In working with my clients, I find they often discount the impact of surrounding themselves in an environment that creates peace. For example, their master bedroom, the space that should be their private retreat, a place to escape to at the end of the day, is often the last room on their list to decorate.
This past week we moved into a new home. It has been a crazy but bittersweet time. It's always hard leaving behind the cherished memories of an old home and embracing a new space. There have been so many late nights trying to transform this new place into something that feels like our home.
Without adding your personal touches, unique style, and cherished mementos, a home is just an empty shell waiting to be "lived in”. The reality sinks in when you stand back and look at the now empty home you’re leaving. It can feel as though that house, your former home, has now lost its soul.
In decorating our new home this week, I found peace as I realized that not only was I creating our home, I was nourishing its “soul” by surrounding us in items that truly spoke to us, brought a smile to our face or just made us feel at peace.
Living in the same home for 10 years, I had accumulated so much stuff! Rather than donate or throw out items over the years, they somehow found their way to the basement to only sit there and get buried under more “stuff”. There is a freedom that comes when you can say good-bye to those items that are no longer serving you and either find a better home for them or realize their time has passed and simply throw them away.
I had to tell myself, “It’s OK to let go of those things that no longer provide value or peace for you.” This is something I discuss with my clients all the time but to come to that moment myself was definitely emotional for me.
I firmly believe that everything in our home has energy and that energy can either create a positive or a negative response. It’s so important that we surround ourselves with only those items that connect with us and evoke positive energy for us. To not do so, allows that negative energy to come into our life, even subconsciously, and begins to steal the peacefulness of our surroundings.
Over the years, I’ve become more holistic in my approach to design. I’ve realized I’m most creative when I am at peace. That’s when ideas truly flow and my best ideas come to mind. That process is no different for anyone. When you surround yourself in a peaceful environment, you internally are at peace and can be at your best. Don’t ever discount the impact of your surroundings and never compromise on what you place in your home. If it doesn’t evoke a positive emotional response, it’s time to get rid of it. Live only with what you truly love and don’t get stuck on the quantity of items in your space or settle for something you really don’t love. Sometimes it’s only one cherished peace that creates that sense of “home”.
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