Saturday, August 09, 2008

de-clutter and create sanctuary

Sometimes I take Beauty Pauses by visiting blogs that understand the need and have some of the how to ideas for women who want to create sanctuary in their homes.

Lately, I've been more than lurking around Melissa Michael's blog - The Inspired Room. I found Melissa from Mrs. Q's blog. Roses to you for connection!

I have Melissa and her frend Cote de Texas on my Blog Beauty Pauses. If you're in need of a Beauty Pauses you've got to read the interview of Melissa, that the Brandie Kajino of the Home Office Organizer did here.

Brandie asked Melissa this wonderful questions:
What are your top 5 tips for someone who wants to create rooms inspired by their life?

She says (and these steps complement mine as you learn to Create Sanctuary):

In no particular order, here are some tips for getting started on finding your own personal style:

1) Spend time living the life you want and gathering mementos along the way. Your home will come together as you experience life. It shouldn’t be an overnight process!

2) Create rooms and spaces to inspire and accommodate your life. Evaluate what kind of life you really want to live and set things up to make that life possible and enjoyable. Do you love to read? Have friends over for movies? Cook? Write? Have the neighborhood kids over to play with your children? Do you have hobbies? Do you host large parties? Make sure your house is set up to accommodate you—homes should never keep us from fully experiencing what we love to do. Nor should they be staged for someone else’s idea of a good life. Your home should make sense for you.

3) Eliminate things that are unattractive or don’t stir your senses in some way. Avoid random decorations. Most everything should have a story that makes you happy or reminds you of a special time or person. Or at least things should be attractive and facilitate your life in some way. If it is useless or ugly, get rid of it.

4) Make ordinary things beautiful. Most of our life is spent doing ordinary things. Those ordinary activities should inspire our homes even more than the few highlights of our life. Everyday we spend time eating, cleaning, bathing, sleeping, working. Take the time to make these every day experiences more organized and pleasing to your eye.

5) Don’t be afraid to ask for help in creating a beautiful home, but be careful who you ask. Friends mean well but can confuse their personal taste with what is appropriate for you.Friends don’t have to love your home. Designers can be a wealth of information and ideas but can also lead you to spend money you don’t need to spend and end up creating a home that reflects their style rather than yours. Find someone who understands what you are trying to achieve and can use what you already have and love to create something authentic to you. Not everyone is naturally inclined to be able to arrange things in attractive ways–we all have our strengths. Don’t feel badly if you need some help in organizing or pulling your belongings together so that you can truly love your home.

So, step # 1 - de-clutter, # 2 - get organized and #3 start creating!

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Cote de Texas said...

Hi!! Thanks for the shout out!!!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Thanks for the mention, I can see we would get along quite well!


ValorieJane aka *3~BLonDeS~mOm said...

lovely post Miss Lylah! It certainly is a process..thanks for taking the time to remind us of the small, yet very necessary details.
love you

Mrs. Querido said...

Thanks for the roses :)

Brandie Kajino said...

Thanks for the mention. Isn't Melissa great? An inspiration and just an all around nice gal. :)

Lylah said...

hi brandie ~ you're welcome, and thanks for saying HELLO. Melissa? oh my gosh...she's fabulous and i can't wait to have coffee with her and actually all these fine women i've been meeting!