FAULTLESS VIEW FOR A DIARIST
The Need for a Fantastic View.
There is a case to be made for a room with a view. And I don’t mean E.M.Foster’s novel. I’m an avid diarist, confined to the wheelchair since an accident close to a decade ago. Maintaining a diary is something of a passion with me. My years of rehabilitation in my parents’ house fueled my thoughts to a fever pitch of conflicting distress and elation that made me want to immortalize my musings. After the day’s grueling exercises, I would roll myself into the vast recess of my dad’s study – a habit-forming refuge that allowed me inspiration to venture into the world of writing, a room with an all-encompassing view, provided by the two walls of French doors that were dressed for protection with wood blinds mounted on the slim wooden frame of each door.
The Traditions Wood Blinds from Graber.
My dad is an architect, convinced of the seamless utility of horizontal blinds, and wood blinds in particular. He says it’s practically the only solution to bend light to one’s will. And believe me, the comfortable brightness they offered along with a controlled view was fuel for my churning imagination, allowing it to take shape and an outlet that was diary writing. A couple of years ago, my dad got the blinds motorized, which was easy as he’d bought the Traditions Wood Blinds from Graber. One call was all it took to enable the blinds with a wireless motor that could be controlled with an RF remote with multiple positions for the vanes to control the intensity of the light and its glare without having to compromise on the view they provided. And unlike rooms with smaller windows, there was no need to position the vanes to beam the sun rays into dark corners as two walls of glass doors were ample proof to the light necessary to brighten a room with the other two walls filled with ceiling-to-floor bookshelves.
So many other advantages to these blinds-
• When it got too bright, I simply chose the appropriate setting on the remote that would turn the 2⅜ inch vanes up to beam the sun rays to the ceiling, from where the light was harmlessly diffused.
• The temperature inside remained stable too, as the diffused light hardly made for heat gain. I had brightly lit interiors, a view of the beautiful gardens, and a controlled temperature that made for energy savings as no lights needed to be switched on during the day, and the HVAC chugged away at low only on the warmest of days, if at all, during the summer. In winter, the vanes could again be enabled to receive sunlight to the fullest, to warm the room to such an extent that the HVAC needed to function at low during the day, and not much higher at night as the trapped warm air remains within the confines of the room, with the vanes closed tight.
• Today, you even have routeless vanes that add to the insulation properties while cutting out any ambient glare that is a possibility with the vanes that have route holes like ours do. My dad had them covered lengthwise down the blinds with artfully decorative cloth tapes thoughtfully provided by Graber.
• The advantage of the two and three eighth-inch vanes of the blinds is that they rotate open to larger spaces between the vanes, offering a better view as opposed to narrower vanes. The number of slats per blind is also reduced, stacking more compactly when raised completely for an entirely unobscured view.
In her book ‘Dictum’, Virginia Woolf begins her prose by saying, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she’s to write fiction.” How right she is! The muse that led to my diary-writing eventually led to my writing for a local rag, and later blogging, which provided me with an independence that I couldn’t do without today, not least of all the self- respect that has allowed me confidence to venture out to lecture at the community college here in Providence.
I find that I’m not alone in the inspiration that I find in the view provided by windows. Many of the songs we enjoy today are also the result of such musings!
“The little images that I get from sitting alone in my apartment – the way the light is falling through the window; the man I just saw walk by on the other side of the street – find their way into snatches of lyrics. I write in short spurts – for five, 10, 15 minutes – then I pace around the room, or go and get a snack.” Martha Wainwright, singer-songwriter
“The best songs often take two disparate ideas and make them fit together. When I started writing lyrics for The Birds, I was sitting in a cottage in the grounds of Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios. I was looking out at the birds outside, starting to think of lyrics about them; and then I thought about the last time I’d been there, 10 years before, at the end of a great love affair. I thought, how can I combine these two ideas? So I came up with an idea about a love affair that had ended in a field, with birds as the only witnesses.” Guy Garvey, musician
“Try to find a studio with more than one window. I work best when I have windows in two walls, for some reason; maybe it is because there is more light. At the moment, I’m working in a room with no windows. It’s not going well at all.” Mark-Anthony Turnage, composer
A great view deserves to be framed with great window dressings. The Traditions Wood Blinds from Graber offer the perfect view for a muse!