New Year, New You, New Home Goals

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As we approach the new year, now is the ideal time to plan for what’s to come with 2019! Many of us have new year, new me goals that tend to focus on ourselves (body, mind, health, etc). But what if you added one more new year, new you goal that included the interiors you utilize? Especially your home and work space?

Interior Design Basics

Interior design isn’t just about aesthetics, although that is definitely a key aspect to my designs. As an interior designer, it is also my responsibility to design spaces that promote the health, safety, and well-being of those using the spaces I design. Interior design combines the art of design (aesthetics/visual beauty) with the science of design (understanding the basics of the human body and mind).

Interior Design Matters to our Health

According to the EPA, Americans spend approximately 90% of our life indoors. Our physical and emotional health is influenced by the spaces we utilize (think home, office, etc). These spaces should promote relaxation or productivity (example: bedroom or office), stimulate our body and mind in a positive way, and influence a variety of other health and wellness aspects for the people using the designed spaces.

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Interior Design matters to our physical and emotional health and is influenced by the spaces we inhabit.
Establishing Your 2019 New Year, New You, New Home Goals

Take note and make a list of how you feel in the spaces within your home and work. Are there any areas you go out of your way to avoid? Any places you head to and spend the most time in? Take a deep look into why these spaces draw you in or push you away.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier blog posts, bringing nature indoors and proper lighting are part of the puzzle of creating spaces that enhance your well-being. But there are other factors, too.

De-clutter

If you feel anxious walking into a specific room or area of your home, I recommend spending time de-cluttering that space.

Designate Activity Zones

Make sure you have established areas that are specifically geared toward rest (mind, body) and various activities. Try not to have a meditation area as the same place you intend to be active.

Color Psychology

Research the colors you intend to use for each space or activity zone. Ideally, the colors being used on paint, furniture, bedding, etc. should complement the activity taking place. Example: don’t use bright or sharp colors in spaces for rest, relaxation, or sleep.

Final Thoughts

Once you’ve evaluated all your spaces, think about what you need to do to change or update them. This list you have established is now your 2019 New You, New Home Health Goal list. Next, figure out which are most critical to you, and in what order they should be dealt with. Once you have that, break it down and start planning quarterly, monthly, and weekly goals. By breaking it down, you are creating smaller, more obtainable goals. Making it easier to accomplish! Once you have your plan, share it below — let’s help each other be accountable!

Need or want some professional assistance? Schedule a free virtual coffee chat with me, here, to get started!

xoxo,

Kayla

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New Year, New You, New Home 2019 Goals – Begin Now!
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Let’s set those 2019 home goals now!

 

Bringing Nature Indoors

Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors. And as humans, we crave nature; we respond well to it. Plants help cleanse the air around us. They bring life to a space (literally if it’s a plant 😉 ). These are just a few reasons adding natural elements can enhance your space and living experience!

So how do you bring natural elements into your space? It can be pretty easy, and you may already have this covered and not even realize it!

Evaluate the Elements of Nature around your space:

Do you have any natural wood elements: flooring, furniture, decor? Do you have windows in your space? Can you look out into nature (think trees, plants, water elements, etc.)? Are there stone elements in the space (granite or marble, certain tiles that are made from natural stone materials, fireplace surround with stone, etc.)? Do you have indoor plants or flowers (potted or an arrangement/bouquet)? What about artwork or wall-covering that has leaves, water, trees, or variations of these in an abstract design? If you have any or all of these elements, congratulations, you’ve accomplished this step!

If you don’t have any, or if you want to add some additional elements to your space, look around and see what you could add to increase the natural elements. I absolutely love to get fresh flowers at the farmer’s market in the summer and I’m developing a huge addiction to succulents (hello Plant Nite!!). I also LOVE shopping for fun and unique planters or vases for them (home goods and target are my go to spots for these!!). Etsy also has some very creative wall or hanging pieces for succulents. Often mixing materials to bring in various natural textures.

You should have fun shopping for natural elements, and looking at them should bring a smile to your face!

If you’re planning to add live plants to your space and are a pet parent, be sure to check out the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and cats before you buy!

Here are a few more examples. Now it’s your turn! What natural elements do you have in your home or office?

xoxo,

Kayla