If Rooms Could Talk

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Where we are is where our life happens. Our choices, including what we surround ourselves with, how we treat ourselves, and what we allow into our lives, mirror what’s going on inside our minds. What does your room reveal about you?

The entryway sets the tone for the day. Decorate it in a way that supports how you come and go. Try adding: a sanitation station, floor mat, space to leave outerwear/shoes, console/shelf, and a mirror to brighten up the space. Create zones for keys and other items used on a daily basis. Handwoven baskets, pottery or nesting trays help organize the area and are beautiful to look at! Click here for more entryway tips

Question: Does it help you get ready for your day?

Living room
This is a space where people can come together. It should be inviting and easy to maintain. Choose a sofa and a coffee table that fit the space, and complete it with an area rug. Create different zones here too. I like having one for conversation, a focal point (like an artwork, fish tank, gallery wall, or a bookcase), and a reading nook. Make sure there’s appropriate lighting for each type of activity or mood by combining overhead lighting with task lights, floor lamps and mood lighting. Click here for more living room tips

Question: Does it encourage meaningful conversation with loved ones?

Dining room
The ideal dining area encourages sharing experiences over healthy meals and mindful eating. Remember to allot one chair per resident and 60 cm of space (width) for each place setting. Choose a solid material for the table top. An ethically sourced local hardwood is sturdy and warm, marble is cool and beautiful, while composite wood is more affordable (but not as strong as hardwood). Sometimes the dining table also doubles as a work desk. In this case, create a dedicated corner for eating with a ‘no laptop rule’

Question: Does it foster mindful eating?

A well-planned kitchen makes it easy to prepare healthy meals, saves time and ensures cleanliness. The appropriate spatial relationship between the cooktop, sink and refrigerator is called the kitchen work triangle. Keep essential tools within arm’s reach and sort them by usage, material or category (use trays and bins to organize them). Thoughtful placement of electrical outlets also increases efficiency because cords aren’t getting in the way. Choose a solid counter top material that’s easy to maintain, like filled stone, solid surface, quartz, or terrazzo. Avoid grout lines if possible because dirt can get into these little nooks. If you like to cook, then a stainless steel kitchen might be right for you

Question: Can you prepare healthy meals in your kitchen?

This a utilitarian room where we clean ourselves. It also offers us a quick getaway from the outside world. Space is at a premium here, so make the most out of it! Choose tiles and fixtures that match the room’s proportion. Keep only the essentials, and organize them according to purpose like: skin care, hair care, dental care, feminine products, cleaning supplies. A mirror with storage works wonders!

Question: Can you move comfortably inside the bathroom?

We spend 1/3 of our lives in our bedrooms. This is a space for rest, renewal and reconnection (with ourselves, and our partners). Make it relaxing! Remove objects that don’t align with this purpose. Choose soft, calming hues and use lined window treatments that reduce the amount of light and noise from the outdoors. Start with a comfortable bed, a solid headboard, a pair of bedside tables, and a lamp with a soft glow. Add beautiful objects that are soothing and give you a good feeling. Take care not to over decorate ok?! Click here for more bedroom tips

Question: Do you get a good night’s sleep in your bedroom?

Kid’s bedroom
Their own room helps them build their identity and habits they’ll carry into adulthood. Make it inspiring and practical! Choose neutral shades as these are less likely to be outdated. Try furniture which can be adjusted higher to suit growing kids. If space allows, create different zones in the room based on their activities and interests. Kid’s have homework, crafts, hobbies, and an ever-changing wardrobe. Use cute storage with trays, bins, baskets, cubbies to organize the space and encourage the little ones to sort and store objects after use

Question: Is it practical and inspiring?

Home office
This space should support how you work. Start with a solid desk, an ergonomic chair and put adequate lighting by combining overhead lamps with task lights. Provide enough space for office equipment and some supplies. Use desk organizers, cable management, and a wall mount pegboard to make it more functional. I like having  most items in the same color as it looks more pleasing! Consider adding lined window treatments, acoustic foam or door seals to reduce background noise. Click here for more home office tips

Question: Does your workspace inspire creativity and productivity?

Our living spaces reflect the way we live. Here are other things to consider when rearranging your home:

Let go and create space
Insecurities, guilt, neglect and shame can manifest as clutter. Decluttering and organizing belongings is a great way to start. We must learn to only  keep objects which help fulfill our purpose, and let go of the rest. Properly dispose of objects in disrepair along with anything else that remind you of bad memories. Donate, sell or repurpose items which haven’t been used in months

Honor yourself
Bring in items that reflect who you are and what you love. Curate carefully and keep everything in moderation. Choose colors and materials that make you feel good. Include mementos that spark positive feelings of gratitude, love, confidence. Use natural and eco-friendly elements whenever possible

New memories
When we change our habits, we also need to adjust our immediate environments to support our goals. It’s easier to engage with a new lifestyle, and live our best lives, inside spaces that have been intentionally designed to suit that purpose. Your home should have space for your interests and remind you of things you enjoy

Human scale design and harmonious layout
When our surroundings and furniture placement are scaled to our bodies, we feel grounded and supported. Functional environments also help us accomplish our tasks efficiently and comfortably

A bigger picture
We are mind, body and soul in a space. Our homes, workplaces and environments we frequent are extensions of ourselves and our energy fields. We influence these settings with our personalities, while design elements like colors, light, configuration, proportions, acoustics, materials, among others, drive our thoughts, emotions and behaviors 🕉 Be mindful of what you surround yourself with

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