Since Saturday night most of us set our clocks back to standard time (a little jealous of Pickle Lake, Ontario getting to opt out here) we at MKDB wanted to shine some light on how to embrace winter while keeping your home looking and feeling warm.
In Ottawa the weather can vary greatly during late fall and early winter, first sunshine, then rain and snow. Rapid changes in the weather are a characteristic feature from one day to the next. Winter here is long and has its own beautiful features reflected by the natural surroundings and often-generous snow that glistens under the plentiful sunlight – a magnificent time for enjoying nature in your home.
Winter home must be healing and bright, after all if the space you inhabit is sunny and cheerful it facilitates the happiness of you and your family. It has the capacity to awaken your senses, memories and mind and inspire productive energy, whether you are following nature’s pattern of winter hibernation or keeping your energy level high.
We often ask ourselves “What patterns of space give rise to rich experiences of nature?”
Many modern and postmodern houses often have the effect of isolating people from nature via:
In fact, in such houses, nature is what is seen though a sealed glass façade, a hard line between the inside and outside.
At MKDB we design exteriors and interiors in such way, so that the edge of your home is a deeper, inhabited, more ambiguous zone of layers designed to connect inside and outside to varying degrees.
During winter, it is just as important as during summer to have a home that offers great experiences of nature and natural rhythms, which brings us to some of our design principles:
As the seasons change and the fall-winter chill fills the air, it is the time of year when we turn time back and prepare to hunker down for the shorter days and longer nights. It is also the perfect time to enjoy your harmonious home that offers warmth and brightness to darker days. So, let the winter light in and embrace your experiences!