More is More

and less is a bore.  That little ditty was coined by the imitable Iris Apfel, but Linda Rodin obviously subscribes to the same credo.  Ex model and stylist, Linda Rodin is the woman behind the cult status beauty oil collection  Rodin Olio Lusso.

Ironically, this is her motto

It's hard to believe looking at her apartment.  This is everything that I talk about NOT doing, but at the same time she has lived an extraordinary life.  She swears each object means something and holds a memory that she cherishes.  It makes me think about something a doctor once said to my grandmother.  My grandmother Rosie was a heavy smoker her whole life and was healthy by all accounts, living into her mid nineties.  Her doctor said to her during a physical in her 80's, I should tell you to stop smoking because it's bad for you, but don't because it will kill you.  So, being a rule breaker is on a case by case basis.

Instead of calling her a pack rat, she more elegantly would be considered a maximalist.  No nook or cranny was overlooked as a place to display something!  Linda's mother was an interior decorator who owned an antique shop.  She grew up around beautiful objects with provenance.

 "The plants, trinkets, and furniture that compose my external landscape all come from my internal landscape."

She has said that each item tells a story, holds a memory that she can so vividly remember, that she is able to recall the person, place or thing that any of her objects represents to her.  Linda, being a Pisces, loves the sea.  Hence her turquoise walls and extensive shell collection.  She feels like she is always by the ocean, so much so that she can almost smell the salt air and is transported there.

Linda says her home is like a warm hug.  Everything she loves is there.  Love it or hate it, no matter the type of decor you have ~ that is always the ultimate goal.

Ph: Rebecca Pollack, et al


Energetically Speaking

We all know our homes hold a certain energy or "Chi" in Feng shui speak.  Everything is energy, good or bad.  Happily, if the energy in your home is less than positive, you can take certain steps to change that by placing energizing crystals or minerals in and around your home.  Crystals are innately positive.  Being from the earth, the primal ingredient is tiny crystals within the stone and they are always in motion, emitting energy.  This notion goes back to the dawn of time when crystals were used in rituals and traditional ceremonies.  Each type of stone has a specific purpose or property that holds a healing power. These are a few examples ~

CLEAR QUARTZ is a perfect all purpose energizing crystal.  It cleanses bad vibes, negativity and general stress.  Its versatility makes it equally good for clearing and protecting.  Place clear quartz anywhere you want clean, clear energy, but maybe not next to your bed.  That could be too much energy!

PYRITE assists in overcoming financial hardship and helps achieve financial success.  It increases willpower and motivation.

CITRINE supports meeting goals and is great to keep near your work space for abundance.  It's full of warmth and optimism, representing cheeriness.   It brings the energy of prosperity and generosity with it.

Don't underestimate all the decorative ways you can incorporate these natural beauties.  Get creative~  from handle pulls to drop dead gorgeous sinks.  From decorative accents to building materials, they help heal, protect, cleanse, attract, repel, whatever, beautifully.  They do double duty!  There is an "aliveness" and functionality to this "living" material.

ROSE QUARTZ opens hearts.  The soft pink sweetness of this crystal attracts love and heals broken hearts, creates a sense of calm, clears sadness, pain or disappointment regarding matters of the heart.

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FLORET (green) is a stone that enhances mental clarity, learning, and concentration, bringing a wise healthier viewpoint into focus.  This color in particular promotes overall detoxification and healing on all levels.  It removes blockages and enhances creativity and new ideas.
JADE is the darling mineral of feng shui practitioners.  Authentic jade has a soothing, renewing vibe.  Its harmonious nature radiates positivity.

ONYX helps sooth anxiety and supports strength.  Onyx is excellent for keeping emotions in check, conquering fear and staying focused.

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AMETHYST is a meditative, calming stone.  Amethyst promotes balance, purification and peace.  It is an excellent all purpose stone that wards off evil spirits and enhances intuition.

Tigers Eye, is a grounding stone.  It helps create and maintain integrity and wealth.  It is masterful at being protective and promoting willpower.  It promotes luck and prosperity.  It's a very dynamic stone and makes a good looking surface as well!

Magnify your intentions, and pump up your mindset with the stone or combination of stones that correspond to what you are hoping to manifest in your life.  Mother nature made them not only beautiful, but good for us for a reason!

If you want to manifest something ~ there's a stone for that!

A Clean Slate

With a new year brings another opportunity to reassess your life, goals, growth, priorities, and home. Show the world who you truly are at your best!  Of course you can begin any time, but the new year seems to bring a special resolve that only January 1 brings.

We ask, "What is working, what is not?  What can I alter or let go of?  How do I want to fill my space?"  I usually do a little redecorating, move things around, add and subtract in an effort to freshen up for the upcoming year.

It's a time to get clear on how you want to create (or recreate) your space, show up in your little slice of the world, or possibly go from chaotic to clean.  Each of these photos is a blank slate.  Visualize how you fill in the lines, paint the picture, connect the dots.

Try this simple visualization exercise ~ Look at the pictures and close your eyes.  Without giving it too much thought, in your mind's eye what would add that uniquely expresses you?

Would you add layers of color or texture for added drama or organic elements?  Perhaps layers of  neutrals reflecting a quiet confidence?  Obviously the answer is different for everyone, but it gives you an idea of what you gravitate towards.

I see an assortment of Madeline Weinrib pillows and a collection of colored glass.  Go with your gut.

What fills your space  ~ literally and metaphorically speaking?