So often when working with my client's I notice one constant theme- their house doesn't really reflect the people living in it. More times than not it's a replication of something they've seen on television, or perhaps a past relationship. Hanging on tho things that no longer serve them or things that have nothing to do with their personality or lifestyle, period. Why? Why don't our homes support us, the real "us"? As a life coach and designer it is so important to me to make sure my client's feel supported in their spaces. That these spaces are a real reflection of the people living in them. A beautiful, well-intentioned home reflects your true self back to you. It holds you through life’s lows and celebrates you through life’s highs.
In my own personal home, my taste is more eclectic. I like unique pieces that you can't find unless you are buying direct from the artist who created it. When I travel, instead of buying kitchy souvenirs, I go to galleries and find a piece of local art that moves me. Art is something that you have to have an emotional response to in order to buy it. I feel that on so many levels, being an artist myself, and the feeling I get knowing I supported someone who put a piece of their soul into what I bought, that will in turn go into my home, and move my soul every time I see it.
I found these beautiful photos by Photographer, Amie Davis, this summer, when we made a day trip to New Orleans while vacationing in Orange Beach, AL. I even got to meet her the day I purchased these in this fun little shop on St. Peter Street, called Skull Paradise. She explained what kind of film she used and the type of camera. it made these pieces even more personal, and I love looking at them whenever I pass by them in my upstairs hallway. It takes me back to that hot July day, my kids were whining because they were hot and hungry, but I was entranced by Amie's story of the 35mm film from the 70's she used, and how she loved taking photos of cemeteries (as do I). I love that my personal home is filled with lots of eclectic art pieces like: photographs, religious artifacts, pottery, and sculptures. They are unique to me, and have a story to tell every time I look at them. This is how "home" should be. It should tell a story. It should be your happy place. Your furniture doesn't have to be the best, you don't need to replicate what you see on t.v. in order for you to be happy there.
Could your space use a little help in supporting you? Maybe you are going through a new life transition. You don’t need to have gone through a major, external, or difficult transition to benefit from this work. Perhaps you’re just ready for a little update or a jolt of vibrancy, joy, or some wild creation. If so, I would love to help make your home a place where you are happy and your soul feels at ease.
Author, Candance Toscano
"You can design the life of your dreams and acquire that luxurious, fulfilled and empowered lifestyle you know you have always wanted."