I worked for a company once that created a product that did not fit into a defined market segment of the time. They were not Product A market segment exactly, nor were they Product B’s market segment either. They had solved the “problem” different and came up with Product C which the industry did not track ~nor like because it did not fit into THEIR box. One of the corporate goals was to create a market segment for their product. It took five years but they did. Now, there are many players in that new and competitive market.
I feel that way when I try to explain what the Art of Home really is to people. It’s not just about home interiors, designs and decorating. Not that segment. And it’s not entirely focused on our self-care, inner being and wellness either. Not that segment. So to me it’s that same dilemma of creating a new term, a new something. Thus the art of home. It’s about both the inner and outer world of that place we call home. Read more
I once had a client who wanted me to finish their architectural plan set for a bathroom remodel with some key homeowner decisions incomplete. For instance, they were uncertain if they wanted a spa tub or a standard drop in tub, and were uncertain if they did want recessed medicine cabinets plus the location of lights: sconce lights on the mirror at eye level or a wall mounted fixture above the mirror. All of these things may seem trivial and not important but the devil in the details.
Details. Yes, these little annoying questions and details can make or break your remodel and your pocket book. As I thought about how to explain the significance of knowing most all your answers of material, layout, style before demolition work begins, my best explanation was cheesecake. Yes, let me compare how making the perfect cheesecake and remodeling are similar. Read more
As we finish up the year of 2011, many people wonder what their new “resolution” should be for the year 2012. In the Mayan world, there was talk about the end of the world, as we know it in 2012. Perhaps, that is the new resolution for you and your surroundings, “as we know it.”
In the world of Feng Shui, the Chinese 2,000 year old study of human life and their environment. there are a few overall principles. The one that most resonates with me is the principle that “all things are alive”. This means that all people, animals, plants, things have vital energy in our world. You might quickly dismiss this notion of “all things are alive” but what does that look like in your home, your sanctuary? Read more
Your bedroom, the place of rest and restoration. It’s your most personal space inside the home. It’s no surprise that when we are rested, we operated better during the day. We are able to present our best selves to others and the world. Let’s start the morning entry into the world. What do you see when you wake up and look around? Is there any daylight at all? If not, once you get a shade cracked or a light on, settle yourself back in bed and glance around, all the way around. What do you see? Are the items and arrangements of all the things that are a personal reflection of who you really are? Are there objects that inspire you or bring up a fond memory? Is your favorite color present? Can you see a piece of artwork that you are fond of? Let’s explore ways to ensure your most personal space indeed reflects and recharges the most personal parts of you. Read more
Are you a constant energy-out person? If you are juggling any or all of these: long work days, social commitments, charitable tasks, raising children, education/professional development, home and garden chores, personal finance management, and let’s not forget gym time, then you are likely energy imbalanced. You fall into bed exhausted and the alarm always rings too early. When do you get to truly fill up with energy-in?
We are a multi-tasking generation and culture that is constantly in motion and connected to technological devices. We drain our human battery daily. Just as we desperately seek our cell phone charger to re-juice our mobile device, we need to find our individual and unique sources to Rapidly Recharge our Human Energy.