Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My house is neater plus goodies for design/math geeks


One of the perks of having a large family is the slave labor help from the kids. I won't bore you with my chore lists but there are more people available to accomplish them and I am insisting on the house looking presentable at all times. Note: I said presentable not perfect.

Another pleasant effect was that moving my desk into the entry hall forces me to keep it neat. I had a habit of piling on the paper and bills and closing the door. Tisk, tisk. I have always had a problem with clutter accumulating.
I think it is a lovely addition to the large but awkward space.

When it comes to proportion, I am a fan of the  Golden ratio or phi .
Here is a graphic representation, which is what I am interested in.

The trouble with it is that most ready made canvases are not in line with these proportions. Bugger! I still aim for the sweet spot as noted by the center of the spiral as my focal point or a basic 3:2 ratio for a point of intersection in my painting compositions.
Look around you with a measuring tape and take note at the eye-pleasing things that follow this ratio.

 Here is fantastic calculator so that people that are math impaired, like me, can get it done
Let me know what you find

6 comments:

Kim said...

Oh Kerry!! Can you please explain this to me? I think I am not smart enough to figure this out quite so early in the morning!! I will check back this afternoon and see if my brain can handle it!!! xo

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Your desk looks great in the foyer! I love the lamp on top. Is that an antique Italian marble / stone lamp? Where did you find it?

My Crafty Home Life said...

I like your desk there, too. As for the phi...it's like when I was trying to educate my lawyer about her drip system in her window boxes. A Foreign language exchange.

Nancy said...

Funny I had never heard of this formula until you. I still wing it since I am anti-math or anti any painting formula. The eye is my formula! You intrigue me though with this, I will delve into it.
Love that desk with the curved front and x legs!
Nancy
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Kristie Franklin said...

Decorating the area around a staircase is difficult at best. That's why most people don't even attempt to do anything with it. Your desk seems to fit in very nicely there. :)

StagerLinda said...

I'm super impressed--I'm so not a math person. Can't wait to watch this unfold. Great vignette in the foyer with your desk.