It’s that time of year; twinkling lights reflecting in our eyes, the smell of pine and cinnamon, and the sounds of bells and bustle that the holiday season infuses into our spirits as we travel down our streets, enter public spaces and seek comfort in our homes.
Maybe you’ve never realized the power of your senses and how they create an experience within your surroundings. Think about what you see, smell and hear every day and how some of those simple elements enhance the experience within that environment. As a designer, I love to walk through our city streets and look at the many talents that local artists and designers have played on my daily experience within this city.
I think of these experiences, such as heading into our public library and smelling the pages of a book, or walking through my local grocery store and being drawn to the freshly baked goods that make me want to ditch my diet. At this time of year, I especially appreciate the enhanced beauty of artistic gestures that adorn our streets representing what the holiday season means to each of us culturally or even traditionally. The beauty of art and design is the ability to change someone’s life through experience; creativity infused not only in the aesthetics of the space, but strategically placed elements ensuring the experience captures a moment in time. In Hamilton, we are especially blessed as our city is infused with artistic influences that are embraced as we transpose our identity from Steel Town to Art Community.
Our worlds are based on stimulating our internal senses to enhance our journey through life. This holiday season, I encourage you to take a moment to really appreciate the beauty around you. Infuse your life with the sparkle, smell and message that only this holiday season can bring.