No more house shame

Robert A. M. Stern

Here’s a throwback to earlier this year when I talked about  H O M E and and had several people in the group try to crawl under a table in shame (they’ve come a long way):

Most Americans live in house shame and have homes that are bankrupt in supporting their most important daily needs. That used to be a few of my clients…and I deeply wanted to help them get to a healthier place.

The design process is an agile trajectory that requires an open mind and flexibility even when there are endless possibilities. But this week’s post is to help you take control of your home. I want to help you put habits of not loving your home into the past and move toward a place of happiness.

Which is why I’m excited to share a few design tips to help you get started. If you’ve ever felt intimidated to choose a paint color or have struggled to know where to start (you’re not alone!), these next steps are what you need.

Home is one of the most important aspects of our lives and yet many of us struggle to live beautifully.

Not because we’re not intelligent or capable. But instead because we lack the direction, tools and lack of decision that create real spaces that support us emotionally and physically.

These steps can sincerely change your home environment — as long as you take action now. You’ll learn 3 simple, game-changing design tips that’ll help you experience happiness in your space, on any income.

  1. Start with ONE room in your home and create a Moodboard. You can create a physical or virtual Moodboard. This will help you map out a clear vision of how you want your room to look and feel.  
  2. Measure your room (i.e.: width x length) and then use blue painters tape to mark off your furniture in the space. This will help you determine if your furniture will fit and how it should be arranged best. I recommend completing this step before purchasing new furnishings – this will minimize the buying/returning exercise (more like a hassle).
  3. After placing furniture – layer with accessories, throw pillows, art work and lighting. This step is when you can inject pops of color into your space.

Your home doesn’t have to be a source of stress and shame. It can be a source of joy and empowerment.

I promise — you have everything you need to take control of your home and bring your vision to life.



P.S. If you’re still struggling to pull your home together after you follow these steps, please contact us. We can help you get from feeling stuck to achieving beautiful results in your home.


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