A close friend of mine used to own a café themed around the concept of “Home Sweet Home”. The cozy colorful sofa, smooth jazz, dreamy lighting, a book case full of classic masterpieces and milky white stools coupled with delicious homemade cookies, turned it into a safe corner for me to shelter myself from the unnerving challenges of work and traffic for a few hours every day.
As a graduate Fashion Studies student, I have learned that fashion can reflect personality. Individuals feel most comfortable and confident when their looks properly express their characters. In my opinion, same principle applies to decoration. People are wrapped in their habitat just as clothes embrace the body. The setting of an environment can influence the emotional feedback of the population that temporarily or regularly use that space. A well-decorated house would invite you to go in, spend time, and cherish the memories you will whole-heartedly make. It is fascinating how your surroundings can help create a specific sensation or experience through direct communication with our receptors. The aroma of a scented candle, the gentle sound of a home décor water fountain, the feel and embracing warmth of an ancient silk rug, and the overall charm of an ideally-decorated scene at your apartment, your office or your favorite coffeehouse, will make you feel at home and urge you to come back for the safe and fulfilling experience when you’re on the lookout for area rugs in Arlington VA.
Same as dress codes, every environment should be associated with a specific “air” depending on its location or function. There are thus varying styles of decorations assigned to different spaces and the unique design elements of each would ultimately shape the soul and expected perception of an environment. For instance, tasteful lighting can induce happiness and productivity, the use of plants gives the space a “healthier” look, and intelligent employment of colors can positively influence the psychological state in the same manner that clothes both reflect and create moods and states of mind.
It is quite intriguing to see an ordinary ambient turned into something elegant and memorable through decoration. This form of art is as inspiring as it is creative and practical.
Christmas can be a magical time of year for people of all ages. It is a wonderful, festive and mysterious time of year filled with excitement, love, and traditions. Christmas allows for quality time for family and friends to reminiscence of times shared and creates new memories. As a child, it seems that everything turned into a winter wonderland during this season. Every store was beaming with glitter, ribbons, themed ornate trees and lots of beautifully wrapped gifts. People looked happy and interested in making others cheerful. As an adult, my highlights of the holiday season have changed to love Christmas with a different conviction. This magical transformation of this time of year has developed into not only the many embellishments of my home but the intoxicating aromas of my favorite desserts creating the center décor of a family tradition.
My favorite memories revolved around the Christmas gingerbread house. It was around the age of nine that I began to realize that this holiday was more than Santa bringing toys to all the boys and girls around the world. I became aware of the weeks leading up to this celebration that my parents would save our leftover Halloween candy, cereal and crackers for decorating what became a family tradition throughout the generations. Something as unpretentious as the baking and assembling gingerbread houses brought our family together in an effortless evening of fun and creativity. As a child I anxiously watched, tasted and would help to prepare the ginger cake mix for the walls to build the houses. In those earlier years it was quite easy to be enticed with enormous amounts of candy, sweets and icing associated with the construction without feeling the consequences of the indulgence of consuming the tantalizing sweets. Each gingerbread house over the years was a masterpiece by itself that would become the centerpiece of our Christmas décor. This tradition expresses no discrimination for age or talent, it truly unites and closes the age gap.
As years pass the assembly of a pre-baked gingerbread kit took over the hours of baking and allowed the focus on the decorating. There is such a joy watching children create their version of a gingerbread house engulfed with candy and the brilliance of surprising themselves with a masterpiece of amazing design. The combination of the young and old spending quality time together is truly an inspiration and reassures the compassion of mankind. In the future, I will share the nostalgia of my favorite Christmas décor with my immediate family. There is the mystique of the holiday season that is inside of all of us that tends to alter our everyday traditions. I do believe that this gingerbread tradition shines the spotlight on matters of the heart.