Well, you made it through all the holiday season including Easter. The holidays of 2016 represented a special time in most people’s hearts this year. It seems more then ever it was a time to rejoice over family, simple pleasures like a good recipe, and felt more heartfelt then it has been in years. Discussions in many of the homes I visited ranged from increase of income, more jobs, newer homes, boats, cars or pockets full of money to going back to school, re-educating, re-building and re-thinking the years gone by and most of all elections for a new president / vice president. What you may have realized more then ever is family, friends, beautiful sunsets, and the love of a favorite pet are truly what is important in life. The simple pleasures in life have become more meaningful then ever during the background of increased population, warfare, and politics galore.
As usual I have been going over to the Rancho Santa Margarita library to donate books I buy from the library bookstore and or thrift stores. I love green book shopping. Once in a while, though, at the library’s little book store I find books that are no longer published. Seeking comfort, in profound thoughts of social and economic issues, and books on health, after the holiday gorge, I found three books that were really fascinating! The first book “Man’s Quest for Significance” by Lewis Way, 1948 suggests that “The richer our community becomes, the harder we all seem to work; the harder we work, the more we dream of a leisure society. It is the paradox of our time…” The second book “The Return of Courage” by Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber, 1988 stated “Freedom is like money: there is no sense in having it in our possession unless we either invest it or spend it”. He also suggests that desire for objects, homes, new clothes and golf clubs etc… is a good thing in that it will encourage joy in our way of living, and that it is important to enjoy your life! The third book I read by Gaylord Hauser “Be Healthy Be Happy”, also written in the 1940’s promotes that our health brings on the most happiness in life. There is a quote in the forward by Herophilus, physician of Alexandria that really struck me as relevant even today in 2016. Herophilus, the good doctor, stated that “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied”. After I read all that old stuff I thought wow it still applies to today. I asked myself, are times really that different then days gone by, are we really different then people all the way back to ancient times? Probably not!
People of all times and ages have always liked to love, have freedom, eat good food, be healthy, happy, feel whole, trade and shop. There has always been times to save and times to spend. The key in all three books was that balance, taking care of yourself, and knowing what is important to you, as an individual, seems to lead to a more happy and exciting life.
So what is exciting around Coto? I saw a bald eagle, and two baby eagles this past year across the street from my house, you can always go down to the stables and talk to a horse, or watch a polo match. The people, although sometimes busy and moving fast with kids or dogs in tow, are usually friendly and interesting, whether they belong to the Golf and Racquet Club, the old Coto Valley club or no club. We have some of the best restaurants in South OC, and the weather, despite loads of free rain, sideways rain (positive thinking), will keep us green through next summer.
Marla Stone is a Life Consultant specializing in relationships, parenting, transitions and having an ideal lifestyle. Marla owns www.i-deal-lifestyle.com a Professional Home and Business Organizing company.
Knowing What Design Trends You Love Helps Build the Home you Love by Marla Stone, Feng Shui Lifestyle Designer
Knowing what you love in design is key to understanding yourself, what pleases your brain and what you will be comfortable with, for at least 8-10 years. Design and decorating can be expensive if you are not a green shopper and / or your designer does not use green shopping options like craigslist, estate sales and consignment. You can find great finds on Facebook's Marketplace now too. Green and gently used options are the greatest decor options trending now. Decor and More for Less, www.orangecountydecorators.com a division of www.i-deal-lifestyle.com tells you how to get your love look, on the cheap.
Southern California's ever changing interior design trends are currently switching over to a more transitional approach for decorating a business and residence properties. Incorporating modern elements and accessories with ornate antique pieces, painted in a matt finish, is an up and coming trend in the retail store styles of home furnishings and decor. With simple touches of the old, and new combined, it helps create a unified look for both old and new generations to enjoy. The goal when renovating or redecorating a home is to create an appealing space with a new and universal look. Designers and stylist have found that there are plenty of new ways to incorporate the past with the present, but doing it with a splash of innovative creativity is the key. Renovated public malls, restaurants, hotels, and large chain home furnishing retail stores are the best places to look for design inspiration. Recently on a trip to Harrods department store in London, Marla Stone, owner of I-Deal-Lifestyle Inc., was amazed at the unique and lovely designs room by room, floor by floor. "I could have stayed in that store for a couple of years", she exclaims.
Just know this, you know what you like, and what you do not like. Just stick with that kid!
Most people make the biggest mistake, in decorating, by saying that your furniture is completely out of date if you bought it 20+ years ago. Looking around on ads on craigslist you will see that there is a lot of potential in the custom handcrafted furniture. By adding a coat of new paint or creating a faux rustic finish to an antique heirloom it can save you $1000's on the in-store retail prices of today. With I-Deal-Lifestyle methods and services through their interior design division Decor and More for Less, we provide you with the option to recreate a functional space with green design, and the proper decor touches for an organized living or business space.
I-deal-lifestyle's design approach to feng shui principles is that you will want to use them. You will find their feng shui division at www.fengshuiorangecounty.com
Feng Shui helps with the furniture placement aspect of designing a room by creating a proper circulation pattern. Meaning that if the room "just doesn't feel right" or your find yourself constantly walking around a table or couch on a daily basis it probably means that your room is not setup properly. The scale of home furnishings is another dilemma that most new home owners find when they are either downsizing the home or simply buying a house that is too large for their recent small scale furnishings. Knowing what items you own and the condition of each piece of furniture are vital to the decision making process for planning a design, in a new or old space.
It is an investment when you are planning on refurbishing a specific piece that may or may not have been kept in the greatest condition. Simple things like "Do the drawers open?", "Is the fabric stained?", "Are the cushions still comfortable?" are the three basic questions that will cover the basis of knowing what to up-cycle.
When determining the use of a piece of decor that simply serves the aesthetic purpose of sitting on a table, or hanging on a wall, you will find it most likely sentimental or uplifting. Finding that one piece that you love can tell any designer or decorator a lot about your personal interest and taste.
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