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The function of aesthetics: colour

I talk a lot on the blog about the function of a space, and about how our homes can and should be designed to function for our lives.  Designing spaces to function is the key focus in interior design.  The intent is to take any interior, anaylize how it is meant to be used, and design a layout, fixtures, furniture and finishes to create and optimize that function.  This purpose is often clouded by the dilution of the term ‘interior design’…

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An argument for sleep

I will admit it. I was one of those people who wore my lack of sleep as a badge of honour.  I absolutely felt it was irrefutable proof that I was committed, determined, and SUCCESSFUL.  I would repeatedly go with about 3 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period for weeks at a time, often interspersed with going 24 hrs + without any sleep at all.  I did this for about 2 years, and I didn’t see anything wrong…

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What my dog taught me about happiness

I have a dog. His name is Brian. He is smart enough to be annoying and cute enough to get away with it. We spend a lot of time together, him and I.   With a home office and hours spent working at my desk, he is often my only source for conversation. So, you know, we chat. Lately I’ve started calling him my therapy dog even though he has zero training and therefore no claim to such a prestigious title.…

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I quite serendipitously came across a fantastic TED talk last night that supports the NY resolution theory I posted earlier this week (you can read about that HERE).  In this podcast writer, Laura Vanderkam talks about how we use our time, and explores if we really are as busy as we think we are.  She also has such a wonderful perspective on what the time we have should be used for, and I am on board. LISTEN HERE or find…

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Why New Years Resolutions don’t work: A theory

January 1st is a great time to commit to making positive changes in our lives. It’s a new month, a new year, and an opportunity for a fresh start. So why, more often than not, do we find ourselves falling flat by February? I have a theory. Creating new years resolutions has become a time honoured tradition in our society, we pledge to reshape our lives for the better come the new year. This aspect of our culture gets us thinking…

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feelin’ fine friday

Hello everyone!  In this whirlwind life we all know how good it would be for each of us to stop and take some time to be thankful for the little things.  I have seen MANY other fellow bloggers simply use Fridays as a time to stop, just for a moment, and think of a few things that happened during the week that made this life just a wee bit happier, a wee bit lovelier, or a wee bit sweeter. 1.…

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