Winter is the time where we go within and rest, restoring our energy so that we can bloom in Spring.
I could go on describing the spiritual meaning and purpose of every item placed here on the mantel, as it is carefully cultivated and selected to create and amplify this energy in my home with the intent to support, uplift and inspire.
Is your home in tune with the seasons and...
Here we are on the eve of not just a New Year, but an entire New DECADE.
It's exciting, energetically it feels good to me on a "global consciousness" level.
I see good things coming in 2020, even better things for 2021 and by the end of this decade in 2030, a world that we could have barely imagined in 2010.
Why do I feel good about 2020?
First, let me explain how energy works within and around us…
In a nutshell, what we think, we create. We are co-creators with the Universe.
Your thoughts gather in the energy field around your physical body known as the aura.
The more you focus on a specific thought, the larger it grows in size and strength in the mental field of the aura bubble around you.
If you combine that mental thought with the emotional energy field in the aura surrounding your physical body, the thought then accelerates and magnifies even greater.
Each person does this on some level every day. If you wake up every morning and have the same thought, it soon...
It's fun to watch my clients newly decorated homes continue to redefine themselves throughout the seasons of the year. As I work with each client to "redesign their homes and their lives from the inside out", transformations occur both within the home and the client themselves.
In a project I did earlier this year, we transformed my clients dining room into a space that reflects her love of wine and the Tuscany region. The beautiful blue and gold tones anchor this space and are reflected boldly in the gorgeous rug from Grandin Road.
The new Hooker Furniture Archivist round table and chairs invite all who enter a place of welcome and honor at the table and the canvas artwork depicting Lake Como announces the mood and intent of the room. Lemons placed on the table runner and and an olive tree set in a deep blue planter complete the mood of this space.
I'm delighted to share some holiday decor photos of this room, with one of my client's adorable cats playing host for this...
If you've followed my writings for a while, you know that I love the holidays. I love celebrating them, decorating for them and sharing rituals and inspirational thoughts on how to connect with holidays on a deeper more meaningful level.
During the month of December, I celebrate the Holiday Season. What I love most is that no matter what religious or spiritual belief you connect with, they all focus on a return to light at this time. I think it's important to honor this special time of year as a season, meaning a collection of days over a period of time, rather than a focus on one day. This allows us time to have a conscious connection engaging with the sights, sounds, smells and scenery around us, as well as the time to reflect on the deeper meanings of the season. We can take in the joy of the season, putting up a tree, hanging garland and decorating with shiny colorful objects, ribbons and of course, lights! The smell of pine, cinnamon, sugar, orange, and many other...
Sophisticated, elegant and strong, the color black, whether it's a little black dress, the sleek color of a car or in the décor of a home, exudes confidence and success.
The most important rule to remember when using this color in home décor, is that a little goes a long way...
There's a trend happening now with black in interior design and I'm already seeing it used in an overkill and suffocating kind of way where the entire room is covered in black.
Much like the color grey, which I wrote about earlier, black, when used too much, can have a negative effect, instead of the desired intention.
Where I think black goes too far is when entire kitchens or bathrooms are designed in black, the cabinets, walls, toilets, etc. The effect can feel depressing as the color dominants the room and creates a heavy depressive feeling. How does the photo above of the black kitchen make you feel? Are you ready to cook and enjoy your time in this room?
Today's question is:
"Dear Kala, I had an experience recently that keeps presenting in my thoughts and I am hoping you can help me make some sense from it.
I’m a photographer by profession, and on a recent shoot at a client’s home, her daughter kept tagging along with me, even though her mom asked her not to, and her clearly being a well behaved kid. I stated that I enjoyed her company, and she said “I like to be with you.”
When I asked her why, her reply was this: “because of the lights.”
I thought she meant the external flash, so I asked if she wanted to hold it or push the button to fire it. She looked at me and started...
While we celebrate this day of gratitude and there are many ways to celebrate it in conscious ways, see my post, what I want to share with you today is about the gift of time.
Timing, as they say, is everything and when we understand this concept, we can learn to connect with important dates and times that have a mathematical and a magical property within them. I tend to think that mathematics and magic operate by very similar properties and are more connected than most people think.
And when we understand how to work in connection with time, we become masterful creators. Today, is one of those important numerical dates in time.
Astrology shows us how we can work with the energy of the planets and stars to harness time and use it wisely on the earth plane. It's a guide that when understood, allows us an advantage over time. As JP Morgan said, "Millionaires don't use astrology, Billionaire's do". Astrology shows us our "lucky days" and times where...
Holiday Tablescapes are fun to make and often you can use what you already have in your home and add to it with a fun new item each year.
Here's an example of a tablescape that I made for my dining room table this year.
First I lay a runner on the table. The runner (a beige linen) here can't be seen by the time I'm done, but it's great to anchor and support the garland.
On top of the runner, I began with my Southern Magnolia Gold Leaf garland from Ballard Designs.
Next, running through the garland, I added the Suzanne Kasler Red Plaid Ribbon, which this year, I'm pretty much using it everywhere! I love plaid so much and Suzanne's ribbon, available at Ballard Designs, is great quality, wired and able to twist and bend any way that you want it.
Next I added some sprigs of berries, tucking them into the garland. You can find these anywhere at craft stores, these in particular here are from Martha Stewart and are available on QVC.
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