What does a life look like that is designed with love? Margaret inherited her mother’s house with the words, “Make this house a home.” Margaret is finding out what that means.
(Continued from Chapter 3) “Where have you been?” asks Toni. In the basement. That’s where Margaret found herself after throwing out the box of donuts, brewing a fresh pot of coffee and doing the week-old dishes. Her laundry is done and, truth be told, she tossed out half of it after reading in the Tidy book that you should only keep the things you love. When she read those words, her heart simultaneously leapt and sank.
Francis’ Nook with Subway Tile
The idea of surrounding herself with things she loved excited her, but she didn’t think she had anything that she love loved. And if she went through her stuff one thing at a time and felt for the love – what…
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Monochromatic White Ceramic Tile
(Continued…) They say if you don’t feel your grief, you won’t be able to feel all the other feelings that want to arise. Good feelings like joy, empathy, or passion. It’s like having a house decorated with only one color – but the color is grey. Margaret had been living in a grey house emotionally, and the grey was her grief. The grief was like a hand pressing down on her; she could barely breathe. And when Sam left, another hand descended.
But now it’s spring and Margaret, still residing in her bed-cave, is becoming aware of the light streaming in through the window. She notices the birds singing outside. The thought of a bird feeder floats through her mind. She feels the slight, oh-so-slight flutter of something stirring deep down inside.
Margaret props herself up on pillows and surfs the internet for pictures to add to her “vision” Pinterest board…
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As Margaret reads from “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, she comes upon a sentence that stops her cold: “Keep your house in order.” That doesn’t sound fun…
That sounded like punishment. A commandment whose highest expression of love is a clean, stainless steel kitchen with nothing in the fridge because nobody actually lives there. As much as Margaret may ogle over magazines layouts of these kitchens, she imaginesthat the people who live there don’t actually eat. They’re a new breed of high-achieving actualizers who live on air, or smoothies, or green juice, or…
Tile is a wonderful way to warm up a kitchen
Margaret wipes the Entenmanns’ crumbs from her “Just Do(nut) it!” sweatshirt and breaths. “Thinking,” she notes. It’s day two of her new meditation practice where she affirms she is not her thoughts. She’s not sure what she is anymore, but apparently she’s not her thoughts. She just
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We’re re running this original story of design and life on consecutive days. By New York-based writer Micheline Auger.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Really? The book has been sitting on her kitchen table for a month. Underneath a pair of socks, a pile of home decor magazines, and Francis, the one-eared cat who adopted her last winter after Sam left. Her mother gave her the book for her 45th birthday. “It’ll change your life.” Mom likes to buy people books for their birthdays. Books like The Rules, Getting To I Do and Upgrading your Wardrobe for Dummies. “But this book is different,” says mom. “The writer is Japanese. Did you know that Japanese women don’t experience menopause? It’s because their culture respects older women. And their diets are cleaner. And the women feel supported and nourished and valued. The women are so graceful. You should read it.” She knows she should read it. Everyone’s reading it. It’s on the best sellers list…
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Yumi Kagamihara is a designer and yoga practitioner who integrates color, design with intention, artistry and focus. At Modwalls, we believe that color and form merges well with function in an aspirational approach to living, so we were excited to talk with her about her approach to design and living well with color.
How did you come to Interior Design?
I started my career in the financial industry as a programmer back in Japan. In 1997, I moved to the United States and, after finishing graduate school in Texas, I worked in NYC as a business analyst/project manager for financial firms. While in NYC, my husband and I were thinking of relocating or finding a vacation home. So we purchased a new construction home in Tampa FL. We were allowed to choose different materials, paint colors and so on. That fascinated me. Even though I was working in…
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What do tiles and chakras have in common? “Chakra-wha?”
According to yoga philosophy, chakras are several points of physical or spiritual energy in the human body. Each chakra has a corresponding color and affects us in its own unique way. When you walk into a room and feel really good, is it amazing design or the vibration of color? Or both?
“When the energy center, or chakra, is blocked or weak, physical and emotional dysfunction can occur,” says Dr. Alicia Armistead of Healing Arts NYC. Dr. Armistead is a color therapist, chiropractor, and one of only a handful of practitioners in New York City to be certified as a Master in Nutrition Response Testing.
So how does it actually work? How does color work with the chakras to promote healing and balance?
“There are different ways to go about color therapy,” says Armistead. “Many times a patient…
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