"A true home is one of the most sacred of places. It is a sanctuary to which men flee from the world's perils and alarms. It is a resting place to which at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow. It is the place where love learns its lessons, where life is schooled into discipline and strength, where character is molded."
~ J.R. Miller, Secrets of Happy Home Life, 1894
Positive interior design
There's a popular saying in many decorating and inspirational circles: "Home is where your story begins." That's one foundation for Bliss This Home, in conjunction with wise words from Winston Churchill, who said: "We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us." Taken together, the ideology is simple: You have one place in this world that's all your own, to use as you wish: your home. And the thoughts, feelings, and relationships cultivated there influence your life in important ways. So why not use your home to your advantage, tap into the potential of your chosen place—where you spend part of every day—to enhance your overall well-being?
I want to help you create your own personal haven for happiness, a place full of positive thoughts/emotions that you can carry with you into the world each day and where you can re-center upon your return... restore
happiness and well-being after outside factors may have taken a toll. If you want to put your best foot forward each day and you strive to be the best you can be, then your home is the place to start. It's a special space where you gather with those you love most... a personal place for your cherished memories, dreams, activities... and a safe site for possessions you value. Your space can help you feel relaxed and "at home with yourself" (in a deeper psychological or spiritual way), and being surrounded by what's personally meaningful and beautiful leads to feeling comfortable, confident, and inspired. These benefits (and others listed in the CHECKLIST) can enhance your whole life!
My design approach is different than many others who have similar objectives about enjoying your home and increasing your happiness there. My coaching and recommendations are NOT about applying the same formula to every space and all people, having an outside party decide what's best for you, or emulating the design styles seen in high-gloss "industry" magazines. And to enhance your well-being, my strategies do NOT resemble a feng shui approach that adds or positions certain cures/charms/remedies (such as mirrors, fountains, plants, crystals) to bolster your compass-determined financial or relationship sectors, does NOT honor deities or balance earth elements (components of vatsu shastra), and does NOT redirect the energy or life forces around your walls and furnishings. Other methodologies may have positive results, too, yet my approach uses evidence-based strategies to enhance your happiness and well-being. Bliss This Home applies environmental psychology, positive psychology, and design psychology to assist with our common human goals of increased well-being and happiness (plus some individual goals you may have). Such applications—based on research studies showing what produces desired outcomes—have been used to achieve beneficial results in schools, offices, spas, and hospitals... yet have not been applied to home settings until relatively recently. I want to spread positive interior design so that more people can benefit... including YOU.
So how does positive interior design work? Since "happiness is an inside job," my approach is about tapping into what uplifts and inspires you personally, plus what research has shown increases well-being and happiness for many people (across broad populations). Bliss This Home will guide you to clarify what's most important to you (in life), and together we'll customize your space for the way you want to live. We'll personalize your home surroundings to celebrate who you are and show who you want to be, and to enhance how you feel based on your unique personality, history, values, and aspirations.
You'll start each day grounded as your authentic self and remembering (even subconsciously) what's important and inspiring to you, then come home later to reset, restore, recharge, and return to those same reminders after outside factors may have "muddied the waters" or fragmented your true self away from cohesion and clarity. The goal is to create a home environment that brings out the best in you day after day and to build a nurturing, empowering foundation for your whole life.
I'll be sharing more about positive psychology, environmental psychology, and design psychology as the website expands (be sure to sign up for notifications!). For now, the upshot is that we'll enhance your home—physically, spatially, logistically, aesthetically, symbolically, emotionally—in order to enhance your overall psychology for increased wellness, happiness, and success. After all, home is where your story begins, where you spend important parts of every day, and where you get to write the script for your best life.
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[It's] not about the "wow" factor. It's all about the "ahhh" factor: that special feeling you get when you... find yourself at ease, welcome to be fully yourself and completely at home...
a great place to just settle in and be.... When surrounded with comforting personal items, colors and textures you love, furnishings that work for you—not against you—and art and accessories that inspire, you feel less stressed, more at home, more balanced, more... you.
~ Robyn and Ritchie, The Emotional House