Carving is a whole body activity. Cavemen used their large muscles to express themselves. To scratch the surface on emotions of survival, fear, and birth was their healing agent. Art Collectors adore carved walls and artifacts. These objects travel in museum exhibits around the globe.

A favorite pub of mine has carved names on the walls and tables. Carving is an animated gesture that expresses heartfelt emotion. Handwriting styles, names and graphics offer speculation of what each story is telling. Is it joy? Love? A day of victory? One with fear?

Houses need to be built on material recommended based on the geography and soil. It’s not always cement! The soil may need wood stilts. Homeowners attracted to different materials that aren’t suited for a building site will cause a house to collapse. Following the foundation is the frame. Homeowners can speak up with authority about the textures, graphics, shapes, lighting, color…and so the carving has begun.

Unlike the passion expressed by the caveman’s full body the homeowner creates safety by planning. Purchasing furniture or selecting fixtures builds a comfortable place to call home. Homes create a connecting point of past comfort, survival, fear and birth to present objects within a space.

Is there comfort or pain when seeking interior needs? Are the senses or behaviors considered with each object? Fight or flight behaviors can be triggered by surroundings. Interior design offers everyone a personalized success rate. “Great designers worry less about replicating a successful process than about producing a spectacular solution,” says Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman B-School.

To carve your story by using design elements that will help you thrive, ask an occupational therapy professional to work with your interior designer, architect or builder

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