Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Listening to your Front Door

What does your front door say about you and what is inside?
Does it say: Come in! Go away?  Welcome! Don't stop here!

According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute,
color has a psychological component through which we often communicate
our moods, feelings, emotions, and personality. One way we do that is
through the paint colors we choose, even on the exterior of our home.
Here is a look at some colorful front doors and what they say about their

GREEN door says healthy and harmonious, the color gives off good
vibes and tells all who enter that your home is a safe haven.
A BLUE door is the most popular door color. Blue suggests that you
see your home as a refuge. Calm, serene, and relaxing; the perfect retreat
from an often harsh and demanding world.

  If your door is BROWN, it can convey warmth and stability, but
darker shades suggest that you like privacy, maybe even to
RED is the color of passion. Regarded as a powerful “punch” color, it welcomes
visitors to a vibrant home. One that says the home within is a place, full of life,
energy, and excitement.
Those who paint the front door BLACK are communicating something entirely
different about their homes. A black front door projects strength,
sophistication, power, and authority, indicating to all who enter or even those
who pass by that the home is a serious place inhabited by a person
of substance.
The color of your front door is limited only by your daring and imagination! 
Now we know....
Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what
that purpose was? Turns out, DOORS themselves are to blame for these strange
memory lapses.
Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing
through a doorway triggers what's known as an event boundary in the mind,
separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next.
Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a
blank slate for the new locale.
It's not aging, it's the damn door! Thank goodness for studies like this.

source: The Paint Quality Institute, Shop Smart Mag, Pinterest


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Designing CATS......it is all about them!

In all fairness, since I did a post about dogs in Interior Design, I felt the cat
should get equal time. My husband and I have a great time watching
our neighbors cat, Jackson, as he suns, stalks, reclines and ignores us when we
call him or attempt to pet him. Having never had a cat, by watching
"Action Jackson," as my husband calls him. I am beginning to learn about
the cat personality.
 Never try to outstubborn a cat. - Robert A. Heinlein
 When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me? - Montaigne
 The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world. - Lynn M. Osband
 Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this by all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish. - James Gorman
 "The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every
other animal...its also the reason they hate birds." - KC Buffington
 "As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well
knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the
human mind."
  - Cleveland Amory
 "There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned
by cats." - Anonymous
 "A cat sees us as the dogs...A cat sees himself as the human."
 - Unknown


If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon
our favorite cat, they, too, would purr. - Martin Buxbaum
 Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often
simultaneously. - Louis F. Camuti, DVM
 A cat is there when you call her - if she doesn't have something better
 to do.- Bill Adler
"If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would
deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain 
 Most beds sleep up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner.
- Stephen Baker
 "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to
you later." - Mary Bly
 "Even overweight, cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat,
arrange yourself in slim poses." - John Weitz
 "One must love a cat on its own terms."- Paul Gray

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask
for what you want. - Joseph Wood Krutch

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never
forgotten this." - Anonymous
 I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its
visible soul. - Jean Cocteau
 "I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her
fur as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue.
Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already
read it. She looks up and gives me her full gaze.
Don't be ridiculous, she purrs, I wrote it.
- from "Miao" by Dilys Laing 

After doing this cat research I have deducted that certain house rules should
apply to the cat....it really is all about them!