The Holidays are such special times even with some of the chaos that comes with it. The great plus is getting to experience this time spending with family and friends making those wonderful memories that we can treasure and carry in our hearts forever. Then we wait in anticipation for that ball to drop and there it is, a New Year begins! We all get to start off with a fresh clean canvas just waiting for our marks to be made. If you have not heard, the new color for 2013 is the Pantone-Emerald. You will see this color a lot in the up coming year in clothing, designer bags, accessories and yes, even in decor. I’m honored to have my birthstone color for May shown off to the world!
Let 2013 be the year to get unstuck and just do it!! In moving forward, a lot of us feel that positive changes need to be made in different areas of our life.We all can make room for change. Let this be your year to get going! As long as your starting the process in one form or another your moving towards your goal. My focus for this blog, and a series to follow later is helping one move in the direction for designing unique spaces custom made for them. It’s about turning houses into homes.In moving forward in my business I discovered after searching within myself and asking the question,what does my Interior design business really do to help others? After looking back and hearing the echoes of my clients comments and discovering what I believed is true,it all became easy. Important key words come to mind that I want to implement into my designs.These specially chosen words are, comfort, relaxing, restoration, healing, warmth, tranquil, serene, inviting, peaceful,connecting and enjoyment. These are homes people look forward retreating to after a long hard day. Is’nt this what it’s all about? I like to share a story about an individual that turned their space into a home. Few of us have gifts no matter where we live; we can turn houses into homes. I saw this first hand in one of my two trips to Niger Africa in 2008. I’ll never forget it. One afternoon visiting around one of the villages, one of the ladies beckoned to us waiving her hand inviting us inside her decorated home. Now, keep in mind I’m sure she did not know I was an Interior designer. This hut she called home for her family consisted of a straw roof, a well swept dirt floor, and mud walls. It was a very clean home she had made for them. She was so proud, just gleaming and showing it off to everyone. I was actually amazed, and showed that in my expressions to her. She had a sense of color and how she pulled her creative elements together making it cozy and inviting for her family. Considering her circumstances and living conditions, she was happy. The way she presented her home, one would thought they had walked into a palace. Well I did that day…; I walked into her beautiful palace.
Here in the States we also recognize the importance of feeling good in our interior spaces. This is where we spend most of our time with family and friends and where we sleep. In order to achieve the mood, style,taste,and functionality, one must invest in creating that awesome discovery. If it’s starting with your entire home,or room by room, it’s a process that takes patience and nurturing. A lot of my clients hire me for this very purpose. They mention this is not their calling or gift. They see the investment is well worth the while in getting a great return in the end. Again it’s all about the ambiance. Creating a relaxing tranquil space for restoring and refreshing and feeling that it was custom made just for you and your family.
Look for more of my upcoming blogs on the next steps moving you forward in making your house your home. : )