There’s truly a lot to be thankful for and appreciative of and I don’t think many people take time on their own, alone, to sit quietly and self reflect on who they are, how they have grown, and what they are thankful for. Meditation is a great tool to do just that. I haven’t always shouted to the universe a great big “Thank You!” during bad days, but I know I definitely have a lot to be thankful for not just this Thanksgiving but everyday – My family, positive long term relationships, good health, the fact that I’m able to do what I love as an interior designer and being able to share my gift to the world, traveling to exotic places all over the world, and giving back to the community with Habitat for Humanity. But more than that, I’m truly thankful that I’ve grown so much over the past year as I continue to learn how to deal with difficult people, let go of toxic relationships, get better at setting my boundaries, and work on building up my confidence as a worthy, beautiful, amazing woman, interior designer, friend, colleague, and much more. I’ve been really blessed in my lifetime and I’m so thankful to the universe for all the good things in my life as well as all the even better things that are yet to come.
So, this Thanksgiving holiday, spend some time by yourself for a little bit outside your family and friends. Light some candles or turn on some music- whatever it takes to put yourself in a soothing and relaxing mood and meditate. Quiet your mind and ask your soul what are you truly thankful for besides your family, friends, pets, or career? You might be surprised by the answers that come up. Share it with your family and friends during Thanksgiving dinner. They will be grateful you did so. It will be a touching, emotional, and special moment that you’ll remember for years to come. I’ve gathered together some inspirational quotes about gratitude and thankfulness that has moved me and given me encouragement and motivation. Here’s a big thank you to everyone for being YOU this Thanksgiving.
Most people think about colors, furniture, and layout when they want to update their home or office. Most people don’t think about important design elements such as lighting or even interior doors. Creatively designed interior doors can add personality and character to a space, improve the flow of natural light, and also serve as flexible partitions to break up an open floor plan or connect two rooms. For example, your bedroom and bathroom doors can easily be replaced with a different style. You can add panels, glass, refinish your doors with paint and upholstery, or change your doors to pocket doors or a sliding barn door. An interior door adds a beautiful architectural detail and style that creates a focal point in a place where people’s eye will be drawn to it. Here are a few ways you can update your doors subtly or boldly either as a DIY project or with professional help that will elevate your space to a luxurious look and feel.
A fireplace brings a warm glow to any room whether it’s a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or outdoors. Many people are now adding a second or third fireplace to their home because they see the benefit a fireplace provides which also adds to the value of their home. A fireplace creates a cozy and warm mood in any space, especially with a real cackling fire going on. Of course, there are other factors that play a part in the overall coziness and warmth of a space from the furniture to the colors, accessories and layout. But, a fireplace is a beautiful feature to have in your home that creates a feeling of intimacy where people can gather together and share in the warmth or simply enjoy the ambience of the room. If you are looking to give your fireplace a refresh (whether it’s small or large) and make it more cozy and inviting for your family and friends, here are a few tips to help inspire you to tackle your project head on.
When people think of orange and black, they traditionally associate it with Halloween and SF Giants. However, it’s a beautiful color combination that can be part of your home or office decor all year round. If you love the color orange for example, but are afraid to splash it on your walls in your living room for example, you can start on a smaller scale. Plus, keep in mind that orange comes in various shades from a merigold orange (which is more of a yellow orange) to tangerine orange to rust. You don’t need to choose a bright orange if it doesn’t resonate with you. If you prefer darker tones that evoke more warm earthly hues such as cinnabar or spice, you can start small with accents such as throw pillows, framed prints, vases, and candles. Or, if you want to take it up a notch but not go all out just yet, you can paint your front door or paint one wall orange or black as a focal point. You can choose to make a bold statement by splashing paint on your walls and ceiling or keep it subtle with accents. Here are 5 ways you can use this beautiful color scheme to transform your space into one that you love.
What’s not to love about this orange fruit called pumpkins? Pumpkins are considered a fruit because the definition of a fruit is “the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and is edible. Pumpkins can definitely be eaten, and if you’ve ever cut one open, you know it’s full of seeds. Therefore, the pumpkin is the fruit of the pumpkin vine! I love everything from pumpkin hot chocolate to pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, and most of all, I like the fruit itself because there is so much you can do with them. You can paint them, create mini succulents to large decorative ones, and make a wreath out of pumpkins plus much more. Here are a few ideas on how you can decorate your home or office space with real pumpkins, faux pumpkins, or pumpkin-themed accents!