This summer has been flying by, and we admit we can hardly keep up with it all. Oh, and this heat! Can you believe how hot it has been here in Utah? We’ve had one of the coldest winters in years which then moved right into one of the hottest summers…but hey! We don’t need to tell you that.
It sure makes a person appreciate the ability to take shelter in temperature regulated houses where you can decided how much sun or wind, heat or cold to let in.Our homes are very functional that way. Sometimes it is easy to forget that they fill a basic necessity to shelter us and protect us and unfortunately not everyone has that blessing.
It is easy to be discontent when our homes aren’t in the neighborhood we wish they were in, or they aren’t as big or as posh as we’d like.
We have talked before about how a home should be a reflection of the people who live there…but what does this mean exactly?
We as Interior Designers ask this question in behalf of our client’s everyday through surveys and our search for perfect solutions. The truth is, the answers are always different for each client.
I am sure you’ve heard the term “home is where the heart is.” We have no doubt that, that is the ideal — but then again it is still subjective…our hearts all have different needs.
So what is home? Is it a place or a feeling? Or is it both? And can you give your place that feeling?
We ran across a quote recently, causing reflection on this topic.
“The ache for Home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go, as we are, and not be questioned.” -Maya Angelou
How powerful is that? Are you at home?
This quote speaks volumes, looking between the lines. Our interpretation is that your home should be nurturing and supportive.Whether you realize it or not, we designers try to create that for people everyday. It’s not all fluff and flourishes.
You see the outward reflection or appearance of our home actually dictates and influences the way we respond to our environment.
Despite what you may think, this has nothing to do with buying expensive furniture and more to do with intention.
In fact that is the powerful beauty of it.
When we say a home should reflect you, we are saying it should reflect the best most ambitious parts of yourself and family…maybe not even where you are at now, but where you would like be.
You might be one unorganized hot mess that struggles everyday keeping your head above water. But your home environment does not have to reflect the anxiety you may be feeling or your insane lifestyle.
In fact, if you take the time to create a space that is full of calming colors that is carefully organized you will find your own mood changing while in that environment. That is really the power behind Intentional Interior Design.
We say intentional because there is a difference between designing a home to reflect the trends or is only about showing up the neighbors, then really making a space personal and supportive. And it doesn’t matter where you live.
Work with where you are at — even if you are only renting a room.
Even if you don’t have a big budget…or any budget at all, look at your home with the intention of making it a place where you feel, who you are, is supported.
Start by taking one little area or room and make it yours. Showcase something you love there. Give it a place to shine.
When you actively and physically create a place for the things you love, it creates symbolism that triggers your growth on a mental level. It is as powerful as any positive affirmation you might be chanting to yourself every morning.
This is a powerful way to use the environment to represent you and your life. When you make you and your life a priority even on a symbolic level you are creating a space that supports you, your life and your un-acquired dreams.
More than that, it is the perfect solution for getting out of a rut…If you feel stuck in your life in any area because something feels outside of your control and things aren’t moving forward, change something in your environment…it creates an energy shift that can get other things flowing in your life.
Growth is part of life so breathe life into your home so it can grow with you and support you, and when it gets down to it, there is nothing that makes a home more comfortable than that.
Try it out.