Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Natural Light :Ceiling to Floor Windows...

Ceiling to Floor windows in a stunning Wooden frame

In these colder darker overcast English Autumn days I am really thankful for the floor to ceiling windows in my sitting room that let in as much light as possible. My garden may not quite be the urban jungle retreat I would like it to be (it is getting there) but it is great to pull back the curtains and let the natural light flood the room (or creep in on more overcast days).

Each of the rooms i have chosen here have large windows and whether it is another building outside a woodland or an elephant (!!!!!) each of them makes the most of the natural light, which is so crucial to our health and wellbeing.... yet modern mass-built houses seem to forget this detail...

Ceiling to floor windows
Olsen Kundig

I recently read this little excerpt (below) which I found really interesting so I thought I would share with you guys about how light effects our mind and bodies....

"We evolved from exposure to natural day lighting. The sun provides a specific wavelength (blue range) in the early morning that lasts until early afternoon. At that point a different light wavelength is produced (red to orange range). We recently discovered that the retina has a specific photoreceptor that detects light and sends it to a special part of the brain known as the suprachiasm, located near the hypothalamus. Once the suprachiasm is triggered, it sets off the hypothalamus, the master gland that in turn triggers the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands of the brain and body. The hormonal reaction to light is what causes and promotes the diverse actions of the body and health.  

The blue range of light helps our bodies become aroused, alert, attentive and focused. As the day proceeds and we enter the afternoon when the blue range of light shifts to the red/orange range our bodies begin the process of slowing and ultimately sleeping. Our body slows in blood pressure and we enter the four stages of sleep including deep sleep. Melatonin is produced and growth hormones are triggered.  

The circadian rhythm (means approximately a day) is critically important to our health as it has effects on our immune system, ability to fight off disease, hunger and obesity, blood pressure, and cognition. It controls our sleep wake cycle so important for brain function and body regulation."

Source Unknown
Large windows overlooking a river
P.s thank you for your comments and emails following my last post. My little unexpected break from blogging is now over and I have some exciting interviews, reviews and features coming up... so watch this space

xx Gabi xx

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Geodesic Domes.....

Geodesic Dome Via Shelter Protects
Shuhei Endo’s “Bubbletecture H” Building
See the full tour of this dome home here

Geodesic dome house interior

Geodesic dome house
Oh mama!! These Geodesic Domes are just awesome aren't they?

So organic and warm :)

I have a huge collection of pictures of houses like this that i have stored on a secret pinterest board so i will be sure to share some more of these beauties in the near future....


A massive thank you to those who emailed (especially lovely moonpoppy) and asked if I have been okay due to the lack of blog posts this past few weeks. I am actually really okay. I have had a tough year, going back to work after having my little boy was a real struggle for me and keeping up with blogging on top of motherhood and working has been hard, I cringe to think of all the forgotten emails and projects that i have planned (sorry to those who i have missed on the way).

We have naturally fallen into an attachment parenting style which although so right for us does have its slight drawbacks..... co-sleeping with a wiggly toddler doesn't make for a good nights sleep, although it is more than magical to wake up and look at his beautiful face... so i haven't been 100% mentally but i am getting there......

Thank you for your support and encouragement, Moon to Moon doesn't earn me money like other blogs does because i really love supporting smaller businesses so your lovely comments and emails are so very much appreciated

xx Gabi xx

Sunday, 25 September 2016

An Earthy Japanese Home...

I found these pictures on a Japanese Photosharing site. All the pictures are of the same room and what I love about them all as a collection is watching the room change over time.

It is such a beautiful, light and earthy room. I love the warm wooden floor boards,  massive windows and that little 'string of pearls' plant hanging from the spiral staircase. I could easily spend a lot of time just sitting in here

Hope you all have a great Sunday

xx Gabi xx