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How to Re-Design Your Home on a Limited Budget
Apr 26

How to Re-Design Your Home on a Limited Budget

By Noreen Music | Uncategorized

Guest Post written by Manuela Oddone, Interior Designer, D.I.D, Owner of Perspective Interiors.

How to Re-Design Your Home on a Limited Budget

Have you been spending a lot of time these days looking at the spaces in your home wondering what you could do to improve them? 

While resources or a limited budget may pose barriers to the solution, let's get back to the basics!

We all have fabulous visions of what we would love our intimate personal spaces within our homes to look like, but realistically how close to your vision can you attain this creation without spending a fortune?

Well with just a few simple tricks & tips from a professional, you can achieve your vision.

Here are a few easy steps to follow to transform your space.

Step One

Begin with the space you are most eager to change & where you spend the greatest deal of time in. 

Does it have too many pieces of furniture or accessories that could be scaled back?

Can you re-arrange them in this space achieving a better function by simplifying the flow of traffic?

Determine your focal point in the room and work on designing around that.

Step Two

Consider a color refresh to your space!

Introduce a new paint finish to re-invigorate the space you need to address, or perhaps it is a new feature wall that needs a burst of accent to a room.

The color palette you have can often extend with additional complimentary colors to it.

Keep in mind to vary colors & textures.

Step Three

Have you ever taken note of the lighting in a room?

Perhaps it’s time to improve it with a simple addition of dimmer switches or additional light sources rather than buying new fixtures.

Mood lighting is created in many forms, so don’t be afraid to feature or experiment with several ideas in combination!

Add a reading lamp or table lamp to a nook.

Step Four

Have you ever considered how your window treatments impact your space?

Versatility in creating privacy from within a space is often a great priority to a window within a space.

Often you can achieve this without disregarding the strength of it being a feature to your space.

Leave it bare by playing on the shape.

Consider a combination of window treatments of soft drapes to bring both function & even color accenting to your space.

Step Five

Let your walls breathe!

Not every wall needs to have something hanging on it.

Consider grouping portraits, photos in a cleaner format & leave some walls bare.

Some walls just need to serve as a backdrop to simple items like greenery to allow for a more spacious appearance.

Display that ever-changing art that is in your life in different configurations.

The Final Touches

Remember to always add organic elements to a room, vary shapes, sizes & color to create that personal feel.

Add area rugs, baskets, pillows, blankets & play with storage items in a space.

You can’t make a mistake - this is your home so move things around!

If we can take note of our surroundings with the eye of a critic, we can often achieve the simplest solutions in achieving a better form & function to our spaces. 

Contact Manuela at Perspective Interiors

If you need more help with a design project, contact Manuela at or go to her website at Perspective Interiors

Stay safe, have fun & feel free to reach out to Manuela with any questions or comments.

Mindfulness Reminders
Apr 05

Mindfulness Reminders

By Noreen Music | Productivity , Uncategorized

Mindfulness Reminders

With all of us staying home to help flatten the curve and not get sick, it can be extremely challenging to deal with everything we are faced with.

These mindfulness reminders will help you focus on what you can do on a daily basis to stay mentally and physically healthy plus stay connected with your family and friends.

1. What Am I Grateful For Today?
Taking an approach of gratitude leads to an increase in positive thinking and you are better able to handle adversity.
When you look for and appreciate the good things all around you, this helps you trend upward as opposed to going on a downward spiral into the negative realm. 

Cultivating a spiritual practice of gratitude is powerful and it impacts your entire life and outlook.

There is always something to be grateful for every day even if it's that you managed to get out of bed and brush your teeth today!

Mindfulness Reminder: Gratitude
2. Who Am I Checking In Or Connecting With Today?
Checking in on the people in your life is a very tangible way of saying that you care about them enough to find out how they are doing. 

We all want to feel that we are cared for and that people think about us as they go about their day.

Especially now as there are so many of us struggling with deep emotions, fear, worry and concern over what is going on in the world. We all need a listening ear and someone to check in with us.

Take a few minutes a day to send a text, pick up the phone, set up FaceTime or write a letter!

Mindfulness Reminder: Connection

3. What Expectations of "Normal" Am I Letting Go of Today?
Nothing about what you are going through right now is normal. It feels like everything you knew about your world, the plans you had and where your life was headed has been turned upside down. 

The uncertainty is all that is certain.

While it is uncomfortable and scary to be here in this moment of time, these kinds of life altering situations can change you for the good if you allow it.

As my wonderful friend Kristine Morris from The Change Maven said on her Coffee Conversations zoom call the other morning, these are Gravity Problems and we are powerless to change them.

What you do have the power to control is how you choose to move through this experience.

You get to decide what you hold onto to and what you let go of.

Mindfulness Reminder: Letting Go
4. How Am I Getting Outside Today?
Being outdoors and getting out into nature just feels good. 

Breathing in the fresh, cool air of spring.

Seeing the signs of Mother Nature coming alive again after the long, cold winter.

Hearing the birds sing.

Seeing the beautiful, dancing shadows as the sun moves across the sky.

Getting outside is natural medicine for the body and soul so go spend some time outdoors today!

Mindfulness Reminder: Get Outside
5. How Am I Moving My Body Today?
I don't know about you, but it is easy to convince myself that I am going to take a vacation from my normal life during this self isolation and just watch hours of TV, eat way too many sweets and not move my body.

I personally need this daily reminder to kick my butt and get my body moving. And not just running up and down the stairs from my home office to the fridge or the coffee pot but actual heart pumping, muscles screaming MOVEMENT!

There are so many online options and ways to workout from home with little to no equipment and very little space.

The only excuse is the one you tell yourself (I'm speaking to myself here too) so retrain your brain and just do it!

Mindfulness Reminder: Movement
6. What Beauty Am I Creating, Cultivating or Inviting In Today?
Even in the midst of hardship and pain there is beauty. Granted, sometimes it is ugly beautiful, but beauty nonetheless.

We can choose to look for it, create it, till the hard soil, invite it in, let it grow and soak it up.

These are tough times, no doubt. I am worried about my husband's employment status. I don't want him to get sick when he's at work (for now).

But I am still choosing to focus my mind and heart on the beauty in the world around me.

There is a Bible passage that I love which speaks beautifully to this:

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

Mindfulness Reminder: Beauty
If You Need More Help
If you are struggling, please reach out to the people around you. You are not alone.

If you need more help, here are some links to resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other local services:

Take Care of Yourself
This too shall pass. We are experiencing a season of global challenge and concern and we will get through it together.

The pandemic won't last forever and we will be able to slowly get back to our normal lives. 

We will learn valuable lessons during this time. Even the hardest of times brings hope and good things.

Ask yourself these mindfulness reminders every day as they will help you to focus on what's good and important right now.

I am here for you. Really, I mean it - if you need anything, I am already there. 

It's as easy as filling out the comment box below and you will get in touch with me right away.

Take good care of yourself.

Find your freedom.
Live your life.