Tomorrow, February 28th, Pope Benedict XVI officially retires. Since his surprise announcement to the world indicating he would be the first Pope in 6 centuries to retire the world has been in a bit of a ‘holy mess’!
I can’t say that I blame him; Pope Benedict is 85 years old! I think the man must be feeling a little weary. While the rest of us are hoping to retire at 65 years old or ‘freedom 55’ (if we are lucky enough) still working as an octogenarian must be exhausting.
Today in honour of His Papal-ness I thought religion in décor would be fitting.
The focal point in this room is a very large Buddha. Fortunately it is seated upon the window seat as I read that inappropriate placement of the Buddha i.e. on the floor, is considered a sign of disrespect in many Buddhist cultures.
In this photo religion in décor is taken one step further!
The Moravian Star has become a popular décor feature. Originating in the 1830’s at the Moravian Boys’ School in Germany (possibly from a geometry lesson) the star was adopted by the Moravian Church as an Advent Symbol and also now commonly used in light fixtures.
Often used interchangeably due to the fact that the population of Morocco is almost 99% Muslim is Moroccan-inspired/Islamic-inspired décor. Seen in everything from wallpaper (1st photo) to furniture and light fixtures (2nd photo) to leather poufs (3rd photo).
Belief in angels is fundamental to many religions.
And what better way to incorporate religion into décor than converting a church into a residence. This photo is a converted church in Utrecht, Netherlands.