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House Talk

No. 31 - January, 2009

The Art of Living in Your Home
A talk with Scott Job

As most of us would agree, the world has experienced many dramatic changes in the last few months. Sheila Sabine of the Glass/Sabine team thought it might be interesting to ask people how they create the art of actually living in their home environments. She recently visited with Scott Job, an environmental specialist and floral designer. He sold his Rockridge duplex on Armanino Ct. last spring and decided to scale down, simplify and rent a live/work space in Crockett. He is happy with his choice, delighted to escape from urban congestion and traffic. Because he loves being surrounded by water and historic old buildings, he even believes that he has lowered his heart rate.

Crockett is located on the shore of the Carquinez Strait, a narrow shipping waterway running form San Francisco Bay into the Sacramento Delta region. The town’s early history was greatly influenced by the shipping industry and the shoreline was filled with warehouses and wharves. The small population is made up of many old-timers whose families have lived there for generations. In fact, the Old Homestead was founded in the 1860’s.After much searching, Scott found a space that used to be called the U and I Club-a gambling bar from the 1890’s complete with a mini stage and a domed hand painted ceiling. Scott has found the space challenging because he is accustomed to living in homes with small rooms. His new dwelling is one big cavern with twenty feet high ceilings and almost no shelves. He daily re-arranges and re-groups his belongings. Scott says that “regardless of living with boxes or not, you close the door like you are living on a boat and it has to be seaworthy.”

For Scott, the Art of Living is being able to create simplicity, being organized and having a place to put “stuff.” For him, it is very important to have basic sanity in one’s environment and this might be as simple as just setting up a place for the kettle and coffee. Scott is continually trying to make friends with his space-continually moving things around. As a working artist, he is used to having a studio that was separate from his living quarters so it is a whole new world for him to live and work in the same space.

Scott believes that humans want to be comfortable. They also want to be inspired in their homes from a heartfelt place-this is different than superficial decorating. He thinks any home environment, large or small, must have an area for music, flower arrangements, meditation, sleeping, cooking, gardening and socializing. He acknowledges that some people like clearing a space while others like cluttering a space. The bottom line is that it is about cheering yourself up when you come home at the end of a long day.

For those who are thinking about a live/work space, Scott would make a few suggestions.

  • Get an air purifier for the hot summer weather, especially in Crockett.
  • Add color and carpet to soften the cavern like feeling.
  • Divide the living spaces into two-thirds office/studio and one-third living.
  • Use a lot of built-in storage as space dividers.
  • Less is more-attachments to objects is painful. Once they are gone, they are scarcely remembered two days later.
  • Every time you simplify and donate excess belongings, your bravery and generosity are rewarded.

If you wish further contact with Scott Job his email address is Sochiku@gmail.com.

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