Design from the heart to make a statement.

Anyone can build a house, but it takes more than a physical structure to make a home. Creating a home requires an emotional attachment to your abode. The thought of it should evoke a sense of joy, calmness and serenity. Your home should remind you of quality time with those you love, allow you to relax in harmony and represent your personal interests and style.

When designing a room, remember to stay true to the feelings you want to evoke. Play with colours and textures to create a mood or theme for your space. Keeping this mood in mind throughout the design process will help turn an everyday space into a topic of conversation.

Find out what it is that makes YOU happy. Maybe you have fond adolescent memories of family holidays to the coast and spa blues with silk textures help you almost feel the salt in the air. Or perhaps you loved the days spent at your grandmother’s home and an art deco wall clock preserves a piece of your history. Bringing a personal connection to life through a theme or statement piece injects joy and wonder to your daily living.

To enhance the conversation-evoking qualities of a room, factor in the unexpected. Select a focal point, such as metallic throw pillows or a chandelier made from recycled bottles to catch one’s eye as they walk in. Think outside the box with colours. Play with bright hues such as lime green for a cheerful space or mix in blacks for a more dramatic feel.

Once you’ve found your inspiration do a lighting test to make sure your ideas work in the actual space. Pay particularly close attention to the natural lighting as it is one of the most important design elements. If the lighting washes out a statement colour or a metallic accent creates a blinding glare, it’s best to go a different route. The natural sunshine coming in should cause a sense of serenity.

As you go through the design process remember to listen to your heart to select the themes and elements that speak to you and your family.

Not only will your home provide a sense of balance, but will make an authentic statement about who you are and will bring you bliss every time you open the front door.

And of course, family is truly what makes a home.

 

When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Prize, she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She answered “Go home and love your family.”

Babies are lovely to hug
Kids, particularly small ones, are just so cute to hug.

It makes kids smarter
Research shows that children whose parents demonstrate love to them verses children whose parents don’t, actually have bigger brains Hugging may not raise their IQ, but it’ll help them get the most out of it. And that will be good for them, their future family, and the spheres in which they will move as adults.

It releases good chemicals
Physical contact releases a certain chemical in the brain that promotes happiness and lower stress hormones. Cuddling and hugging can literally put you in a better mood. If you’ve had a tough day, or if your kids are pushing the envelope and you to your limit, a good way to stop and reset the home atmosphere is to cuddle.

It communicates love
It is one way – out of many – that confirms your love for them.

It establishes a connection
A good way to reconnect with the kids is through a big hug. It says, “I’ll slow down and just be with you.”

At the end of a long day, a good ‘schnuggle’ before bedtime says, “I am here for you.”

Kids need it
Everyone, but particularly younger children, need to be cuddled. They need physical touch. They need comfort. They need a safe place close to their real life heroes when they feel scared or nervous.

Have a look here for the right bed for your family cuddles any time of the day or night!