Whether we ‘borrow’ a panoramic or garden view through our windows or extend our living spaces to well furnished patios and terraces, Marin residents thrive living the ‘outdoor-indoor lifestyle. ”, Immersive in nature here.

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Biophilic design weaves in nature and natural references to create a beautiful and supportive design.

Novato interior designer Stacey Lapuk, who has been designing homes in the Bay Area for over 30 years, wants us to move forward with this design approach by incorporating biophilic design, a philosophy that intentionally designs with the nature in mind, in our living and working spaces.

Her website, staceylapukinteriors.com, has short videos and blog posts explaining the practice.

She also recommends the book “Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture: Timeless Patterns and Their Impact on our Well-Being” by architect Don Ruggles and his soon-to-be-released film, “Built Beautiful: An Architecture and Neuroscience Love Story” (neuro- architectology.com/built-beautiful-movie).

“I have always been fascinated by sacred geometry, the power of the golden mean and its connection to natural geometries,” says Lapuk.

“Just as designs are developed through research, thought, experience and intuition, using elements of art and design, such as color, texture, shape, scale, for example , I now also include suitable biophilic models and systems. It’s still on my mind and it’s just become part of how concepts are developed.

Already familiar with biomimicry and the way humans “function and live best like nature does,” Lapuk was introduced to biophilic design through an interior design organization five years ago.

“It connected all the pieces for me,” she says. “We, as biological organisms, have an innate desire to connect with our natural environment. It’s actually in our DNA. The more our lives are integrated with nature, the happier, more creative and productive we are.

According to Lapuk, biophilic design works with a set of 15 specific patterns and processes found in nature that, when incorporated into the interior design of our homes, have been measurably proven to improve health and wellness. to be.

He understandably understands interior design concepts of both exterior and conventional interior, but he’s more intentional about specific elements and principles, she says, and “that’s really where the magic lies.”

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Marin interior designer Stacey Lapuk uses biophilic design to bring beauty and well-being to his clients’ spaces.

And, she says, that magic can be seen in “proven measurable benefits resulting in happier, healthier, more creative and more productive lives.”

The 15 motifs of biophilic design fall into three categories: nature in space, natural analogues, and nature in space.

• Models of nature in space “deliberately amplify the way we experience the vitality of nature through tangible natural elements and living systems felt through our five senses,” says Lapuk.

“A wonderful example of nature in space is the experience of light and shadow,” she says. “Perhaps a wonderfully patterned sheer fabric treatment catching the wind through an open window.”

• The second category of natural analogues concerns representations of the natural world in our built environments.

“It could be simply using fabric, a rug pattern or even tableware with images of trees or flowers, or upholstering furniture in a natural fiber such as linen, or installing a sisal rug, ”she says.

• The final category, the nature of space, highlights’ how we actually experience nature, how we see a view, what feels safe to us, how much we like to be excited or curious, which might be worth a risk and even that feeling of awe – an overwhelming sense of awareness and connection, ”she says.

“A cozy corner creates a sense of refuge, or a stunning piece of art will fill us with admiration, both addressing elements of the third category, the nature of space,” she says.

Because you “don’t stagnate in your home but move through it, using different spaces in different ways,” Lapuk encourages thoughtful biophilic design in every space of a home or office.

Ask yourself, “Where do you want your attention to go or how do you want to feel in a particular room?” “

For example, “in a space where you want to feel calm and grounded, you might see wooden floors and beams, maybe a stone fireplace, or the sound of a water feature,” she says. “On the other hand, in your office you can create a sense of wonder and maybe even a little danger or curiosity with a window falling to the floor, or a play of light and shadow.”

Architects and developers, she says, can use biophilic design principles to create homes, apartments that better meet our need for nature, and anyone can start to introduce biophilic design elements into their own home. or his office.

Lapuk suggests these simple starting tips:

• Use durable materials. “Sustainably sourced materials not only offer the benefits of nature, but their history imbues your home with the goodness of its creation. “

• “Consider fractal geometries (in simplistic terms, a repeating pattern) in terms of scale and the amount of things like pillows and patterns on the fabric. “

• Try transparent curtains and open the windows.

• Create a colorful garden outside of a comfortable window seat.

• Install a light fixture that casts pleasant shadows.

• Use amorphous shapes.

• Display photos of your favorite animals.

Show off

Since so many popular home visits are off the calendar this year, please take this as an invitation to share with other readers the images and description of your newly designed or renovated Marin garden or home.

Please send an email describing one or the other, what you like the most and a photo or two. I will post the best in future columns. Your name will be published and you must be over 18 and reside in Le Marin.

PJ Bremier writes every Saturday on topics related to home, garden, design and entertainment. She can be contacted at PO Box 412, Kentfield 94914, or at [email protected]