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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
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The most common parts of an antique rug that need repaired are:
The extended fringe ends is where the knots were tied originally. You should never vacuum over fringe.
A rug’s edge wears away the quickest and normally repairs are done within days. All repairs need to be done by hand, not by machine.
Punctures, tears, and breaks will result in larger holes if left unattended. New breaks, cuts, tears, and the like are inexpensive jobs when caught early.
This occurs from abrasion or usage, like walking on the rug. Normal wear can also occur when rug edges are turned under, wrinkled and not laying flat or even.
While the repairs above are not everyday issues, spills and regular cleaning are important every day preservation to keep your investment looking new.
Immediately treated spills can avoid stains. Using a moist, clean cloth, blot from the edges toward the center. Use hair shampoo if soap is needed, as the wool is similar to human hair. Avoid scrubbing or using any home remedies. Attend to flooded rugs immediately by taking them outside to dry, or for larger rugs, a water vacuum can be used.
It’s best to interfere as little as possible with the natural lanolin of Persian rugs by avoiding dry cleaning, steam cleaning, moth-proofing. Instead, have your rug tumbled by a professional oriental carpet cleaner every five to six years. For lower pile rugs, daily or weekly cleaning with a non-suction vacuum cleaner is sufficient.”
Do You Treat Yourself Well at Home?
How do you prefer to live? Do you take the time to treat yourself well at home? Do you do things in your home that make you happy and feel good?
Last week I had a conversation with a client about bringing rituals and ceremony into her home. She had read one of my articles and wanted to bring her “signature” into her environment. To do this she knew she had to better understand herself so that she could customize her personal space.
As we talked about doing this she realized that it was about her preferences. It was about her habits and things she likes that gave her comfort and bonded her with her surroundings. Of course, her favorite things are very different from yours and mine.
If you want to do this, you first have to get in touch with your inner self to see what you need and want to express in your most personal spaces. This type of bonding is done when you repeat something every day and look forward to the special things you do for yourself.
The habits and preferences you practice in your spaces is what personalizes them. What you do can be peaceful and serene and other times can be fun and exciting. Here are a few examples of what I’m referring to:
- Your kitchen can be a quiet place in the early hours before anyone else is awake. It’s where you have a cup of coffee in your special cup looking out into your garden or read your emails. Perhaps it’s taking your vitamins with a crystal or “funky” wine glass. This all depends on how you design your preference for starting the day.
- Your bathroom can have candles around the tub for relaxation and meditation. You can have a special color toothbrush in a special glass. Your night clothing can be hanging waiting for you on a pretty hook. I have a glass that only matches my bedroom color (and doesn’t match anything else in the house) which I take to bed. This is where I take my evening vitamins which I keep on my bedside table in unique containers.
- Any area of your home can contain your favorite things. Like pictures in beautiful frames, your private collections, flowers, personal mementos and sayings.
- For fun or whimsy, games you enjoy can have an area with a table designed in playful colors.
- A ceremony is something you might do when you bring a new piece of furniture into your home—you can bless it and state the intention for it.
When creating personal spaces all your senses come into play. You can surround yourself with your favorite fragrances, colors, textures, sounds and flavors. When you make yourself important enough to nurture yourself, you are creating healing. When this healing is experienced and is repeated it becomes a habit.
As you make changes in your environment remember this is your sacred space and refuge from the world. Be open to the possibilities. Look inside you, the true “interior” design, to see what you would like in your surroundings and then make it happen once your vision is clear. Trust yourself and your choices. It takes a great deal of honesty to get what you need and want. Interior design is a creative process where there is no right or wrong. If it feels right, it is right!
Design from the heart and enjoy the outcome. Remember, rooms have no feelings, you do!”
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There could be some legitimate reasons for not buying a home but indecision is not one of them. Indecision is rooted in not having enough information to move forward to own a home or continue renting.
When you consider principal reduction, appreciation and tax savings, your monthly cost of housing could be much less than the rent you’re paying. The principal reduction included in each payment is like a forced savings account that increases as your mortgage balance decreases. Your equity in the property will also grow due to appreciation as the home goes up in value. The equity is part of your net worth and an investment in your family’s future.If you keep renting, at the end of the year, you have had a place to live and a pile of receipts that helped the landlord pay for his house. Deciding to buy a home will give you a place to live that is yours and all the things that come with that.
The income tax savings can be an additional financial consideration if the combined interest and property taxes are greater than the allowable standard deduction.
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