DAY FIVE – INDOOR DETAILS
It was an Anglican Bishop, Frances Atterbury, who said, “It’s attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning.” What we see every day may seem ordinary, familiar and even, at times, boring. It is perhaps why we travel to other places to get a different view of something we might regard as extraordinary that others regard as their everyday ordinary. Depending on where you are and your surroundings, see what happens when you start to focus on the details, the little things, how things are put together, held together and how they function because of their design. Whether it is a table or a tree, there is form and function, the architect’s delight. Notice the details of the shape or form and see how the function follows that form.
It is not only the legs of the table holding it up but also how the legs are fastened to the table to make it steady and reliable. Notice the thickness and weight of the table, whether it is expandable or not, whether it as multiple uses or whether it is a dedicated space. It may be square or it may be a rectangle, or it could be round or oval, high or low. It could be solid wood or veneer, glass or marble, The details make the difference in how it is used, by whom as well as for what purpose. Finally, consider who designed and built the table and how many others may be similar or different and how you happen to have it among your belongings.
Look at what is on your tables, on your shelves, in your bookcases. See where you have placed things in what kind of arrangement and to serve what purpose. Review the design for your living or working space and how it supports you and your needs. See how the various rooms that may be designated by familiar names serve a specific purpose whether living, sleeping, bathing, cooking or eating. Very few people have a listening room, a dedicated space for quiet reflection while others may have a space resembling a small chapel. Details.