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
- Divide the living spaces into two-thirds
office/studio and one-third living.
- Use a lot of built-in storage as space
- 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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