people often ask me decor what they *should* have in their home. my two answers:
what YOU love.
chi enhancers (check out my book to learn more!) are always welcome company in any home. and when i suggest them, people will often enough run with it. but when i push for what they LOVE, there is a long pause. we’ve been over trained to follow trends instead of trusting what we LOVE.
here’s why that concerns me: one, it subscribes to the belief you’re not CREATIVE enough to follow your own musings. (a thought pattern that does not serve you!) and two, when we long to be truly, fully seen / heard, we can’t ‘phone it in’ in our surroundings.
a well-dressed home is almost always gushing with good stories. and its stories are uniquely and stylistically yours to tell. so, here are my favorite shui décor *must have* storytellers!
ART | when people come to our home for the first time, they ask, “who is the artist?” my reply, “no one – we just LOVE fabulous art.” i’ve torn gorgeous photos out of books to frame. i’ve saved and splurged on original art. i’ve turned our front door its own seasonal exhibit with bold wreaths. we’ve supported artists we know, artists online, and little artists just getting started – and our home radiates because of it all. if it makes my heart hungry like the wolf, that creation is coming home with me. because i know every time i see it, it will elicit that same response! and a home that feasts on those vibes starts a party of its own!
HISTORY | where do your strengths / spirit / passion come from? i am not big on nostalgia, but there are pieces from our mothers / grandmothers / great-grandmothers that dwell in our home. art, blankets, silverware, and pottery. each item carries the story of what was important to our matriarchal ancestors, and it reminds me they stand behind me and hold me up, imploring me to take up all the space. and sure as sugar, every time i think of that, a surge of delight fills the room.
JOYMAKERS | living with what you LOVE isn’t simply a design strategy; it is heart smart living. when our things suggest an optimistic outlook – and that is what you’re hoping / wishing / seeking – your beliefs are in alignment with the energy influencing you. so, for me, joymakers are riotous colors, stacks of beautiful books, art everywhere, layers of blankets for grabbing, and fresh bloomies!
your turn: what tells me a good story in your home? xo