Interior Design For Mindful Living

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Your home – your preferences

By Barbara Kaplan –

How do you prefer to live? Is it the way you are living?

Creating health and wellness in your home is really about understanding YOU! Your home feels good and is personalized when you express more of your own “signature” in your environment. When you understand your lifestyle needs and wants, you gain self-confidence to create your vision of your personal style.

I like calling needs and wants, personal preferences. Personal preferences guide, encourage and comfort you when making decorating decisions. The awareness of these preferences help you learn about yourself so you can express them in your environment.

It also helps to become aware of your reaction to all of your senses. Then you will have a clearer picture of what it is you like and don’t like. As you become comfortable and identify with your preferences you will feel happier in your own home.

Your preferences are heightened as you enjoy your surroundings. Your enjoyment is in living with what you love.

The habits and preferences you practice in your space is what makes it personal. What you do can be peaceful and serene and other times can be fun and exciting. You decide what your preferences are to give you the feeling you want. As example:

  • Your kitchen can be a quiet place in the early hours before anyone else is up and you have a cup of coffee in your special cup, sit facing in your favorite direction and reading the paper. It could be taking your vitamins in a crystal or “funky” wine glass. How have you designed a preference to start the day?
  • Your bathroom can have candles around the tub in the evening for relaxation and meditation. Select your tooth brush in your favorite color and place it in a special glass. Your pajamas can be hanging waiting for you on a pretty hook. My glass only matches my bedroom color (and doesn’t match anything else in the house) which I take to bed for my evening vitamins that are in unique containers by my bedside.
  • All your areas can surround you with your favorite things. Like pictures in beautiful frames, your private collections, flowers in a special vase, personal mementos and sayings placed in different areas of the house.

When creating personal spaces, it’s your senses that most come into play. Surround yourself with your favorite fragrances, colors, textures, sounds and flavors. When you feel special and nurtured you are creating healing. When this healing is experienced and repeated it becomes a healthy habit.

As you make changes in your environment remember this is your sacred space and refuge from the world. Be open to the possibilities. Look inside yourself to see what you need in your surroundings and then go about bringing them together once your vision is clear. Trust yourself and your choices. It takes a great deal of honesty to get what you need and want. Interior design is a creative process where there is no right or wrong. “If it feels right, it is right!”

Design from the heart and enjoy the outcome. Remember, rooms have no feelings, you do!

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