Mindful Energy

Our outer space mirrors our inner space, in other words, our home is a reflection of what goes on in our minds.  It is not enough to have a beautifully designed, functional room anymore.  We need to be mindful of the energy that occupies that room!

Shifting the energy held within a space requires a holistic approach.  One that considers our thoughts, our actions, possibly the addition of feng shui techniques and what I am now fascinated with—crystals. Crystals, minerals and the natural beauty of stone have the ability to help change energy. 

In home decor, these beauties, brought to you by mother nature “amp up” intention brilliantly.   As a focal point or accent who wouldn’t want some “good vibes” in their home? If you want more romance in the bedroom, incorporate rose quartz.  It not only encourages romance, but signifies self love and unconditional love.  Amethyst emits positive energy and is considered a protective stone that also helps create balance, abundance and inner peace.  Like the proverbial phrase, “When life gives you lemons…,” the yellow citrine stone taps into empowerment, generosity and success.  Selentite, seen so often in home decor products, is known for its cleansing properties, as well as harmony and peace.  It also promotes personal transformation.  Smoky quartz emits positive energy, reduces feelings of anxiety, grounds us and rids the space of negative energy.  Clear quartz amplifies everything!  Start with any of these multi-taskers or another, if that speaks to you instead.  There is no shortage of stones to choose from ~  if you feel inclined to dabble.

Call it magical thinking, but in these challenging times, among challenging people, along with our challenging thoughts, it is more important than ever to nurture yourself and create a sanctuary that calms and centers you every time you walk through that door.  Incorporating these rock star stones (in any fashion) is so easy and beautiful to boot!

I’m a believer because I choose to be.  If we have learned nothing, we have learned everything is a choice!  Choice and a willingness to be open is 
sometimes all it takes to begin manifesting optimism, abundance, the ability to heal on a deeper level and decorate accordingly!


Columbian Chic

Johanna Ortiz is stylish through and through.  Whether designing her euphonious fashion line or decorating her Cartagena home, she hits many a fashionable high note.
Her Columbian roots are evident in everything she does.  I have always been attracted to her dramatically draped clothing, often with ruffles or balloon sleeves in colors as bright as her Spanish/Mexican heritage.

I now can swoon over the 16th century Spanish colonial villa she owns in Cartagena too!  Her love of fashion actually stems from her love of interiors, ironic since she is known for her fashion label. Growing up watching her mother design, influenced Joanna's love of textiles.  That's where her process starts.

“She captures the sultry, sophisticated South American spirit,” says Lauren Santo Domingo, a family friend and founder of the fashion site Moda Operandi.

She is admired for her sense of authenticity, which is apparent in whichever medium she works.  Ortiz and her husband bought this place as a vacation home years ago within the walled "old town" of Cartagena, a UNESCO site dating to the 1500's.

All the hand painted tile and wooden details were painstakingly restored.  The hand painted mural by artist Elon Rivera represents the flora and fauna native to the area.  Johanna's love of travel is on full display as she carefully curated everything to incorporate her passion for life.

There is nothing more inspirational than having the ability to travel, experiencing far off lands, then imbuing the flavor of another culture in to your aesthetic.

My friends and I have to up our girls' night out ensembles!

 The Otomi textiles pair beautifully with the whimsical Asian hand painted faux headboard for a look completely unique to Ortiz in their guest bedroom.  The master features a combination of suzani's ikats and Johanna's prints in her upcoming collection.  That's convenient!


I love that too!  It feels romantic and mysterious ~ like Johanna's fashions.  Style, whether in  interiors or fashion inform each other as we have seen time and time again.

Let's Get Salty

Salt caves are the new "it" wellness trend.  The question is whether it is here to stay or is a fly by night fad.

I tried it the other day.  Reflexology was added so I had really nice experience.  I might have been hard pressed to just sit there for 45 minutes, but sometimes that is exactly what you must force yourself to do, all in the name of wellness.

Dry salt air is more powerful than moist air and the negatively charged ions in the salt improve overall health and mood.  Air charged with negative ions suppresses serotonin within the body, thereby lifting our mood and relaxing us.  Science has shown that the detoxifying qualities in Himalayan salt caves help with everything from allergies and asthma to autoimmune issues.  The 84 minerals identified in this specific salt are bio identical to your body.  Also called halotherapy, which means salt is ground to microscopic particles and blown into the air via a generator.  Breathing it in affects everything in our body systemically ~ the lymphatic, respiratory, nervous and immune systems.  The really cool thing is, there is a synergy between the minerals and your system specifically.

For centuries people have made the pilgrimage to these caves after discovering their health properties.  A physician in Poland opened a salt clinic 150 years ago!  We Americans always seem to be behind the curve.

The natural pink, peach to orange color tells us it is full of minerals and iron.  It makes for a beautiful accent and the back lit bricks positively glow!

Salt rooms can be built in a matter of hours, for in home use, or completely custom for the spa and  wellness industry.

Just sitting in a salt cave is beneficial enough, but why stop there?  You can incorporate a massage like I did, a yoga class, singing bowls or meditation.  It is a great way too help the time go by.

The cave I was in had zero gravity chairs to keep your body at a perfect pitch.  Blankets were provided.  The temperature was comfortable, set at about 70 degrees but it was cozier under the weight of the blanket.  When I came out of the cave I felt good and noticed a slight salt taste on my lips.  I had the impression I was going to be filmy but it was not the case.

It remains to be seen whether we will see demand for salt blocks in a residential setting.

Would you consider a salt wall in your home?  Perhaps I'll start with a salt lamp and see where it leads me!