Inspirational

Why Clutter is Causing Depression

UCLA once did a study on the affects of clutter in a room called “Life at home in the 21st century”, this study was based on a groundbreaking, four-year, ethnoarchaeological CELF study conducted in 2001-2005. What they found was that a staggering number of possessions and an array of spaces and furnishings that serve as the stage for multiple family activities can tell us a lot about who we are as a society.

The results were astonishing! The cluttered homes caused as much stress as postpartum depression based on their cortisol readings. Think about that for a moment…the clutter was literally causing depression. As the clutter begins to pile up, your stress levels raise as well. If you don’t do anything about the clutter, eventually you will have a mental break point. A point at which the stress becomes too much to bear, and you give into depression and loose all motivation to clean up the clutter that is causing your stress induced depression. Only furthering your depression deeper. It’s a loose-loose cycle.

So how do we stop this cycle? Read my book “How to organize and declutter your home” to learn all the steps you can take to creating a life of freedom from clutter and depression.

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Why is Interior Design Important?

What does it mean to design someones home?

Well first, let’s take one step back. What is a home? A place where we keep our loved ones safe. We can hide away from the world in our homes when we need to. More importantly, it is a place where you can express yourself, and we have an emotional connection to our homes because of this.

Interior Design is the art and science of understanding peoples behavior to create functional spaces within a building.

Why is that important? Because we all live and work somewhere and these spaces affect not only our bodies, our minds, our energy levels, and even our productivity levels, which directly affect our income levels. Good Interior design meets all of these needs, whereas bad interior design meets none.

So how do we react to design? Everything that is man-made is designed. From the shoes you wear to the buildings you walk into. But you don’t notice good design, you simply use it. You don’t feel it, you just feel content in the space. And it looks nice, therefore you like it.

Bad Interior Design is like a pebble in your shoe. When you have a pebble in your shoe, its all you can think about; where can you sit down and take care of it? Bad design is like the pebble in the shoe- its annoying and you notice it all the time. It’s annoying to have to move around furniture in order to sit down. It’s annoying to not be able to reach the top shelf. It’s annoying to have to bend uncomfortably low to reach a sink basin.

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Inspirational Space: 1 Hotel


1 Hotel

South Beach, Miami, Florida


1 Hotel in South Beach, Miami, Florida is one of the most beautiful hotel's I have seen. It's got a light, fresh, relaxed atmosphere with the neutral colors and rustic elements.  

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Restaurant

The Restaurant

The Room

The Room

The Room

The Room

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Inspirational Space: ANdAZ Maui


Here is another inspirational space, this time from Wailea Maui, Hawaii! The ANdAZ hotel is a great modern design. It has a refined simple elegance to it with natural elements and neutral colors. 


This entry makes such a statements with these gemoetric beams framing the lobby space. 

This entry makes such a statements with these gemoetric beams framing the lobby space. 

A truly zen lobby space with a sand floor.

A truly zen lobby space with a sand floor.

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And what a beautiful ceiling detail!

And what a beautiful ceiling detail!

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Andaz Hotel

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Inspirational Space: Goodland Hotel


Goodland Hotel

Goleta, California


The Goodland Hotel in Goleta, California is one of my favorite Kimpton Hotels. It's got a modern but very relaxed and beach-y vibe. It feels like you were invited to a friends home rather than a hotel with the fun and funky furniture, fabrics, and colors they have chosen to use. Each element was clearly carfully chosen for the space, but they made it look effortless.    

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Bar

The Bar

The Room

The Room

The Patio. 

The Patio. 

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Inspirational Space: Delano Hotel


DELANO HOTEL

Las Vegas, Nevada


One of my favorite hotel lobbies in Las Vegas is the Delano. The Delano has a sort of refined sexiness that seamlessly mixes feminine and masculine elements together. You can tell that each item chosen for this lobby space was carefully considered to keep this design intent clear. If Don Draper (from the TV series Mad Men) were a modern man, he is the kind of man that would stay at the Delano.      

From the minute you step out of your car, the Delano will give you an experience unlike any other hotel in Las Vegas. 

From the minute you step out of your car, the Delano will give you an experience unlike any other hotel in Las Vegas. 

The lobby is lined with structural columns that are hidden behind sheer drapery, making this space feel warm and cozy. These sheer drapes also give the space that little touch of sexiness, reminding you of bed sheets.   

The lobby is lined with structural columns that are hidden behind sheer drapery, making this space feel warm and cozy. These sheer drapes also give the space that little touch of sexiness, reminding you of bed sheets.   

The Franklin Bar in the Delano Lobby is very reminiscent of the 1960's with subtle details in the furniture. The cool colors really make this space feel sexy, but elegant, and simplified in a city where bigger is always better, the Delano takes this notion and flips it on its head in a very refined and subtle space.   

The Franklin Bar in the Delano Lobby is very reminiscent of the 1960's with subtle details in the furniture. The cool colors really make this space feel sexy, but elegant, and simplified in a city where bigger is always better, the Delano takes this notion and flips it on its head in a very refined and subtle space.   

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Inspirational Space: Scorpio Mykonos

Changes are coming! I have been focusing on educating for so long, I thought it was time to switch things up a bit and start sharing projects that I find inspirational. Being an interior designer, you must be creative, and to be creative, you must have inspiration. So for the next several weeks I am going to share spaces that I enjoy and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 


SCORPIO MYKONOS HOTEL

Kikladhes, Greece 


I love the neutral rustic look of this outdoor dining and lounge space. It feels like a space where you could lounge all day, admiring the beuatiful views. 

I love the neutral rustic look of this outdoor dining and lounge space. It feels like a space where you could lounge all day, admiring the beuatiful views. 

I love everything about this space. The mixture of textures really make this space unique, warm and inviting. The large windows and rustic minimalism of the furniture make you focus more on what is happening in the space rather than the space itself.   

I love everything about this space. The mixture of textures really make this space unique, warm and inviting. The large windows and rustic minimalism of the furniture make you focus more on what is happening in the space rather than the space itself.   

I love the juxtaposition between the cement floors, plaster walls, and unique wood ceiling pattern in this room. And what beautiful doors!  

I love the juxtaposition between the cement floors, plaster walls, and unique wood ceiling pattern in this room. And what beautiful doors!  

I love how this patio space is built into its surroundings. This space doesn't scream "I'm new, look at me!" In fact, it is a very calm and serene space that seems to embrace the natural beauty of the landscape by not calling attention to itself with bright colors or flashy materials.  

I love how this patio space is built into its surroundings. This space doesn't scream "I'm new, look at me!" In fact, it is a very calm and serene space that seems to embrace the natural beauty of the landscape by not calling attention to itself with bright colors or flashy materials.  

These rustic canoes seem to blend in with this lounge space. I love how this place is able to look like it has been here for hundreds of years. This place really is timeless, and has such a unique charm to it, unlike any hotel I've ever seen before.  

These rustic canoes seem to blend in with this lounge space. I love how this place is able to look like it has been here for hundreds of years. This place really is timeless, and has such a unique charm to it, unlike any hotel I've ever seen before.  

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Great Christmas Tree Alternatives

Christmas trees are such a significant part of celebrating Christmas and yet there are a thousand different ways to decorate a tree (or tree substitute). When you have a small space, or not enough space to have a tree in your home, try a tree substitute!

1. Try using logs nailed to a wall in the shape of a tree. Start with the longest log on the bottom and the shortest log on the top to give that tree shape, and nail each log horizontally. This saves trees worldwide! 

2. You could even use a old frame and nail Christmas ornaments to a cork board inside the frame in the shape of a tree. This is an easy project to take down once the season is over.

3. Place a few nails on the wall in the shape of a tree. Place a nail at each point where your tree line will adjust course. String a few pieces of yarn or ribbon from one nail to another until you have a tree shape made of ribbons!  

Want more tips on how to Decorate for the Holidays? Check out my e-book available on Amazon now for only 99 cents! 

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