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HOW TO INCREASE THE ZEN + POSITIVE ENERGY IN A SPACE

Saturday, Saturday:)

Oh I love it! Saturday just has the best feel don't you think! Everyone is in a good mood on a Saturday! There's just so much possibility, whether you're at home with the fam or your loved one, or even if you have to work, Saturdays are the best!! Today, on my favourite day of the week, I thought I would give you the tools to create a quick refresh in your home. So grab a cuppa and have a read and make today's activity, giving your space a little energy facelift!

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So let's talk about energy! What do I mean by lift the energy? Well, I'm not talking about increasing your electricity bill, if you're like most of us, you don't need help with that ;). What I actually mean is the energetic vibration that surrounds you, in your space. Think about when you have walked into a space and it just feels wrong! There is a heavy, depressing feeling and you really just want to get out asap! That feeling can happen on a large scale or even just a small scale. Sometimes the energy in a space can become flat and although you may not be able to see a physical reason why, you will just feel horrible and naturally want to get out. When that space is our home, it can be quite depressing! These energies can affect your mood, motivation, happiness levels and just your overall quality of life. Who would think the space you live in could have so much effect over you? Well, it does make sense, as pretty much everything in the universe, including ourselves, our furniture and our home is all on some level, a connected force of energy. Now I say connected and I want to emphasise this part as it really is important to recognise nothing is separate, and everything has an energetic influence + effect. I hope you're getting what I mean by this, I know it's a little e=m2, but this really is science expressed creatively through design. Your home is supposed to rise up to meet you when you come through the door and if your space is smacking you in the face with a wet fish, then it's time to admit you need to sort out your home's soul vibes.

Soul Shapes actually specialises in this area and I offer both online and in person 'Energy Shift' design solutions. So if this is all resonating with you, check out the i design energy shift package or get in touch to organise an onsite consultation or a free info chat.

Now for those of you who just can't wait any longer and need to get your space feeling right asap, then let's get into these beautiful, affordable ways to increase the zen + energy in your space! 

 

Colour

One of the major reasons the energy in a space can feel blaaaa, flat and depressing is a simply the colours used in the space. Now I'm sure most of you would be aware that colours have a psychological affect on us. This really isn't rocket science and you only need to ask yourself how certain colours make you feel to know what colours you should be surrounding yourself with. So for me I love pastel blue, it's calming, it's refreshing and it really is gentle and not too intrusive.  I know I want to have this colour around me and I only recently gave my master bedroom an energy shift with new linen in pastel blue. If I were to have gone, brown or red, I have to tell you those colours would not make me feel calm + refreshed. Brown to me is a sad colour (sorry brown) and I would only use sparingly with lots of other brighter fresher tones that keep the space + energy lifted.  Colours are actually really clever in the way they tell you what they will do by categorising themselves into light + dark tones. So light colours will make you feel literally light, fresh + new! Dark colours will make you feel moody, heavy + little more serious. I'm definitely not saying 'don't use dark colours ever' but you have to factor that if you do go dark, you will need to counter act these darker tones with the correct balance of light to keep it balanced. You could achieve this literally through adding lighter colours in the space or you can actually increase the lighting so that the same balancing principle is achieved. So simply put, check your space is not too much of the heavy tones, get it balanced through adding fresher tones in new cushions, sheers/curtains/blinds rugs or even better paint! To take it next level you might want to consider changing out some heavy darker tone furniture pieces. If this is the case, when you're ready, get in touch and have Soul Shapes create completely new selection of furniture + decor for a fresh + modern look. Clever interior design is what we are about and you would be surprised just how much a professional can transform a space

Saging

Lastly, there is an energy lifting ritual known as 'saging' that has been used for hundreds of years. Saging is often used in spaces that may have residual spirit energy that one may want to remove. You may have heard many do this when they move into a new house to remove any bad vibes or energies either from the previous owners or perhaps from the other side. It really is a great way to at least make a concentrated effort to lift the space. A sage stick is a super large, chunky type of incense stick made from the herb sage (hence the name). Sage, when burnt has a very strong smell and has  protective qualities +  the ability to move on and dissipate unwanted heavy energies. You can find them online or possibly whilst purchasing your crystals. Then perform this ancient energy lifting ritual by opening all the windows and with the lit sage, gently feather the smoke around all corners of your home. Be sure to go into dark little corners and really flurry the smoke into any damp, dark areas. Then, when done close your windows leaving only your own positive vibes in your space!

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Aromatherapy

Do you ever smell a certain perfume and your instantly transformed back to a time or memory and the feeling is so strong that you almost feel like your back in that exact moment? This happens to me all the time and I find it so interesting. Especially if it's a memory from years and years ago, it's like another part of myself returns for that brief second. Well, this is just one quick thought that comes to mind when I think of the power of smell on the psych. There really is something magical about the effects of scent + I'm sure you will agree, whether it's the smell of yummy food or a beautiful perfume, scent, is super influential on how a space feels. 

Plants + Flowers

 

Visually plants + flowers obviously look amazing and aesthetically they are a beautiful design focal point. Did you know that bringing plants into your space actually improves the air quality? Go grab a big fat beautiful plant or bunch of flowers and pop some next your bed, in your living room, bathroom, kitchen, everywhere!!! Go crazy and watch your mood lift and bloom like your gorgeous flowers! I know this is a popular trend and so many of you design savy peeps are all over this, but isn't it good to know that they do more than just look pretty!

Himalayan Salt lamps

Himalayan Salt Lamps are so hot right now and another one of my favourite ways to lift the energy in a space. These beautiful lamps are able to purify and clean the air in a space by absorbing water in the air + trapping dust, pollen + pollutants. Not only can they cleanse the air and improve breathing capabilities but they remove odours too! Now my favourite thing that salt lamps do is they literally increase our energy levels! Yes, you heard right and don't we need it! Salt lamps are said to combat the positive ions that exist in our air. These positive ions really should be called negative ions ;) as they reduce the flow of blood around the body which drains our energy. But in actual fact, it is the beautiful salt lamp that produces the negative ions that are so super beneficial, and they also help neutralise the electromagnetic radiation produced by household appliances. Electromagnetics are known to cause fatigue and interfere with our natural healthy rhythms and cycles affecting sleep and concentration. There is so much exciting information available on the benefits of salt lamps, for more info head to http://negativeionizers.net/negative-ions-benefits/ .

Crystals

Crystals are energy expressed as matter, just like everything, however, crystals are said to be concentrated forms of powerful energy that are known for their healing and energy shifting properties. For hundreds of years, humans have used crystals in their homes and they are said to improve health through their ability to emanate into a space and our own auras. These beautiful naturally occurring stones come in so many shapes + colours and they have so many specific healing properties. Choosing a crystal to place in your home can be as simple as asking to be led to the right crystal. Literally you need to ask "show me the right crystal" . Find a local market or spiritual store and let your intuition guide you to a stone or collection of stones for your home. Place them in your pot plants, next to your bed (depending on the stone), research your stones properties and follow the guidelines of working with that stone. The main thing to remember is that the relationship between you and your stones is very intuitive and you need to trust your gut instincts when picking them You can still purposefully choose a stone that perhaps has energy enhancing properties and many have the specific purpose of removing negative energy which would be perfect for a little energy facelift.  

Well, thats it from me today, Im off to the Decor + Design fair in Melbourne.

Enjoy your weekend and if you have any other energy lifting ideas you want to share with the rest of the the 'Soul Circle Tribe' please do below! 

don't forget to take time to connect.

Peace Out xx

Melanie Sherwell - Interior Designer

Soul Shapes- Lifestyle Interiors

Reference - http://negativeionizers.net/negative-ions-benefits/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO DESIGN FOR A HEALTHY MIND

As a kid, I used to watch my Maltese clean freak Mum run around getting the house just perfect. My Mum is the kind of lady who vacuums every day, washes the curtains once a week and bless her I'm surprised she doesn't have plastic on the couch. ( love you Mum xx) Now as an adult, I can see Mum in her own extreme way is like that because of the way it makes her feel. To my Mum, having the cleanest home, in some ways gives her the cleanest + happiest mind. Now I'm not suggesting we all go grab the hoover and clean our house, but I do want to chat about how good design can make us feel clearer mentaly and generally happier too! As Coco Chanel said

" An Interior is the natural projection of the soul"

You only need to look around your space + your life to see how it's mirroring your internal world.

In so many ways, good design really can enhance our mental health and overall wellbeing . Whether your tackling your next DIY design project, renovation or new build there a few things that you really need to consider other than the obvious " how will it look?

Think about it, if your home creates feelings of calm, fresh lux, guess how the space will make you feel?....You got it, calm, fresh + lux or translated, relaxed, rejuvenated and worthy.

If your space is cluttered, hard to navigate through and so messy you can't find a damn thing, I think you know what I'm getting at here. Your mind will of course will  feel, cluttered, stressed, frazzeled + confused and you can bet that all of these icky feelings will spill over into the rest of your life.

So whether your just in need of a good tidy up or your working on your own home design project, let me give you a few points to consider before going any further!

  • De clutter +

Create a space for everything to live permenantly!! Everything in your home, should have it's own little home. Find neat, out of sight ways to store your personal belonings and if it looks messy, remember that' going to seep into your brain so revise it again. Keep revising until you find soulutions that look tidy + function easy. If you can't find a place for that bunch of old board games no one is playing, donate them! My best advise, donate donate donate + stop the hoarding people! ;) The other option for you sentimental folk who just can't let it go, storage buckets! Pop them neatly in a shed, basement or under the bed.

  • "How does the design make me feel?"

Its a fairly obvious question to ask but with so many getting lost in all the design trends and fads around these days, it's so easy for us to get confused in the design process. How the space makes you AND your family feel is absolute priority over whether you are obsessed with Scandi or not. Trends and design styles are great starting points but just make sure your not getting caught up in the hype of what's cool and forgetting that hubby may not feel quite at home with a rose pink throw ;) So , trends yes go for it, but ensure you have really thought about why you have chosen that trend, colour palette or design style, as it's easy to forget the most important thing to consider,....YOU + YOUR FAMILY!

  • Bring in the elements!

 Whether it's considering how the sun shines through a window, or where the breeze blows when you open a window,  incorporating the elements into your space is one of the best things you can do to design for the mind. Bring in a real living object like an indoor plant and feel the benifit's of imporoved oxygen flow and being close and connected with nature. In our natural state as human beings, being close to nature is an innate need we all have and we certainly function so much better when we are close to nature. Think about when you go for a walk, the fresh air, the wind blowing, the sun on your face and how all your troubles melt away. When we are close to the elements, we feel alive! We spend so much of our time indoors, it makes sense that we get tired + disconnected!! ..... Get creative and think about all the cool ways you could work the elements into your space + how you can get connected as much as possible.

So take a look around your space or think about your approach to design to date. Run through the above as often as possible until you get a home that really brings out the best in you. After all a home is supposed to be a place that we feel safe and protected!

Your already doing some or all of the above? Great tell me about them!  If you have any suggestions or want to share how your own design for the mind tips, share them below I'd love to get inspired too!

MEL SHERWELL- INTERIOR DESIGNER

SOUL SHAPES-Lifestyle Interiors