The Times They Are A-Changin’

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By Barbara Kaplan –

This Bob Dylan song title came to mind, probably because it’s been 2013 for a little while and changes have already occurred. In my book, The Bajaro Method: Rooms Have No Feelings, YOU Do!, change is always a good thing. I enlighten, encourage and empower people to move out of their stuck places and challenge them to embrace new decorating ideas, design thoughts and lifestyle opportunities. I also find the newness of change exciting! To quote one of my favorites, Wayne Dyer, “You are only a thought away from changing your life.” Now that’s exciting!

As an interior designer who starts every project with people first, then their rooms, I direct my thoughts and attention to personal change first, then to the inside of a home, which of course has to express our heart and soul. I always say, “I can tell you everything you need to decorate your home, but only you can put your heart in your home.” Your home is your most personal space and expresses you in the most honest form. I am always asking myself, “How do I want to live? Am I living that way now? If so, great! If not, what can I change that will serve me better?” I know my environment needs to inspire many different feelings. I know that about myself. Yet, many people aren’t aware of how they react to their environment, even though we are constantly reacting. Each one of us has to answer that question for ourselves. Then that awareness brings about action.

Since the New Year is time for reflection and anticipation it also becomes evidence of how the past year has brought changes.

This is a perfect time to look around and determine how the pieces you have brought into your personal spaces over the past year make you feel. Do they make you happy, put a smile on your face and bring peace and comfort to you? Are you living with things that you no longer like or need? Ask yourself some personal questions that only you can answer and answer them honestly.

Ask yourself why you chose to decorate your living and work spaces the way you have and if something held you back from doing what you really may have wanted to do at that time. Consider the choices that may have been made with different needs and goals in mind and now that change has occurred, you may be seeing (or overlooking) them differently.

Considerations may have been:

  • Budget
  • What will others think
  • What is appropriate?
  • What is the image you want to project?

As the main consideration…where you spend most of your time, the most important questions that should be asked are:

  • How does your environment make you feel?
  • Does it function for you?
  • Is your space comfortable?
  • Does it give you tranquility?
  • Does is give you the energy you are looking for?

Finally, the truth about money and budget is, whenever possible, spend less because what you love today may no longer be what you want to live with tomorrow. Change is constantly happening!

Remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!

I welcome you to submit questions to me to help you with YOUR changes and I will personally answer them.

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