Reincarnation & the Dining Room

Reincarnation & the Dining Room

Life after death fascinates me. I’ve always felt that there is a reason to live which then carries to an afterlife.  I am also curious whether our senses travel when they disappear from our physical body, transcending to the elements of the environment. It’s like a rollercoaster of senses that has a beginning, an ending, and perhaps another beginning.

When I was studying my sports science degree in Australia, I was motivated to find ways to help athletes become better then their opponents by triggering their senses.  But first, I had to achieve this feeling myself.  I read a fair amount of motivating books but there was one book that changed my perception and understanding of self awareness. This book is called “The Complete Peaceful Warriors Way” by author Dan Millman.

Dan MillmanA great book to get in touch with your senses

So what if we build our senses to the point that it could affect our presence that guides us to a better path.  I believe this can happen and I am now aware that we can stimulate our five senses through multiple ways in an interior space. There is one particular room in a home that aligns all senses. The dining room.

This is a space where you are able to sit at a position and look directly into someone eyes, share the same aromas of a cooked meal, discuss stories and concerns, and taste the pleasures of food and drink. The dining room is where you start to teach your children and grow with your spouse. Unfortunately, it appears that we as a society have forgotten the function of the dining room.

I feel like its my duty to bring back the importance of the dining room and to refocus on perfecting our senses.  Getting in touch with our senses can create better memories for our children.  It is helping me with my children.

There are subtle things that can change the function of the dining room, such as the shape of the table. A rectangle dining table provides an intimate setting compared to a round dining table. Although its easier to have a conversation with a round table, you sit further away from the person opposite to you. Wall sconces and floor/table lamps illuminate the corners of the room in the evening which balances the pendant above the table.  Illuminating the corners of the room is crucial because it defines the angles allowing you to feel comfortable of your surroundings. Adding color and texture can enlighten a dining room.

The dining room is a blank canvas that allows you to explore your creative flair and personal style.  Legendary designer Albert Hadley once quoted that ” decoration is really about creating a quality of life, and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, that makes life beautiful”.

Top song to design your dining room – Nightmares on Wax (Shape your Future)

When I first started my career in New York City,  I began an internship with Cullman & Kravis.  I was the only male working amongst 14 young and stylish women.  I felt a little out of place but I was inspired by Ellie Cullman and the respect she had from her staff and clients.  I really enjoyed my time with this firm and it were these moments that set a higher standard for me.  I also learnt from Ellie the values of building long lasting relationships.  Her book, Decorating Master Class, is a classic guide to decorating for a “modern traditional” aesthetic.  I am always referring to her design opinion.

Cullman & Kravis A guide to decorating by a leading firm in NYC

All of these dining rooms (see images) from Cullman & Kravis show the clients interests in furniture, art, light fixtures, color, and texture.

Cullman & Kravis 1Urban City  – Sophisticated Dining Room by Cullman & Kravis

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Clean and Modern – A welcoming dining room by Cullman & Kravis
Cullman & Kravis 2Traditional setting with an emphasis on abstract art by Cullman & Kravis
Cullman & Kravis 4Strong architectural details with colors to reflect the countryside by Cullman & Kravis

It’s a struggle to control our outside world and it’s easy to loose connection to your senses.  We are continually ignoring what we are feeling through compulsive habits that technology and social media are leading us towards.

It’s time to rebuild the dining room so that there is no escape from hiding your senses.  It’s time to sit down and enjoy your children’s voice again and look into their eyes.

Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, start working on improving your senses and create your new dining room. This will help you live better for this moment, for your future and everybody else’s future around you.


Going through some changes.

Going through some changes.

Life is full of changes whether you like it or not, good or bad.  It can be unpredictable or something you are craving for.  It’s life’s motions of going back and forth, up or down.  I have this theory that there is never a right or wrong choice, but it’s how you perceive the next step of change.

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Cole & Son Wallpaper by Martyn Lawrence Ballard/ Schumacher new Fabric & Wallpaper

The colors, voices, and visions of your future are judged by you and only you. Life’s changes in your interior space is a representation of where you are now.  It’s your story of the moment that includes memories of your past.  However, it is important on how you put it all together.

Top Song for Change – Rhye ( Count To Five)

So far in 2018, there are big changes in fabric, tile, wallpaper, and furniture styles and selections.  Bold colors, intricate patterns, culture symbols, mixed use of materials, and abstract forms are making a loud noise in the interior world.   These are statements that yearn for more freedom, more movement, more glamour, and more reasons to be you.  It’s no doubt that changes are hard, but what I do know is that it’s never the wrong time to make the right change.  AA

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Mosaic Tile from Domus UK.                                               Shelving from Bungalow 5

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Side Tables from Bungalow 5                                         Floral Dress from Jil Sander 2018 Spring
Jil Sander Movie 3.PNGContrasting colors and abstract patterns from the new 2018 Spring Collection for Jil Sander

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Tailored Sofa with a burnt orange fabric from Holly Hunt