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  1. NATURE IN THE SPACE

    Visual Connection with Nature

    Views outdoors are one of the most obvious ways we can connect visually to nature. Not all homes have the luxury of outdoor space so we need to be more creative in creating spaces that nourish us.

    Photo by Qimono, Canva

    How can we make the most of our views of nature from our own homes? 

    The obvious way is to make the most of the views from our living space through our windows where we can see natural landscapes or green spaces. 

    Views of trees or other vegetation enforce our connection with nature and alert us to the changing seasons and weather patterns. Views outdoors also informs us of the time of day as we become accustomed to the day's rhythm.

    Here are a few simple ways to draw nature into our homes and help us make the most of our outdoor views.

    • Place interior furnishings so as not to obscure the view out of the window.

    • Turn chairs at angles, so when sitting, you can see outdoors.

    • Draw curtains and blinds back fully exposing as much of the view as possible.

    • Keep window ledges uncluttered.

    • There may be things you can reposition outdoors making your view from indoors more appealing.

    Other ways to connect your home with nature:

    • Potted plants are an easy and low-cost way to bring nature into your home and can also be useful for improving your home's indoor air quality. Ten house plant suggestions suggestions

    Photo by Inna Yatsun, Unsplash
     
    • Adding interest to your spaces by adding plants in macrame hangers works beautifully with trailing plants such as an indoor ivy, you can find a selection of trailing plants to choose from here along with care advice. Plants in hangers provide us with an indoor canopy of vegetation giving us a sense of refuge and a safe place.
     
    Photo by Mutzii, Unsplash 
    • Cut flowers placed around your home in vases brings life and vitality to spaces. Studies show that having flowers in our homes invigorates feelings of joy and aids wellbeing. 
    how flowers can bring vitality to you space
    Photo by Evie S, Unsplash 


    Ways to improve views into a garden or courtyard from inside your home:

    • Window ledge planters provide views of greenery from indoors, try planting with aromatic plants such as herbs or lavender providing lovely aromas to drift in through an open window. See how to make a windowsill herb planters here
    Jill Wellington - Pixabay
    • Consider putting up a trellis to hide a plain wall and planting with climbing plants in time you will have a lovely view of 'green'. 

    • If your budget allows you could green-up your urban spaces with living walls and planting green-roofs. This becoming more popular and we will begin see more of this type of planting as people become more familiar with the benefits of biophilic design.

    example of living walls - biophilic design

    Public Domain Pictures - Pixabay
    • Create planted courtyards with seating areas acting as transitional spaces from indoors through to outdoors.

    dpexcel, Pixabay

    Hopefully you will have some ideas of how you can enhance your homes connection to nature. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.

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    List of Sources: 
    https://www.perrywood.co.uk/gardening-tips/top-ten-house-plants-that-literally-clean-the-air/
    https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/15-of-the-best-trailing-house-plants/ 
    https://howtoculinaryherbgarden.com/windowsill-herb-garden/
     

     

     

     

     

  2. The most perfect day exploring one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the chance to sit and sketch, the weather was perfect and the beach was beautiful...

    https://youtu.be/1U6LnnroZ_s

     

    Not only was the beach beautiful but the walk to it was just a stunning! Bright red poppies growing a long side the ruins of stone built crofts with glimpses of turquoise sea and white sandy beaches... An absolute paradise I thought I could stay there for ever...

    getting creative outdoors

     

    Biophilia, Meaning love of nature, shows our deep connection with and that we have an innate understanding of the importance of nature but has this been lost in recent years in favour of our modern lives where we spend more time indoors. We now see scientific research by scholars such as E. O. Wilson. They have highlighted that our lack of connection with natural environments and other living things is having an impact on our overall wellbeing.

    Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing originated in Japan thousands of years ago has drawn on intuitive knowledge, it suggests that we are part of nature and we have a deep need to feel that connection. An adviser to the natural environment in England examined a range of studies that look at our connections to nature and concluded, that being active or spending time in nature provides positive effects on attention, anger, fatigue and mood.

    forest bathingPhoto Mitsuo Komoriya - Unsplash

     

    The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG) suggest that having creative hobbies have beneficial impacts on our mental and emotional health. The research found that the arts can help to keep us well, aid recovery and support us to live healthier and longer lives and the benefits are apparent at any age.

    painting outdoors
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    So with all those suggested benefits, what better way to spend time outdoors than being creative in the fresh air, getting exercise and is great for our overall wellbeing. For me being outdoors is time to switch off from the pressures of daily life. I have been sketching outdoors for a few years now. Sketching requires you to absorb the surroundings not just visually but by using all your senses its the most beautiful mindful activity. To benefit you don't have to be a fantastic artist, it's about having ago and being in the natural environment. If you love it, then you will be hooked and have found a hobby that could enrich your soul.

    Painting outdoors nature therapy the patternologist


    You could also share the activity with a friend or a group of friends, a grandparent and grandchild, parents and children. I think this would be just lovely!! Find a local park, sit in the garden or if you are unable to get outdoors, open the windows and sketch the view or some of your lovey house plants, its the connection with nature that inspires us... Nature Therapy  🍃

    watercolour painting outdoors

    If you feel inspired to be creative outdoors I would love to hear from you, where is your special place of inspiration? Please comment below... 

     

  3. Of all of the biophilic features natural light has the most impact on our wellbeing. In nature we seek sunlight with the balance of shade. Bright sunlight provides us with illumination and clarity as the sun rises and sets it provides us with a golden glow. We need to experience the full spectrum of the day this how our natural selves keep in balance and our rhythms are subtlety aware of the changing light this is how we keep our circadian rhythms in balance.

    The best lighting for a bedroom or a restorative space is diffused and indirect light like the light that is emitted by the rising and setting sun, we can illuminate these spaces with warm tones and elements that nature provides us with so beautifully. By identifying the visual characteristics of natural light we can begin to recreate this within our spaces by making the most of, or mimicking natural light.

     
     
     

    As the sun rises, it creates a flare of soft diffused light for a few moments bringing with it an awareness of a fresh new day full of possibilities. Through the first morning mists, there are soft shadows of bluey greens and warm greys with beams of mellow warm golden tones. Guided by the principals of indirect and diffused light, the mood of sunrise can be achieved in the following ways.


    Using shear light-diffusing fabrics to the windows can replicate the softness of first light throughout the day. To create a calm, restorative space diffused light can be mimicked by the use of lamps with low illuminance and warm colour temperature of 2000 measured by the Kelvin chart.

     

    Use light sources that filter, diffuse and illuminate. Organic shape cutouts on a lampshade create a cosy restorative corner.

     

    A warm, soft coloured bulb mounted on a wall emulates natural pools of light that we see in nature.

     

    Naturalistic silhouettes cast shadows using a decorative window film or house plants in the windowsill will cast interesting shadows by dappling light onto the surrounding surfaces, indicative of a restorative space and inspiring playfulness.

       

     

    Mirrors and surfaces with a sheen will reflect light as a source of indirect and diffused lighting.

     

    The use of a sunrise lamp aids the circadian rhythm. Circadian lighting is designed to mimic the progression of the day, realigning our biorhythms and used therapeutically to enhance our sense of wellbeing and mood.

     

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    List of Sources:
    https://unsplash.com/ https://www.elmstreetlife.com/2012/10/morning-light.html https://www.anthropologie.com/ https://www.hannahnunn.co.uk/
    https://www.usailighting.com/circadian-rhythm-lighting
    https://www.lumens.com/how-tos-and-advice/kelvin-color-temperature.html