Tips for Recognizing Your True Desires

It’s important to keep two things in mind when choosing what items you want for decorating your home; first understand where your authentic choices come from, and second be certain you able to recognize when you are not listening to your authentic voice. Heart Desire

No matter how you have been conditioned by society to think, feel, or behave, deep inside you dwells a voice unique to you; this is the authentic voice of your own true heart. I am not talking about the heart that pumps blood and keeps your body alive. I am referring to the one that keeps your spirit alive. Your true heart speaks to you through your deep feelings, your intuition and your instinct. It is from this place that we get that “zing” feeling of recognition that tells us we have found something that we love.

We can mask the voice of our true heart. We can cover it up and ignore its messages. We can place others opinions over our own. However, if we want to enhance our personal power in this world we must listen and follow our own authentic voice. This is where our real energy comes from, for in the core of our true heart lies our destiny, our unique purpose and the meaning for our life.

How can we recognize if we are listening to our authentic voice or to the voice of society? Listen to see if it is based upon what you want to do or what you think you have to do. If it is what you want to do then freedom is the root, if you are following a “should” then fear is the driving factor. Once you make the connection you can then change your decisions. Below are some examples of behaviors you might find that stem from the conditioned/fear based voice of society.

It is fear based when you ….

  • add an item to your home decor because it was a gift and you feel you have to display it
  • you choose a color scheme that you don’t like but you think you need it to be “in style” with the current trend
  • there is not a single chair in your living room that fits your body comfortably (think Goldilocks, too small, to tall, too short etc)
  • there is no place in your entire home where you can go to just think or quietly read a book because you think you must always be at service to those you live with
  • always answer the phone and don’t let it go to voice mail when you are busy or are taking a break
  • see an accessory, painting, chair or any other furnishing that really calls out to you but you dismiss or ignore it because others wouldn’t like it
  • notice that your home is decorated to show off for guests instead of being comfortable to you and your family
  • can’t even leave magazines around for fear of being yelled at (especially if the yeller doesn’t live with you anymore)
  • feel ANY kind of discomfort or feeling of unrest while you are in your own private home…

I highly recommend getting an inexpensive letter size notebook, and begin writing down your thoughts about why you are doing these or other fear motivated actions. Talking out your troubles can be therapeutic too, but writing engages the brain more powerfully and when you write out your fear it is easier to deal with. Sometimes talking it out with a friend only serves to underscore and feed the fear. But go with what works best for you. Just check to see if you feel relief after a session of heart to heart talk and if you feel worse, try writing. You will be surprised how easy it is to get clear just by acknowledging the actions you are not happy with.

Remember to always go for what you really want in your home décor and claim it for yourself. Good luck and let me know how you are doing on your own project.

Thank you for reading my blog!

’till next time.
Ginger – Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

Must Be Present to Win

This time of year the film industry gets busy with all of their various award ceremonies; the Golden Globes, the Grammy’s, The Oscars and more. One of the phrases you hear a lot is “you must be present to win.” Now with the big public award ceremonies it is acceptable to not be present yourself and you can still win; however the “presence” of the winner is still felt. Sometimes they show up on recorded video feed, or they send in another person to accept the award on their behalf.  They can get away with that in the entertainment industry because the energy of the winner is so huge via their songs, dance or acting. Award Winner

In smaller venues this phrase is usually meant to keep people in their chairs so they stay for the whole presentation. The drawing for the prize is at the end of the program and is used as an incentive for participation.

These are the key words that struck me; participation and presence. For a winning life don’t we need to participate? And in order to participate don’t we need to be present? If you don’t know you won something, you can’t receive it. Or you can know you won and still not “receive” it such as in the case of Woody Allen in 2014 who won a Golden Globe but didn’t attend. He never attends these award ceremonies. He has chosen not to receive these commendations in any form. He does his craft for other reasons. Woody is not “present to win” which means he is not present for this type of energy in his life. Yet I would guess that he is quite present and powerful in his life because it takes a lot of courage and fortitude to stand up against the tide of pressure especially publically. So kudos to Woody Allen for taking up space his way and sticking to it for decades!

Do you have to be present to win? Yes and no. It depends on what you want to win. If you want to win self-respect, autonomy, privacy and live life for your own reasons then that is what you need to be present for, so you win that. But if you want to join the crowd for whatever reason, and receive the accolades of your fans and peers, then yes you need to be present in that format to “win.”

The point here is to decide what it is you want to win. Ask yourself what you want to be “present” for. What is the life you wish to have? Go for that all the way, stick to its unique format and make yourself present for that to win – no matter the opinion of others and what they are choosing to be present for. No I admit this takes courage but if you find the courage once it will be easier the next time to stand up for what you value and be present for that “win” in your life.

May this courage to be our unique selves come easier for all of us in the New Year to come!

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Is This Your Final Answer?

When decorating a room you are met with dozens of choices that must be made all at once. Some choices even hinge on what other choices you are making, for instance; if you get the brown sofa then your chairs need to be something that coordinates with that shade of brown.

You can go crazy trying to make all the choices by memory and that is why I highly recommend the Project Book to keep your selections easily organized. see post on Project BookFurniture Shop

**remember your floor plan and furniture size requirements need to be completed before you concern yourself with style see post  Floor Plans Made Easy

Solve Decorating Overwhelm by Having a Virtual Shopping Day:

  1. Start by reviewing your local stores on-line to determine who is most likely to carry your style – for instance my area has IKEA and Layne Bryant furniture stores and they carry very different style choices.
  2. Once you find stores that carry the style that is “you” narrow your selection to no more than three store possibilities. You can do this by checking their prices and how far you have to drive to visit them.
  3. Grab your camera and your small notebook and head to the stores. Be sure to carry water and schedule breaks between shopping tours. As you look over items be sure to photograph the items that are possibilities as well as jot down the cost, the color, manufacturer etc.
  4. Make contact with a sales rep and if they treat you well get their business card for future reference.
  5. Once you see an item of furniture that catches your eye, you MUST “try it on” by using it as you would at home. Relax in a recliner or sofa, sit at a dining room table. Imagine your family or guests using these pieces as well. If it is a table it is important to sit at it in the chair you will use or one that is the same height.
  6. Check the tag on the furniture – it should have the size so be sure to write it down exactly as it is written. It is common for measurements in decorating to be listed as width x depth x height so always make a note of “W” “D” or “H” after your numbers for accuracy.
  7. If you are choosing accessories, be sure to measure them as well and jot down where you think they will fit best in your room.

You can’t take too many notes while on this investigative search so take your time and have fun!!

  1. Once you are home from your virtual shopping day you will want to upload your photos and narrow down your choices.
  2. Try to get down to no more than 4-5 choices per furniture item.
  3. Print up photos of your final choices in black and white unless the showroom sample is the color you want. Then on your photo post a paint chip or a swatch of color that is the one you want.
  4. Glue your pictures to poster board and hang them in the room. This is actually what a designer does for her clients and it’s called a “Color Board”
  5. Give it a few days, ask those that live in the home with you what is their favorite but remember to go with what feels best to YOU.
  6. Remove the extra posters or items you are eliminating and leave up your “final choice” – the board with your chosen selection on it
  7. “Live” with this for about a week to be sure you like your selection.

Now that you have “your final answer” you are ready to make your purchases. The color board and photos will help you to be patient while you wait for the orders you place to arrive. Remember custom tends to take 6 – 8 weeks from order date to delivery. You can use this time and your color board to choose accessories if you want.

I hope this helps you take the overwhelm out of choosing new decor for your home. Enjoy the process as much as you can and this energy will transfer over into your home energy as well.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

The Inner Holiday

From Thanksgiving until New Year we have the “Winter Holiday Season” which can be quite overwhelming to our senses. We are inundated with music, color, lights, gifts, food, social events, and nonstop commercials to buy this or that. With all this activity it can be difficult to remember that the holiday season is really only happening inside of us!! The power for how we mark this time of year (happy, sad, chaotic, peaceful etc.) is not up to Toys R Us, JC Penney or Starbucks. It’s not up to your mother, your friends, the local church, your Rabbi or your neighbors. It is only up to you.

Sedona Day OffOur senses act as personal filters for everything going on around us. Our thoughts and beliefs tell us how we feel about what we are experiencing. For example; this time of year we have a big selection of major movie releases and this year has a doozy with the continuation of the Star Wars series. No matter how much money this movie makes there will be a huge range of opinions about it – no two people who see it will see the same movie. And the same is true for what our experience of Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa will be. It’s in our hands alone; the power to filter what comes across our path. We get to choose what to think, what to say, and what to feel in every moment. No one can control us for they don’t live inside of us. No one is in our minds, our hearts or lives behind our eyes but us.

But there is a trick to doing this “choosing” especially this time of year. The trick is to get quiet time for yourself daily if you can, even if it’s just for just 15 minutes. This will help you to restore your energy and collect your thoughts so you feel centered and balanced as you dance through all the activities you have planned. It will also help you to process and download the overload to your senses so you can detach and choose what is best for yourself in the moment.

No matter what happens in your life during this time of year, you can choose peace. You can choose to be happy and grateful or stressed and miserable. Flexibility is your best friend here. Bear in mind that plans are just that PLANS; not events taking place in the current moment, and plans can and will be changed, so remain open to this and flex with what does happen next. Be okay with what comes next and the right response to it will occur to your now open mind. This is how to maintain the feeling of peace inside yourself; which you can choose no matter what is going on outside of you. The first best choice you can make will be to find time for contemplative peace daily.

Give yourself  the gift of happiness this holiday season by taking short breaks and get away from it all. This way you can find happiness and gratitude over and over and over again and your holiday season will be wonderful!

Happy Holidays!
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

Floor Plans Made Easy

Decorating an entire home or even just one room involves coordinating way too many details to keep in your head. A good plan is crucial to the success of your project. Planning as much as you can on paper will save time and trouble, and floor plans are the best way to plot your strategy. They don’t have to be complex, even a simple floor plan on graph paper will help you greatly, and the time involved will save you overall. Floor plan graph paper

How a Floor Plan Works:

  • Having a floor plan is like having a map. Once you have your map you can take all the time you need to complete your project.
  • A floor plan “map” will tell you where you are now: the size of the room, the size of any pieces you already own, and what sizes you need to find to make it all work together.
  • Your floor plan will tell you how much space you have for walking around, what size of table will work and where your outlets and windows are so that you don’t make the mistake of putting things where they won’t function correctly.

Case in point: I have a tiny townhouse and my living room window which is covered in shutters takes up one whole wall of my space and I only have two walls! So I made a “mistake” on purpose with the help of my floor plan which showed me that the chairs and table I wanted would keep me from being able to open my shutter slats and window. So I made a Personal Space judgement call and went with the plan I loved anyway and choose to add the accessory of a lovely 18” acrylic wand I keep on the table to prop open my shutter slats. Instead of opening the window for fresh air I open the screened front door which is on the same wall.  But I must tell you I really puzzled over this a while before I purchased my new pieces. Luckily I had the floor plan to do this with before I invested thousands of dollars in new furniture.

Super Simple Floor Plan Creation:

  • Graph paper is your best friend. That plus a clip board, pencil with a good eraser and of course a steel tape measure is all you need. Each square of the paper can equal what you want but generally it is a 1 foot measure. If you want a larger sketch you can make it a 2 foot measure. Just jot down at the top of your floor plan “map” what measurement you went with.
  • When you use the graph paper to outline the space of your room (only one room per page unless they are connected like a Great Room) and you count the squares to equal the feet, you can guess as to the inches. Half a square is 6” and so on but be sure to write along the margins what the exact measurements are.
  • Decorating the wall space with items like book cases or wall units requires a few more details; you need to consider the door molding and window opening and the outlets location because each inch counts with these items of furniture.
  • Leave 3’ (36 inches) of space for the main traffic path. Draw a line to show where you expect your traffic flow to occur such as moving from room to room. Usually you can tell what this will be by connecting the entrances to your rooms with a traffic line you draw on your map.
  • Leave 15-18” of space between the sofa or chairs and the coffee table in front of them so you can get in and sit down.
  • The dining room chairs need 3′ (36”) behind them so you can scoot in and out. Measure your selected table and add the 3′ all around your table size and you will know if you have the best size.
  • Remember the amount of space you leave between your furniture is just as vital to the whole room working correctly as the items you fill your room with.

I hope these little tips help. If you want more check out this link to my website.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

The True Cost of a Gift

Just before Thanksgiving I heard a commercial for some item that a local department store was selling that they guarantee is “the best price ever” for this item…”get more for your money” at this location….”it’s the best value anywhere” and that’s when it hit me. Is this the “best value” anywhere? How could it be if purchasing it voids the values you possess? You see in order to get this “best price ever” you have to be at this store by midnight on Thanksgiving night, not to mention MIDNIGHT??? Who are we freakin kidding here? How in the world is that the best value? Spoil one holiday in favor of another? And is it even honoring the winter holiday sentiment of “peace and goodwill toward men” to go to these extremes to purchase the perfect gift? As if you won’t be loved and your holiday won’t be a good one unless you get some specific gift at just the right price? Just how is that goodwill? Believe

In order to tally up the real cost of this item I think you have to answer a few questions such as;

  • What is a good night sleep worth to you?
  • What is your Thanksgiving holiday worth to you?
  • Is the gift you are giving and the person you are getting it for worth the $5.00 or the $50.00 you “save” by being up at midnight on Thanksgiving?

So this got me thinking…just what is the cost of a gift? And should a gift really cost anything at all? Let me explain. There are gifts that are completely money free such as; doing someone a favor like washing the dishes for them, taking care of a loved one when they get the flu, or giving someone a compliment, or how about just smiling at the lady at the checkout counter? All are free and all really appreciated.

Then there are gifts that cost money but if you have that money saved away for buying gifts it’s not much of a cost now is it? If you go into debt on your credit card then that gift just became infinitely more “costly.” What about the time you spend to purchase a gift or the gas you use? Say you go to store after store because they are out of stock? What about if you feel guilty because the gift you wanted you couldn’t get so you go for some other item to “make up for their disappointment” and it is more expensive than the one you intended to purchase.

I think it’s important that the giver truly enjoy the shopping, and selecting experience. This puts positive energy on the gift for everyone involved.

Also stop and get clear and “own” what you give and “why” you are giving it because what we give instantly comes back to us. The give-receive energy exchange is instantaneous and both parties are receiving the intent, the energy behind the gift. So if you stress over the gift, you receive stress. If you give to manipulate someone, you are the one manipulated. If you give to show someone you love and cherish them, you are then the recipient of love and adoration as well.

As you move through this holiday season selecting gifts ask yourself, what was the real cost of the gift? If you say “noting” because of the joy and love you got in giving it then I say you succeeded where most fail. You got the point of it all.

So don’t let the store ads push you into doing something you wouldn’t “love” to do. Take your power back and be a deliberate gift giver this year. Have fun shopping and give with love for all.

Happy Holidays!

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

Personal Space Awareness Exercises

 

Most of us think of our Personal Space as being just our Body Space  but in fact the boundaries of our Personal Space encompass four distinct aspects; Soul, Body, Home and Life. To show you what I mean I’ve created a few exercises you can try out and see if you can expand your experience to include all four areas. The various tips and tricks I have to share on how to make good use of the full scope of your Personal Space  will assist in boosting your overall energy as you get to know yourself better. PSC Logo

Personal Space Exercises:

Body Space – How do you choose to look each day?

  • Are you a bright colors kind of person, or is black your theme color?
  • Do you dress casually or formally when given a choice?
  • Do you wear comfortable shoes or stylish 3” spikes that hurt your feet but make you feel powerful anyway?

Observing what you chose for your wardrobe and why you have chosen it, will add to the affect you are trying to create. If any of your choices are for “other approval” and not what you would do if you “had a choice,” then I recommend you explore this further and see why you value the opinion of others over your own. That is a major energy drainer we all deal with because we can’t really get approval from another – it can only genuinely come from within. If what you wear is not your choice due to work requirements – see if you can find a way to personalize your outfit such as wearing jewelry or some other item that isn’t against the rules yet allows you to express your individuality.

Home Space – Rooms or Spaces You Avoid

Do you have any rooms you “junk” or closets or drawers that you just toss things in and then you never visit them again? This is a mirror action to things in your life you are not “owing” and dealing with as well. Perhaps you have a health issue you ignore or want a new job but don’t have the energy to do the work to find it. Oddly enough by cleaning out these “junk” areas you may find the disowned areas in your life magically get done….all by just cleaning out the equivalent energy that is stored in your home.

Soul Space – Quiet Time

Remember Kindergarten days when school was a half-day and even then we had rest or nap time? What makes us think as adults that the need for daily rest and rejuvenation is no longer necessary? No wonder we get white hair and arthritis – we never give ourselves restful Quite Time anymore. Unfortunately the voice of our Soul – in “inner voice” is a whisperer and the only way to access it is to BE QUIET. I think as adults we notice how much needs to get done and we think we must push on or it will never get done….guess what? It never does get done and that is actually a good thing for it gives us something to look forward to …tomorrow after we rest and revive ourselves.

Life Space – How Happy Are You?

As a fun exercise you might take this short quiz daily for one week. Jot down your answers in your cell phone or note pad. Set a reminder that will go off at these specific six times a day;

  1. Just after waking
  2. Right before lunch
  3. Right after lunch
  4. Mid afternoon
  5. Just after you get home for the day
  6. Just before bed

At each designated time stop what you are doing for just a second and ask  “how happy am I right now?” Rate this on a scale of 1-10 with 1 = “miserable” to 10= “dancing on air.”

After one week look over your notes and see if you notice a pattern in your mood swings. Next try to find a way to re-energize the low moments and build upon the high moments. For instance you might find first thing in the morning you are “miserable” but after lunch you feel “great” – perhaps you don’t let yourself have a moment for a food you love in the morning? What could you add to your morning that would energize you? Wake up to music vs a screaming alarm? Pass on the morning depressing news? Eat a favorite blueberry muffin? You get the picture.

Give these tips a try and see if you get a new image of just how large your Personal Space truly is and how powerful it can be for you when you consciously own and use all the space power you have been given.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

 

 

 

Community Boosts Personal Energy

I have been studying Personal Energy for decades trying to understand what makes people tick and what I can do to live a happy life. I think we all do this actually but due to my unconventional upbringing I have had great practice at being an observer of others. Now to be self-observant well…ha! That’s another story. Only in the last 20 years… and I admit I did so very reluctantly… have I become adept at self-observation. Cooking Armor

One of the best questions I ask myself (I usually only get around to this good question once I have stopped berating myself) is “What can I do now that will help?” This puts me in an entirely different frame of mind- one that is open minded vs closed minded because my method of action that “should” have worked in fact did not work. Or sometimes what I have been doing has run its course and all the good results I can glean from it are finished and I must move on to Plan B. I don’t like Plan B. For some reason I always think Plan B means I have failed, but as a wise minister told me years ago about my “failed” marriage… “it was not a failure, the relationship was just complete.”

Today’s Personal Energy lesson is actually how “community” feeds us energy if we let them. Community can function as a backup power source we can tap into when we need an energy boost. Now community can drain us as well (the doom and gloom TV news is an example) but if we align ourselves with positive-minded people, their contribution to our energy will be empowering.

Case in point: I have been working since 2011 to drop the obesity I have been carrying for many years. I maxed out at 280 lbs in 2011 and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (surprise!-NOT) so I decided to go on a healing journey. My first Plan A step was to get cleansed, but I didn’t know how and this is where community came to the rescue. As “luck” would have it I was scrolling the TV stations and landed on PBS and there was a doctor talking about how you can heal diabetes with diet and not drugs. I knew instantly that was for me. So I did some research and ended up working a program called “Clean” by Dr. Alejandro Junger and dropped 50 lbs and healed the diabetes!!

Then I hit a long plateau. I didn’t soar up or drop weight for over a year. This is when community showed up again. I was frustrated and wondered how I could heal myself without great expense when again while surfing the TV on PBS I found “The Fast Metabolism Diet” by Haylie Pomroy. I did fairly well the first month but since I needed to drop another 100 lbs I knew I needed to get more focused. It’s a clever diet that is a bit tricky to manage due to the varied style of eating, but it works!! That’s when community popped up again in the form of Fitness Friends, a private Facebook group my new daughter-in-law Shelly created. It was just what I needed and I found I was reaching my goal of getting below 200 lbs for the first time in 20 years!

In this community all we do is leave messages of what we are up to and then the friends in the group will respond back. It’s very low key and completely supportive. Well, the other night after a long and exhausting day, I didn’t want to eat my required food menu…no way!! I really wanted an item that was not on the menu and I actually meant to eat it but while I was making dinner I just automatically made it according to that day’s required food menu. I ate it and enjoyed it and then sat back and realized I hadn’t fudged my diet after all. Where did the energy to stick to my plan come from? First it came from me allowing myself a break. I learned this over the years to never beat myself up, but to watch myself and do better next time, or I would end up doing a major pity party binge.  But when I was making my dinner I was thinking of my Fitness Friends and how much fun it was to post my Thanksgiving miracle this week that I had dropped 2 lbs and made it to 200 lbs. I am now working on my second goal of 170 lbs. Their supportive energy gave me what I didn’t have myself in that moment and I was able to continue on doing my best.

We all need a cheering section at times and its excellent for our Personal Energy to both receive and offer support. Sharing our best energy, like compound interest will bloom and multiply and create a happier life for all.

Leave me a note; I’d love to hear how your experience with Personal Energy has been helped by your community.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Energetic Design Tips: Getting Organized

A room can be a big project to decorate and a whole house a major ordeal to complete which is why designers and architects are masters at organization. We are also skilled at creating a miniature version of our vision. It’s impossible to cart around all the items we want for the space we are decorating so the use of notebooks, samples, file folders and a camera are essential tools if you want the job to be successful.

Tips for Organizing Your Decorating Project

Create a Color Board: you might have seen an example of a Color Board (one of many organization tools we use) on display at a corporate office or resort that is undergoing remodeling. The purpose is to show the board of directors or the public what changes are coming and what the general design theme will be. For custom homes, color boards are often done to coordinate all the colors and textures going into the project to ensure that they work well together – and to give a record of what you have ordered to compare with the items when they are delivered. For my personal home I made a mini Color Board which fit perfectly in my 3-ring binder project book. Work in Progress

Create a Project Book: For a home or room project a mini color board will do the trick. I will create a project book with pages of samples on boards instead of one cumbersome large board. I use 8 ½ by 11 sheets of poster board (or you can use any kind of thick cardboard) and glue mini samples of paint chips, carpet, wallpaper, counter laminate. It isn’t easy to make the entire background of the board in the color of your walls but if you can that is awesome for your walls are usually the largest example of color in a room. Do not glue anything down until you are certain they are the exact selection you are choosing. You can add plastic sleeve pockets to your binder which will hold the loose samples until you are ready to glue them down.

Take Good Notes: keeping a record of all the samples you love can be overwhelming so this is what I recommend. Choose your own style for organizing your work; you might like just keeping everything in one of those accordion file folders with the Velcro tabs ready to go in your car. Or you might like the 3-ring binder with pockets that I use. Whatever plan you use be sure to make notes on everything you collect: write down where you saw the item, where you can buy it, color, style name, sizes, bar code, cost anything at all that you might need to know if you decide to return and purchase this item.

Take Pictures: use your handy cell phone when you see what you like take a snap of it and make a note in your phone of where you saw it etc. (see step above) Then once a week print up the pictures, transfer your notes and place them in your file under the correct room.

Review and Compare: Once a day or week depending on how fast you are moving through this process, open up your folder and review what you’ve collected. If you still like the item then decide which room you would like it in and if this is all for one room then skip this step and go to the next. If you are sure you want this item for your current decorating project then either three hold punch it to fit in your three ring binder or add it to your accordion file under the correct room.

Before you know it you will have your entire room or home completely “decorated” miniature style and all you have to do is begin purchasing when you are ready to proceed.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Drop me a note and let me know how your decorating project is going.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

Energetic Design Tips – Color

Color is a quick and powerful way to add energy to your Home Space and is best done with a plan in mind – here are a few tips that will get your plan off to a great start.

Tips for Choosing Color:

  • Starting out fresh? – begin with 3 of your favorite colors first and see what items you can find that use these shades. Three is a good start and won’t overwhelm your space with conflicting energy. Remember color is actually a vibration so keep it simple.
  • iphone-pics-6-109.jpgIf you already have your home established and need to update with some new fresh colors, then you will want to first gather samples of the colors you currently have and are keeping. This way you can easily incorporate a new shade that is harmonious with the rest of your décor. Paint chips, fabric samples and washcloths are a great way to create samples of the colors you already are using and are easy to carry with you when you shop.
  • Colors change according to the lighting used. Fluorescent lighting will add a blue hue to your colors and incandescent will add a yellow hue. So it’s important to view all your possibilities from your own home and in the very room you will be adding the item to if possible.
  • Paint Color: You might be out one day and see the perfect color you were looking to paint your walls in but it’s in a child’s toy or on some old book cover. Buy it if you can and hang on to it. Most hardware stores can now match paint color to any sample you can give them. If it catches your eye then find a way to make a record of it.
  • Once you have decided on the color palate you want to use for your home, gather your samples and head to the paint department. Choose paint swatches that match your fabric, carpet, accessory colors and take them home.
  • Get some cardboard (I use the back of used legal pads) cover the board with white paper and then begin arranging your color swatches on the board. Group the colors you will use together and organize them by room if you are doing more than one.
  • Once you like your color arrangement and you can see that the colors work together – glue them down and write what items will be in those shades (carpet, wall paint, sofa fabric, pillow, candles etc)
  • Remember when choosing your color pallet to consider the “view” your room presents. Ask yourself what other rooms are visible from this space? Example: Recently I did a “three-in-one” room section of my home which included the entertainment area, eating nook and kitchen. Since the décor for all three were visible to each other I displayed all 3 spaces on my Mini Color Board together and labeled them. This helped me to keep the color scheme the same (or at least compatible) in all three rooms. The entertainment area was mostly green, eating nook was blue and the kitchen was blue and red. I made sure my accessories for all three created a blend. Blue throw and pillows in the green space, red in the blue nook and green plants in the kitchen created a harmonious flow of the “great room” space.

Now that you have your color theme chosen it will be much easier to shop because you have a plan already in mind and simply want to find what fits your plan. The Mini Color Board will be easy to carry with you as well and if the colors look great in your home when you match them in the store they will work in your home as well.

I hope you found these tips helpful!

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach