At Dusk: the fountain of life

INFINITE BEST: When a facelift is the only solution.

No, not my face….. although…..You may not know this, but “they” say that the best time in life for a face lift is about 3-5 years before you actually need one. Then, instead of the getting all of the odd glances from people, as they gaze into your face a bit too long, and scrutinize the obvious work, all your friends will just assume that you have gotten a very good night’s sleep, and that you look “refreshed”. Of course, I have no personal experience with this, but this is what “they” tell me.

My website has had a gentle lift. Some Resylane, if you will. Juvederm, anyone? Or how about some straight up Botox. My website was wonderful and I have always received enthusiastic comments from everyone who clicked on it. The swirl at the beginning was unique and, yes, that was me playing the oboe. But I realized that I needed to have the site rebuilt on a Word Press platform because the Flash based site is not viable for today’s mobile devices. More and more, I got the comment that people were unable to bring the site up on their iphones and ipads. This is not good news for anyone who depends on having their work out there for the whole world to see. After some research, I found out that more than 30% of people now access the web from their non computer devices. That percentage will only go up. The change was just inevitable.

So, the new site is up and running, and I could not be happier with the “refreshed” look. You may notice that the site colors are no longer “primary” (red, blue, yellow). I am now using “secondary” colors, (purple, green, orange). And how perfect for big concept: moving into my SECOND ten years! The images are larger, and the navigation has been improved. There are two new sections: Kitchens and Baths. Please click around and let me know what you think. www.marciabutler.com

So, here is what I am thinking about these days.

A designer must be able to see and make a concentrated effort to envision the essence of the project. Seeing is a very difficult thing to do. Looking is emotional; seeing is an intellectual process.

Flair is a primitive kind of style. It is innate and cannot be taught. It is a true support for complex design knowledge.

I am always aware that the final look of my projects is only fully revealed towards the end of the job. Flexibility is vital throughout the process.

Striking a balance between satisfying a client’s dream and helping them make the correct choices that you know will support that dream, is subtle and can be a challenge. The resolution is always interesting.

Color: hue, value, intensity. One must understand these words in order to get the proportions right.

What would happen if we opened our visual aperture up by 20 degrees in each direction. I guarantee that the world would brighten up with a myriad of new possibilities.

I believe that any piece of furniture will “hold up”, if the furniture is treated with respect. It’s not about the amount of money you spend but rather how you treat the objects in your home.

I love everything in my home, and I have some lovely objects that I treasure.  But I could do without it all in a second. I am not attached to things. I am attached to beauty and function.

Have I mentioned that I am completely comfortable with living in a state of “not knowing”? I do not need to know. I need to trust myself. And I do.

I honestly believe that I could put any three colors together and make it work. As long as I was also working with black, white and gray.

When I enter a room, I don’t need to be dazzled. I simple need to be interested and curious about what I see in front of me. I want to be delighted with the whole look, in an instant.

As we move into the “back to school” phase of summer (as September rolls around, I always get the urge to lay out my clothes for the next day!), I encourage all of you to consider and think hard about how your home environment is supporting your life. Or is it? Does your space allow you to do and be what you want and need? Or does it fight you all the way. The first step is NOTICING.

The next step is up to you.

 

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