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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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY - Paint Your Wood Floors! Budget Makeover #SelfieSaturday

Selfie Saturday

Hey guys, wow Saturday again! I swear every week goes quicker + quicker! Although in all honesty I have been super sick with the flu this week so my head isn't sure what day it is!  Anyway just thought I'd share a little DIY project with you all today. 

So we have bought a cute little mountain house that we are fixing up. I have been going through a heap of design ideas for the floors and after weighing it all up, we decided on some gorgeous thick, low contrast stripes.  So the colours we chose are Surf Mist + Pale Bianca from 'Cabots Decking+ Exterior range. 

I just thought I'd share my thought process in deciding which way to go with these floors  + perhaps you can apply the same process to your own project if or when you do your own wood floors.  

I'm was very helpful! #selfiesaturday

I'm was very helpful! #selfiesaturday

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What was on the table + why I went yay or nay

White wash floors- I love this look but with an already white kitchen I decided it would be a little too white on white and I really wanted to make sure we had something with a bit more warmth. 

Grey wash floors-  This could have looked amaze but it would have required a full sand back and for the amount of work I just didn't feel the end result would be worth the effort required. So yes it could have been a winner, but I knew there would be another more practical, cost + time efficient idea. So I kept refining the ideas!

White with a small warm wood chevron pattern- this would look amazing and I was so so close to going with this. The colour balance would be perfect. A nice punch of organic warmth with the wood floor exposed as a thin chevron line married up against white. However I decided for this floor plan it would be too chaotic and busy.

Grey + white chevron of equal thickness - similar to the above train of thought, high impact yes✔️ But we just felt it would feel too busy so it was a nay.

Original wood floors with white mandala stencils - I love the additional spiritual reference and intricate patters you could bring into a space but again it came back to addinging warmth + intrest without going over the top. I knew I wanted something that would pull everything together, but this wasn't going to do it.

Grey + White thick stripes - well as you can see in the progress shots, this is the winner! ✔️✔️ We chose a very subtle grey , white contrast to keep the pattern subtle, soft but with still enough layers of colour to really calm the space and hopefully give a high end, next level finish. This pattern will be painted through out the whole house, except for the bedrooms where we have some lovely neutral , light mocha accent carpet. 

So anyway this was us today, still a little sick with the flu but we managed to get one room started.  

Will show you th finished space next Saturday along with all the steps to get the look! 

Peace Out xx

 

Melanie Sherwell- Interior Designer  

Creator of Soul Shapes - Lifestyle Interiors  

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SELFIE SATURDAY - IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU!

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HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS!  -

Week 3.

Good Morning, good afternoon or good evenning. What ever time it is where you are, happy weekend vibes + thanks for stopping by for week 3 of the 'Launch it Challenge'. If you have just joined the challenge, then it's not to late to jump in. This challenge is a fun, stream lined starting point on how to launch your online business.  You can easily go back and read through weeks 1+2 but make sure you subscibe to Soul Circle so you don't miss any future posts. 

Ok it's the weekend, we all want to be doing relaxing , fun things. This is too much for your head today right? No it's really not!! Well my point is, it shouldn't be!

Remember, chasing your dreams should be the thing that makes you the happiest! I touched on this in week 1 and I just wanted to quickly remind us all that our passion should make us super happy! So if your not feeling that into week 3 today, it could be as case of "your just not that into it". If you are'nt working on your true true passion, everything else will either flop or if it does somehow get off the ground, you won't have the stamina to keep putting in 100%. So please, be honest and if your not excited to be working on your dreams today, then you possibly need to go back and edit edit edit. I know sometimes we all need to switch off on the weekend but if you are serious about launching your online business + especially if your working full time, then the weekends need to be go time!  Anyway, I just want you to be clear and ready to go and I really understand that the first steps do take the longest. ( I really really know!) So please stay with me, read on but just bare in mind that some of you may need to keep pondering over the direction your heading before taking your next steps.

If you have been workshopping your true purpose + direction and like me are feeling super excited to work on a Saturday (it's not sad, it's called being ambitious ;) ) Then whoop, let's get stuck into it. Time to smash it fellow entrepreneurs!

What have you got that I want! What can you do for me?

If you really have worked through weeks 1 + 2 and your feeling really pumped, then it's time to start getting to the real point of all of this.

Let's start with your products + services . What will your offer your clients or customers? When thinking about your product range or services let me share with you my one rule of thumb. 

1. Ensure your service or product further communicates your message?

This is so so important and the perfect way to refine exctly what you want to sell or offer to your customers.

Think about your potential client. Who is your potential client? Teenagers, adults who like fish, adults who like knitting, you get the picture ;)  So the one thing we can say for certain, regardles of what your in the business of, is that your potential clients are of course going to be someone who appreciates your message + your unique passion footprint. So we can easily assume that your client is also going to want a service or product that reiterates your message. Your target market doesn't just want a little bit of what you have to say, if they like your vibe + your work, then they are going to want as much of you as they can get. So, your products + services need to speak more of what YOU are all about.

Let me think of a possible scenerio. Ok, so your starting an online business selling plants. (I know it's random but they do exist and it's the first thing that came to my head :) :). So lets look a little closer at this e - plant selling entrepreneur ( let's say her name is Betty). Betty has decided her brands message is to communicate that using plants in and around the home will create a more harmonious + peaceful life. Now Betty could decide to sell every plant under the sun. It might make sense, the more options for customers, the more sales right? Well not necessarily because Betty's clients and target market are only going to be those who want to use plants to create zenful spaces. The clients Betty will attract are a niche customer who want a niche service. Why should Betty provide plants for cutomers she will never attract to her store. It's pretty obvious, but you would be suprised how many businesses try to sell every product in their industry. When that happens, your brands message is lost, your customers are confused and you will turn your target market away, stat!  So what should Betty offer her customers? A beautiful carefully selected range of plants that are also know for their zen like qualities. Bonsais, Maples, Lotus flowers anything that will enhance her message and appeal to her specific customers.

2. How should I price my products + services?

Now if your selling products, pricing may be a little easier for you (unless your manufacturing or creating home made products). Most online retailers will just sell at the recommended retail price. If you are making or producing your own goods then of course you would follow the formula of materials + time to design + time to produce + postage. Now for those offering services, it is good to see what others in your industry are charging for a similar service but only as a guide. My belief is to charge what you in your heart + soul think is fair to you and your customer. It's really not good if you wack a ridiculously high price on a service that you truely don't believe is worth what you are offering. In saying that the same is true in the reverse, never never undersell your self just to get a sale. Finding the sweet spot in your price point can take a little bit of juggling, but if you are genuinely honest to both you and your client and see things from both perspectives, then you can slowly get to the happy spot. Ask your self, how many hours go into delivering this service at it's highest standard ( because of course you always want to have the highest standards of service). What are you happy to receive for this service? Now if those greedy little green men start jumping into your prices you'll need to tell them to shoosh up because running a business with greedy eyes will never work. Create authentic + honest price points that will automatically build a bridge of trust between you and your clients before you even begin.

There are also factors such as GST if your in Australia, but most checkout platforms will automatically add that on for you. I really just wanted to remind you to factor that additional charge in when refining your price points.

Now, next week im going to go into website + logo design so make sure you spend some time thinking over everything, take some notes and try to go through all the questions and really workshop them fully. You only get out what you put in so it's really up to you and how much you really want to lauch your online business. I'm going to finish icing my daughters birthday cake now, wow I cant believe I have a 12 year old! Where has the time gone??? Time, time, oh it does fly, so with that in mind, lets make it count and go smash our goals!!

Peace out!

Melanie Sherwell - Interior Designer

Soul Shapes- Lifestyle Interiors