How to Create a Colorful Organic Inspired Living Room

Organic modern is really my favorite style....it's not very mainstream and you don't find a reference to in the mainstream blogs. But if you google it some pretty cool stuff comes up. So I've decided to take the term and notch it up with some color...and that's exactly what I've done in this blog post. 

I really wanted to design a living room that felt soft and adding organic touches is one of the best ways to do that. I also wanted it to be modern and somewhat sleek without the cold feeling that modern furniture sometimes gives. I also wanted to integrate some of the practical feng shui principles that I've recently learned...those kind of tips where you tilt your head and go, "oh that makes sense!"

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How to Feel more Connected to your Home

If you ask anyone what they want to feel when they come home...they say something like happy, relaxed, or belonging. But if you prod them a little bit what you'll find out is that they really want to feel deep down are two things...safe and connected.

I completely understand because these are the two things that I want to feel when I'm at home. Everyone does.

Why? Well, because they're basic human needs. 

However, in our culture of shoulds and trying to please others we often choose homes, furniture and artwork that fits into what we think that we need to be. And as a result our connection to our home suffers.....and as a result we don't recharge fully in the evening...and then we feel out of alignment the next day.

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How to Create a Calming & Rejuvenating Meditation Space

Since I'm living in a temporary space right now it's really made me think about things I'd never thought about....for example it seems that I took for granted the nice nature facing windows in my living room with inspirational artwork on either side. They served as a wonderful view that really calmed me down and allowed me to meditate peacefully and easily if I sat on the floor and faced the window. Without realizing it I had set up a meditation space! 

So it got me thinking how helpful it would be to other people to set up a space, wall or corner that was simply dedicated to meditation. What matters most is what you're looking at and what sounds are entering your mind when you're sitting in the space...it's better if you have a bunch of space but if you don't that's not a problem. What I think is important is that you have an intentional space. 

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How to Declutter for Better Relationships

During my journey from artist to room designer to room consultant one big topic keeps coming up. Clutter.

Clutter is a popular topic in home decor blogs these days. There are countless articles written everyday on the subject and they all pretty much say the same thing - If you declutter your life will be simpler and less stressful. If you declutter you'll be happier. And I do agree that to a certain degree this is true, but I think these blog posts are missing an obvious yet important point that keeps us from truly decluttering our homes.

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How to Create a Tranquil Living Room... for a Small Apartment

I just moved cross country... from the East coast of the United States to the West coast. In doing this, I gave away most of my furniture and accent pieces and stored the ones that I really treasured. This means that the only belongings I have at present fit in the trunk of my car. As a result, when I take out a lease on an apartment in the next few months I'll have to start from scratch in many ways.

It's been an amazing exercise actually. It's made me really think about what feeling I want my next living room to convey. Do I want it to be a heaven of tranquility or do I want it to be super lively? Well, what I discovered is that I want it to be a blending of both. And I want it to have a simple design. 

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How to Use Artwork to Make Eating Even More Enjoyable

I love to eat. I think it's one of the great joys in life. 

Whatever your preferences there's always that one meal that just makes you smile no matter how bad your day has been. It reminds you of a better time, maybe even a special time....and because of this it has a special place in your heart. 

Eating these meals is what inspires me to create amazing colorful dining rooms. You may be thinking why? Well, let me tell you.

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How to Create an Elegant Industrial Loft Entryway

It's no secret that I love industrial loft spaces. After all I'm a huge fan of architecture and old buildings and loft spaces in my opinion celebrate both in such a unique way. They repurpose old buildings and turn them into places where people can live, work, and be inspired by the past all at once. I mean, how fabulous is that!

One thing that I've noticed though about industrial loft spaces is that they don't always do a good job of defining spaces....and this is really needed at least in a symbolic way in order to feel like these large spaces are a home. 

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How to Design your Workspace for Focus - Support is Sexy Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on Elayne Fluker's podcast Support is Sexy. It's a fabulously informative podcast that interviews women entrepreneurs. Some of her other guest have included Laura Roeder, Founder of the kiss-ass software MeetEdgar and New York Times Bestseller, Luvvie Ajayi. 

It was a great conversation. I felt so in-flow talking to Elayne that I really felt like I was serving my highest purpose....it is always so magical when this happens....so I am honored that I get to share this recording with you.

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How the Right Office Decor can Focus your Mindset

I hear it all the time. Entrepreneurs or telecommuters who set up a home office and then tell me that something just feels off. I always smile because I understand completely. 

When I decided to leave Washington, DC, I negotiated a telecommuting position with my boss. I remember those first few days of working from my new home office in North Carolina. It felt so free! Then after a few weeks I started to feel a bit lonely and unfocused. Although I didn't miss the stress of working in a fast-paced office, I missed the structure and my shiny desk.

What I didn't realize at the time was that I missed having an environment that was energetically work focused

......or rather a workspace that was aligned with what I wanted to accomplish.

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How to Create a Luxurious Beige and Teal Bedroom

I have a love affair with texture. I like the way it feels to the touch and I like the way that fabrics and other materials that have been layered look. For me they just feel soothing and luxurious.

So with this in mind, I decided to design a bedroom that really celebrated texture and then had accents of color. I like the way that texture and color can compliment each other. At the same time, I think it's really important to balance the two so that the senses aren't overwhelmed but rather feel soothed with a sliver of excitement. 

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Tiny Buddha Feature - How I turned Fear & Anxiety into Joy & Fulfillment

Several months ago I was sitting on my couch and I had this intense need to write about my life. At the time, I was seriously contemplating leaving Asheville, North Carolina (where I had been living for the past 5 years) and I was feeling a need to bring it to a close in some way. What came out onto the screen of my computer took me aback. It became a raw account of my recovery after burnout as a humanitarian worker...and a deeply personal recounting of events that affected me deeply for years. 

This article gets personal...but if you're like me and you thrive on authentic interaction then this article is for you. If you've experienced trauma and you're looking for some guidance on finding the other side...then this article is for you. 

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How Waking up to Colorful Artwork can Improve your Day

For most of my life I never really thought about what I saw when I first woke up. I thought about how my sheets felt. I thought about what the window in my bedroom looked onto...and I thought about whether or not I liked the duvet cover that I was sleep under. 

But about a year about a year ago that all changed. I was living in a rented townhouse and I wasn't allowed to paint the walls. So I had decided to spruce up my bedroom by hanging some of the interesting things that I'd collected during my travels as a humanitarian worker. Some of them was this rustic instrument that you play with one finger while the other was a wooden rattle decorated with shells. Though interesting conversational pieces they were brown and a bit dull to look at. I also realized after a few months that they put me back in the super stressed out mindset that I had had when I bought them. 

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How to Create a Stylish Contemporary Home Office

How we feel when we walk into and spend time in our home office is so important. If the space makes us feel uplifted and abundant than it can really inspire us in ways that we've never imagined. 

I know for when that when I work in an environment that has everything that I need, is clean and organized and is delightful to look at then I feel more aligned with my business and am 100% more productive and focused. Not only can I feel more relaxed in my working space, but I have an unconscious buzz of excitement even when I'm not in the office....and this manifests into better 'pop into my head' ideas in the shower or while you're grocery shopping (my best places for ah-ha moments).

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How to Let Go of Decorating to Please Others...with Gwen Hefner

I recently asked Gwen Hefner of widely recognized home decor blog, The Makerista about what it's like to work with her clients.

What she said really got me thinking...

She touched on one of the biggest hurdles to people feeling comfortables or as I like to say 'aligned' with their homes. She said "people struggle to ....let.. go of the idea that they have to like what everyone else likes."

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How to Create an Elegant Eclectic Living Room

If I had to describe my style in one word...it would definitely be eclectic. I love a lot of different things so putting them all together in one room makes perfect sense to me. What I've learned over time is that if I curate or more accurately if I select only what I need for function and simple aesthetics then what I get is elegant eclectic.

So with this room design I brought my elegant eclectic style to a bold living room that would be a delight to come home to. I used blue, gold and turquoise shades to design a room that can feel calm but also lively. 

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How do you Want to Feel when you Come Home?

After a long day at work or a weekend away from home...how do you want to feel when you come home? When I ask people this their answers vary somewhat but they all have one word in common...they all want to feel welcome.

Feeling welcome in your home to me is what coming home is all about. Our homes are our sanctuaries. They're where we come to recharge. Where we spend time with our family. And where we dream. 

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How to Bring Inspiration to your Home with Color & Artwork...with Jennifer Emmer

Art and color are powerful. Like music, they influence our mood on both a conscious and subconscious level...so designing our homes with this in mind can help us align ourselves for success in our businesses, relationships, and outside pursuits.

When I finally understood this...it was life changing. I started rearranging furniture, artwork, giving away items that made me feel negative....and I instantly felt better. My surroundings went from being something that I had to overcome to something that lifted me up and inspired me!

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How to Create an Inviting Modern Organic Entryway

Entryways are really important. They are the first thing that we see when we walk in the door and the last thing we see when we leave our house or apartment. Essentially they set the stage for how we think about our home. 

If you don't have an entryway that you love. Think about this for a moment. How would it feel to walk in your door and absolutely love everything that you see....you could breath in deeply and know that you're in safe place that is aligned with who you truly are. This is why I do what I do. I want everyone to have this feeling. I want people to walk in their doors and be infused with positive affirming feelings that help put them in a better mood as they walk into the rest of the house and and greet your family. 

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How to Align your Home with What you Want.... with Kathryn Weber

I believe that what we surround ourselves affects us deeply on a subconscious level and if done correctly can inspire us to go out into the world and create amazing change.

So I’ve recently started doing research on the power of aligning our home décor with our true personal style and what we want. I reached out to Feng Shui expert, Kathryn Weber of Red Lotus Letter, for some insight. Kathryn has been studying, practicing and consulting in the feng shui field for over 20 years. She has been featured in Seventeen, First for Women, Faces, Conceive, Martial Arts Professional, and Natural Health magazines.

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