Hobbies, how to make room in your home for them and why should you, part 2

Despite their appeal and promise of amazing pass-time, not everyone has or develops hobbies. Intense, exhaustive, yet definitely pleasurable hobbies are not for the lazy and require substantial inner power. They need that motor that gets you off the couch and into whatever action drives you. Bringing this into motion is far from simple because,…

A much needed lifestyle trend change for Fall: social-islands and the fight against loneliness

When Malinowski coined the ubiquitous term in the 1920s, nuclear families had been at the root of most societies for more than 500 years; yet that was not always the case. In history, we see other constructs that have been much more successful in delivering a wide range of impressive lifestyle benefits as, both, precursors…

Focus – Personal growth one step at a time, Part 3, POWER | SELF-CARE | SIMPLICITY

Continuing the path of those before me, I put myself first and through that, I make my land a better place. ❤️ xA. FOCUS, part 3 POWER  “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain Everyone remembers the day they…

What I feel is who I am – Nature, the Renaissance and the future of colour, part 2

Colour and stories are interrelated. They are two forms of life that surround us, and because of that, they have tremendous importance to how we perceive space. It may not be the most immediate association, but as you think they do not belong together and we have nothing to learn from combining the two into…

Hobbies, how to make room in your home for them and why should you, part 1

Hobbies are by their very nature private as they are all about individual pleasure, even if they are a sport that you may be performing alongside others. There is no solidarity or sense of duty associated with the idea of “hobby”; there is no romantic bonding that you can experience; in fact, there is no…

What I feel is who I am – Tasting travel in so many colours, part 1

In the 1970s, in the small art community of Mendocino, California, a new kind of textile dye emerged, shedding light on the little fungus that never ceased to amaze. From truffles to poison, mushrooms are a species to recon with. Nowadays, we see so many products coming out of them that, soon enough, we will…

The tub or the shower, the waterfall or the pond, an eternal dilemma

Despite the final choice, which, inevitably and with very few exceptions, is the shower, every one of my clients that renovated bathrooms went through the mini or full-fledged agony of considering both. And that is not because of some flimsy let’s do our homework before we jump approach, not even because of real-estate considerations, which,…

Staffing the new way: what app to get instead of a person to do what you need?

A design practice is multi-faceted, unlike others. It’s at the cusp of four very different sets of skills that need to be mastered equally: highly trained professional knowledge, a tremendous amount of soft skills, especially people-pleasing skills, the capacity to communicate verbally and visually and last by definitely not least, be a masterful time-manager with…

Do you own your interior design practice? Where do you focus your attention and what do you prioritize? part 2

If you have the will to succeed, by far the most important skills to build are those related to how to recognize, attract and leverage talent for your firm. This is the only skill that will free up the time required for you to focus on the growth of the business, which is the absolute,…

Design mixology – one part talent, one part science, one part charm and a whole lotta love

Admired and envied at the same time, a designer’s work is often viewed with a certain mystique combined with a magnetic curiosity, which is hard to let go of. They seem to see and sense things that others do not, to say things that others don’t think of, to put together environments that simply splash…

Home vibe – what it really is and how to positively resonate with your home, part 2

Home-lovers and house-users are two kinds of homeowners that look at things very differently. The home-lovers cherish their homes dearly; the house-users have a non-emotional go-about their day, move tomorrow if a better gig appears type of sentiments. There is nothing wrong with either; however, if you’re in the house-user camp, something is to be…

Do you own your interior design practice? Where do you focus your attention and what do you prioritize? part 1

Being your own boss in interior design is not as easy as you think. If you work by yourself and generate enough income to support your basic self, live the life you want, save for a rainy day and, yes, save for that retirement that willy-nilly will come, then you’re good. If you have what…