How to Turn your Home Office into a Creative Incubator

My first serious job out of college was working for The New Yorker magazine. Looking back it was a real education on how your work environment can set the stage for how you think. The whole office was not only cutting edge in terms of environmental controls but the architecture was sleek modern and powerful. The moment you walked into the building you knew that what you were doing was important. 

But more importantly, once you were in the magazine's offices you felt creative. Why? Because the walls were filled with old framed cartoon clippings...and the digital lab which I worked with on a regular basis was often filled with art that they were photographing for the cover. In addition, everyone had a big screen Mac and a Herman Miller chair....and a spacious cubicle. When you sat down you felt prepared to do your job. 

To say the least, it was very inspiring...not only for my creative juices but in terms of realizing that I was part of something bigger than me. 

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How to Sleep Better with a Calming Nightstand

Good sleep isn't just about closing your eyes and drifting off to sleep...it's also about the way that you feel when you're asleep, what you dream about, and how you feel when you wake up. 

That's why your mindset before you go to bed is so important. What we see, hear, an smell all inform our senses and as a result our mindset ....what we surround ourselves with as we settle down for the night has a strong impact on our subconscious...and what we dream about.

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How to Turn your Dream Home into a Reality

Do you see other people with these amazing houses ....with wonderful views and big master bedrooms and think that its out of reach? Well, it's really not. You're simply experiencing an upper limit problem....If you've never read Gay Hendrick's The Big Leap then you know exactly what I'm talking about....getting what we want is really just about squashing our limiting beliefs and replacing them with a clear positive vision....

So when people kept asking me how do I get out of my own way so that I can turn my dream home into a reality I cam up with three simple steps that will help you to change your thinking patterns and see a clear path to an amazing home filled with everything that you want!

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How to Create an Inviting Earth-toned Living Room

When I ask people what they want most out of a living room the top two things they say are inviting and cozy. Those words have slightly different meaning for each person... but a few things are common to  almost everyone.

The first is that people associate being cozy with fireplaces and big comfy sofas....so for this living room I've selected fireplace accessories with a natural feminine twist and a sofa and accent chair that all were designed with comfort in mind. 

The color scheme is earth toned with turquoise accents throughout giving it a warm yet cheerful tone. 

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How to Transform your Bedroom into a Sexy Sanctuary

#1 Rethink your Bedding

Think about your bedding for a moment. Does it feel amazing to touch? What does it feel like against your bare skin? Be honest. Does it just kind of do the job or does thinking about it put a little naughty smile on your face?

Now bedding doesn't need to be silk to be sexy. It can be high quality cotton, high quality linen, or any other material. What matters is whether it makes you feel amazing when you're lying on it. Also think about whether the color makes you feel at ease with yourself? Does the color invite you and make you want to stay forever? If not, pick a color that does and go out and buy those sheets that you've always wanted to buy... and give them a spin. 

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How to Make your Home Feel Calmer

We all want to come home to a calm house...especially is you have a stressful job or have rambunctious kids. It can feel like something out of a fantasy like it can never actually happen....but it can.

I can't promise that a unicorn is going to greet you at the door and serve you a gourmet meal, but I can give you some ideas things that will improve your life little by little...till all of a sudden you come home one day and realize omg my house does feel calm! So let's get started.

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How to Create an Inspiring Industrial Living Room

I love love love industrial spaces. They usually have such an interesting history and it shows in every rivet, beam and dent in the floor. They are old spaces that used to be centers of manufacturing transformed into people's homes. 

They could easily become big cold spaces but the more skilled developers are able to showcase the space's interesting architectural elements like warn beams, old windows, and beaten up floors in ways to reflect their humanity. In most cases these spaces center around concrete, wood, and metal....and although they are shown at their best, the spaces are generally still lack a certain feeling of aliveness.........and that is where home decor can save the day!

So for this living room design I really wanted to compliment the architecture but at the same time bring it some color and softness. 

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How to Set Yourself up for Success with Positive Anchors & Rituals

The philosophy that what we think about determines our path in this life has had a major impact on my life. You see, when I was in my 20s I was determined to live a life full of joy and adventure and I did because I believed with all of my heart that it would happen. However, it all fell apart in my 30s when I realized that I had achieved the outer things that I thought would make me happy, but I felt miserable inside. 

When I was at my lowest moments I started to listen to a variety of coaches. I was determined that if I absorbed what they had to say then I could live a happier life not only from the outside but from the inside as well....and little by little I did absorb it....and as I shed the things that were weighing me down and replaced them with positive thoughts and anchors I transformed into the most fulfilled version of myself that I've ever been. 

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How to Bring Inspiration & Life to a Boring Neutral Room

The current home decor culture celebrates neutral rooms. They call them the Scandinavian look and its all the rage. These rooms are smooth, sleek, and everything in them looks like it would be great to touch. Bloggers and designers use words like calming and soothing to describe them. However as I've written about in-depth in my post How Neutral Rooms can Make you Unhappy I believe that lack of color in a room encourages us to subconsciously numb ourselves to emotions. We're visual creatures and colors are an important part of how we process the world around us. 

Do you want to Experience more Feelings of Inspiration & Aliveness?

So for those of you who want to feel more alive, feel inspired, and look forward to what life has to offer I encourage you to bring more color into your home. Color has magical qualities. It brings a spark to the soul. Some people like more of it and some people like less of it, but all of us crave it. 

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How to Sleep More Peacefully with Organic Bedding

I'm a sensitive person. If you read my memoir you'll remember that I actually open up the book talking about how much it has affected my life. It's always been difficult for me to buy clothes because I find polyester, boiled wool, and most blends to feel really unnatural on my skin. So whenever possible I buy 100% cotton...and this includes my sheets...especially my sheets. 

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10 Books that can Make you a Happier Person

I believe that our surroundings and our mindset are intimately connected. Our surroundings not only include what we look at but also who we talk to, what we watch on TV and what we read.

If you're like me and you're always striving to be a better person here are 10 books that have transformed my life. They have affected every aspect of my life...and are the reason I'm even writing this blog and running my business today. 

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How to Make your Home Feel like Christmas & be Eco-Friendly!

We're entering my absolute favorite time of the year...Christmas! I love all of the lights, the greenery, the decorations, the food, and the cheesy movies. I love it all!

For me it's the one time of year when the world really does seem to feel like it is full of possibilities....

In celebration of it all of this I've put together a post featuring some of my favorite Christmas finds as a how to on how to make your home feel more like Christmas! I've really focused on sustainable items so if you like to buy as many eco-friendly things as possible for your home then you're going to love this! Remember everything is available for purchase to make your life easier. Just click on the images. 

So let's dive in!

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How to Create a Funky Modern Rustic Living Room

Generally I've got modern decor tastes...but at the same time I like rooms that feel earthy, like they're connected to the natural world. I love this look particularly in cabins and old lodge-like hotels. There's something really special about being in the middle of nowhere with a fire roaring in the fireplace, your lover, and a feast of decor that makes you feel grounded yet luxurious. 

It's with this picture in my mind that I designed this room. I don't think there's any reason that rustic can't also be modern and luxurious all at the same time. This funky rustic living room would go well in a loft apartment, cabin, a home in the mountains or simply in the home of someone who loves the aesthetic....hey go with what you love...really its the only way to go.

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How to Fill the Void after a Breakthrough

Ever since I made the decision that I wanted a happier life I've been living in a constant cycle. It goes something like this....breakthrough....reality check (which means anything from a moment of acceptance to an ugly cry)...the void....and then fulfillment. If you're familiar with this emotional cycle than you are familiar with the dreaded void. 

What is the 'Void'?

"The Void" as I like to call it is when you've allowed all of the negative mental energy around a past event to leave your body and you feel this strong sense of emptiness... through forgiveness or acceptance. Sometimes it feels like you've had your guts ripped out but most of the time it feels like a persistent hole in your stomach. I had a huge breakthrough (epiphany) over the weekend and woke up with a 'void' that feels like part of my identity was stolen. I feel unsure and my body doesn't 100% feel like its mine. 

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How to Create a Peaceful Brown & Turquoise Bedroom

Since moving to San Francisco I've really been thinking about what I want. What I want in life and what I want my surroundings to look like. And most importantly how I want to feel...because after all how we feel is the most important thing of all. 

So for this post I'm going to share with you the room design vision that I have for my own bedroom at the moment. Since most of my stuff is in storage back in North Carolina I'm kind of starting from scratch...at least until I buy a house.

This post is full of things I love...the kind of general room accents and functional objects that make me smile. They are based on five primary feelings ....inspiration ....security ....peacefulness  ......and luxuriousness.

So with this in mind I designed this bedroom. I used soothing blues, turquoise and whites but brought in some prominent chocolate brown accents to ground the room.

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How to Get out of a Rut...and Start a Cycle of Positivity

Are you in a rut? Do you feel like you just keep repeating the same day over and over again? Well, I totally get it. I've been there!

But the good news is that you're reading this post so that means that on some level you're ready for change. So take a minute and congratulate yourself. Few people take this step.

So let's get started.....

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How to Create an Inspiring Grey & Blue Modern Home Office

I firmly believe in setting yourself up for success...with systems, positive people, positive habits and positive surroundings. In business this can be particularly important especially when you're an entrepreneur working from home. Sometimes it is hard to switch from the being at home mode to the being at work mode. So having a designated home office that inspires and feels professional makes a big difference. 

I also believe that surrounding ourselves with artwork and colors that inspire us while we work makes a big difference. For me at least walking into an office with good artwork makes me much more comfortable. It makes the space more human...more tangible...and I think that that is especially important in this day and age where so much of our business is done over skype and email. We're craving things that feel more natural and more calming and I think that our surroundings can serve as the foundation for that.

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Why Neutral Rooms Can Make you Unhappy

If you go on pretty much any home decor blog you're bound to see a bunch of neutral rooms. After all neutral rooms are said to make you calmer, they're easy to decorate (everything matches!) and most importantly they're trendy.

I do agree that neutral furniture and accent pieces in a room bring a certain element of calmness especially when they are textured. It's just that when everything is neutral that people run into trouble.

You see, neutral colors calm you because there's an absence of color and color evokes emotion.

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How to Create a Beautiful Restorative Meditation Room

You have to make space for what is important. I hear that all the time in the personal development world. There's tons of material about how you have to forgive and let go in order to allow new things into your life. 

I don't think our homes are any different. We have to dedicate space to the things that we hold important. For example, kitchens have become bigger and more centrally located in houses over the past several decades. It's not because cooking has become more central to our culture because people actually cook less, but I think its because women have become more empowered  and women feel drawn to kitchens. Now that comment might warrant some comments below...but there is a cultural shift at play......and I see spaces for meditation taking a similar route. 

More and more people are meditating....because more and more of us feel that something is missing in our lives....we're not okay with the status quo. We want to feel connected to something bigger and daily meditation is a major first step.

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