In 2015, interior designers worldwide, okay- maybe not the designers….let’s start over. In 2015, our media decided that ‘Individuality’ was the new trend in interior design. Who decides this stuff anyways? Seriously, who decides what the latest trends are….I’ve alays wondered that. Not because I follow trends, quite the opposite. It just seems…. Odd. Well, at least to me that seems odd- the concept of the media decides something, for all of us.
I’ve always thought that interior design should always reflect individuality, however, at some point society decided that was wrong- and it is far more important to follow trends, keep up with the Jones’, and replicate every Pintrest photo that inspires you.
Here are some examples of great designers like myself, who feel as though individuality never went out of style.
David Obel Rosenkvist
I want to ask my readers, what’s more important to you- a home that reflects changing trends -or- a home that reflects YOU?
What do Handmade, Minimalistic, Rustic Utilitarian, and even the New Antiquarian Movement, design styles have in common? Each one of these styles at their core represents: authenticity. Whether it’s a vintage chair, still encased in it’s bright yellow fabric, or a beautiful accent table, carved from locally sourced, and sanded by hand, or just a beautiful piece of linen, woven in small batches, and sewn into pillowcases. There’s something beautiful about a piece that has meaning rather than a mass manufactured item that is available at the click of a button. Those special pieces we have in our home, you know, the ones passed down from generation to generation they are personal and intimate. Or maybe they are things left behind or forgotten by loved ones, updated perhaps. Sometimes those pieces require some effort on getting to the heart of the piece itself. Maybe it requires ripping up all the carpet in your home only to uncover the rich vintage oak floors hidden underneath, or making a quilt from the your children’s baby clothes you’ve saved for 20 years. There may be challenges and setbacks that you have to overcome; time you won’t get back. But in the end, the reward of sourcing and creating, restoring and rebuilding, leaves a satisfaction that just can’t be had by any other way. Sometimes these sentimental things we incorporate in our space mean more than the $3,000 Ethan Allen sofa you just splurged on. While they are all things you can touch, these authentic heirlooms are a story you can tell. It was created with thought and care. It’s real. It’s AUTHENTIC.
What pieces do you have in your home, that have meaning and share a story?
Having worked in the new home industry for 10 years, if there was something I noticed over and over agin when looking at the floor plans of the homes I sold- poor use of space The layouts were not designed properly.
Once I moved over to the interior design side of things, I could help my Client's who were building new homes much easier when it came down to this big issue. Keep in mind not all home builders are the same, and not all are going to make structural changes, but if you are building a custom or even semi custom home, knowing this design mistake ahead of time will save you from a lot of headaches down the road.
This will provide flexibility for entertaining. Place the kitchen and the living at opposite ends of the entire space for noise buffering, while keeping the openness of vision.
Something I talk a lot about with my Clients is how they start each and every day. Sometimes this is the catalyst of what will go right…and wrong for the rest of the day. It is important to be mindful of this each and every day you wake up. It is also important to practice these daily habits, so they eventually become part of your routine- just like brushing your teeth.
So to start this week fresh, I am giving you, YES, giving you one of my daily morning power start programs for FREE!!! Try it out for a week, let me know how things change for you!
The first thing I want my Client’s to do is ask themselves, what rituals and routines support their creative flow. From roughly 7am-9am my Morning Power Start Program happens. This being said, the first thing I suggest- nix the alarm clock unless you absolutely need it. I’m a big proponent of giving my body the amount of sleep it naturally needs to function optimally, so I rarely use alarm clocks. Within the first hour of waking up, drink some green juice full of nutrients on an empty stomach. This gives you a great energy boost for the day. Next, meditate. Either thing will happen, a) quiets the mind, or b) allows you to access source. Followed with some journaling. At least 30 minutes. Even having a “Gratitude Journal”, can have a huge and positive impact on how you see & respond to things each day. Another big thing is turning off all electronics before bed and not turning them on until after your morning routine is finished….then it’s time to make the magic happen!
Sometimes making a small shift in how you start your day, can be the one thing that changes your entire life! Give it a try!
So what morning rituals do you have that help bring inspiration to your day?
Have you ever wondered what cool go-to apps an interior designer uses? No? I didn't think so...but I'm going to tell you anyways! 😁 Here are my 5 favorite design apps that anyone can use, even if you aren't a cool interior designer like me! 😉
Create colour palettes on the go with the myPANTONE app created by world-renowned colour experts Pantone. The app allows you to capture and extract colours from photos matching it to the closest Pantone colour, create and share inspiring colour schemes and you can even use it to calibrate your devices to colour-correct your display. www.pantone.com/studio
2. Benjamin Moore Color Capture
The Benjamin Moore Color Capture app allows you to take a photo of anything that inspires you and instantly find a Benjamin Moore paint colour to match it. www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/404
A professional grade angle measurement tool. tiltmeterapp.com/
4. Genius Scan+
Scan documents on the go and export them as JPEG or PDF. www.thegrizzlylabs.com/genius-scan
5. My Measure PRO
An app perfect for storing and sharing object dimensions. www.mymeasuresapp.com/
I'd love to get your feedback on these if you end up using them! Comment below!
What’s better than a life coach who is also an interior designer?
Let’s face it, a really well thought out space begins with your thoughts and your habits, continues with your relationships, and concludes within your environment.
Okay, let’s start with your thoughts. A great designer will help you uncover the core thoughts that work for you and against you. We then explore the opinions, beliefs, and interpretations that you hang on to that bog you down and bum you out? We’ll take a clear, simple, and swift approach to remove the thoughts that get you down and boost the thoughts that motivate you. It’s easy. You’ll feel better about yourself. Removing these negative thoughts help create a space where creative energy can flow.
We take a similar approach with habits and relationships, then visit your environment. By this point once we’ve addressed everything else, you now that you love who you are, what you do, and who you’re with…so I then ask you, “Do you love coming home? Or do you dread walking through your front door?”
Whatever your situation, aren’t you lucky that your life coach is also an interior designer?
Happy thoughts? Check. Good habits? Check. Great relationships? Check. Love coming home? Check.
Lifestyle By Design complete.
Let’s get started.
I always know when I’m not living true to what I preach everyday- authenticity! It took me traveling over 2,000 miles this week to figure that out.
It always starts with that overwhelming anxiety. You know, the kind that no matter how many techniques or tricks you’ve learned thus far, will work on controlling it? The kind where you feel like you are being choked, constantly, and its completely exhausting- and everyday you are “faking it to make it”. In all honesty, I feel like this a lot of the time. It’s usually when I have worked myself to death, my stress level is high, my business isn’t running as planned, my kids are misbehaving- I’m just drained. I start to move away from that authentic place, and find myself more concerned with others opinions. I get cranky, then angry. I am frustrated, sad, and nothing seems enjoyable, and the malaise has begun to suffocate other areas of my life. I want things to change, but I have no idea where to start. Ever feel this way? Your feelings of stagnation exist because, deep down, you’re not being honest with yourself.
For me, this is when I find is so important to find my “center”. It usually consists of escaping and being able to find peace in nature. Meditation can be helpful, exercise. It’s important to be honest with yourself. To know what truly makes YOU happy, where YOU find that calm, your balance.
So how do you really know if you aren’t living in a place of authenticity?
Things you say when you are living out of that authentic place:
“I can’t take care of what I have, so I’ll never have what I want.”
“Given my horrible track record, a good relationship just isn’t in the cards for me.”
“I developed this illness so God must really hate me.”
When life’s obstacles arise, you are not being punished. You’re being awakened. Always remember this. Pay attention to those times when you are insincere in your speech, or when you are acting in a way that doesn’t align with your core values. Then explore the fears and beliefs that may create those barriers to your authenticity.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Something else I’ve noticed I’ve done a lot lately is not trust my gut. So, trust your intuition. Often, we feel out of sync when we are acting inauthentic. Things just don’t feel right. Pay attention to those hunches, physical sensations, and impressions. They can be your instincts telling you that you are not being genuine. When you are on track and authentic, you’ll feel that too.
Understand that authenticity is linked to our values and belief system; those by which we set our moral compass towards and away from things we feel intuitively guided by.
“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
Being authentic means knowing how to be resillient so you are better equipped when the shit hits the fan- and believe me, the shit WILL hit the fan. Authenticity isn’t just about finding happiness – we have to be realistic that happiness 100% of the time is not sustainable. Authenticity is more about doing something because it makes you feel good. Doing the things YOU want to do, instead of what others think you should do.
The wonderful thing about when you feel like you aren’t living an authentic life- you can always start NOW!
So here are my questions to you, if you think you want to live a more authentic life.
What would you be happy to give up?
Where do you love spending time?
What’s non negotiable?
What do you want?
What do you not want?
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?The issue with us not going for what we want a lot of the time is the fear that is often attached to making changes, and what’s at stake if things don’t work out. Sometimes it’s not letting go of the past, holding on to resentments, instead of owning our story. But what, just what, would you do if the idea of failure were not part of your decision-making process?
So, what next? What have you found out about yourself? What has surprised you? Where do you want to take this? It’s all out there for you gorgeous one. It’s for you to go out and get it! Remember I am always here to help you get started on that path.
Do you want to live more of an authentic life?But you’re not really sure how to do it? Let’s talk. Why not book a FREE 30 minute no obligation discovery session with me today?
What is mindfulness and how can you apply it when it comes to your space, the place where you are the most…home? When working with my Client’s who use my Lifestyle By Design services, mindfulness is an important part of our authenticity journey. Here are 3 Questions I ask my Client’s during our Discovery Sessions, that you can use in your own home.
Ready to uncover what’s happening between you and your space?
Let’s get started!
Our Masterclass To Authentic Living group launched last month- and now you can join us too! Our topic for October has been ‘Happiness Within Yourself’.
If you know me personally, you probably know that every Sunday morning my definition of church is grabbing my cup of chai and watching Super Soul Sunday. Every Sunday…really! How interesting today’s show was a repeat but with such synchronicity, it was Shawn Achor, and he discussed ways to be happy in life. Sometimes, author Shawn Achor says, you just need to make happiness happen. Watch to find out 2 ways to give yourself a lift today!
Watch Super Soul Sunday with Shawn Achor
Join Toscano Interiors Masterclass To Authentic Living, group! Enrollment is only $20 a month! ECourses, business building tips, a forum where you can create-learn-share about living authentically. We can’t wait for you to join our tribe!
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