November - December 2021 Holiday Issue of ViewOn Magazine

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While I was designing our new home in Mesquite, I knew that I wanted an artistic statement piece in our entryway that communicated to myself, my husband, and my children that our home is our sanctuary and a place of refuge. It needed to be something that conveyed a sense of peace, welcome, and connection to our guests and loved ones who would walk through our door. I decided upon the universal symbol of the Tree of Life. It’s a symbol that can be found in almost every culture and in almost every spiritual and faith tradition around the world and throughout history. I decided that I would use tile as my medium and create a centerpiece for our entryway so that everyone who walks through our door would, in a sense, walk through the tree and into our home. I began this labor of love by sketching out my tree and working with a soothing and warm color palette. I then began selecting and cleaning leftover tiles from our warehouse at Mesquite Tile and Flooring. I broke and shaped each piece of tile by hand, and slowly, piece by piece, my tree began to emerge. Over 100 hours of labor later, it was ready for installation. Our team of installers took a tremendous amount of care while they centered it and cut a hole to embed the four-and-a-half-foot diameter mosaic into our new vinyl plank flooring. My husband, our three children, and I then gathered around our tree, and we each took turns filling in the tiny gaps between the tiles with grout and then cleaning off the excess. The result is stunning, and our Tree of Life has been a cornerstone symbol and reminder in our home ever since. Symbols are powerful, inspiring, and can communicate things that words cannot. A well-placed item with symbolic meaning in art, architecture, or decor can transform any area into a space that you will love for years to come. The holiday season is the perfect time to take a second look at areas of your home that could use a little sprucing up and to find ways to use symbolism that communicates the messages you want to convey.V Randi Fuller and her husband, Al, are the new owners of Mesquite Tile and Flooring. A mother of three, Randi is a local artist and interior designer who combines her creativity with her passion for psychology. You can follow her art on Instagram @thesanctuarycreatress and find more design tips on Mesquite Tile and Flooring’s Facebook page or on their website www.MesquiteTile.com.

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