There are so many design trends and styles that look fabulous in magazines and studios with all that styling and special light effects, but they don’t seem to work in real life or they may work for a tiny little segment of people who are super bold when it comes to decorating their spaces and who have that much amount of money in their accounts that they don’t need to regret in case they don’t like a particular experiment and change it over whenever they like.
There hasn’t been a single time during the last few months that I dive into this sea of inspiration for ideas and not find a bare exposed brick wall in a home or a studio shoot for a glossy pretty home magazine. Now that’s what I’m talking about when I refer to trends that are too bold. Looking at them I always wondered, okay its looks good in a photograph but who would like to have a bare wall in their home anyway; like in real? Wouldn’t it looked haunted at night with low light in the room? Doesn’t it distract your eyes from all the other pretty things that you have collected and styled and arranged in the room? Wouldn’t it suppress the whole visual effect and balance in the room? But then it occurs to me, maybe I am too shy to try something like this. I just want to go try some very traditional decorating styles – the never-goes-wrong kind of styles. I think I need a courage level adjustment! (A what?!) I know it seems so very silly to say because I’m not a coward-y kind of a person but looking at a bare wall looks so unfinished to me that even sometimes I ask myself; uhhh…it’s not going to come down, right?
But then again, I would really love to see someone in person with that bold an approach and look that fine courage in their eyes with where-did-they-get-it look in mine and find out how do they make these crazy choices, stick to them and flaunt about them with confidence. Of course, artists and creative people do have that courage – they live by that courage – they live that courage every single day of their lives. Its who they are…
Capella Kincheloe Interior Design
Not every thing is everyone’s style, even if you are bold and have a lot of great and amazing ideas dying to get out of your head. There are things that just aren’t your style. They could suit some but not you. I guess, bare and exposed walls are not my kind of thing. I wonder why in the first place am I writing this?! Maybe because sometimes, we take inspiration from things that we don’t like. Sometimes, we want to try to get out of our comfort zones and make ourselves comfortable – seeing good in not-so-good things because maybe at the end of the day, this could help us take up some great opportunities that come our way.
As I write these words, I sense sweet vanilla scent in the room coming from a candle, its so calming; no not just the scent, but – Reiki! Because I have energized it with Reiki. It keeps radiating natural energy while its burning; and its such a wonderful feeling to have the room filled with positive energy that’s nothing but a lovely gift of nature; warm, cozy and balancing.
Well, this post is not going to be a decorating kind, but in a way it is, for its about filling your home with love, light and positive energy; which is as important as decorating a mantle or arranging furniture in the right order or decorating the book shelve with the things you love because looking at them everyday makes you happier and proud of having them. Its like making your home look pretty and make it warm, cozier and welcoming. Such is a home where your heart warms up, your mind is at peace, your soul feels lighter and you feel positive and love being yourself.
We have been practicing Reiki at home for over a decade and it has become a lifestyle; a second nature. Well, it is a lifestyle. Its an energy that brings balance in our lives, our health, our minds, our relationships and in home too. Balance is so important because we come across and go through so much in our lives these days that we keep losing ourselves time and again; hence Reiki always comes in handy!
Back to candles! They are such a wonderful way to create a mood in home with a sweet aroma, to make it warm and cozy and to let positive energy move through your home. Really! We’ve been doing this (energizing and lit them) for quite some time and love the results. It just fills the room with subtle positive energy that makes you feel lighter, healthier and happier. We even tried it with family and friends who were going through a health issue or hard times otherwise and it has worked amazingly.
We make so much effort to make our lives complicated! Gathering up pretty things that we hardly need and doing things that bring us material pleasure (but actually are mere burden on ourselves), yet we never tend to feed our spiritual beings with what really matters! We have so many energies working in our surroundings, both good and bad and they keep influencing us throughout our lifetimes and we hardly ever notice how they affect our homes, our lives and our health. So there must be something that we could do to maintain the balance and to keep going and that something is Reiki – because it’s a great gift of nature that helps with all aspects of life; make us more of a positive being and assist in seeing things with clarity… which is something that’s so very much needed in the times of our lives.
Image: The Every Girl
I have been a huge fan of keeping journals, of list-making and note-taking since my school days. Back then, I used to have a journal to keep track of all the things that needed to be done. Still do so – and generally I make my to-do list for the next day at night and also take notes (if any) for work. When I was in University, we were taught a technique to prioritize things on that list and it has stuck with me since the day. It keeps me sane calm and organized, and especially helps with the time management. Last night when I was taking notes for a post, I realized how we have all become so much enslaved by the technology that the happiness and satisfaction of writing by hand has gone away.
Can you relate too? Yeah I know. Keeping a journal is such a blessing. You don’t have to remember all at once and then feel like you’re brain is heavy like a sucked-up sponge. It feels so much lighter to put everything in a notebook and then refer whenever you need it.
But, its not just about making grocery lists and sticking them up on the fridge, its about that connection between heart and hands that many of us had when the apps were not around. Journals were kept to record the days and put our hearts out on paper with all the details that we need to remember and even for the kids to look back and remember in the times to come. They were even our best friends, things that couldn’t be told to anyone were recorded in journals and hidden them away in a drawer. Times have changed. Few people still keep journals today for different purposes but I think this is something that everyone should do (even in their own way) and most importantly, inculcate this idea in kids to make them more visual and creative. Yes, writing by hand, whatever is in your heart wakes up that lazy creative being in you and makes you see things with the third eye; your heart’s eye.
Image courtesy: Free People Blog
It never occurred to me before but I’ve always been inspired by a few women in my life. They’ve had a great influence on me for as long as I can remember. All of these wonderful women were brilliant homemakers and they took pride and joy in what they did…loving their homes. None of them is with us now but even years after they passed over, many people still remember their homes. Even after years, I hear stories about how they looked after their homes and families and it made them nothing but happy… one of them was my mother; who was not only a living example, an inspiration for me, but she also shared a lot about other beautiful homes with me that she knew. A huge part of what I am today is because of her…and I can’t be more grateful.
It was from these women that I learned what a bliss homemaking is. It’s creative, its hard work and it has all the pleasure, accomplishment and satisfaction that any job can have. I realized this only when I myself, too came out of a corporate profession to find my pride in a home.
Better Homes and Gardens
Homemaking is a bliss, its a blessing and a great joy. Take pride and be grateful if you have a home to love.
They say you have to know to share…couldn’t agree more, but what if you don’t know and want to know… more and more… what if you want to know and then look back in gratitude some day to see how far you’ve come, how much you’ve learned, and in how many great ways you can help yourself and others around with all that you know now…
A couple of months ago, when the mere idea of this blog was conceived, it was the not-knowing that gave me the confidence to learn and share. It was only then that I let go of the idea of knowing and sharing something unique, something that hasn’t been shared and hasn’t been said. And the journey of blissful ignorance began…!
Blissful ignorance… it’s a blessing. It lets you set off in search of your own self, find your instinct and listen to your heart. Learn… know… share… and be grateful.