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Daydreaming About Your Home Makeover Projects
Most of us enjoy daydreaming about our perfect home. Do you ever think about your home just before falling to sleep? Instead of worrying about your tasks for tomorrow, try this exercise tonight: imagine you're arriving home. When your head hits your pillow, close your eyes and daydream about your homecoming. What do you see that greets you?
Daydream about easy changes or additions you can make that would make you smile when you get that first glimpse of home. Perhaps a few white flowers planted by the walkway or a refreshing tropical fern by the door or....
Think about your front door. Could a fresh coat of paint in a happy color help you feel joy? Visualize colors like snappy apple or silver pine green and rosy coffee au laits. Imagine your home from the curbside viewpoint and play with new colors for your front door.
Maybe you come home and park in a garage for security. If so, paint your connecting door a welcoming color and create a mini-entry inside with a mirror. Make your entrance just as welcoming as your formal entry for guests.
Next, in your dreams, open the door and what do you see that immediately greets you? What can you do so that the first glance makes you feel happy to be at home? Carefully examine the first thing you notice when you take your first step inside. Most of us look down to watch our step. A soft area rug makes your feet feel pampered. Look up. What catches your attention? People get so used to their accessories, they don't even notice them after awhile. Rearrange your pieces so they grab your attention anew.
Where do you go when you arrive home? Each of us has a ritual when we come home, whether we're conscious of it or not. Think about your first activity upon arrival. Make sure it's a pleasant task or change it.
Try to envision changes that you can make to achieve a harmonious home-coming. Besides organizational changes, home decorating changes can help you, too.
Keep daydreaming about your spaces and visualize your desired changes. Think about how you want your spaces to make you feel. For instance, if you want your kitchen to make you feel organized, take out cluttering accessories and repaint the walls a calming muted green. Maybe your dining area needs a facelift to bolster family conversations and a new large mirror would reflect shimmering candle light and happy faces.
Most home makers enjoy shopping for that perfect accessory, daydreaming about colors for their rooms, and planning a new look for their home. I'll bet you fall asleep before you get to your bedroom in your dreams.
Copyright © 2005 Jeanette J. Fisher
Jeanette Fisher, author of Joy to the Home Journal and interior design and real estate books, has researched the effects of environment on emotions for over 15 years. Besides flipping houses, Jeanette teaches college courses on Design Psychology and professional real estate investing seminars. For free Design Psychology reports, visit http://designpsych.com/
10 Things You Can Do Now To Prepare For Hurricane Season
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Conventional Steam Saunas vs. Infrared Saunas
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What to Know Before Signing a Home Improvement Contract
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Theater - Without Spending a Fortune
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Repairing Putty Window Glass
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Outdoor Bars - Essential For Summer Entertaining
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The Next Revolution in Home Entertainment - IP Based Multi-Room Distribution
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Choosing Color Schemes: Colors and Physiological Response
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Hammocks Create a Stress Free Zone
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Materials For Building Window Shutters
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How To Clean Your Air Conditioner Like A Pro
Jack Frost is nipping at our nose and Santa Clause has just left. The eastern seaboard has just received their third blizzard for a total of over 125 cm (56 inches) of snow in one week.
Motion Detector Technology
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Everything - Plus The Kitchen Sink
Looking to do some remodeling in your kitchen sink area or maybe the whole kitchen? There are many options out there for any idea you may have. Kitchen appliances on down to kitchen tables, and kitchen sinks are available at your finger tips online.
There Is Always Something To Improve Or Innovate For Comfort
In this fast moving world of the 21st century, we are always forced to do everything in a rush, even eating and sleeping. The normal words of today are "hurry", "rush", "fast", "quick" and "immediately.
Believe it or not, the bathroom is one of the most magickal rooms in your house; Your make up box and medicine chest can be treasure chest of tools , the bathtub and shower are wonderful place to conduct cleansing and attraction rituals, and the toilet can be a handy mechanism for flushing away negativity.Here are some examples of positive magick that can be performed in your powder room.
From Toss Out to Sensational Keeper - Lamp Re-Make
When the old lamp from my children's room was turning decidedly "trash-worthy", a grand idea formed and kept me from tossing it out. Originally, it had been such a darling lamp - it had magically transformed the room into spinning stars and moons at bedtime.
Outdoor Kitchens - Simple and Sophisticated
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A Beginner's Guide to Buying House Plans
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Replacing Steel Casement Windows (Part 2)
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