When life gets a little too busy, it’s easy to neglect the small things. At first no one really notices the small things left undone. You know…the door that needs painted, the wallpaper peeling in the bathroom, the worn pillows, or the cluttered desk.
But as the paperwork and closets are ignored, and broken items stay broken, a growing chaos becomes evident. Does this ever happen to you?
Has your office ever been this cluttered? Some days I’d rather work in another space to avoid it.
Suddenly the chaos around you starts to affect the way you feel inside. Maybe you recognize this. Maybe you don’t. But suddenly the outer chaos becomes inner chaos, and you feel edgy and fragmented.
I am a firm believer that Your Space Matters, and that how you live affects the way you show up in the world.
My sad, cluttered kitchen…and this is MUCH better than it looked last night! Feeling very fragmented in this mess, and not sure what to tackle first.
Has your kitchen ever been so cluttered that you can’t find the car keys? You’re frustrated, irritable, and maybe even panicked about being late for the meeting. Your day has started off on the wrong foot, and you find yourself snapping at people along the way.
Have you ever walked into a room in your home that just feels “off”? You can’t pinpoint why you feel this way…you just do. So you spend as little time as possible there, or even avoid it all together.
Your Space Matters: One of my clients hated her outdated, ugly kitchen so much that she never wanted to walk into it. Now that the space is bright and shiny and new, she loves spending time there with friends and family.
Your Space Matters: Another client always preferred working away from her home office. She began to notice that she was avoiding going back to the office to work, staying away longer and longer. When she finally realized that she hated the lack of color in her office, she took the first step with a quick coat of paint in a color that made her happy. With a few more tweaks to the space…big changes! Her time in the office is now productive and energetic.
Your Design Homework:
- This first small step in the process is to ask yourself if your home is a place that you can retreat to. Does it nurture you and make you feel comfortable? If it doesn’t, then what is your vision?
- Is there a room in your home that needs a little TLC? Projects unfinished? Make a list, focus on completing ONE THING at a time, and then see how it affects your mood.
“Our 18 year old kitchen was in need of some major remodeling so we turned to Randi Destefano to help us design the kitchen of our dreams. Randi incorporated our requirements into her vision of what our kitchen could become. She was insightful, responsive, and a true partner in the design process. The final product far exceeded our expectations and we would enthusiastically recommend Randi and Authentic Living Interiors on any design project!”
Sherry and Ed Shaver
Career & Leadership Consulting and
Custom Furniture and Cabinet Craftsman
“Randi Destefano created a kitchen retreat for our home that seamlessly updated the space while keeping the character of our entire home intact. Randi carefully noted our likes and dislikes, and designed a layout based on these preferences. She took an outdated 1980’s design with lots of wasted space, and created a classic, open kitchen with proper storage for every appliance, dish, and pantry item. She offered ideas for a black granite sink, wrought iron brackets for unique and useful shelving and large dish drawers for easy storage. Randi even worked tirelessly with the granite installers to cut our island and countertop pieces so that each of the ends matched perfectly! We are enjoying our kitchen tremendously thanks to Randi.”
Dr. Thomas and Rebecca Jordan,
Physician, Busy Mom
“The plans for our new lake home were complete, but we knew that the kitchen needed to fit our lifestyle. Then we hired Randi to review the design, make suggestions, and draw the final space. She was able to visualize what needed to be moved, what needed to be added, and what special cabinet features would be good for us. As a result, we have an efficient kitchen that we love, and that is great for entertaining!”
Gary and Katrina Nelson,
Commercial Airline Pilot, Medical Sales Executive
Sunset, South Carolina
“We decided it was time for an update to our 25 year old house. We gutted the master bath and added on, doubling the size. Randi came in and developed a plan to incorporate everything we wanted in our new bath. She had a great idea with the master closet, changing the size to give the impression of an entrance into a master suite. When her plans were all drawn up, our contractor was able to use them to achieve the look we wanted. The project is finished, and it looks great!”
Steve and Cole Fortney,
Commercial Airline Pilot, Travel Industry Executive
“Randi helped us design our kitchen in a timely fashion, giving us several interesting options within our space constraints. She suggested a refrigerator configuration that I had not considered, and it was the perfect solution! Our kitchen is the gathering spot in our home, and it suits our needs perfectly. We love the results, and had a great time working with Randi.”
Robert and Eydie Clement,
Adjunct Professor, Golf Enthusiasts
Sunset, South Carolina