April 1, 2010

Spring Decorating

Posted in Cleaning, Home, Women tagged , , , at 6:54 am by Liliana

Decorate with nature

Decorate with nature

Spring is here in earnest and I am looking around my tired, dusty house and wondering how to improve the look of different rooms. Cleaning, dusting and washing of fabrics will be coming soon, but after that I would like to give my living space a fresher look. I have always been in the habit of reusing  items that I already have, moving them from room to room, and giving them unexpected purposes. It’s amazing how much difference this can make. The green rug that got tiring in the breakfast room makes my bedroom look very springy.

Here are a few ideas you might want to try:

  • Books are my best friends – when it comes to reading as well as decorating. They make any room look warm and interesting.  A stack of nature books on a table near your plants makes for a beautiful still life.
  • Reuse an old wire wine rack by making it a place for rolled towels in the bathroom. If you choose towels with lovely patterns and colors, you have an interesting decoration.
  • Tie window curtains with scarves or ribbons – this will add color and unexpected charm to your windows.
  • By placing the window treatments as high above the window level as you can, your room will seem taller than it actually is.
  • If you like jewelry, decorate your walls with it. Use old  frames or shadow boxes to group interesting items and your jewelry will look like pieces of modern sculpture.
  • Hang a cork-board on your kitchen wall and fill it with pages from favorite magazines, postcards, children’s artwork, or with pressed flowers.
  • Keep old, mismatched glassware  and use as beautiful vases. Group unusual pieces together for an original look.
  • Add elegance to your meals by covering your table with a table runner, pretty fabric scraps, old window curtains, or a beautiful scarf.
  • I love to decorate with natural accents I collect during my walks or from my yard.  Consider filling those mismatched glasses with bunches of wild flowers or fill bowls with rocks and shells. Twigs look great in tall vases or colorful bottles.
  • Arrange your furniture away from the wall and into conversational groupings. This will make the room look warmer and more pleasant – both you and your guests will be happy to linger.

Please email me with your own suggestions. I would love to hear from you. Have a wonderful spring!

February 24, 2010

Quiet Places

Posted in Family, Health, Home, Women tagged , , , at 8:04 am by Liliana

My quiet place

My husband's quiet place

A comfortable home should have a variety of well planned niches for quiet and solitary occupations. Thinking, reading, knitting, doing cross-word puzzles, etc. promote our sense of well being, knowledge and mental acuity. They are a part of the inner life of a home that reinforces and refreshes the inner life of its occupants.

A good place for inner activities starts with a quiet, secluded spot where one feels sheltered and serene in letting down one’s guard. Some people prefer a bright, sunny spot, others a shady, dreamy place. The chair or sofa should be comfortable and support your head when you lean back. The cushions should be soft so that you can sit for long periods of time without getting uncomfortable. It helps to have a table next to your chair to hold your books, glasses, pencil, a cup of tea. The surrounding area should be quiet, with moderate lighting and relaxing colors. A vase of fresh flowers on the table always brings in freshness and a sense of connection to nature.

We all need quiet moments of relaxation and inner awareness, some more than others. Our home should help fulfill this basic human longing and give us the fortitude we need to face the wider world.