Friday, July 15, 2016

10 Tips to Create A Peaceful, Calming Environment

I sit here in my home once again with a heavy heart, listening to the news reports of bloodshed and violence yet again.  Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this would be the world I live in, am bringing up children in, and have a grandchild on the way (you heard me right) in.  I am scared ~ very scared!

Pictures on social media of the latest images of violence, the Eiffel tower, rainbows in all forms, flags, altered profile pictures, prayer hands, peace signs, hashtags and the like help us feel like we are doing something, however small, to show unity against a common cause.  Pictures of faces I have never seen make me cry for we are all victims.  All lives matter, and the helplessness feels overwhelming.

One thing we can do right now, this minute, is really take stock of our environment.  Our home is our safe haven, our sanctuary.  While we may not and cannot be insulated from world events, we can make our homes feel like a retreat, a place of refuge, a warm hug, a harbor against the storm.

Try This ~

1. Reduce noise.  If you live in an area where noise is a problem and insulated windows are out of the question or out of your control, try a white noise machine.  Being bombarded with noise pollution really takes its toll!

2. Make your bed and bedding matter!  Kick an old mattress to the curb, buy the best bedding you can afford, envelope yourself in the bliss of clean sheets and a nice blanket!

3. There's a reason the expression "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" exists.  Keeping a clean, clutter   free home cuts down on confusion and chaos in the mind.  God knows we don't need any more chaos!

4. Appeal to your senses.  Light a candle, spray an enticing room atomizer, draw a bath, listen to music, display fresh flowers.  Do anything that makes you feel good! Isn't that what Living Beauti-FULLY is all about.

5. Power down.  This is so important, especially after  a traumatic event.  I am not suggesting we should bury our heads in the sand, but before bed, turn off the electronics.  We don't want to wind ourselves up when we are trying to wind down for the night, because getting a good night's sleep helps keep our bodies in healthy alignment.

6. A room with a view makes for a pleasant place to rest our eyes.  Having order among furniture, accessories and knick knacks, a nice painting or gallery wall, greenery outside the window all seem to have a healing effect on our soul.

7. Good light helps enhance good energy.  I love nothing more than floor to ceiling windows that allow me to look out over a city or garden, but more is needed.  There should be an assortment of different lighting for different needs.  Overhead, task, and ambient lighting help move you through tasks.  Conversely, window treatments and blackout shades help soften a room and keep the early morning rays at bay.

8. Energy elements like a fire in the fireplace, a water feature, or a houseplant give a space life and vibrancy.

9. Carve out a little meditative space.  It can be as formal or as informal as you like, and just  BREATHE!

10. Rest and repeat.  Having a fairly regular routine is another way to help keep chaos away!

 A calm, soothing home will shelter us from the storm, even if it's for a short while.  I wish us all always PEACE and LOVE!


Friday, July 8, 2016

I Miss You

Well Hello~

I  have missed you!  This is the longest break I have ever taken in the 5 years I have been blogging.  It felt stressful to think about writing blog posts while I was trying to create a new website, write copy, take photos, as well as do all the work I do in day.  Being true to myself and this new path I am on is all about feeling a sense of freedom, avoiding unnecessary stress, operating from a place of joy and peace.  I knew it was better for my well being to take a break than give you less than 100%.

I'm Back~

but on a limited schedule for a bit longer.  Setting intentions and figuring out a new path requires stillness.  Sometimes when you step away from something you realize what it truly means.  This blog is a part of me, and I get a great deal of pleasure sharing it with you.  My blog, like myself is fluid.  I (we) change, we grow, we stop, we start ~ and it's all OK.  We can be so hard on ourselves!  I have vowed to lighten up, give myself permission to do what feels right to me.

I am excited for the new website and my message of mindfulness in and out of the home.  In the meantime, until I am up and running at full speed, I will keep you abreast of what is going on "in my neck of the woods"

Stay Tuned....

Monday, June 6, 2016

Under Construction

Exciting things are coming to Carrie Leskowitz Interiors and Carrie's Design Musings.  Design From Within is a new website, a new look, a new message that not only encompasses great design, what's new and noteworthy, artisans that inspire, entertainment and travel, but also living more creatively and mindfully.  We will forge a path to "Live Beauti-FULLY."  This includes not only what your home looks like or what it says about you, but also the inner dialogue.  Limiting beliefs, or the thoughts and feelings that you hold onto, that hold you back from living your best life full of passion and promise often times are reflected in your home and vice versa.  You can manifest a peaceful retreat for your mind, body, and spirit by getting clear in the areas that might be causing you some dissatisfaction.   Think of it like a makeover for your Home, Head, and Heart.

Design From Within communicates ~ Our living space is mirrored by our inner space.

I am really excited!  Follow along and look for in the fall launch.