It's All About You

If you know me or read my Rooms Reborn blog, you know I'm a huge believer in the importance of our surroundings to our emotional health. I believe our homes should be filled with things we love - and only things we love. So it was very exciting to me to have two therapists in the last couple of months either attend or register for one of my classes. They did so because they see decorating (particularly redesign) as a valuable service to offer their clients. And while I couldn't agree more, something else became very clear to me. While those of us in design-related businesses focus on helping our clients live in beautiful, nourishing-to-the-soul homes, we may not do the same things for ourselves.

So whether you receive this newsletter because you have a design-related business, are interested in or have attended a class or workshop through SIR, or are just curious about the world of design, I urge you all to take a little time and focus on your own surroundings. 

Do this room by room. Sit down, look around, and notice the emotions that come up. It may be an overall feeling, or it may be particular to certain objects. And if an emotion comes up that isn't a good one, figure out what you can do about it. 

Here's a personal example. Like many of my clients, my bedroom is the last to get my attention. While I have decorated it nicely, I don't always keep it that way. On laundry day there are piles everywhere - and sometimes it takes a couple of days to get the laundry done. I may notice the dust accumulating, but that's okay because no one else sees it. Making the bed is sometimes just a little too much trouble. And while I may think I can ignore it, when I really sit down and look around I'm not happy. And because I do a lot of work from my home office, that feeling of unhappiness can spend some time with me throughout the day, without me even being conscious of it. And that impacts my attitude, creativity, and productivity. And that's not a good thing.

Like Joanna Gaines, I want my home to be my "happy place". I want to feel good in every room. I want to smile every time I return to it. Because I know that ultimately that impacts my entire life, including how I treat my family, friends,clients - and myself. So I'm going to take the advice I give to my clients. And I encourage you to do the same.

Gotta run. I have a bed to make.

Ann Anderson
School of Interior Redesign
P. O. Box 183
Milford, CT 06460

Interior Redesign/Real Estate Staging Intensive - August 15-19
If rearranging, rehanging, reusing, repurposing are words that resonate with you, this is where you want to come to learn! You will learn all about proper placement techniques, using what your clients own to create warm, inviting spaces, a lower cost alternative to traditional interior decorating - and then how to do the same for houses on the market! Complete with 3 hands-on experiences, as well as how to start and market your business, this very full, very fun 5 day workshop is designed not only to get you started in your new career, but to help you grow and manage your business venture!

Redesign for the Professional - August 15-17
Already have a business, but want to add interior redesign to that business? Then join us for the first 3 days as you learn all about redesign, then work on two hands-on projects in clients' houses! You'll leave class on Wednesday and be ready to incorporate redesign into your business with confidence on Thursday!

Conference - September 22-23
Join Association of Design Education for the 9th Bi-Annual conference - this year in Norwalk, CT! The line-up of speakers is excellent, the location beautiful, and the amazing group of people is, well, amazing. While you can register until mid-September, the Early Bird Special ends tomorrow, July 22nd. (And no, you don't have to be an ADE member to attend.)

Just added!  Introduction to Interior Decorating - October 13th
This one-day class is sure to get your creative juices going . . .  learn design principles, colors, fabrics, textures, space planning. And lots of hands-on fun!


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