How to turn a new space into your sanctuary

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What makes a home the special sanctuary we need, especially now?

It's the fundamentals of basic human needs, and it's as simple as ABC.

  1. A place to feel safe and secure from the outside world when we enter and close the door behind us.
  2. A space to relax and feel at one with the universe.
  3. A setting for feelings of peace, love, contentment, happiness and -most of all - health.

These are the "why." Now for the "how."

Let's chat about moving into a new space. The feeling of being overwhelmed is quite the norm. Being afraid of making costly mistakes is a huge factor.

I know, because I've made them - many times. Where to start is an "OMG" feeling. Sure, I now have the advantage of having 22 years of decorating and design training, and experience enables me to see mistakes as mistakes before I make them.

Many people attempting to purchase individual necessities for living do not have that advantage.

There are so many ways to go and choices to make, how do you make the right ones? Here's how:

In the beginning, prepare yourself, girlfriend; this is not easy. Picking and choosing can bring with it a ton of stress and doubt. There will be many steps to your journey.

In this space, I will be sharing many tips and steps to help you get to the point where you will feel "Wow, this is not just a house or condo I am living in; it's my home and I love it!"

Now, take a real deep breath, because we are going on a decorating journey. Unlike most journeys that have a beginning and an end, decorating is an ongoing process. But don't get scared, because it goes in stages.

Here's your homework: Get busy and create a short-term plan and a long-term plan, again as easy as ABC.

  1. If you have furniture and are not able to throw it all out, take it with you when you move.
  2. Place and position your "stuff," then keep moving and tweaking. It can be a lot of fun and very productive.
  3. Get a diary and make notes of how you feel about your stuff. Make two columns: "Love" and "Don't love." Be honest.

In future articles, we will discuss colors and how they make us feel.

Diamond Riegel is an interior design consultant and owner of Designs by Diamond, Bluffton. diamondbydesign@aol.com

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