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12.02.2010

ARTFUL IDEAS FOR YOUR WALLS



This recent project inspired me to share this quick simple idea with some of you who might be dealing with some bare walls for a while now and not quite sure of how or what to do with it?

Maybe this unexpected idea is an option to brighten that bare wall space. If you can collect a few cubes or frames, you can arrange them on your empty wall and create a wonderful unique wall decoration for a modern interior. The Size of the cubes does not matter. All different frames/cubes grouped together can be purchased at a flea market or a thrift store that will give you a beautiful new look on a dime. Who doesn't love that?

Also, don’t forget your stairwell. A floor-to-ceiling gallery of frames can create a great collage of art. You can use your kids’ colorful paintings, black and white photos of the family, favorite prints from a vacation, or a print from your preferred artist. You can definitely create a wonderful collection of what brings you joy and solve your bare wall problems at the same.

A quick tip: Play around with your arrangements on the floor before you begin to hang your art. That way you can get the complete vision of what your wall gallery will end up looking like.

To create a great visual finish especially if you’re working with different size frames, cubes etc…, place your low centerpiece first, then place your largest on the ends. If you have similar shapes or pairs, keep them close to each other for a unified look. Line up the bottoms in order to get that crisp professional display. I hope this was the motivation and idea needed to beautify your space.



11.12.2010

a lamp gets a fresh refresh


In these tough economic times, I say, don’t give up on freshening up your home. Revive, refurbish or uplift some otherwise drab pieces that you might not be in love with anymore. Spend wisely and be frugal. One of the biggest suggestions I can make (being a resourceful designer) is to ask yourself this question before spending some money on a new lamp or any new item for this matter. ‘Is this item worth it?’ Most of the time, the answer is no, and you can simply pass on it. I strongly believe in being creative, inventive, especially when it comes to the home. Beautifying anything in your home is achievable if you let go of some fears. Remind yourself that you don’t need to be rich to live beautifully. You just need a little imagination and some basic items such as a can of primer, a can of paint in the color of your choice, and some elbow grease to create or refresh an item.


So, stop the mindless spending. Look at everything with potential. Do not pass up pieces that might be at first glance unsightly. Sometimes, such items are just looking to be rescued aesthetically. You don't need to be a master’s apprentice to learn how to make some simple changes to a piece of furniture that might otherwise appear “ordinary”. Elegant doesn’t have to be pricey. Take stock of what you already own and can revive with a fresh refresh, and this sure will stimulate some great conversations. When it comes to making your home special, no detail is ever too small to make a difference. I just love this new blue color. 

Happy Diy-ing!


10.05.2010

Be inspired by your imagination

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Being inspired by your imagination is where perfect spaces are born. Where eye-catching combinations of color, clean lines, and flawless surfaces come together in the design you have always dreamed of. Awakening your imagination is what gives birth to a great design. It is how you will be able to tell the story of your personal style. When it comes to your personal space, there should be no inhibition. You should truly be yourself and not let it be dictated by the outside world.

Your space should reflect your personality and tell the story of who lives in the space. "How do I do it?" you ask. I always say to look in your closet. Whatever colors speak to you are right there in your own closet. So, believe it or not, you are your own best inspiration. Take your favorite color shirt, skirt, suit, blouse, sweater, etc... as your inspiring point. If you're afraid of putting your favorite blouse's color on the wall, incorporate it in accessories. Once you pick an outfit that you love from your closet, I guarantee, you will awaken the creative side of you. Then you will end up with a beautiful space that translates the most important vision of all - yours!

Essentially, we all are storytellers - If you are still stumped for ideas, ask yourself the following questions and see what you come up with:

What are my interests?
What are my hobbies?
What is my passion?

Go ahead, tell your story! I hope you're inspired by this post. Until the next blog post, go in your closet and get inspired!



9.16.2010

Boost your serotonin with a prettier space...

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In this world full of turmoil, we all would love to be able to escape it all. But unfortunately, not all of us have the means to take that dream vacation to the places we have in our minds where we would experience tranquility and decompression. But the good news is, there are so many wonderful and inexpensive ways to turn our space into a haven that we only dream we would get elsewhere.

No matter how hard things are most of us have a place that we call home - whether it's a studio, a one-room apartment or a shack, you can still make your space a beautiful place that can boost your energy level and give you relaxation needed to reface the world yet another day. Here are some tips that can help you do just that by using the five senses rule:

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Sight - Fresh flowers arranged in a nice bouquet either on a mantel or a coffee table can be so well-pleasing to the eye.

Sound - Playing your favorite sound in the background is always a great way to decompress and center the mind.

Smell - Light a favorite candle to permeate the air with a great scent and if you're allergic to candles, you can never go wrong with a mild-scented room fragrance spray.

*Courtesy of Pottery Barn*

Touch - Invest in a nice cozy velvet/velour/chenille throw or some luxurious silky sheets.

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Taste - Whether it's a glass of your favorite tasting wine or some great velvety chocolates, I'm sure each one of you has a favorite snack that brings you comfort.

With these basic things in mind, I'm sure you can be creative in making your space beautiful and unique to your particular likings and style. My philosophy is to never settle for how you live just because of not being rich. Live a more conscious existence where lifestyle will enhance your health naturally - boosting your serotonin without the medications. 


* Updated



8.29.2010

Here's how to cut clutter out of your life for good


For my entire life, most of my friends always wonder how I'm able to be so organized and neat. It's because I don't keep anything that no longer serves me. Also, it's primarily because I have little patience to constantly look for things which I find to be equally frustrating and energy-sapping for me. I'd rather spend my precious time enjoying things that make me happy, instead of allowing piles of less important things that don't nurture my soul get in the way of that. Usually, clutter is anything that doesn't belong in a space - whether because it belongs elsewhere in your home or it no longer fits in your life. So, really, clutter is not just the stuff on your floor. It's anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living. If you're struggling at maintaining a clutter-free space, here are some soul-searching questions that might help.

1. Why does your environment remain cluttered?
* It is not a priority.
* I can never get around to tidying it.
* I don't know where to start.
* I fear I will never finish.
* Other

2. How does clutter make you feel?
* Confused
* Anxious
* Hopeless
* Embarrassed
* Indifferent
* Other

3. What is holding you back from releasing old things?
* I am not sure what to keep.
* I'm insecure about making decisions.
* I fear I will need something the minute after I toss it out.
* I am afraid to let go.
* Other

4. What would make it easier for you to declutter?
* Knowing I am making the right decisions
* Not regretting losing something
* Knowing that it won't be time-consuming
* Knowing that it will really work
* Other

5. How much time will I commit to change?
* One month
* Six months
* One year
* As long as it takes
* Other

6. What does an uncluttered environment represent to you?
* Fear
* Excitement
* Work
* Freedom
* Other

After identifying the obstacles that stand in your way, you can begin to tackle them. Choose a space to declutter. Not sure which space to start with? Ask yourself the following questions about the spaces you're considering: Are there overwhelming quantities of one or two types of items {such as paperwork or clothing} in this space? Has cleaning in this space becomes an impossible chore due to too much stuff? Is the floor covered with objects and items you need to put away? Are the tops of the desk, tables, chairs, and other furniture hidden beneath piles? Is this space lacking a proper filing and/or storage system? Has it been more than a month since you've sorted and purged your unneeded items in this space?

If you've answered yes to most or all of these questions, then you know where you need to start. Now it's time to start sorting. Choose one area of that space. Start small and if you're worried that you won't finish, then ask yourself the following questions as you go through each item in that area:

When was the last time I used the item?
What does this item do for my emotional well-being
Is it a collectible that could be displayed and enjoyed?
Is the item outdated, or is it usable?
Are you able to find this item when you need it?
Is the item beyond repair?
What is your treasure?

You've heard the notion that one man's junk is another man's treasure, so why not let someone else enjoy this item(s) if it/they no longer serve you. What does it mean to truly cherish something? This next exercise will help you identify the real treasures in your life, and let them tell their story. 

List your prized possessions.
Describe how you acquired them.
What story or emotion do you associate with each of these objects?
What are your reasons for keeping these items?
How do you honor these items?

Don't let the sentimental journey inhibit you either.

Problem: You assign an emotion or a feeling to an item, and you feel that if you were to throw it out you would lose some part of you.

Solution: Remind yourself that throwing something out does not mean that you are throwing out the memory of that thing or that person. It just no longer serves you or makes your heart sing in the current season of your life. The reason why clutter clearing is so effective is that while you're putting your external world in order there are corresponding changes going on internally too. 

Getting rid of clutter may not be easy. Throwing out cherished but unneeded items can be painful - almost like losing a good friend. That's where I find being a little aggressive on deciding whether to keep an item or get rid of it comes in. Use the one-year rule. If you have not used something for a year, discard it. What if you are still reluctant to throw it out after a year? Put it in a holding area for a few more months. When you look at it again and realize that a year and a half have passed by and you have not used it, parting with that item may be easier. In any case, the objective is to reduce or cut the clutter out of your life for good - to cut your stress level down and make better use of your time by becoming more productive. Happy de-cluttering!