Congratulations to 20 winners of our door prizes from our vendors at the Scottsdale Design & Lifestyle Market! MORE!
March 15th is our next Design & Lifestyle Escape Shopping Tour! Join us for a behind the scenes look at Scottsdale Bedrooms (finest mattresses & bedding), Classy Closets (storage extraordinaire), Villagio Tile & Stone (floors & walls) and Innovative Wine Cellar Designs (custom wine cellars). The Tour is FREE! MORE!
Congratulations to our 3 Grand Prize winners at the Scottsdale Design & Lifestyle Market. Yes, 3 Grand Prizes!
Barbara D -$999 Styling package from Clarisse Color Creations, $100 certificate & gift from Get Organized with Bridges + CO, $100 gift certificate from Kiss Me Kate, and a $200 gift certificate from Par Exsalonce
Luciek M- wine tasting for 6 from Black, Starr & Frost Fine Jewelers, a candelabra from Drapery Designs by Dixon, and a $100 gift certificate from Driver Provider.
Catherine S- Bosch dishwasher from Allstate Appliances, $125 Cooking class for 2 in basket of goodies from Carmella’s Savory Fare, and a 2 hour consultation value of $350 from Donna Decker Design.
Spring and therefore spring cleaning is in the air, why not look at your kitchen in a new way? Your kitchen is an easy place to start and the design possibilities are easy to implement. Don’t take it too seriously and have fun creating your unique culinary space.
Personalize Your Kitchen – Create an environment that embraces you and feels good as you walk in.
Bring In Your Five Senses – Bring in music, art, aromatic candles, low calorie tastes and treats and work with utensils that feel good to your touch.
Make Aesthetics More Important Than Food – Create an environment of comfort and beauty.
Make It Easy and inviting to reach for healthy snacks and difficult to find unhealthy or fattening food for you. Out of sight, out of mind.
Decorate In Colors that you love so that your kitchen is a place where you feel good and like being in, and not necessarily focus on the food there.
Color Coordinate your kitchen so that everything matches or compliments including what is seen and what is in your cupboards. This touch gives the kitchen a feeling of design continuity.
Coordinate Kitchen And Dining Area – Buy table and chairs with consideration to your cabinets and buy decorative dishes, flatware, serving pieces and glassware that you love and match the decor of the kitchen.
Beautifully Set Tables make meals less about eating and more about dining.
It’s Not About The Food – Create a happy experience that’s fun and special.
Bring In Whimsy And Fun – Encourage smiles and laughter to feel joy and happiness. Laughing burns calories!
Make Cooking The Fun – It’s not just about eating the food. Play…pretend you are a chef on a cooking show. Create an experience.
Create An Area in your kitchen that holds interesting measuring cups, utensils and scale to use for portion control. Keep them together on an attractive tray or in a box.
Don’t Use Clear Glass Containers so you are not tempted by the wrong foods. Choose unexpected/unusual containers and coordinate to your colors.
Use Lighting for separate areas and for different purposes – Divide task and ambient lighting and add dimmers to create and transform mood.
No Clutter will result in eating less. Clutter overwhelms and builds anxiety.
Decorate With Bowls filled with fruits and vegetables.
Pretty Water Pitchers on the counter with lemon or other vibrant fruits for flavoring and color encourage water consumption.
Love Your Cooking Utensils and everything you TOUCH in your kitchen.
Cook In Dim Lighting or candle light to relax as you create.
Have An Easy-To-Reach Pull-Out Shelf inside your cabinets. Make it convenient to access appliances for low calorie foods to be prepared and cooked like a juicer, steamer, wok, blender and small pots.
Scale Down Size Of Dishes and serving pieces so you will only be able to take smaller portions and not have leftovers.
Move While You Cook To Burn Calories and prevent your back and legs from stiffening, too. Everything in one spot isn’t necessarily in your best interest. Spread out if possible.
Remember, Kitchens have no feelings, YOU do!
If you have any tips on how you customized your kitchen to be a personal environment for you, share with me at https://www.facebook.com/BarbarasPicks.
Phoenix Art Group is offering digital prints on acrylic with new pricing and new framing options. Click here to see the framing options! MORE!
Oooohh! Such lovely fabrics! Watch this video tour of Kravet Fabrics, a proud member of Barbara’s Picks. MORE!
I would like to share a bit about my personal journey in interior design. As I began my career as a traditional interior designer, I became aware that I had no right to design for clients without their participation and understanding of what they require from their most personal environment.
This led me to an innovative way that helps people be their own interior designer. Thus, The Bajaro Method was born – a process that uses self-discovery to create environments that have HEART. In the Bajaro world, the most important consideration when designing a room for yourself…is YOU.
Always put yourself first in every decision you make for your home. Your heart will guide you. There is unending information on how to decorate your home, but only you can put your heart in your home. There are three elements that will never let you make a mistake, which is what people fear most when decorating for themselves.
The first step is understanding yourself and the project. Take time to look within yourself and at the parts of the project that require you to express your taste.
Once you have an understanding of what you need and want the next element is accepting, which is when you get comfortable with the knowledge you have gained about yourself and your home.
Now, you are ready for the last step, allowing. Take all you have learned and become aware of about yourself and the project, and bring it to action. Bring in people, materials and ideas that you have chosen and decided on to make you happy and now the project begins to come to life.
Using understanding, accepting and allowing as the system by which you can be your own “interior” decorator, ask yourself these questions – because only you know the answers:
- How you want to live
- What you like, need and can afford
- The colors that make you feel good
- The furniture that is both comfortable and pleasing to your eye
- How much lighting you need
- The type of art you would like to surround yourself with
For those of you who doubt that you can do this, it’s only because you haven’t been asked the right questions. That’s why I created the Interior Design Preference Profile. It asks the right questions. The results gives you the design confidence necessary to express your decorating choices and create rooms that you love. You will learn about your personal preferences for colors, fabrics, metals, woods, textures and finishes. You will have the confidence to always know – without doubt or fear of making a mistake – which design choices you prefer.
Always remember, rooms have no feelings, YOU do!
To learn how you can be your own “interior” designer/decorator, I am offering the Interior Design Preference Profile free of charge on my website BarbarasPicks.com Just go to Design Tools and click “Take the Profile Now.” Then, answer the questions in the profile and print your personal results. Have fun!
If you have additional questions, you can always ask on my Facebook Page. I’d love to answer and help.
Not sure why you have a burning desire to visit In The Pink Boutique RIGHT NOW? This video will answer the question! Wonderful gifts and home décor in a beautiful setting. MORE!
Tile, tile on the wall, who’s the most unique of all? Distinctive circles, ovals and patterns inspired by nature to promote a feeling of tranquility. You’ve got to visit UnderFoot’s expanded showroom! MORE!
The next Design & Lifestyle Shopping Tour on March 15th is going to be very special. Mattresses, storage, tile and wine cellars! Every vendor is offering a Tour special. Register today! MORE!