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The Sacred Space.

By: The Balance Design Team

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

For many of us, the beginning of a new year is a time of betterment — a time to look inward and focus on self care. We believe no self improvement is complete without considering your home as an integral part of yourself. Here’s a few methods to creating a peaceful yet empowering environment for your soul.

  • Collect and curate. This is what keeps a home from feeling “too put together” and sterile. Gifts from friends, antique treasures, and family heirlooms that hold a special place in your heart are what gives your home personality. Worry less about what pieces go together perfectly and focus more on what makes you feel creative, cozy, and content.
  • Showcase what you love. Arranging a meaningful art wall can not only ground you visually, but also bring you joy throughout the day with each glimpse. Combine a child’s work of art with photographs from travels and special mementos picked up along the way. Integrate all this with a piece from a local artist you love and the result is a wall that is authentically one of a kind.
  • Pare down/clean up. On the flip side of collecting, don’t be afraid to let go of things either — donate that rug or lamp that doesn’t bring you joy, even if you haven’t found the best substitution yet. Or maybe your version of minimizing clutter is simply making sure all your treasured belongings have a dedicated space. Whatever your tidying up philosophy is, when each room is clean and functional you can enjoy every corner of your home and make it special.
  • Breathe it in. Clean indoor air is essential for creating a more energized and healthy space to enjoy, but air quality in most homes is two to five times more contaminated than outside. Limiting chemical exposure, removing mold, diffusing essential oils, and adding plants are all surefire ways to cleaner and better breathing.
  • Slow it down. Taking time to calm your mind is an important part of self care and good mental health. Create a space in your home dedicated to meditation, yoga, or just good ol’ distraction-free relaxation. A quiet corner with a few comfy pillows and a plush blanket might be all you need to settle in for a few moments of quiet each day. Small practices like this build over time, and the results can be extraordinary.

It’s easy to commit to these practices at the start of a new year, but we often get overwhelmed by too many lofty goals in a couple of months. Consider these methods small, attainable ways to make each day a little more peaceful, a little more sacred.

How to Love Your Dining Room

By: Stephanie Andrews & Danielle Cornely

Dining rooms are totally underrated and underused. We recently spoke with a client who said they use theirs only three to five times each year! If you’re having trouble figuring out what to do with that lonely extra space, we’ve got you covered. Here’s why dining rooms are as awesome as you make them.

Photo courtesy of H2 Design + Build

Photo courtesy of H2 Design + Build

1. The communal/meditative aspect. Eating together, even if it’s just 20 minutes, adds life and meaning to the room. Have conversations, tell stories, and make memories. Like to dine solo? Get the peace and quiet you deserve in a room where it’s just you and your delicious dinner.

Photo courtesy of Refinery29

Photo courtesy of Refinery29

2. Double duty. Since your only real dining room staples are a table and chairs, you can get creative with the other pieces. Select items that turn the room into something else. Try bookcases for a library, or shelving for a bar. (Hey, why not both?)

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

3. The perfect workspace. Get a good quality, sturdy table that will allow you to wrap presents, pay bills, do homework, and spread out with ease. Include a stylish storage piece to hold all of your supplies so everything is right where you need it.

Photo courtesy of The Every Girl

Photo courtesy of The Every Girl

4. Room to show off. The dining room is the perfect place to showcase your favorite art, photos, or collections by creating a gallery wall. Let the room say something about you. Love traveling? Mount a map to foam core, and use push pins to highlight where you’ve been and where you want to go.

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy

5. Let the lighting say it. Whether you’re eating, working, or just hanging out, you’ll need a light fixture in your dining room that you’re proud to have as a focal point. Select a chandelier that expresses your personal style and suits your needs. Put a dimmer on it and go from an afternoon of paying bills to an evening of ambience. 

Don’t neglect your dining room. Spend some time there, get to know the space, and be creative with how you use it!