In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin and yang is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many natural dualities (such as low and high, cold and hot, water and fire, life and death and so on) are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang concept.
In architecture and interior design there are also many examples of this concept: ancient and modern, masculine and feminine, simplicity and sophistication and one that we at Camelot Homes are quite drawn to; rustic and refined.
Like any of the aforementioned examples, it’s the balance that make the combination wonderful. In our travels we often see, and have come home to emulate, many examples of centuries old architecture which are visually beautiful but do not possess today’s necessary functionality. In our homes, our aim is to strike the balance between classic European architecture and 21st century refinement.
While there is a definite appeal to rustic design, there are times when it begins to border on monastic.
At Camelot Homes we still like a little luxury with our simplicity…
Even in the Yin and Yang of husband and wife roles at Camelot Homes, Mark and Julie twist tradition, with Mark focusing on the design and aesthetics and Julie the finance and operations. It’s not unusual to see Julie golfing with a group of male bankers and Mark searching for antiques to add the finishing touches to a model home or photographing details for his next project. Keeping traditions and turning them upside down…it’s what keeps life at Camelot Homes interesting!
Mark Hancock comparing paint chip colors, Italy 2012.
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