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