Why do we love images of interior decorating so much? Why do we spend hours on Pinterest, in search of the perfect #shelfie? Why does decorating matter at all?
Because an environment in which everything speaks to the imagination is paramount to a successful, fulfilling existence. A well-lived life, just like a well-decorated home, takes a bit of planning, and a lot of awareness.
There is reason behind the secure stone walls of the meditation temple, and the stained glass of the cathedral that lets sunlight in. Looking around your home space, do you feel inspired? Are the small details; the books on the shelves, the trinkets, the functional pieces that help you accomplish your duties; are these in line with the kind of character and work you want to represent in your personal life?
Further, if your allowing unwanted clutter to take up space in your home, what kind of clutter are you letting take up space in your thoughts? How about your heart?
What interior decorators do, aside from having incredible space-use skills and style, is curate. Curating is what allows the finished production of a room to feel succinct so that each shelf is not only stylish, it speaks to the creative unconscious, helping the occupant stay on track with their ideals and goals.
Each room of your home should not only be a respite, but a celebration of your own life, and life in general. Begin first by curating the kinds of positive energy you want; that can mean by painting the walls, or bringing an eccentric piece of décor. For example, imagery of the Eiffel Tower can make any woman feel instantly more chic. It’s that french-woman-mystique we all resonate with, and all have the potential for according to Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat (a great health and lifestyle read to add to your collection).
Then get down to smaller details; a mug that will make you happy to drink your morning coffee and start your day can go a long way. Inspirational message mugs from The Everygirl shop are a great option for ladies who chug joe and the go. Start reading and displaying books that inspire you. I like works by Patti Smith, Twyla Tharp and Sylvia Plath around. Just seeing them on the shelf reminds me to seek greatness like they did.
Because the home is a place of rejuvenation, it should also be conducive to the kind of productivity you want to have. Like having these books around, your home is the space in which you can be reminded of who you are, the impact you want to make on the world, and why you do what you do. It should be filled with the kinds of tools you need to make your difference. For me, that’s lots of places to read and write. It’s inspirational boards, and it’s pens and paper everywhere to jot down sporadic ideas. What are the those places and tools for you?
The bottom line is that decorating is about consciousness. Consciously choosing positive items and ideas to share your home with you. Consciously creating the environment in which you can thrive. Consciously taking action to design a life you love. You don’t get to live a glamorous life without planning out the details of the glamour.
You deserve a home that makes you feel individual and self-expressed, two buzz words we love here on HerAfter, and you deserve to bring the kind of home and life you’ve dreamed of into reality.
The last hint: keep your eyes open. You never know when that favorite shelf trinket or decorative pillow or blanket is going to find you. Be open to finding it in unlikely places, on your way to brunch with the girls our out on a lunch run from the office. An unexpected score can also bring about a sense of surprising reward.
Don’t be scared off by Huffington Post’s ominous front page headlines;
their GPS for the Soul section has great tips on meditation, relaxation, and inspiration.
This article on 10 Important Reasons to Start Making Time for Silence, Rest and Solitude can help you see why making time for making peace is so important. A place in the home dedicated to meditation is even better (even if it’s only a pillow).
Are bad habits at home, like eating in bed, breaking your sense of peace? Read this article on How to Break Bad Habits from the mother of chic living, Gwyneth at GOOP.
Getting good sleep is key to active imagination and creativity. If your habits or bedroom are keeping you from restfulness, here are a few good articles for tips to improve your sleep
- 7 Steps to Better Sleep by the Mayo Clinic
- 20 Ways to Sleep Better Every Night from Prevention.com
- Improve Your Sleep from The Bulletproof Executive
- How to Get Restful Sleep from the Chopra Center
Don’t buy into the overnight makeover. It will take time to transform your home, your life, and your habits. Be patient, and allow yourself the beautiful gift of time to carefully curate your collection.