How to Create a Zen Home
Zen is a Japanese word, emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition, which can cross over in the space you live in. Everything in the home can have a meaning...... I am trying to slow down and contemplate what each object is saying.... what is each piece of furniture's goal, what does it represent not only to my marriage, but to my family and friends when they visit.
I once had a "intuitive master" visit my apartment in the Marina District of San Francisco. He said, "No wonder you are single...Everything on your walls is drowning in depression!" "What?" I said, shocked! But, then I studied my walls, I was into dark medieval drawings, and I even had a modern painting of a man in the middle of the ocean alone on a raft. What was my environment saying? I was all alone, floating out at sea and my interests were the plaque and starvation….
Since then, my focus has been on creating a Zen Home.
David and I had a dream to live on the ocean. Lucky for us David inherited a little money from his wild and humorous Uncle Ed, who was a bachelor. At the end of Ed's life, he had a large Tribeca Apartment Building, in NY City, with single women on every floor. And they were all in love with him. :)
Ed left everyone in the family enough money for a small down payment on a home. Thank you Ed! We were able to turn it around into our Dream Home...
We found a mortgage broker and worked out how much we could afford.
We have always loved Seascape, a giant "S-Shaped" architectural masterpiece on Jax Beach. As we walked into Seascape's business office to see if they had any condos for sale, a woman appeared with a "For Sale by Owner" sign. She took David and I up to the fourth floor and opened the door. There it was Our Dream Come True. We were looking straight out onto the Ocean! Just then a flock of Pelicans flew by in a giant V-formation! This was our new home I thought, and we shook hands instead of signing a contract to confirm the deal: A zen contract! :) I wanted to maintain my goal of staying a "Minimalist." My husband David, a "Statistician" would say there was a little variation on my Zen Graph :)
|Seascape Condo, the S paradise.|
|Inspiration for our bedroom!|
|We are picking out our granite for the bath and kitchen.|
|Tearing down the bedroom wall to open the view to the ocean and removing the cottage cheese ceiling.|
|I found this blooming mirror from Anthropology and a french vanity for my bathroom.|
|I found talking lover cabinet knobs|
|Sleeping to the Ocean's waves….|
|Our Living Room|