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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!

HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS?  -Week 2.

#launch it  

Hey everyone, Happy Saturday!

I hope your relaxing, or spending time with friends and family! It's so important to have some down time. I just got home from Wonderlust Melbourne. If you have'nt heard of it, it's a gorgeous yoga festival and it seriously was so beautiful! I'll be doing a write up on it all on Monday so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Anyway as I said last week, this 'How to Launch Your Online Business' challenge will go for the next few weeks. So if this is something you have been thinking about doing, I hope you have subscribed to Soul Circle and will stay with us all the way.

Now for those of you who read last week, #week 1, I hope you got some thinking done and maybe some of you might have had, as Oprah calls them, an aha moment?

If you did then great, we can start thinking about what to do next, so sit tight I'm about to get to it.  If your still stuck, you can still continue into all of the following weeks. In the mean time, keep digging deep and paying attention to what creates a spark in your soul. Take sometime to do a 5-10 min meditation, focusing completely on what your passion is and note down any ideas. Don't be afraid to write down any random, or weird thoughts, even if it does'nt make sense straight away, you will be surprised how random thoughts can turn into amazing + epic ideas! 

Now, if you did have a little light bulb moment last week and your ready to start thinking about the next steps, then lets get into it!

So you have an idea, you think you have found your JAM, that's awesome! Congratulations, that really is one of the hardest parts. Being honest and admitting to yourself that there is this thing that you really love + want to do despite the fear, your like "Im going to do it!"  Big pats on the back!

Now, it's one thing to have a passion, but now you have to make it yours! So as we did last week, I'm going to throw a couple of D+M questions at you. Questions that will get you thinking about how to take a passion, that maybe many peope share and make it yours.

 

What is your unique passion footprint?

Today I want you spend sometime thinking about your unique view point. I really believe we all have our own individual view point or footprint that we can stamp all over our passion. Think about Steve Jobs, he didnt just create computers, he reinvented them, with a vision that only he could really bring about. 'Apple' is Steven jobs footprint on technology. Ok so next, lets think about Jamie Oliver, whether you like him or not (that's not important) he was one of the first to really take food + cooking to cool town. Jamie Oliver has created an amazing brand, putting his own spin into his cooking has made him millions of dollars for his rustic, holistic approach to food. I think you get the point. It's not about just going and creating an online business that is same, same. You have to really think and ask yourself, "what is my perspective on ______?" What can I bring to my passion that really communicates what I am about and what I believe in?

Again, spend sometime with this, even if you get zero inspo and you have no idea, come back ask your self again tomorrow and the next day, every day until you get your 'aha moment'. Meditate on it and it will come! We all have a purpose, find yours and you'll find your footprint!

What is your message?

With any good concept or idea, you have to refine it! Or as I like to say in design, edit, edit, edit. To me you can never edit and refine an idea enough. There is always more creative bubles waiting to be thought, so open your mind and get into the mode of refining your footprint.

So you have your passion, tick, you found your unique blueprint (or you will soon), now lets get your message! Your message will be the big part of your blueprint, but as I said we need to refine that unique view point even further. If you don't know what your message is or what your brand is going to communicate, how will your customers or clients know what the purpose of your service is? Let me break it down, so lets say we have someone who has a passion for writing, then he/she discovers their unique footprint is writing about spirituality, now they would need to refine again to discover their strong message. Perhaps it could be something like "Spirituality + Food" or "Encouraging Spirtuality in Children", just a few quick thoughts, but you get the picture. It's all about making it your message, your authentic view point, your passion!

When your working on this, I cant stress how important it is that your message is authentic to you! Don't just think " I think this idea will make money" that will never work guys! Why, because if you are not sincere, if your messge is not backed up by truth + authenticity, no one will hear a word your saying, nor will they believe what your saying. So make that passion yours, find your voice + be true to yourself.  Lastly, edit, edit, edit.

Thanks for stopping by guys, I'm going to plonk in a hot bath, OMG 5 km's and 70 mins of Yoges, I'm tired!

Peace out and Happy Mothers Day to all you amazeball Mums xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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