You Don’t Have to Follow the Trends When Decorating Your Home

“But if I don’t, my house will look dated and my friends will laugh at me behind my back!” (That’s you talking by the way.) That’s “crazy talk”. If your friends are true friends then they know you. They know what you like, what you do in your free time, and how you live your life in general. If the interior decor of your house reflects YOU, they will love it. How can I say that with such confidence? They love YOU don’t they? (If not, you may want to re-think that whole friendship thing.)

I am a firm believer that your home should reflect the colors you love, the style you are drawn to, the lifestyle you lead, and what makes you truly happy. If your house reflects the latest trends and that is what you love then great! But if that is not what makes you happy, then why do it? Also, if you hired an interior designer who only gave you what is ‘in’ right now and you let them talk you out of something that you love, you hired the wrong person!

Yep. I said it. You hired the wrong person. They were looking for portfolio pictures of their style. I prefer to listen to what you have to say about your home. What you like. What you don’t like. And what you want to live with. Because I don’t live in your house. You do. I have an example.

One of my clients absolutely loves Art Deco Style. Now, I can appreciate the style because there are some beautiful examples and elements to it, but it is not my style. Yet, that is exactly what I am incorporating into his home. Art Deco in the 21st Century. Here is the mood board that I created based on what he said in our initial consultation.

Interior Design Mood Board
Interior Design Mood Board

Understand that this is a design concept and mood board not the actual elements of the finished decor. I am still in the middle of this project and though I kept to the spirit of this concept, colors and specific design elements have changed according to my client’s taste. In fact, the next image is the final paint color palette for the entire home.

Whole House Color Palette
Whole House Color Palette

 

But those aren’t Art Deco colors! Maybe, but they are what the client asked for. He gave me a stack of paint chips that he had been saving for when he decided to furnish his home. I used those as the basis of the colors I chose (and client approved) that would work in his home.

Have I peaked your interest? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see how it all turns out. There are a few surprises in store and I will tell you all about them. Just not yet!

 

I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. You can read more about Diva by Design here. I like to get feedback (comments) on my blog posts because when you comment or ask questions, it gives me an idea of what you’re interested in reading about. It’s a great way for me to get an idea of what to write about next. I’d love to know who my readers are and what projects you are thinking about starting (or finishing) in your own home. So I would appreciate it if you would take the time to introduce yourself in the comments! Thanks!
Copyright© 2016 Christina Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

 

Quick and Easy Ideas For Accessorizing Your Home from a Retail Display

For those who are new to Diva by Design and my blog “The Diva’s Home”, welcome! Today is an exciting day for me because I have rented booth space in a new Antique and Collectibles shop in downtown Harlingen called 4 Ever Memories. Lately, I have been showing at Jackson Street Market Days in Harlingen on the first Saturday of each month. It’s fun and I get to meet people in person to let them know about my interior decorating business as well as my vintage home decor finds.

Each month I have more and more people asking me if I have a shop of my own. While I am not to that point yet, I decided to rent a small space so that you can find me in person and not just online. If you’re in the neighborhood, why not go by and visit? The shop’s Grand Opening is today!

Diva by Design Vendor Space at 4 Ever Memories in Harlingen
My Vendor Space at 4 Ever Memories in Harlingen

How to Add Height to Your Home Accessories

You can get some good ideas on how to place accessories in your home from retail stores. When you purchase accessories for your home, buy things in different sizes. If you find that you have lots of things that are small, they can get lost in the crowd. If that’s all you have at the moment, you can solve the problem with the tip below.

One of the biggest secrets to placing accessories like a pro is to use “lifts and levels”. Remember Christopher Lowell? He says that all the time. It’s a good way to incorporate height in your display when you have lots of small items. Notice how I have used the bamboo stool to add height here:

Add height to your home accessory display with
Add height to your home accessory display with “lifts”

Not only have I used the bamboo stool, but I also have the white terracotta stand to add a middle height to the display. Notice the tall floral arrangement and how it bridges the gap between the tabletop and the memo board hanging behind it. It overlaps, but doesn’t hide the piece and brings it into the arrangement on the table.

The bamboo stool with the glass tray does the same thing for the framed needlepoint on the other side. And in the middle is the other stand to give a better view of small items. High, middle, and low. The height lends importance and interest to the grouping of objects and helps the eye travel over the display.

How to Use Odd Numbers in Your Home Accessory Display

You can see how I used odd numbers in the display above. One large floral arrangement, three objects on the “wall”, five things on top of the bamboo stool, etc. Not every grouping has an odd number. It’s a guide and not a rule. Though you can call it a rule since breaking them is okay when you need to! You could say that they tray with the small frames is an even-numbered group because there are seven frames and one tray to make eight. Or you could say that the frames themselves make an odd-numbered group. Either way works.

The reason to group your things in odd numbers is because it ends up to be more aesthetically pleasing. If that sounds too much like a “snooty designer” way of putting it, just say it usually looks better that way.😉

Close-up of home accessory display from Diva by Design
Close-up of home accessory display from Diva by Design

How to Accessorize by Color in Your Home 

You can group like items, collections, or group your things according to color. Here, I used color. My basic palette is pink, burlap tan, and gold. Yes, there is some silver and white thrown in, but I started with pink. The silk roses, cylindrical vase, Depression Glass trays, and the small bottle. I love the look of pink and gold so I added the brass candlesticks, the gold birds, the urn, and the other brass items on the table. The burlap and the bamboo serve as a neutral to ground the whole display.

The one thing I haven’t mentioned is how I used color to move the eye. Take the wall. The framed needlepoint has all the colors used in the display. So the pink starts on the wall, moves to the tray on the bamboo stand, down to the silk roses and glass, and next to the gravy boat, tea towel, and second glass tray on the table itself.

Then the shine of the brass. The mirror on the wall isn’t brass, but it does shine. Then the candlesticks on the stool, the large floral arrangement, the birds, and the brass items on the table. As for the tan, you guessed it! It’s in the memo board and the needlepoint, the floral arrangement and in the stone. You don’t have to have each color everywhere you look. just enough to pull it all together.

If you would like help pulling accessories together in your own home, my Frazzled to Dazzled service is just the thing. You don’t even have to live nearby to work together! Just click on “frazzled” to check it out!

I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. You can read more about Diva by Design here. I like to get feedback (comments) on my blog posts because when you comment or ask questions, it gives me an idea of what you’re interested in reading about. It’s a great way for me to get an idea of what to write about next. I’d love to know who my readers are and what projects you are thinking about starting (or finishing) in your own home. So I would appreciate it if you would take the time to introduce yourself in the comments! Thanks!
Copyright© 2015 Christina Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

How to Use Art to Create a Paint Color Palette

Are you having a hard time deciding what color to paint your room? Just one room or your whole house? An excellent way to choose a color scheme is to use your favorite piece of art. A painting, a print, or even a photograph can be the basis of the colors you choose to decorate your home with. I’ve done this myself in my own home, and helped clients do the same in theirs. It’s a good way to find colors that you like. How do I know you will like the colors? You like the art don’t you?

The first thing you need to do to choose your color palette is:

Find a piece of art that you truly love. It doesn’t have to be from a Master. It can be your favorite picture from your dream vacation. You know, the one with the beautiful view or the ceiling of the amazing ________ (you fill in the blank) that you visited and can’t get out of your head. Yes, that one.

The second thing you need to do to find your color palette is:

Get out that picture, painting, or print and look at it. I mean, really look at it. Study it. What is it that draws you to it? What is the feeling that it gives you when you see it? Is that a feeling that you would like to have in your room? yes? Then look at the combination of colors you find there. Choose the main color. The one that stands out the most.

Next, choose the second color that stands out. And then the next, and the next. Confused? Here’s an example:

Empty hammock in the tropical beach in the Maldives at sunset
Empty hammock in the tropical beach in the Maldives at sunset

Say you want to convey the sense of peace, calm, and tranquility that a beautiful sunset on your favorite beach brings to you. What is the main color in this photo? The blue of the sky? The white of the sand? Maybe the green of the flora? To me, it would be the pale blue of the sky or the aqua color of the water since blue is a calm, peaceful color. So our first color choice is blue.

Blues from the sky, water, cloud, and shadow
Blues from the sky, water, cloud, and shadow

Then choose the second most prominent color such as, the sand

sand & sun
Sand and sun

We can also choose the green for accent

green leaves
green leaves

The third thing you need to do to find your color palette is:

Pull colors from the image, and play around with combinations to get the perfect color palette for your room.

Sample Color Palette 1

sample color palette 1 - Diva by Design

Aqua for the walls, gray for the floors, the trim in white, and the navy as an accent. Or you could go completely neutral with

Sample Color Palette 2

sample color palette 2 - Diva by Design

Paint the walls in the blush color with the flooring in gray or light brown, with the trim in white and the furnishings in white.

Sample Color Palette 3

sample color palette 3 - Diva by Design

In this palette, the walls in blue ceiling and trim in white, blush and gray as accents. You say I didn’t use the green? In my opinion, since it is such a strong shade of green, I would use it by adding plants to your space. The perfect accent to any room in the house. It’s that easy! Comment below to let me know what you think!

If you’re still having a hard time, I can help. Just click HERE to find an e-design package that will work for you.

I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. You can read more about Diva by Design here. I like to get feedback (comments) on my blog posts because when you comment or ask questions, it gives me an idea of what you’re interested in reading about. It’s a great way for me to get an idea of what to write about next. I’d love to know who my readers are and what projects you are thinking about starting (or finishing) in your own home. So I would appreciate it if you would take the time to introduce yourself in the comments! Thanks!
Copyright© 2015 Christina Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

What’s So Great About E-design?

Sample E-design Mood Board from Diva by Design Interiors
Sample E-design Mood Board from Diva by Design Interiors

What is E-design?

Interior design services are a luxury. They can be very expensive, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. Enter E-design. Or you can call it Virtual Design, Online Design, or even Remote Design. This is an inexpensive alternative to hiring an interior designer for full service design. Those of us designers who offer e-design services take just as much care with the design of your space as we do with our full service clients. We just don’t execute the design. You do.

You get the same attention to detail, the same design skills and expertise, and the same personalized decor as full design. But I don’t come to your house. We do everything through email. That means you can work with me even though we may not live near each other! AND, you get to have all the fun of re-creating my design yourself and on your own timeline.

 

Why Choose E-design?

You are in control of how long it takes to finish your room. Once you receive all your e-design materials, you can begin. Or you can wait until you are ready. It all depends on you and you decide whether or not to buy the pieces I have added to your design as-is, or use it as inspiration and find something else. Your choice! I promise not to be offended if you change something. After all, it’s your house and you need to be comfortable in it.

Another reason to choose e-design over traditional interior design is your personal comfort level. Not everyone likes to have a person come to their house and look closely at their space. It can be intimidating. Plus, you feel like you have to clean every time they are going to show up. You don’t have to schedule any appointments, and you don’t have to make sure you can be there during working hours.

The affordability. You don’t have to have a huge budget. Plus, you can space out your purchases and not have to spend your whole budget all at once. You are getting the educated expertise of a professional interior designer in a way that works with your budget. I do all the designing and work to create a personalized space that you will love coming home to and that’s it! You don’t have to pay for the time it would take for me to order, take delivery, and execute the design.

How Does it Work?

  1. Decide what you need help with: floor plans, accessorizing, paint and finish colors, or an entirely new room design.
  2. Choose one of my design packages that fits your budget and needs, click the payment button and you will then have a link to my Interior Design Questionnaire.
  3. Fill out the questionnaire with as much information as you can think of (one word answers are too short!). Email the answers along with photos of your space, measurements, and inspiration pictures on a Pinterest or Houzz board.
  4. I will look over everything and then send an email to schedule a Skype chat or phone call to go over your information to make sure I have everything I need.
  5. Sit back, relax, and wait for your personalized design to arrive! (It takes about 2-3 weeks for a full e-design to be completed.)

What is on the Interior Design Questionnaire?

You will answer questions about your color likes and dislikes. Also, there will be lifestyle questions. What you like to do in your free time and things like that. I ask about your family and who lives in the home (including pets). What design styles you like and more. It may sound like a lot, but these are the same questions I ask in my in-home design consultations. I need to get to know as much about you as possible so that your finished e-design looks like you and not a cookie-cutter, one size fits all design.

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What Do I Get?

Would it help if I said, “That depends.” ? Just kidding! What it does depend on is the package you choose. I have three.

The first is called, “Frazzled to Dazzled” and it includes solutions to design dilemmas. Such as:

  • a new floor plan for your existing furniture
  • where to place accessories for a designer look
  • or even choosing paint, fabric and flooring to go with what you already own
You decide which one dilemma you need help with the most. You can find the cost for this package on my website here. I also provide this service as an in-home consultation if you live near me (South Texas, Rio Grande Valley).
The second e-design package I offer is called, “Dazed to Amazed”  This one is for those who want a new look but don’t want to buy everything new. It includes:
  • A custom Mood Board – this is a visual representation of how everything will feel when it all comes together (including pieces you already own)
  • A Space Plan – a scale drawing of where to place the furniture from your Mood Board
  • An itemized Shopping List – All items will include clickable links to order online or will be sourced from your favorite local shops that have online catalogs.
  • One Mood Board and Shopping List revision

All delivered to you in a .pdf file by email. Prices vary by room size.

And third, I offer a full, top-to-bottom, brand-new-everything design of your space. This package is called, “Stuck to Starstruck“. It includes:

  • Fully Custom Storyboard – like a mood board, but has everything from paint, furniture, window treatments, lighting, flooring to accessories
  • Detailed space plan that includes furniture placement and lighting
  • Elevations that give you an overall picture of what your room is intended to look like including accessory placement and window treatments
  • Custom “Trade-only” items to give you a personalized space that even your best friend doesn’t have
  • Itemized Shopping List – All items except “Trade-only” will have clickable links to order online or sourced from local shops with online catalogs, and a list of “Trade-only” items that can be purchased through me.
  • A Design re-cap that describes the choices I made and why with instructions on how, why, and where items should be placed
  • One Storyboard and Shopping List revision. Elevation revisions are extra. All revisions will be delivered in a .pdf file by email.
All delivered to you by snail mail packaged in a personalized book that you can flip through and take with you when you go to purchase local items. Prices vary by room size and number of revisions requested. One revision is included.

Do I Have to Tell You My Budget?

It may seem like a strange question, but yes, I do need to know what your budget for furniture and finishes will be. It gives me a realistic picture of what can be accomplished in your space. Don’t think that you can get a full room design on a $5000 budget. It isn’t realistic because of the cost of good design. If you want things that last, it will cost more than that. On the other hand, if you only need a few furniture items and accessories to finish out your space, that might be a good starting budget.

 

I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. You can read more about Diva by Design here. I like to get feedback (comments) on my blog posts because when you comment or ask questions, it gives me an idea of what you’re interested in reading about. It’s a great way for me to get an idea of what to write about next. I’d love to know who my readers are and what projects you are thinking about starting (or finishing) in your own home. So I would appreciate it if you would take the time to introduce yourself in the comments! Thanks!
Copyright© 2015 Christina Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

 

20 Fun Facts About Color

At this time of year, nature’s colors start changing from green, to red, to brown.  I love color, and one of my most popular interior design services is the Paint Color Consultation. Color can be scary. That’s why so many people give up and use neutrals in their home. It feels like the safer option. If you chose neutrals because you’re scared of choosing the wrong color, think about working with me. I can help you find the colors that are right for you. In the meantime, here are 20 interesting and fun facts about color.

 

Facts about color by Diva by Design harlingen

 

  1. Colors affect your depth perception – warm and light colors appear closer and cool and darker colors appear to be farther away.
  2. Men and women see the color red differently. Women see the differences in hue and men tend to only see red. This is tied to the X chromosome, of which, women have two and men have one.
  3. Wearing bright colors will help you make a better impression in a job interview. But please choose only one.
  4. The most common favorite color in the world is – blue.
  5. The color “mummy brown” used to be made from ground up mummified remains.
  6. Color affects your mood. What that mood is, depends on the color.
  7. Red makes you hungry and green suppresses hunger.
  8. In some cultures, blue and green are considered to be the same color.
  9. Color exists in our brains.
  10. Silver cars are in less accidents because the color can be seen most clearly at all times of the day or at twilight.
  11. The color wheel was invented by Sir Isaac Newton.
  12. Scientists say that black is the absence of all color and white is a mixture of all colors. Painters disagree and say the opposite is true.
  13. Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
  14. Before the 1950’s, Santa was shown wearing a green suit. Coca-Cola changed it to red in their advertising.
  15. Yellow is the most difficult color for our eyes to process.
  16. Only nobility were allowed to wear the color orange during the Elizabethan period in England.
  17. Medical suture thread is dyed indigo because white thread looks like nerves and ths color keeps doctors from cutting the wrong thing.
  18. The “Forbidden City” in Beijing is actually the “Purple Forbidden City” in reference to a hidden purple area in heaven.
  19. Most people won’t buy a large appliance for their home if it doesn’t come in the color they want.
  20. The red pigment in fall leaves serves almost the same function as sunscreen on human skin.

 

The Only Drama is in the Design…
Click here to learn more about my  home decorating packages. I have different options based on your interior design budget. And, I am going to be adding more very soon. I can’t wait to unveil them! So keep checking back periodically. I am still working on adding them to my website, so please be patient as I have to do this in between meetings and designing for you. Remember, what you are willing to invest will have an impact on the final result. But don’t let that scare you! I can work with any reasonable budget, but I specialize in a luxurious look for less.
I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. You can read more about Diva by Design here. I like to get feedback (comments) on my blog posts because when you comment or ask questions, it gives me an idea of what you’re interested in reading about. It’s a great way for me to get an idea of what to write about next. I’d love to know who my readers are and what projects you are thinking about starting (or finishing) in your own home. So I would appreciate it if you would take the time to introduce yourself in the comments! Thanks!
Copyright© 2015 Christina Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

Why Isn’t the Initial Design Consultation Free?

Diva by Design in Harlingen, Texas

Everyone has a different way of going about their business. Including those of us in the design business. We are all creative in different ways. And we all have our own process. Call us what you will – designer, decorator, home stager, re-designer, etc. – we all have one common goal for the design of your home though we each have different ways of getting there. The ultimate goal is for you to be happy with the design of your home. Is that it? No. There is so much more to our work than that. Let me explain:

1. Usefulness – The spaces or rooms designed for you should be useful and each one should serve at least one purpose. Some rooms will have more than one use and a good designer will give you a space that functions for all of them. Comfort, support and functionality are important or you won’t want to spend time in your home. Not a very sexy concept, but it serves a basic need.

2. Cost Effectiveness – This isn’t just about the budget, which is absolutely important, but about saving time, resources, materials, and even the environment. Your lifestyle wants and needs determine where we allocate that budget to maximize the return on your investment. Because designing and decorating your home are investments. Not just monetarily. You are investing in your well-being and peace of mind. Again, not always a fun concept, but necessary.
3. Beauty – Now we’re talking! The fun stuff. This is the part you are waiting to see in the end. The result. Beauty is also personal and subjective. I help you find what’s beautiful to you and that takes time on both of our parts. Sometimes you don’t truly know what you want. That’s okay. It’s a process and I will help you discover it. That is the goal of our initial consultation.
4. Style – Your style. Your likes and dislikes. The colors you love. The colors you hate. What type of materials and fabrics you want touching your skin. How you want it to sound when you are walking through a room. How you want to feel once you enter that room. You. The investment you are willing to make into the design of your home will dictate just how personalized the décor will be. This one is up to you. My goal here is to help you bring these concepts from just ideas into reality within the possibilities determined by your budget.
5. Lifestyle – Who are you? How many people live in your home? How do you spend your time? What is important to you? A good design will take all of these factors into consideration and the more homework you do about yourself before our initial meeting will determine just how much we both get out of our first meeting in the process of interior design.
The initial consultation is not necessarily about me showing you pictures or examples of other design results. I can do that, but selling a concept or my business is not a part of this meeting. That was what happened in our phone conversation. Others use the initial consult as a sales pitch. That’s why they don’t charge for their time. I don’t do that. In our meeting we will already be working on your design. We wouldn’t have gotten this far if you weren’t interested.
The initial meeting is, however, all about YOU. This meeting is me taking the time to get to know your wants, needs, budget, time line, floor plans, and personal style. All of this information will be my basis for a unique, beautiful, and livable picture of you that will show in the very fabric of your home. It’s research, and work. The more illumination you can give me about yourself before we meet will enable me to give you more ideas about what your design will include during our consult. That way when you get the final design concept and love it because it speaks volumes about who you are, you can then see the value of our time together.
Do I charge for this time? Yes. Learning about you is part of the process of good interior design. It is only the beginning stage of a method that will determine just how happy and satisfied you are with the home you are providing for yourself and your family. Without this information, the design will fall flat and the result will be far short of your expectations.
It may not seem like it at first glance, but the time we spend together in the beginning is integral to the rest of the design. I cannot choose what will go into your home without learning about the most important element – you.
The Only Drama is in the Design…
Click here to learn more about my  home decorating packages. I have different options based on your interior design budget. And, I am going to be adding more very soon. I can’t wait to unveil them! So keep checking back periodically. I am still working on adding them to my website, so please be patient as I have to do this in between meetings and designing for you. Remember, what you are willing to invest will have an impact on the final result. But don’t let that scare you! I can work with any reasonable budget, but I specialize in a luxurious look for less.
I’m Christina Rodriguez and I am the face behind Diva by Design Interiors. You can read more about me here. I like to get feedback (comments) on my blog posts because when you comment or ask questions, it gives me an idea of what you’re interested in reading about. It’s a great way for me to get an idea of what to write about next. I’d love to know who my readers are and what projects you are thinking about starting (or finishing) in your own home. So I would appreciate it if you would take the time to introduce yourself in the comments! Thanks!
Copyright© 2015 Christina Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

Don’t Give in to Paint Color Overwhelm!

It seems to me that most of you are looking for help choosing paint colors for your home. One of the things that is making it hard for you to choose is the wide variety of colors available from the paint manufacturers. I get it. Pictured below is my Benjamin Moore Color Preview kit. This is just one of the lines of paint colors that they have available. And that is just one of the paint companies. It can be overwhelming. I hear that word a lot from clients.

BM-Paint-samples-diva-by-design

Your time is valuable and picking paint colors can take up quite a bit of that time. That’s where I come in. Helping you pare down the choices to a few that you really love is my job. Helping you find what you love is also my job because sometimes you just don’t know or you don’t know what to call it. Your style that is.

Sample Paint Color Palette
Sample Paint Color Palette

 

Here’s part of a paint palette that I helped a client with just last week. She knew what colors she liked, but wasn’t sure which hues to pick for her walls. To really get a handle on her preference for color, we looked at her art collection. She told which colors in the paintings that she was drawn to and we started from there.

You can see that the colors also go very well with the fall color inspiration photo. I didn’t have permission to post pictures of her art collection so I found an image that would substitute well. You can choose art, an area rug, fabrics that you love, or even favorite clothes from your closet as a basis for the color palette for your home. Make sure that the colors you choose “go” with your existing furniture if you aren’t buying new. Otherwise, you still won’t be happy with your choices.

And if you are still stuck, I can help you here in Harlingen, or even online through Skype. Click here to see how we can work together to create a home that is unique to you.

 

Your soul has a color. Let’s find out what it is….
Click here to learn more about my Living in Color  home decorating packages. They are a convenient and cost-effective way to get help from an interior decorator. And, hey! Show me some love by leaving a comment or sharing my post with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, even Pinterest!
Copyright© 2015 Christina Rodriguez. All rights reserved.

Take Advantage of Feng Shui and Arrange Your Work Desk for Prosperity!

Many people use Feng Shui when they feel uncomfortable in their environment. By arranging the objects in your surrounding environment, you can affect the flow of energy, or Chi. Your office is a good place to start. It’s where you make money, so the more positive the energy flow, the better!

To find out more about how to set up your office furniture, read my post on the Command Position here. Today is all about your desk itself. Once you have placed your desk in the Command Position, you can also consult the Bagua map to figure out where to place what you need on your desk.

Feng Shui Bagua by Diva by Design

Before you do that…get rid of the clutter!

Clutter is anything that is unfinished, unresolved, or disorganized. It’s also the many wires and cords from your office equipment. So hide those. Clearing the clutter provides space for energy to flow and organizing can boost your productivity. At least 50% of your desk should be clear at all times because clutter also blocks creativity. I had to clear mine before writing this post. It just feels better. If your desk is covered in stuff it is an indicator of procrastination and mental confusion.

Now, picture your desk as a nine-part grid like in the Bagua. DO NOT place things in all nine sections or you have just created more clutter! Focus on two r three areas that make the most sense in your life and business right now.

Wealth and Prosperity

The top left corner of your desk as you are sitting in our chair facing it. This is the money section. To attract more abundance place one of these items here:

  • a live plant
  • something valuable
  • a jar or bowl of change
  • your working computer

Fame and Reputation

The center back of your desk. For more name recognition and word of mouth for your business, place one of these:

  • business cards
  • a lamp
  • your name plate
  • images that highlight your recent accomplishments

Love and Relationships

The right hand back corner. To focus on love:

  • a vase with two fresh flowers
  • a photo of you and your significant other

Family

The left center of your desk. Yes, it’s a cliché, but:

  • a happy photo of you and your family, or
  • a pretty box with your small desk supplies

Health

The center of your desk.

  • Keep it free of clutter!
  • take short breaks to clear your mind and help you focus

Creativity

The right center of the desk.

  • metal objects
  • pens, markers, scissors
  • whatever inspires your creativity

Knowledge and Wisdom

The front left corner. If you are studying new concepts then place a reference book here.

Career

The center front of your desk.

  • Keep free of clutter!
  • display affirmations or inspirational quotes here
  • your computer

Helpful People

Right front section of your desk.

  • Place your phone here
  • an address book
  • travel guide
  • picture of a dream getaway

Remember, this isn’t magic. It’s a way to inspire you and remind you of what you value or an area in your business that needs improvement.

Your soul has a color. Let’s find out what it is….
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My Interior Designer Went to Goodwill and All I Got Was This Lamp!

brass candlestick lamp by Diva by Design Harlingen

Think you can’t find anything good at a thrift store? Think again. Of course you have to keep going back if you want to find anything worth rescuing. Like this lamp. Brass and burnished metal lighting fixtures are all the rage right now, and I’m no exception. Well, actually, I have always loved the look of metals with a patina. Especially a soft, glow or sheen instead of shiny.

I got the idea to make my own from a visit to pick up some furniture I found on Craigslist. The house I went to was decorated by the lady who lived there and she really loved gold. It was everywhere! But my favorite were these two vintage lamps that she inherited from her mother. They were brass candlestick lamps with metallic gold shades that looked like they had been painted in a faux finish.

Now I needed lamps like that!

So I started looking at estate sales, yard sales, and thrift shops for a good lamp to fix up myself. And I found this:

Goodwill lamp redo by Diva by Design
It works!

(Kindly ignore the mess on my dining room table. I was working after all! :))

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the lamp was covered in rust spots. I was going to remove the rust and leave the lamp the way I found it, but during my investigation of it I found that the base is magnetic (so steel or other metal plated in brass) and the top isn’t (brass). Since there were two different materials involved it would take more work than I wanted to remove the rust. So I covered it with Rub-n-Buff in Antique Gold. This will keep the rust at bay and gives the metal a high-end sheen rather than a shiny, cheap look.

Next, I found a lamp shade that I liked from At Home. Since my intention was to paint it, it didn’t matter what the shade looked like. This is the one I chose:

Get the Designer Look for Less with Diva by Design

The size is right and it’s not a bad-looking lampshade to begin with, but it doesn’t go with the lamp. You can see the primer waiting patiently behind the lampshade. I put on one coat and then one coat of Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint in Burnished Gold.

Use gold meatllic paint for a designer look

Then I followed the instructions and did a second coat with a sea sponge. I turned the light on to check that it was even (it wasn’t) and sponged on a third coat. And here is the result!

brass candlestick lamp by Diva by Design Harlingen

What do you think? Tell me in the comment section.

The only drama is in the design…
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