Faery Cottage Style.......It's not for everybody. You have to really love Nature and understand the subtle energies that take place between the Human Kingdomand the Green Kingdom....it is actually one of pure Love.
I just came from reading a post that defines and describes lightly the differences in ''Cottage Style'' which was confusing me, and I had wondered what they were and why there were so many? For example Shabby Cottage, or Romantic Cottage or Seaside Cottage and many more......
I want to link back to Kathy's definition and post here where they are described a bit, the differences on Cottage Styles.
But.....I have added Faery Cottage Style and will describe it a bit more. I wish I could have more of the elements that define a Faery Cottage, in time I will! But, what Faery Cottage means, is that the lines between living in the inside of the house and living out in nature slowly decrease, until living inside and out in nature becomes seamless and natural. This is my wish!
Now what makes one a Faery Cottage? Well, it is made of the Natural Elements of Nature of course! Always.....and this means Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The fifth element is Spirit and that is me. I give this space a unique feeling which is tangible to all who come here whether they are sensitive or not.
I don't use the Elements just to say I use them, no, I just find I cannot surround myself with anything unless it is from Nature, mostly, and when I was pressed to try to figure out why my homes had such a unique and natural Beauty to them, I realized I was using the Elements of Nature, which always results in Beauty.
But Faery Cottage means a modest and even small home, ours is 1100 sq. ft. including both the front and back yards. There are so many ways to live naturally on Earth, and that ''natural'' includes the uncompromising Beauty that is necessary for Life, with lots of curves and vaulted ceilings as you would find in nature too and squares and rectangles are forbidden and passe.
Take a look at this!
And this one everybody is fighting for :D from: A Low Impact Woodland Home
And my ideal is where Galadriel, The Lady of the Woods lives....no I didn't take my name from her, I've had it longer than she. But where Galadriel and her people live is what I'd love!...high up in the trees, in the Forest itself with the most beautiful people on Earth!
A great artist rendition here:
If you google ''alternative home'' or ''green home'' ''adobe or straw bale home'' or ''rammed earth'' ''earth bag home'', you will come up with a plethora of websites and pictures using straw, clay, stone, wood, sand and other natural materials for construction. These organic materials give off a frequency that is harmonious to our energy, in other words, it will never cause stress as synthetic materials do, and even gives us energy. Also, the curves and soft corners will not drain us, as 90 degree angles do in square and rectangular rooms with walls etc, but chi and energy flow and are soft on our own energy fields and do not get stuck or bounce in rounded. open air rooms with fewer walls and no angles. This is scientifically documented now that circular rooms and large vaulted ceilings offer power and energy. Ever wonder why the white house and vatican and temples, and churches all have rounded rooms, ceilings and walls??? think about it. They know.
But, when we use natural materials we maintain our high frequency vibrations.
One of the precious elements of these are that making your own home is described as an indescribable feeling. I can only imagine....but I do imagine! One such site is here with lots of pictures and descriptions.
The Earth element would be expressed in the materials used in making the home itself as described above in straw, stone, adobe, earth, clay etc....and in having things made from Nature herself, as in ceramics, pottery, seashells, branches, POTTED PLANTS, flowers of course, and views of Nature from all sides of the home. The plants give off the oxygen we feed off as we give off CO2 which they feed off.
The feeling plants give us is of Harmony. They even respond to our feelings as proven by Cleve Backster in The Secret Life of Plants . Plants and The Green Kingdoms is what makes any place a desirable place to be.
I have several Jasmine
and Night Blooming Jasmine
which is intoxicating, everyone says. It never fails to offer the one who inhales it the sense that all is Good!
In the back I have an Almond bush
and lemon trees who are now in bloom ......... and the scents of the almond together with the lemon blooms are heavenly!
I think the citrus flowers are my favorite scent in the whole world.
(all four above images from google images)
The other way to incorporate Air is through natural incenses, using nothing that is not naturally coming from nature with very little process to get it into the home. The scent it gives off should be extremely pleasing, not just ''nice''. It should cause you to take deep breaths.
Another way to incorporate Air is to have breezes flowing through the house every day....I do this every day even when I lived in New York with snow and cold, I aired out the home every day. In Florida, I open the windows and let the breeze flow through and pull aside the lace curtains for views. Also, sounds.......I've added chimes wherever a breeze would touch a chime whose sounds I love to hear, or soothing Nature sounds such as whales and dolphins, or gregorian chant, or angelic choir music lightly playing.
The other element is Fire which I use by burning candles.
I use candles in all kinds of vessels, from water floating ones and some very creative and beautiful ones can be seen here , to Himalayan salt holders which I have many of, including electric ones.......to candle holders of all kinds in all the rooms.In this picture you can see a Himalayan Salt Crystal electric lamp and a candle lit with a nautilus shell on display. A picture of a mermaid in between.....all of nature.
My mantle holds candles which I usually keep lit, because I only use natural light or delicate electric ones.
The Water element is utilized by fountains, which I have both outside and inside,
and because I am not by the sea, or a river, or lake, I have created a 10 ft. x 8 ft. pond in my back yard with water lillies, lotus, gold fish and koi. These are my pictures from a couple of years ago. The pond changes as is natural.
You may have seen these elements used in The Lord of the Rings in Rivendell for example, where you will see alot of ornate decorating using vines and nature imitated in art as embellishments.
I have always loved glass too and didn't understand it, but I do now LOL. I gave in to my passion and purchased some cloches and apothecary jars because they simply enhance anything in them.
My home does not look like Rivendell sadly, but I've incorporated as much of the elements I've described as possible. I have more work to do. But my ideal, would look like Rivendell, where I would build upon strong foundations of the old trees, and embellish from there with lots of vaulted archways, circles and curves, domes, organic and natural inspired artwork, even elaborate and ornate, nature and trees used and design added to it so that the home is a seamless flow of home and Nature.
Some nice pics of Rivendell can be found here.
These are the signatures for Faery Cottage Style. Enjoy!
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