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I'm Erika Ward

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation.  My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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When I think about what people truly want in their homes two things come to mind, comfort and beauty.  If you have little to zero dollars for decorating, try simply cleaning and organizing.  A clean space truly does wonders for the mind, body, and spirit.

Here in blog land I’m reading excellent posts that motivate readers to get up and get organized. I, for one have cleaned my office from top to bottom and enjoy what feels like a new space!  After you clear the clutter, try styling your space as if you were preparing it for a photo shoot.  Take a look at one of your favorite rooms in your inspirational file. Really study the picture, take note of the details.  For example, let’s study the room below:

First, clear off your nightstand (for goodness sakes) and only add back the things you love! A great piece of photographic art or flowers may be all you need.  Fresh plants and flowers ALWAYS bring life into a room, act as natural air purifiers, they make you feel calmer and more optimistic and reduce fatigue.  What to do with the remains of your edited nightstand? Toss it into the drawers or a storage basket underneath! Next, let the sunshine in and clean the windows while you’re at it. Lastly make up your bed. Whew, that wasn’t so bad…

This bedroom below does double duty as a home office.  If you life in a space such as this, be sure to at least clear your desk every night before you go to bed. Who needs the stress of waking up to see a load of paperwork staring you in the face?

On to the kitchen.  Your kitchen may not be this beautiful, but do take pride in what you already have.  I remember growing up when I’d ask for something new, my Grandparents always stressed the importance of treating what I already had as if it were the thing I wanted.  I tell you readers, this changes your whole perspective.  Clear the counters, mop the floors, wipe down your cabinets, and again add fresh flowers.

Why does everyone rush to clean up when guest arrive? To make them feel comfortable? If it makes them comfortable, wouldn’t you be more comfortable to have a clean home even when no one is around.  Don’t get me wrong my house is not a pristine palace, but there is hardly a panic to prepare it for guest.  I can easily clear the floor and surfaces at a moments notice. After all, a clean space trumps lackluster decor in my opinion.

Now if you are totally comfortable in your dirty, disorganized space I’m sure you’ve already left this blog post.  It’s okay by me, at least you are happy in your own home.  If you are not, consider the above suggestions and see how you feel afterwards.  You may realize that the new puchase you were about to make really wasn’t necessary. If you take care of what you have, it may be all that you need. Your thoughts?

*images courtesy of Brad Ford Interior Design. He’ll be making a special appearance on Friday from 10-11am at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market (closed to the general public)discussing blogging and the value of social media marketing.

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Hi, I'm Erika.
Your Design + Happy Healthy Home Advocate.

Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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