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Are you… (ahead of)… yourself?

Two minds better then one.

Two minds better then one.

Sometimes, I can get ahead of myself. Has that happened to you? Have you been in deep thought about an idea, something you propose and not sure how it will be perceived by others? What you may not understand about Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting is that we are a different type of interior decorating company. We love to explore various levels of decorating with our clients. When they think they’ve got their idea down pat, we challenge them to try something they’ve never tried before. This is a fabulous way to keep learning about oneself. What could be better than to learn something ‘new’ about yourself?

Home decorating and design is  bringing new ideas and processes of change into a house to make it a ‘home’. Our purpose is to meet with people like yourselves (our clients or would-be clients) to determine where their thinking is regarding what they want and anticipate for any space changes in their home. It is a great time to dig deep into your thoughts, use  as many resources as you have and come up with great ideas. There are many ideas out in the marketplace, and it doesn’t mean they all fit your space as you expect.

  • Here’s where we come in. I have a couple of analogies to share with you. How many times have you decided to try something different for a meal at home? You may have even had it before, but you want a different variation. If you don’t go to a cookbook or ask someone who has cooked it before how they prepared it, you will most likely end up preparing it the same way you always have.
  • Here’s another example for you. What if you have a rash on your hand (or other parts of your body)? You may try to put some sort of salve on it, or at the very least, try to find someone else who has experienced this same malady. But instead, you decide to seek professional help from a doctor to tend to your issue. This is best, because you may spend time applying all sorts of remedies to your problem only to waste time and money in the process. This applies also to the decorating process of your space. There is so much out there in the decorating marketplace. If you’re seeking ‘different’, we may even look into wholesale to expand your variety of products for use in your home.

In addition, not only do we care about you, but about some other folks you may personally know or are acquainted with. They may be elderly and/or in poor health, having to leave their home. We need to talk immediately. Contact us today, and we’ll talk.  Also note, we are excited to work with DIY clients. We want to know what your perception is  for your space. We can add to it, and just think what will come out of this collaboration. Come on, let’s get started.

Two minds better then one.

The point I’m trying to make is defining when you are wasting time and money, rather then working with a professional decorating company such as Accentuate Home Styling & Consulting. We’ll help you step outside of your comfort zone and find other ways of styling your home. 

How much did you pay for your home? I don’t really want to know. It’s just a rhetorical question. My point is don’t deny yourself from making your home what you really want it to be  by not examining the fundamentals of the reason for the changes. Searching magazines,  going to furniture stores and getting many opinions can cause confusion. Keep thinking about who lives in this space is the crux of the matter; it’s the determination of everyone having a piece of their personality included in  your plan.  When a friend, neighbor or relative has their home decorated a certain way, it only means it works for them, but not necessarily for you. Personality is a key ingredient and essential in decorating. Give your imagination a chance to be opened up to the possibilities for your space. For as many people that occupy a common space, it’s important to get input from as many occupants as possible. Let’s try it..together. Please fill in contact sheet and return to us.

ALWAYS….IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE. ALWAYS, GROWING!

I love the idea of change. It presents me with new challenges, and it causes me to think outside of the box and not replace my creative process with that of worry. Worry becomes useless and counter-productive to what is accomplished. It is my belief that change occurs when we are thinking about how to approach or take care of things that do not give all the pieces and the answers. In other words, the answers do not readily show up with full clarity. There is something you should know about me. I believe that everyone should share what is positive for growth in a non-threatening way.

When you see growth in yourself, you begin to notice it in others. It’s the way of life; sharing positive learning for building a better character is pretty simple. If you follow the rules of life and the Bible, it clearly states so in the passage (Matt: 7:8 – “For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened“.  Grow in the way you will be able to communicate with others, the world and yourself. I also feel that we never stop growing; we are always learning. The way I approach my business is through learning, growing and then sharing what I’ve  learned with others. They, in turn, will do the same. This is why working with DIY clients is such a great thing. They share their great ideas, what they wish to do, and together we build a bigger and better picture for their home project.

WORRYING: I must begin by speaking about the act of worry. I have accomplished much while dreading the overwhelming ‘worry syndrome’ in my thoughts and vocabulary.  Speak it, and I may just find myself worrying.  Absolutely no, I had to stop worrying; really worrying about whatever is going to take place or already taking place.  Change is great; it causes me and you to stay on our toes and not become too comfortable within ourselves or with our surroundings. Otherwise, we  may not grow in our thinking and our life. Change is not always easy, and sometimes I don’t appreciate where the change wants to take me.  I get defiant, dig my heels in and make decisions for myself. That was then, this is now, and I have changed.  I see things differently, and I have grown.

My personal change comes through pray these days. How are you changing? How have you changed today? I love to challenge  myself to see if I’ve learned anything this week, or something someone has said to me to ‘spur my growth’ in the way I approach life. Have I noticed or caused someone else to consider changing in someway? It may seem crazy, however, being concerned about such things. What’s new and different in your life? What have you been through and what changes have you made?  How will your changes affect others around you?  These are all questions that I present to you and the challenge of identifying what is different about you in these first 3 months of 2013. It is absolutely fantastic to see how little children absorb information. They soak it in like super sponges that never get too much liquid in it, and if they do, what happens? The sponge gets squeezed out before anything else will be absorbed in it again. This is the mind of a child. It doesn’t get all cluttered with an overwhelming amount of information before some of it comes out through the words and the actions of a child.

In many respects, people don’t think about how change must be part of a new understanding, new start and expectations on our own. We should look at ourselves to see how much we’ve grown in a week, a month or even a year. This is how we learn, this is how we accept those that are different than us or think differently then you and I.  And, this is a necessity for growth as people. What would it be like if we all agreed and thought alike? We would learn nothing at all. That would be a catastrophe.

RE-UP (re-decorate. re-model, re-emphasize, re-focus): THE ELEGANCE AND CREATIVITY OF YOUR DECORATING IDEAS

Starting project.

RE.- Up and get ready for a change.

I have a question for you. What ideas do you have  in your mind  about change or outlook for the days ahead? You may agree that changes made to your surroundings can make a difference in how you feel and think (especially if you’re having a stressful time). I will find a project that permits me to expand energy by putting on my creative thinking cap and finding a project  to begin. You can do this with a sense of ease!

  • Pick up pad and pencil and begin writing down exactly what you’re feeling. Once completed, read it over; look for the nearest  opportunity you can find which needs attention. This is your beginning.

Often times, our brain isn’t working to bring the ideas we’re looking for. Our head is thinking my way, and our heart is seeking to go in another direction.  As we think about re-decorating or re-focusing of a particular space, we end up getting more stressed. No need to do that when you work it out with pad and pencil. Make a plan and then work your plan. RE-Up your space. It doesn’t have to be a major project. It could be as simple as adding something from one room to another. Look for things  (you already have) to uplift and create a brightness, cheeriness and enjoyment to your present space.  Your imagination and creative flow is now working together again.  I always think a home decorating project is good and soon any stress you’ve had is gone.  The results start to show themselves to your joy (or dismay). If you are unhappy with the current results, at least you have time to make changes. If you feel your project is going downhill ….what should you do?

  • Do not give up or give in (when project moving in wrong direction).
  • It doesn’t have to be a big project; it could mean replacing one item which will make a difference. Just pick a room and get started.
  • Your project is underway. If you feel you have to spend money to complete your project, be certain to add that into your plans (no surprises).

Creativity is something we all have; some more than others. Don’t be afraid to try something different. I challenge my clients to bring  me some ideas, and along with mine,  we combine them for a magnificent outcome.

This blog wants you to concentrate and urge you to RE-UP. When you hear the word elegant do you cringe or run towards it with great expectations? When people speak about elegance in decorating they usually think … formal.  However, when thinking outside of the box “elegant” relates to a relaxed atmosphere requiring things to have a place,  the right colors and furniture.   Think ….Elegance. What picture is coming to mind? Figure out what you like, and what makes you feel content and peaceful.  What is your decorating style? I like a contemporary look,  a mixture of styles and color  for emphasis and POP.  Are you getting a picture in your mind, yet?  I enjoy how excited client’s become  as we explore all the possibilities available for their project(s). It’s time to RE-UP  and put on your creative thinking cap. Stretching and visualizing the unimaginable often surprises.

Two minds better than one.

As the project gets underway, the imagination fills up with ideas and excitement being developed for your project. Today, more than ever before, we all have  the opportunity to explore creativity, whether it be decorating or some other type of design. Let it be your Originality.  What are you good at? What do you enjoy when it comes to decor or decorating? I RE-UP often, and it keeps me in a creative mode and productive spirit. Understand, no two people are going to have the same talents or ideas;  similar, but not the same.

This is what we do as a company. We help you discover your creative self. How much fun is that? How great to have this opportunity to create something  within your home that is different and unique to you. This is all part of Re-up and exploring your talents. If you think you have no creative ideas, then think again. Then…..Let’s talk.  How do you think most television shows start? They figure out a need or want the viewer would enjoy, and they build on that. When we see results it lights up our creativity button, and we are ready for a project. They have appealed to our creative senses. Imagine discovering something that is “so you” for your own space. How exciting and fun that would be!  Collaborating is good, and we would urge you to discover what you’re decorating talents are. This is where DIY (do-it-yourself) begins. I close now and invite you to put on your RE-Up cap and start the creative juices flowing or contact Accentuate to help you get started. Either way, we wish you GREAT  RE-UP!

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