The Fall Cure: Creating Your Vision

Week 1 - Intro

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• Cure Clock: 8 weeks to go
• Assignment: Read Chapter 1: Creating Your Own Vision
• Members: 1,309...

We have so many sign-ups for this season's Home Cure, most of which have not done one of these before, I want to step back a moment and say WOW. Since writing the book in 2004 the movement towards creating not just a beautiful home, but a healthy and organized home has really gathered steam, as people realize that "decor" is often only skin deep...

Like the food you eat, your home environment has a huge impact upon you, and a beautiful, healthy home provides a powerful support system that can really make a huge difference in helping you to reach your personal and professional goals.

The goal of this Home Cure is therefore to literally "heal" your home, transforming it into a place that is beautiful, enlivening and healthy, which you will be proud to share.

Let's get started.

My approach to interior design has always been to first get myself inspired with a "feeling" of how I want a room to be. This includes a full picture of what I want it to look like as well as how I can imagine people using it comfortably. If it doesn't feel comfortable or exciting in my mind, then it doesn't pass the test.

So, this week, imagine the room or the home you want. Don't limit yourself. I want you to get excited. This is what chapter one is all about: new possibilities that will unlock your enthusiasm for your home.

"All successful journeys start with a positive vision"

When I've been called up in the past to help people in their homes, it's usually because they're not happy with what they're living with. Crisis is one of the strongest motivators, but though it provides momentum, it doesn't provide a real good direction. Real motivation and energy come from having an idea — even just a vague one — of what you'd like your home to be like.

I find my strongest inspiration comes not from magazines and styled shots, but from friends and neighbors, places that I've actually been in that have made an impression or photographs of places that I feel share my style but do it BETTER. I carry these images around inside my head until the time when I'm ready to act on them.

This week, as you read the first chapter, try envisioning your home in a way that inspires you and then draw, cut out or download the images or words that communicate your vision. Put them in a folder or on paper and share them with someone, so that you can hear yourself say them. Once you've done this, your intention will have been born and it's only a matter of time before it happens.

MY PROJECT

I'm going to keep my notes right here each week as to how my own project is going on. For this Cure, I'm working on our bedroom, pictured below.

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It's a great room, but since we moved in about two years ago, it hasn't really had enough TLC. My vision has mainly to do with the following elements:

• It's become blah
• I want it to have more bold contrast.
• I want it to feel more "earthy", warm and have some strong texture.
• I want it to feel more interesting, without being cluttered.

Areas I want to address:

• fixing the screws in all the curtain rods
• installing a more real headboard
• moving the large painting away from over our head
• perhaps a bedding change
• working out our bedside tables so that they WORK! They're too small...
• cleaning up our dressers so that they stay neater...

Those are the problems, but before I go down that road any further, I'm just going to revel this week in these inspirational photos that I've collected (mainly from Emma's Blog).

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TODAY'S COMMENT QUESTION

What is the source of your most recent home inspiration?

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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