Yes, I am an interior designer. But I’m also a transformer and re-inventor. How so? I love to create change, both within myself and the spaces I create with my clients. I regard the process of designing a space in the same way as designing one’s life. Why? Because you can’t design a living space that is going to bring you peace, comfort, and warm energy, without understanding what your needs are – not only externally, but INTERNALLY.
My clients contact me for a multitude of reasons, but it all boils down to one thing — they are on the brink of making a change in their life and for many this means getting out of their comfort zone. Whether it’s transforming their bedroom into an oasis, adding more energy to their kitchen, or building a new house from scratch, the bottom line is that my clients are reaching out to me to coach them through the process of transformation.
Figuring out what the catalysts are for our own personal transformation, believe it or not is what makes the process of change so much fun. In the design process, after we discover what gives us a sense of peace, comfort and overall well-being, the rest of the process falls into place. Once we can internalize what makes us feel good, balanced, energetic or serene, everything is at our disposal to select for our living spaces.
With that said, how can we get in touch with what makes us feel good and get in the Spirit of Spring? Here are a few ideas that will cost little or next to no money:
- The next time you are at Trader Joe’s buy some cut flowers in your favorite color (at $3.99 a bunch, how can you go wrong?). Flowers are organic, they bring fresh air into the home, they are fragant, they involve all the different senses – touch, smell, sight.
- Take out a colorful platter that you normally use for entertaining and create a centerpiece out of it. Place all the same objects in the same accent color on it (i.e. lime green apples on a gray platter). Centerpieces can create contrast, contrast promotes energy, energy promotes excitement in the air!
- Purchase some new throw pillows. If you like mod/contemporary, go to CB2 or West Elm. If you are more vintage, check out Urban Outfitter or Anthropologie. Home Goods has tons of pillows for every décor from traditional on.
- Rearrange your furniture. If furniture is pushed against the walls in a room, bring it out and float it in the middle of the room. Create different seating zones, create movement and energy with this tip. Try angling the furniture to redirect the circulation in the room.
- Edit and rearrange your books and knick knacks. Clean out your bookshelves. Less is more! Store away books that don’t have meaning to you anymore. Lay some books flat as opposed to vertically. Mix up your bookshelves with picture frames and meaningful items that reflect your present life.
- Give your room a boost with a new accent color. In the kitchen purchase a new color of hand towels, soap, place a centerpiece (see above) on your kitchen table or counter.
I hope that some of these ideas resonate with you so that you can begin transforming your homes by infusing the Spring Spirit into them. When you are out there shopping or contemplating your next home décor move, keep in mind that if your home is truly a reflection of you and your family, then it will reflect warmth, positive energy and comfort. It’s like magic!