I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me

Surprise and Delight!

A great dance performance always has a surprise. It might be an unexpected twist in the storyline. It might be the unveiling of the dancer so you see her beautiful face or costume.

Maybe it is the revealing of an unexpected part of the costume that was hidden that causes the audience to gasp in surprise and delight. Surprise and Delight!!

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me
Persian Miniature Dance. The silk butterfly wings were hidden until the moment of "transformation" in the story brought surprise and delight to the audience.

Maybe it is a surprising moment where the dancer drops to the floor and swings their hair in wild abandon.

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me
Bandari dance performance by Mary Ann Benoit.

It can be anything. The key is that it is unexpected and brings delight in the discovery.

Surprises tell the story and add drama, texture, and depth to the performance.

With any dance, there are some things that are predictable, such as repeating patterns.  These parts give the audience comfort in knowing they understand what is going on. Then there are the surprises, that keep things interesting, exciting and make a memorable performance.

Interior Design Lessons from Dance

You might be wondering how all this ties back to Interior Design. Well, the concept of surprises resonates much like the unexpected twists in a dance or within the confines of a room. 

Over the years, I’ve come to discern the intricate tapestry that interconnects various art forms. The very principles underpinning the enchantment of Interior Design echo throughout many art forms. The crux lies in the art of perceiving, listening, and embracing the subtle nuances that surround us.

Repeatedly, I notice the harmonious interplay between art, the wellspring of creativity; science, the palette of colors; and energy, the unifying force. It’s this alignment that threads the fabric of enchantment, weaving its spell not only in  dance, but Interior Design.

How Does Surprise Relate to Interior Design?

Small surprises are the hidden gems that infuse a room with character. Often found in the accessories adorning bookshelves or gracing side tables, these are the tiny treasures that, as you navigate the space, unveil their charm, wit, or uniqueness. They offer a glimpse into the homeowner’s inner world, prompting questions about the reasoning behind their selection and placement. It’s an intimate experience, as though the homeowner has just whispered a secret to you.

But surprises need not be confined to the small scale; they can also manifest as bold, captivating elements. Whether it’s an unexpected work of art, a daring design choice, an innovative invention, or a fresh approach to presentation, these larger surprises, like choreography in a dance, contribute to weaving an unforgettable narrative. They infuse texture, depth, and intrigue into your design, evoking happiness and leaving a lasting impression that others cherish and remember.

What Surprises and Delights You?

Creating your dream space is an ode to authenticity, capturing the essence of your character, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences. Dive deep into what truly mesmerizes and uplifts you, and consider integrating these elements as nuanced or pronounced accents throughout your living space. Such treasures, when discovered, invariably bring forth a smile.

Personally, I’m endlessly enchanted by artistic globes crafted from an array of materials, the radiant spectrum of stained glass, and nuances drawing from the elegance of avian life and nature’s splendor. Such details resonate deeply with those who harbor a boundless curiosity for design’s infinite potential

Create Surprise and Delight with Accents

Accents, whether nestled within a home’s interior or gracefully placed outdoors, serve as delightful ways to add surprise and delight.  For me, the delicate presence of birds and wildlife artifacts lovingly gathered from nature, always strikes a chord. Equally enchanting are handcrafted creations, windows into the creator’s soul, revealing their unique essence and artistry.

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me
Example of surprise and delight. The meeting of the love birds on the table. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me
I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me
Loved this little statue showing this room is a place to meditate. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
I put colorful birds on the book shelves and the feather paperweight in this room to create a connection to wildlife as well as plants and the outdoors. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me
Back stage before a classical Persian dance performance. Mary Ann Benoit, of Tavus Dance Company.

Use Surprise and Delight to Sell a House

In the realm of home sales, the element of surprise and delight can be the winning touch. Staging a home is a delicate dance of ensuring broad appeal while leaving a distinctive, unforgettable mark. One surefire strategy to leave an indelible impression is to weave in elements of unexpected joy and charm.

I recall staging a home recently, working solely with the owner’s possessions. The residence already echoed a touch of whimsy, thanks to artful embellishments on the shutters by previous inhabitants. Among the available items, nothing immediately beckoned as a source of delight. However, drawing inspiration from the ambiance, I envisioned a rock cairn by the front entrance — a subtle, enchanting detail awaiting potential buyers’ discovery. This tiny gesture can intrigue and create a lasting connection with visitors, illustrating the power of thoughtful, delightful details

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me

I created some small cairns indoors as decor on the end tables in the living room.

People noticed and commented. I am sure they never had seen something like this before and it made the home more memorable.

Home Staging by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

In another staging project, I carried my love of small decorative birds into a staging project where I created surprise and delight in a bathroom.

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By Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.


  1. Another great parallel, Mary Ann! I love to see nature references and especially love all the bird accents you’ve shown…that little white one in the bathroom is so sweet 🙂

    1. Thank you! That white bird was a favorite and just a little thing I put in a staging job. I often wonder how it affected people’s perception of the home.

  2. I love when a space has an unexpected surprise! Lots of great examples here!

  3. The parallels between interior design and dance are so intriguing! It’s so cool to see how design and dance both use unexpected details to create interest. Love all those examples you put, especially the decorative birds.

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