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The Unconditional.

Thrifty Thursday Thrills.

Thrifty Thursday Thrills.

One way to practice generosity is to give energy where it is needed whether that is in the form of time, money or love.

 The most difficult time to be generous is when we ourselves are feeling poor. While some of us have experienced actually being in the red financially, there are those of us who would feel broke even if we had a million dollars in the bank. Either way, as the old adage goes, it’s always in giving that we receive. Meaning, when we’re living in a state of lack, the very gesture we may least want to give is the very act that could help us create the abundance we seek. One way to practice generosity is to give energy where it’s needed. Giving money to a cause or person in need is one way to give energy. Giving attention, love, or a smile to another person are other acts of giving we can offer. After all, there are people all over the world that are hungry for love.

Sometimes, when we practice generosity, we practice it conditionally. We might be expecting to “receive back” from the person to whom we gave. We might even become angry or resentful if that person doesn’t reciprocate. However, trust in the natural flow of energy & you’ll find yourself practicing generosity with no strings attached. This is the purest form of giving. Remember what you send out will always come back you. Selflessly helping a friend in need without expecting them to return the same favor in the same way & know that you, too, will receive that support from the universe when you need it.

Besides, while giving conditionally creates stress (because we are waiting with an invisible balance sheet to receive our due), giving unconditionally creates & generates abundance. We give freely, because we trust there’s always an unlimited supply.
Being aware of how much we’re always supported by the universe is one of the keys to abundance & generosity. Consciously remember the times you’ve received support from expected & unexpected sources. Remember anyone who has helped you when you’ve needed it most & bless all situations that come into your life for the lessons & gifts they bring you. Remember, all things given and received emanate from generosity. Giving is an act of gratitude. Plant the seeds of generosity through your acts of giving & you’ll grow the fruits of abundance for yourself & those around you.

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What Does Your Bed Say About You?

Tailored Tuesday: Your bed -------- here ---------.

Tailored Tuesday: Your bed ——– here ———.

Guy de Maupassant certainly has one view of “the bed.” The fact that he died at a young age after ongoing struggles with both physical and mental health kind of makes one think he probably spent a fair amunt of time in bed. Though, in one way, this kind of makes him an expert on the subject.

So, what does your bed really reveal about you? Think nothing? Think again. According to Cosmo:

Less is More?

If you’re into a minimalist look, you’re likely open-minded. Your bed mimics your Zen & unfussy attitude. The straightforward style shows you are direct and say what’s on your mind.

Cozy & Chill?

A style all about physical & emotional comfort shows you’re sentimental and loyal. Items like old quilts say your relationships, especially with friends, are important to you.

Girly & Chic?

A feminine bed suggests you crave feeling pampered & the bold colors say you’re outgoing. The eye-catching details indicate you thrive as the center of attention.

All Jumbled Up?

A rumpled bed indicates you’re a bit disorganized. But your messiness also means you don’t sweat the small details (like matching your sheets) & tend to be spontaneous.

Forget what you’ve heard about the eyes being the window to the soul.  The bed you sleep in is the window.  Your bed shows your personality, habits, hygiene & most of your irritating little idiosyncrasies.   Your bed speaks volumes. Of course, we’re operating on the given that you hopefully have a bed. And, if you’re like us, you probably spend as much of your life as possible in that bed. And, what better way to get to know someone than to study the space they spend their unconscious time in? Whether you smother your bed in nice, fluffy pillows or strip it down to the bare minimals, a lot can be learned about you from your bed.

What is yours revealing?

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What do You See?

The ChicIca Chair rocks by on this week's Modern Monday - HOT!

The ChicIca Chair rocks by on this week’s Modern Monday – HOT!

Recognizing that our past worries only really affect us when we mull over them in the present allows us to cultivate a greater sense of peace & acceptance in our lives. Even though there will always be times when we need to process the pain of the past, it’s much more beneficial for our overall health & wellbeing if we concentrate our efforts on the wonders that exist in our lives right now. For, by doing so, we will understand the past can only really affect us through our thoughts. Remaining in the present will help you to let go of the past by keeping your focus on the marvel of who you are today.

In the meantime, try curling up in your favorite chair, hammock, or zen space and take some time to remember how far you’ve come. After all, recognizing & counting our blessings helps to usher new ones in. Admittedly, Thoreau was dead on with this line. When you look in the mirror – no matter how fabulous it may be – what do you really see reflecteed back?

No manner of lovely possessions can fill any gaping void. Though, admittedly, rocking in this beautiful ChicIca leather based with polished stainless steel framed contemporary rocking chair re·splend·ent with a hand-crafted curved plywood back construction would surely help ease your woes, if only for a few moments. With a US$3500 pricetag, you might want to ease into and out of this with great care. If you haven’t quite “gotten there,” remember, there’s a reason a home isn’t built in a day. Slow and steady win the race.

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Striking Saturday Says: The Client is Always Right.

It's Striking Saturday, ya'll!

It’s Striking Saturday, ya’ll!

Well, at least if you want to be paid. In the meantime, for those in design professions, we can all commiserate about the plain old stupidity of some clients. Thankfully, there’s a website that allows us to do just that. The following pearls of wisdom appear courtesy of Clients From Hell:

“The artwork is approved, but we need to replace the skeleton, we think it might be homosexual, and that could ostracize the audience, it’s a very masculine industry.

Make it more good.

I had a client that requested we meet in his kitchen. Halfway through our meeting, he excused himself to go to the bathroom but left the door open so we could continue to talk. I charged extra for that meeting.

My wife really hates blue. So does my secretary.

When I get a business card this size (not 3.5 x 2 inches), I think that that person is a fag.

Can you make the circles a little bit rounder?

It seems to be taking a long time. Would it be quicker if I came down and sat with you guys through it all?

You’re gonna charge $400 for that? Aren’t you from India? What’re you going to do with $400?!

Can you bill your design time in 6 minute increments

I’m pretty broke right now.

For loads more frustrating fun, make sure you check out Clients From Hell (and submit your own horror stories!). Do you have your own frustrating design horror stories?

Original Post discovered on Apartment Therapy. Thank you guys, this one was good!

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Passion, Personality & FLAIR.

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Although some may find it shocking when we don’t hold our thoughts & feelings inside, being ourselves draws toward us those who are of like minds & spirits, and pushes away those people whose ideals we don’t share. When we broadcast our true selves, we act as an example for others, showing them how freeing & rewarding it can be. It is not our job to make everyone like us, only to be our best selves to the best of our abilities, without fear. When we harness the bold, outgoing feeling we have, we can spread light everywhere we go.

The same holds true for our design choices. Take, for example, the above quasi-fourth-of-July-esque stripe paint & zig-zag window treatment. It certainly may not be for everyone, but it sure exudes personality and packs a flair-icious punch! At the end of the day, the only person needing to “love” or “approve” of you, or your home is you and those with whom you share your life.

We tend to spend more time than we’d care to admit seeking the approval of others. Can you imagine if the revolutionaries of the U.S. had this mind set? Dare to inject a little of your inner wild child a la Pink (click for a peek of Pink’s pad), or your Audrey Hepburn(check out some literal Hepburn for the home),or try liberating your inner Liberace (you guessed it, his Sherman Oaks casa) into your home & watch a world of possibilities open before your very eyes! What better time to start than over a long weekend? Happy Independence Day.

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Find Your FUN.

Tchotchke Tuesday brought to you by photographer: Katie Aaberg

Tchotchke Tuesday brought to you by photographer: Katie Aaberg

Fun isn’t something that is given or done to you, it is something you allow yourself to experience.

As adults, we often get so caught up in “grown up” business we can forget how to have pure, unadulterated F-U-N. This isn’t the kind of fun that comes from doing a specific kind of activity or being in a specific mood for fun. Rather, this is the fun born from the state of pure being. We see this kind of fun in small children who are so busy being fully present to their lives & in their own bodies that the glow of fun radiates from them just because they are alive: the delight that flashes across the eyes of a child who discovers water flows with the turn of the tap knob, or the squeal of pleasure from a young baby whose tongue is being tickled by cold ice cream; then there’s the full, infectious laughter of a child watching the same hat trick for the fiftieth time.

Back when we were children, this experience of pure delight didn’t have to come from a heightened, heady event in order for us to feel like our day had been made; and it can be that way for us again – IF we’re willing to remember & reconnect with the part of ourselves that knows how to be in the flow of fun.

You can begin this process by reminiscing on what was fun for you as a child. Think about what caused you to giggle in delight, or wriggle in pleasure, or burst into endless laughter that you couldn’t sit up straight no matter how much you wanted. Try spending a few moments with each memory & really feel what it was like to be in those experiences – allowing that feeling of pure fun to wash over you. It lives, in you – that feeling. It can’t be bottled, manufactured, or sold. You just have to call it back up in order to experience it again.

Pure fun happens when we’re fully engaged with ourselves & our world in every moment. It’s the spontaneous delight bubbling from us when we let go just long enough to bring it through; it’s the experience of natural, organic pleasure springing up from our bellies, through our souls, up through our faces down to our toes. We’ve naturally known how to have pure fun since we were babies & the flicker of lights caused us to jump to attention from the sheer enjoyment of being able to see. Approach your life today with the knowledge that pure fun isn’t something given or done to you; rather, it’s something you allow yourself to experience. So, get to spreading those fun wings & remember to stop sweating the small stuff, instead, embrace & turn these things on their head. WARNING: Once you start, you’ll have a hard time stopping.

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Modern Monday: Inspiration.

Modern Monday on eyewash

Modern Monday on eyewash

Inspiration is a gift we honor by sharing, thus serving to inspire others. Sharing your ideas is the first step toward manifesting them. You may choose to be like the wind that spreads the seeds of wildflowers, but doesn’t stay to see the growth. However, you might better serve the world if you carefully plant your ideas in fertile ground & then nurture them with consistent attention. Today let’s do our best to see that our ideas are given every chance to make a difference in the world.

Each of us possesses a unique combination of ideas & talents. Once we know what these are, we know which steps we must take to bring our ideas to fruition. This includes seeking people whose ideas & talents complement our own, as well as the individuals or groups we think might help us with their creation & implementation. In working together, we accomplish much more than we would alone. By doing this, we place our trust in the organizing power of the universe, knowing it can bring the right people to us in the most unexpected ways. By taking these steps, we’re doing our best to share our inspired visions with the world & nurture them into manifestation.

Think carefully about what makes you feel happy. What gives you energy? Is it the sun? Try removing your curtains for a season to allow for a sunlit drenched room. You might be surprised at how differently this particular room now feels & also how you begin to use it in ways you never thought abut previously. Not only will you become more energized, but ideas will begin to flow, inspiring you in ways you never imagined. Whether it’s a love of art, architecture, gardening, pottery or painting, taking time to implement it into your routine will invigorate, inspire and renew. Remember: it doesn’t have to be BIG, only begun. For some instant booty-shakin’ inspiration, give this little diddy a listen and remember to have fun! Sometimes you don’t know what you’ll get when a Lamb sings and tries to do the watusi at the same time.

For some design inspiration, peruse some of these wonderfully talented artists’ work:

Interior Designer / Prop & Set Style Guru Marcus Hay’s Fluff-n-Stuff

The eternally happy Artist D Byron Patterson’s Lamby Lambpants and Friends

Former Prop, Interior & Tabletop Styling maven and artist Michele Michael’s Elephant Props

Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge

Comedian, Writer, Performer, Stylist & Interior Decor Doctor, PJ Mehaffey’s Blog-a-Dazzle

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