I Learned to Solve all my Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There can only be One Star

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There Can Only Be One Star

There Can Only Be One Star in Every Show

There can only be one star in every show.

This one star shines brighter than all the rest.

The audience knows that is the person that will bring the magic to them.

They can’t take their eyes off the star. 

I Learned to Solve all my Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There can only be One Star
There should only be one star. Photo by Gage Smith on Unsplash

The Star Can Be The Group- If They Dance as One.

But what if there is a group of performers? The star is the group and the unified magical thing they create dancing as one.

 But only if they dance as one.

The whole is better than any individual part.  American Tribal Style dance is a great example. This seemingly choreographed group dance is actually improvised, with each dancer following one leader, perfectly unified. They are dancing for and with each other, rather than the audience.

It’s like watching a flock of birds flying together, creating the illusion of one mythic bird flying. 

Mary Ann Benoit and Kaleidoperforming at Cues and Tattoos
Me performing Tribal Style dance with my group Kaleido at the Cues and Tattoos Festival in Seattle in 2015.
I Learned to Solve all my Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There can only be One Star
The whole of the parts can be better than any particular part. ,but only if you dance or design as one. Photo by Jake Weirick on Unsplash

Be Like the Great Simorgh

In Persian dance, there is the legend of the Great Simorgh. It is the most beautiful bird in all the world. All the birds have a conference to decide how they can find this amazing bird to be their king They go on a journey together to search for it. The journey is long and arduous. One by one they drop out as they let their egos and weaknesses get the best of them. In the end, they meet a wizard, and he tells them they will find the Great Simorgh over the big lake they see in the distance. At this time there are only 30 birds left. They look and look, but all they see is their own reflection in the lake. They finally realize they are the Great Simorgh. The unity of their flock with all their colors creates the reflection of 1 big beautiful bird. It is the most beautiful in all the world because of the beauty of their unity,  finally working together.

I Learned to Solve all my Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There can only be One Star
Simurgh returning to nest to Zal and its chicks (detail). —"Zal is Sighted by a Caravan" (Tahmasp Shahnamah, fol. 62v), Sackler Gallery LTS1995.2.46. From Wikapedia.

The Simorgh shows the power of unity in creating beauty.

Guess what happens if you have a group of performers that are not unified, and they all want to be the star?

It falls apart.

It feels chaotic. The audience does not know who to give their attention to.

Interior Design Lessons from Dance

I learned to solve all my Interior Design problems by dancing. This is Part 5 on my revelations from dancing on how to create your perfect space.

The older I get, the more I realize the connections between all things artistic. The same principles apply to making the magic happen in Interior Design or any other art form. You just need to open your eyes, listen, and feel it to notice.

It always seems to come back to the alignment between art (creativity), science (color), and energy (connection) that makes the magic happen. I use this alignment to create beautiful dance pieces and interiors.

Learn more in my other four articles:

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Be Brave.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with Shapes.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with a Focal Point.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing.

How Does Having One Star Relate to Interior Design?

As in dance, it is important to have only one star in the design of your perfect space. Pick one inspiration piece to build your room around and let it shine! All the other parts should be supporting characters in the beauty of your space.

Too many “stars” do not give the eyes a place to rest. The room can feel chaotic and give a sense of dis-harmony, never giving you a sense of peace or relaxation. It’s like too many cooks in a kitchen.

Here are some examples of different inspiration pieces that were the “stars” of some of my edesigns. Each design also gives a list of the star and supporting characters, which contain affiliate links. This means I may earn a small commission if you buy something at no additional cost to you.

Make Art the Star of Your Room

Often, the star of the show is your art. The art can be a mural, paintings, sculpture, textiles, or a variety of things. For it to be the star, it needs to be of a large enough scale to stand out in the room. For example, in the Edesign rendering above, the star is the mural.

Are You Creating Expansion in Other People’s Lives?
Select one thing to be the star of your room. Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Below, in the office the star of the show is the art. I used my fractal art, from my “Watercolor” collection as the basis of the room, and everything works to support it.  

Your Office is the Perfect Space to Relax and be Happy
Office Edesign and fractal art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

In the living room below, that star is again the fractal art, from my collection called Great Conjunction. The rest of the room works to highlight the art and harmonize with it.

Do you need an Alignment?
Living Room Edesign and fractal art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

In the room below the star is the beautiful accent rug, which commands your attention.

Make a Great Rug the Star of Your Room

Spark Joy with Colorful and Exotic Global Style Interior Design
Living Room Edesign by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Make a Unique Piece of Furniture the Star

Below, the star is the amazing hot pink desk. The color alone captures your attention more than anything else. It was selected to harmonize with the outdoor view.

I Learned to Solve all My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Create Drama with a Focal Point
Office Edesign and fractal art by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Are You Ready to Create Your Perfect Space?

Now that you know some of the elements that work together to create your perfect space, are you ready to take action to make it happen in your home?

Let’s tell your unique story and find the alignment of art, science, and energy that makes you happy.  Let me help you take that trip to your perfect space in a Ferrari instead of a stagecoach. Try my Aligned Design consultation and let’s get started.

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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.

6 thoughts on “I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There Can Only Be One Star”

  1. What a wonderful way to explain this idea! I am always telling clients if everything is special then nothing is! You’ve nailed a great analogy to explain.

  2. This is SUCH excellent advice! And so true in design! Everything in a space should be thoughtfully chosen and special in its own right, but only one thing can be the star (and usually the starting point)!

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