Uplevel Your Bath Ritual

Ahhh, bath time. I never truly appreciated this small indulgence until  a couple years ago.  I predict the bathing ritual will again be in favor as everything wellness in the home and the recognition of self care rituals are priorities that are becoming more and more expected, not excepted. It is a must that we take time for ourselves. When we do that, we are able to be there for others. We have better mental health.  Taking a moment for stillness reduces stress and increases our "feel good" hormomes.

While adding flowers to your bath water might be a stretch and let's be honest, it does create a bit of a mess, adding bath salts or oils will do quite nicely, thank you

Make sure the products you use are free of dyes, parabens, chemicals and other "nasties" of any kind. My new favorite clean product line is all things  Tammy Fender.  I just went to her holistic center in West Palm Beach and had the most heavenly facial!

Sometimes we need a little more r and r, that's when I call in the CBD products.
I do love a CBD bath bomb full of epsom salt and calming goodness. There are so many studies out that reinforce the wonders of what CBD can do for you. I am not really a DIY'er but I am into making these beauties, maybe for next year's holiday gifts. There are so many amazing products on the market. Make sure the CBD product you choose is of the highest quality. There are a lot of posers out there.

While I wholeheartedly support just relaxing and turning your mind off, there are times where multitasking is a must. I love this bath catty if you find yourself reading or needing a surface for accoutrements

I'm gaga over this 3 in one ditty. It's an LED lantern for a little ambient lighting, a speaker for a podcast perhaps or  mood music and a charging station.  It is not the time to run out of power.  Its  form is as good as its function.

Let's make it the best experience it can be, shall we? Our body and mind will thank us.

Like a Phoenix I Rise

2020 is off to a hectic start, but I'm not complaining because I FEEL GREAT!

By now I would have talked about my word of the year, but this book writing is very time consuming!  It's funny when I think back to my recent past word of the year words.  In 2018 it was disrupt and in 2019 it was rebirth.  I was merging coaching and interior design into what I now call holistic interior design.  I thought I would disrupt my business (in a good way).  Little did  know what was disrupted was my business (in a bad way) and everything else in my life due to my health and the death of my dad.  They wrecked me.  I may have been a bit premature with my 2019 word which was rebirth, although there was definitely movement in that direction towards the end of the year.  While things can always be worse, I was at a pretty low point, so there was only 1 direction to go, and that was up!

My 2020 word is Phoenix, renewed and reborn like a phoenix rising from the ashes, ready to soar into this new decade with more vigor and enthusiasm than I have been able to muster in a long while. I want to get back on track and am excited to step into the unknown future that was waiting on the other side of the darkness.

Since I share so much with you and many of you have been on the journey with me understanding I was struggling with my health, I am happy to report I finally got to the bottom of all my suffering.  I was so inflamed, my joints were stiff, I had to get my knee drained of fluid once a month.  From my feet to my teeth breaking in my mouth, to hair loss and more, I was suffering from a nut allergy.  I was feeding my inflammation everyday with almond milk in my coffee, and in my smoothies.  I ate a lot of  almond butter, raw almonds were a snack staple, and Kind bars.  I am almost embarrassed to say it out loud.  I went to 20 doctors!!  This should have been caught so much sooner.

I tell you this because if you or a loved one has not been feeling well and the symptons seem to be a mystery or look like autoimmune disease with much inflammation possibly mimicking Lyme disease as well, I suggest an aggressive elimination diet.  I had already cut out everything fairly early on in the process except eggs, nuts and seeds, and coffee.  I stopped them and within 3 days I started to see a difference!  Three months later with nary an almond in sight, I am back to high impact exercise and can think about traveling and getting back to the things I love.

Onward and upward!  My book Om for the Home will make its debut this year and I am firming up speaking engagements.

If you are in the Port St. Lucie area, I will be speaking at The Awaken Fair.  Being mindful of mind, body and spirit must include our space!  Our environment is part of our holistic journey because  everything is intertwined.  The state of our home tells us a lot about the state of our life.  I will be speaking at  2:00 and am looking forward to seeing lots of smiling faces.

Another thing I learned was, if you need help, ask for help.  It can be hard to acknowledge, but accept a helping hand when it's offered.  Being independent doesn't mean you have to do everything by yourself.  The people around you who stand by you and support you want to be of help and not feel helpless.  Let them support you.

Now I can put all that in the past and think about my son's wedding on the horizon.

Home for the Holidays

Bennett Leifer, ph Marco Ricca

I had the pleasure of touring Holiday House in NYC once again this year right before it closed.  The setting was a 1904 Neo-Federal style mansion.  Launched by Iris Danker in 2008, this fundraiser only grows more exciting each year with the money raised benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Bennett Leifer's salon reminds us that everything new is old.  Our past informs our present, and when you bring the two together a powerful punch is packed in his deft designer hands.

With the holiday season upon us and given the fact that I am writing my book Om for the Home, how our home can heal us on a deeper level and lead us to our authentic self, it made me think about how the holidays and our feelings about holiday and family really begin from within.

To be home in our environment and to be home in ourselves is not that different.  We want safety, we want inner peace.  We want a place to feel good, to make others feel good, to be nourished and happy.  Bringing those we love into our sacred spaces is an intimate endeavor.  Feeding people is an act of love.

Taking a non traditional approach, Elsa Soyars created a Paris at Christmas dining room perfect for a fete, anywhere you call home.  The showstopping porcelain chandelier made by Andreea Braescu created so much rhythm.

Elsa Soyars, ph: Alan Barry 

I understand Elsa had the pleasure of entertaining a small group for lunch in her room.  I love that it actaully got used and enjoyed.  That's merry and bright!

Jasmine Lam's reception, sitting area is a beautiful, artful spot for gathering and celebrating, an essential element when bringing those together that we care about and helping create community. That is good for the holidays and all year long!

Jasmine Lam, ph: Marco Ricca

Aly Coulter embraced the gift giving season in the most luxurious way.  It felt like you were swept up in a dream from a bygone NYC era sponsored by Tiffany's.

Aly Coulter, ph: Alan Barry

Hilary Matt Interiors created an undefined space through the use of lines, shapes, dots, squiggles and a dark color scheme.  It is meant to be reflective and dare I say seductive.

Hilary Matt, ph:Seth Caplan

The Cafe Society of Manhattan in the 60's gives us so much richness to be inspired by.  Everything was a celebration, nothing that couldn't be made better with a good cocktail in hand, and humans aren't the only ones having fun.  These naughty primates with their partying ways are playful on so many levels.  I love this wallpaper by Astek in a fun bar lounge by Barbara Lewis for The Lewis Design Group.

Barbara Lewis, ph:Marco Ricca

Have you noticed that many a showhouse now includes a spa, meditation room or some other wellness destination?  It is a sign of the times that carving out a space for stillness is crucial to our overall well being.  This sacred space by Touijer Designs reminds us to be still, balanced and to breathe.

Touijer Designs, ph:Regan Wood

Whatever the holidays conjure up for you, home is the state of our soul.  It is a time to put away the politics and the divisiveness.  Be mindful, be present, be stressless!

I wish peace for you over the holiday season; to find the stillness at home.