A Holistic Approach on Home Design

Home design with white walls and patterned black and white rug

We want to share a bit about our design philosophy, where we find inspiration, and how we help our clients incorporate elements that fit their lifestyle and budget. While most home remodels are focused on paint schemes and finishes, we believe that having a grand, holistic vision for the project is what allows us to collaborate more effectively and intentionally craft spaces. It’s this intentionality that allows us to create homes that are true to both form and function and to our client’s vision.

  1. Every project begins with a vision for the future; visual depictions of future spaces promotes discourse that promotes discussion aides in the final design
  2. The gathering space is paramount in a home design; our human nature requires connection with friends and family and adding the right elements will promote vulnerability and openness
  3. Outdoor spaces generate an emotional and spiritual connection with our world, allowing us to rejuvenate after a long week in the office
  4. Personal respite – everyone requires alone time to render their thoughts, to meditate, and to pray personal spaces like this promote mental and spiritual health in the home.
  5. Our desire for biophilia, or the human tendency to be close to other forms of life in nature, can be simply fulfilled by the introduction of simple plant life throughout the home

Keeping our finger on the pulse of design takes time. Through continuing education with our design team, scouring online influencers such as Lori Anderson Wier https://www.andersonwierstudio.com/inspiration, industry publications, and early morning fishing trips and hikes in the great outdoors, we are always on the hunt for ways to improve our approach and grow our design inspiration. An integral part of each engagement with our clients is the design phase, where we discuss their individual experiences and create something uniquely their own. While attending to the balance of enjoyment, relevance, and return on investment, we develop a collaborative plan to maximize productivity and beauty throughout the home. 

As Beuys once said, “Everyone is an artist,” and we agree wholeheartedly. Within each of us, there is an internal desire to create and a joy of discovery that we, as designers, enjoy sharing with the world each day. Often, we find that it is more effective to provide a palate than a blank page and, while we enjoy both, we often ask the question, “What is the focal point, in our environment or personal history, to bring life into this space?” 

In considering the flow of a space, we seek to provide an experience that can calm, excite, and inspire creativity. We may enter our homes each evening, desperate for quiet, for rejuvenation. 

This elemental need shifts our design to empower rest, foster introspection, and promote seamless organization, allowing the mind to rest and recuperate before returning to the chaos of the outside world. 

When we break bread with our closest friends and family, producing a space that elevates conversation and encourages vulnerability is key. When we crave alone time, that privacy and individuality becomes paramount. Simply, design must change with function and form must generate the emotional feeling we wish to invoke in each space. 

Our experience teaches us that a restful and intentional home should always contain at least three dedicated spaces: a gathering ground, a personal respite, and an outdoor connection. The gathering ground is the opportunity to commune with friends and family over a meal or boardgames and to recharge our human, social connection, bonding over a common, shared experience. The personal respite is a dedicated space that no one interrupts, a reading nook, a spa bathroom, or even the bedroom. This is the space where we recharge individual through prayer, introspection, and meditation. The final space is the outdoor connection. We encourage our clients to cultivate gardens, trees, and flowers to promote a sense of wellness that can only come through Biophilia. In a city, this may be particularly difficult, but even balconies, rooftops, and sun-rooms can be altered to provide this sense of connection. 

A home is a collection of spaces, rather than a singular experience. By introducing elements that appeal to discrete modes of operation, we curate spaces that are supportive and refined and engage us in subtle ways. 

Psychologically, our homes must be uniform in design. Our brains have difficulty with broken spaces and an intentional, master plan will over- come this hurdle. By limiting floor transitions, extending a singular color scheme throughout the home, and adding natural elements to the design, we engage our minds in thought pro- voking ways. Elevating this design further to include academic intrigue and artistic expression gives the home a complexity that will keep our minds positively stimulated while meeting the primal need for safety and rest. 

Considering the implications of a well-thought out home, centered on productivity and rest, we can easily see the areas of our own spaces that simply miss the mark. We encourage all of our readers to join us on our lifelong journey to understand the human need for design and to submit their own findings for continued improvement. Are you interested in learning more about productivity and ways to incorporate wellness into a well-thought out home? Learn more here https://vigeoconstruction.com/wellness-in-the-home/.