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OH HELL NO. NOT on trend.

The biggest issue that plagues Design it Yourself home renovations is selecting fixtures and finishes that you love, AND that harmonize with one another. We are NOT in favor of the matchy-matchy look, but there’s nothing more heart-rending than installing your new cabinets over your new floor and realizing that they clash.

How we avoided this: we chose the floor first. (Wood-look ceramic tile: durable, attractive, easy to clean, doesn’t show dirt.) Then we physically carried a floor tile to the cabinet maker, a cabinet panel to the countertop maker, and so forth. There’s no substitute for experiencing a combination live and in person.

Then we encountered another hitch: Trend Assumption. Our contractor didn’t ask what tile we wanted for the backsplash. He said, “People get white subway tile.”

OH HELL NO.

The tile our chastened contractor installed was NOT stolen from an archaeological dig in Morocco and smuggled into harbor by pirates at astronomical expense. I found it by scrolling through hundreds of tile patterns online and ordered it through Home Depot. But you’d never know the difference.
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My friend Kyle collects religious art. For the last five years he has been asking my opinion about the art he collects, on Facebook Messenger.

I'm brutal. He loves it.

"What is it with this derivative s**t, Kyle?" I demand, when he produces yet another Van Gogh knockoff. "This person has mimicked Van Gogh's brushwork with plodding competence, but the unmediated experience of BEING VAN GOGH is lacking."

"An artist who experiences something of Van Gogh consciousness, today, will paint NOTHING LIKE Van Gogh."

Kyle threatens to quote me in his dissertation, and I tell him to stop flattering me, because I am too vain already.

After walking away from the art life, a decade ago, I've thought a lot about why art mattered so much that I'd throw away financial and social security for it. And whether anything matters that much to me now.

My conclusion: Art is an experience that makes us feel MORE ALIVE. Art experience brings us vividly into the present. There are windows of time when just existing, and doing the mundane, quixotic things we do, feels fraught with enduring significance.

And don't we all want to feel like that?

Why don't we?

Can we?

I think we can. And bringing our creative fire into the most mundane aspects of our lives can help.

The photo above? A magic wand, created for my daughter to attend the Renaissance Faire as a wizard, made with stuff we had lying around.

She left it at the Faire by accident.

It doesn't matter. The magic was in the making.
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After much soul-searching, I have established that My People are brilliant effing women.

Not smart women. BRILLIANT ones.

The kinds of people who, when raised in a patriarchal culture, are all very properly, "Screw this 'domestic labor' s**t. It's tedious and boring and underpaid. The men won't help. And as Sylvia Plath pointed out, it's NEVER DONE.

So they very properly opted out.

Except there was blowback. Not necessarily from the patriarchy. From physics.

Because when your dear friends, some of them, are posting about what degree of squalor their home is currently scoring, there are Serious Consequences. For health, productivity, and general degrees of joy.

Which is why our Restorative Design process engages with your domestic systems. Not to send you Back to the Kitchen.

To get you out from UNDER it.
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Hey darling! How ARE you?💖

If you're in Total Overwhelm, you're not along. Help is available.
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My new office, which I do not dislike.
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A couple of months ago, a feng shui master told me that my desk should face the front door, to attract prosperity. I was all, that's impossible.
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But I tried it anyway.
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And prosperity arrived!
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These two things may not be causally connected, but they do seem to be associated. When I sit at my desk these days, I'm commanding space, not facing a wall.
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It's easier to make decisions, juggle tasks, generate ideas, and simply connect when you feel good in your office.
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And my favorite thing is sharing these things with you.
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Your home is your habitat. It's as alive and unique as you are. Designing your space arises naturally out of the way you experience the world.
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When your experience of your space improves, so, naturally, does everything else--your physical health, your mental and emotional health, your financial health, your energy and productivity.
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If you could use a boost in any of these areas, join the Sympathetic Magic Spring Cycle, starting today! Link in bio.
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If you ever clicked 'like' on one of my goody dance reels, you're going to want to check this out.
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Tomorrow, I'll be leading ELEVATE, a workshop in collaboration with @dailymovementadventures, where we assess your own space for the impact it's having on your mind, body and spirit.
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There will be dance breaks.
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This workshop is a precursor to our next Sympathetic Magic cycle, starting next Monday, so if you want to level up your space and your soul this spring, sign up for both at link in bio.
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When we get together in a tribe, we can do extraordinary things.
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Sympathetic Magic spring cycle starts March 8: get your space in shape for the season of renewal! Sign up at link in bio.
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We are not IN the world. We are OF the world.
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Modern civilization often forgets this, with tragic consequences.
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When our habitat doesn't thrive, we suffer.
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Let's change that.
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Join us for the next cycle of Sympathetic Magic.
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Starts March 8. Link in bio.
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Magic: A simple shift which produces positive change on multiple levels.
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Like a color which dispels your bad mood.
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Like a compliment which energizes you.
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Like a daily ritual which helps you focus.
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Join us for the spring cycle of Sympathetic Magic, when we elevate our spaces in community.
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Sign up at link in bio.
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Where you are living now: filled with the detritus of your own creative exuberance!
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Ready for an upgrade?
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Come join us!
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Sympathetic Magic starts March 8. Sign up at link in bio.
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Creativity is inherent to your nature.
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Just like this river, forming this astonishing pattern.
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All we do is recognize and frame it.
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We will be evoking, framing and celebrating one another's creativity in the Sympathetic Magic cycle, starting March 8.
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Sign up now to uncover your own creative superpowers. Link in bio.
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I was chiseling ice off my windshield at dawn when it happened.
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Hello, old friend!
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Joy, where have you been all this time? It's wonderful to have you back!
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Grief, anxiety, confusion, pain, stress, shame--they can muffle and shroud your essential nature, which is joy.
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But at random moments, they can fall away.
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And with a few tricks, you can create more of those moments.
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Join us in uncovering joy during our next Sympathetic Magic cycle, beginning March 8. Sign up at link in bio.
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SENSORY INTERIOR DESIGN: spaces which support your authentic superpowers.
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Being in flow with your highest creative self feels like nothing else on earth. Pain and obstacles fall away, and time becomes the infinite present.
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Practical Sanctuary helps you live there.
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Because getting into flow may feel like magic, but even magic has rules and recipes.
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We're sharing some of those recipes in our next Sympathetic Magic cycle, starting Monday, March 8. Get a jump start by signing up now at Link In Bio!.
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Gardening indoors, episode 2: baker's rack used as a trellis for the stephanotis on the lower shelf, orchid bloomer on the higher shelves. Since this window is east-facing and unobstructed, it's the perfect amount of light for tropical understory plants.
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Three orchid spikes at this writing! Stay tuned.
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Like to fuss with your personal sanctuary? Join the Sympathetic Magic tribe! Link in bio.
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SURPRISE YOURSELF.
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When I work with design clients one on one, we ALWAYS find unexpected resonance, hidden treasure, and amazing transformations, right in your own home.
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You don't need to buy a whole new life. The building blocks are there already.
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Last chance to get a Virtual Space Triage personal design session at 2020 prices! Super special discount through December 31. Link in bio! 💖
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My reading corner had bad light for reading. For FOUR YEARS. Because I had a block about adding more lamps.
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When I moved this reading lamp here, suddenly I was reading twice as much. And there's no aesthetic problem with having two light sources so close; it's called 'tiered lighting.'
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Lots of low reading lights are a key element of 'hygge,' the Danish way of designing for long, dark winters. Join us for hygge holidays in Sympathetic Magic! Link in bio.
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CREATIVITY=RIPPING THINGS OFF.
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That's the dirty secret. Nobody ever created a Brand New Thing by Making Stuff Up.
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We do it by copying. By taking a good hard look at what's there, grabbing a piece of it, and rearranging it.
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If you'd like some support and community around growing your creativity in your home, check out Sympthetic Magic, link in bio!
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When I first moved to inner city Philadelphia, I felt suffocated. Everything was brick, concrete and asphalt. There were no trees, no yards, and few accessible parks.
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So I garden my windows. This east-facing window has a lace sheer, to filter the morning sunlight so the tropicals don't burn. Orchids and staghorns get soaked once a week, and I even have a small fountain to boost the humidity of my microclimate.
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It's taken years of fiddling to get the balance right, visually and horticulturally, but that's just gardening.
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