Monday, February 07, 2011

Two by Two

I don't know about you, but I find great comfort in the use of symmetry.  Whenever I see an out of control corner of my home, or an overly disheveled area, I use a little natural symmetry to restore a sense of calm and order.  Maybe this is due to my OCD nature, or maybe as Paul Valery pointed out, "The universe is built on a plan of profound symmetry, which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect. "



"I don't know if it's a sign of all the chaos that is happening out there or not, but I've lately craved the structure and order of classical music and the balance and symmetry."   - Helen Reddy



“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful."  - Aristotle



"The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency. "  - Herbert Read


And I wanted to thank Laura of Built With Dreams for featuring my home this weekend on her lovely blog.  According to Laura's About section, Built With Dreams is dedicated to "real homes, where real people live – not “homes” that have been put together for a decoration magazine, but homes that people put together to make of them a cozy place to live."  So head on over and check out the new blog on the block!


AppleTree said...

thanks helps me too

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Beautiful post and I love some symmetry too. That room with the KW pillows and brownish wallpaper just blows me away - so gorgeous. Heading over to check out the blog link:)

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

I'm a symmetry kind of gal too. Love those paintings in the last image.

Brandi said...

I love me some symmetry. I think that since I like a lot of color and pattern in my decor some symmetry is necessary to balance it out. Great post!

Meera @ firstsense said...

I totally agree! I don't like too much symmetry, it can feel austere if it's overdone, but like these pictures show, a bit of symmetry really helps to bring together an eclectic scheme. Love all the images you've shown here!

Betsy said...

And something symmetrical about having two boys! Love the post and the link to your comfy, creative home.

Vintage is for Lovers said...

I love symmetry in a room. It adds a sense of order to a room full of creativity! So fitting for my personality! xo Samantha

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Okay, you have officially graced my day. First with the Paul Valery quote, which is sublime, and then with all the images and quotes to follow. The rooms, by God the rooms. Yes, in symmetry there is most definitely a golden mean.
Happy Monday to you Mama, Alcira

kayce hughes said...

You had me at "symmetry".

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Very wise words! I'll agree with Kayce!


Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Sarah- Laura's blog is great and your house looks wonderful!

Symmetry - thinking of two benches to use as coffee tables... Love twos!