David Neishabori shares with us the impact of rugs have on us both mentally and physically. It’s nice to have our impressions confirmed by an expert!
Barbara is proud to be the Lifestyle Editor for Trends Magazine – a luxury living magazine with a large circulation in the Scottsdale area. Click here to see the November 2017 issue. We’re on page 14!
This is just one reason I’m proud to have God’s Garden Treasures as a Member of Barbara’s Picks! This was received from a client: “Karin’s team does an amazing job that creates lasting memories not just a one time gift! The last time they delivered flowers for me I got an email from someone else in the company asking where I got them because they were so spectacular! Thanks Karin for helping my business grow and be remembered!” Click here to read more.
5 Tips for Purchasing Antique Navaho Rugs by David Neishabori
A Company Without Marketing is Like a Company Without Electricity…
When your business was in the early planning stages – just a thought and a dream – what elements did you include in your budget and business plan?
- Employees’ salaries
- Office supplies- computers, printers, paper etc.
Often, marketing is NOT included in the Interior Designers, Building and a Architecture industries nor in the Industry Partners (IPs) business plan or budget. Unbelievably, in many cases marketing is not even considered as a vital element which will contribute to the success of the business. The value and importance of marketing is not always understood by business owners until it’s either too late or the business is so far behind their competitors that they are forced to play an expensive and time-consuming game of “catch-up” if they want to stay relevant to today’s savvy customer.
Marketing is just as important to a business as turning on the lights.
Marketing is essential to each and every business. Realistically, there is no existing business where marketing should absent from your success planning.
Marketing is an activity that should be consistent, relevant and part of your daily actions.
Effective marketing encompasses many different activities that work together and complement each other, including: planning, strategy, communications, websites, blogs, social media, and content development, to name a few.
Marketing is a continuous and long-term investment in your company and your brand.
Marketing is the foundation for your business – it is a combination of elements that works to promote your business. It positions your business for the best chance for success.
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Who DIDN’T make a resolution to eat healthier for 2018?!? It seems like a constant challenge for most of us. Changing your kitchen design 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 For You – Create an environment that embraces you and feels good as you walk in.
Bring In Your Five Senses – Bring in music, art, aromatic candles 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 enjoy being. Don’t 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 your table and chairs with consideration to your cabinets. Buy decorative dishes, flatware, serving pieces and glassware that you love and match the decor of the kitchen.
Beautifully Set Tables makes 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 a 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 with your colors.
Use Lighting for separate areas for different purposes – Divide task and ambient lighting and add dimmers to create and transform moods.
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 candlelight to relax as you create.
Have An Easy-To-Reach Pull-Out Shelf inside your cabinets. Make it convenient to access appliances 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.
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Since both home fashion and clothing fashion are what surround us on a daily basis, I thought I would look up the true essence of the word fashion. According to my Webster dictionary, fashion is: the make or form of something (How about our lives); a distinctive or peculiar and often habitual manner or way (What we do every day). It also is a mode of action or operation. (How we behave) It can also be a prevailing custom, usage or style. (How we look and feel)
These explanations simply mean that fashion is a look that is not random but rather specific to each individual and is consistent to our taste and style. So personalize, personalize, personalize!
Everyone has a look or style they prefer and those preferences are repeated in all our fashion choices, both clothing and environmental. This is what we call image, taste or style. When someone changes their look, it’s usually a message that something is going on personally. Women often express this when getting a new hair cut or men when wearing different colors or styles of clothing. This is also expressed when buying a new car or deciding to move or redecorate your home. Professional image changes too.
As wardrobe changes, so do feelings and actions. What we wear can make the difference between feeling weak or powerful, beautiful or unattractive. Environmentally, external chaos, such as clutter, can be an indication of internal turmoil. This applies to both personal and professional appearance and settings as well.
Whether decorating our bodies or decorating our homes, the choices are connected, even if it is unconscious. We tend to like the same or similar colors, patterns, textures and finishes for both, in either warm or cool tones.
A great example of forming your own individuality happens when getting dressed in the morning. This daily practice can be everyone’s most creative time of the day. You are designing your appearance. You assemble colors, textures, patterns together and then add accessories, jewelry and shoes. You also have to pick the right undergarments to support your original creation… a creation that says, “This is who I am!”
To begin your personal image and style journey, ask yourself these questions:
- What colors do I look best in?
- Am I afraid of color?
- Do I like warm or cool tones?
- Do I like tailored or frilly styles?
- Am I more comfortable making a design statement or blending in?
- Is my style casual or formal?
- Is my style simple or ornate?
The process is the same when decorating your home. Home fashion is the best opportunity to express individuality and create a happy personal environment. When entering your home it has to say, “Hello, I am your unique space. There is none other like it anywhere. I am here for you.”
Yes, fashion can do all that! It takes confidence in knowing your own distinct taste and style to express beauty and comfort with yourself. Let the world see your best and enjoy your “fashion look” everywhere in your life.
Fashion is everywhere, remember rooms and clothing have no feelings, YOU do!
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Thank you, Connections In Home Care for sharing this timely reminder with us! “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.”
― Michael Pritchard