the shimmer of a 17th century crystal chandelier. Of course, the right textured rug would really help tie the room together. You can probably tell that I was doing plenty of rearranging at my digs over the break and have juxtaposed the old with the new (but mine is more out of necessity than funds!).
And then there’s Feng Shui. If you haven’t taken up this ancient Chinese practice, I highly recommend giving it a try, especially if you want to promote certain aspects of your life in 2010. It is highly recommended to add a plant to the household at the beginning of the year to encourage prosperity and happiness. Maybe I’ll give a Feng Shui tip every week from now on…
Design Diction of the Day: Passive Solar: Heating systems using solar energy and natural means of energy circulation to provide environmental comfort with little or no mechanical assistance.