Did you get that notebook? You can make notes on your phone- whatever works for you. I promise you that as we begin this journey, if you are consistent and write down your ideas, you will soon discover that the ideas you have, you have always thought about- meant to get to- meant to do. Now, as you join us on this journey, you have the structure to make the changes and open up the flow of creativity in your life.
Writing a creative idea down- in your own handwriting, or typing on your personal phone, plants the seed of the idea in your subconscious. It means that the idea matters to you and you want to manifest the idea in your life. It also means that you are serious about making it happen. Let’s start with the room you are sitting in. Do you look around and think, this room does not reflect who I am or do you say, I know what I would do if I had the budget? Or do you say, when the kids are grown, I will get serious about making this home reflect my taste and point of view?
The truth is, you get to choose the colors- yes, they should be your favorites. The budget concerns are real- but it’s also true you can create an ambience on very little. Waiting for the kids to grow up before making your home efficient and beautiful is not good for you or them. Procrastination is the enemy of creativity- it’s time to own your surroundings. You will teach your children that they are worth the effort- and your home will become the place everyone longs to be.
Decorating your home to reflect your taste does not have to cost a fortune. As you look around the room you are sitting in, is there a chair you love? A table? Are there posters on the wall or a painting that you love? The art in my home inspires me every time I pass it- I got a large painting at a yard sale in Virginia of a house on a mountain. It’s a beauty- cost me 15 dollars. I found an antique frame later- also a bargain. I use gold frames throughout the house- choose one of your children’s paintings and mount it in a gold frame- it honors the child and the art- and looks as though it could hang in the Louvre- my painting of the house of the mountain inspires me.
Paige Rien has written a book called Love the House You’re In. You can see her as she brings her ideas to our Facebook Live show Adriana Ink. I love Paige’s practical sense – I found I had already incorporated some of her wisdom into my decorating life at home- remember what I said about the picture frames? She writes about creating a through line through your home. You will discover that the possessions you hold on to make you feel connected to a place and time and the people that mattered to you. You own them for a reason. Take a look at what you collect, what you love and can’t let go of- and you will find every unresolved issue or joyous memory of a moment in your life. You will also find your future plans- that tea party you planned to throw but never got around to- in the collection of tea cups your mother left for you.
Holding on and letting go of stuff- big decisions. Both have value- and both help you add or subtract as you create the home you deserve. The process of elimination will amaze you- the realization that you no longer need your great aunts thimble collection to remember her will be transformative. Maybe you break it up- give every great niece a thimble with a note from you about Aunt Agnes. Maybe you include a thimble on top of every Christmas gift- in honor of Aunt Agnes. You spread the joy and the memories when you share the stuff!
These ideas can help you form the baseline of your home renovation, re-do or even just a rearrangement of the furniture as is- Creativity begins in a clutter of ideas - it is the artist’s job to pan the gold and separate the threads before choosing what to keep and what to pass along. Creativity is repurposing and reinvigoration too!
Take a photo of the room you spend the most time in- use the aspect ratio on your phone that gives it a panoramic view. When you study that photo of the room you live in the most, is it feeding your creativity? Does it reflect in color, tone and mood- who you are? Comfort is beauty.
Even the dog bed can be elegant. Think about small changes in that room and make a list. Remember Paige’s idea about a through line.