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Sophistication, Grace and Hefty? Indoor-Outdoor Living and Entertaining

For the homeowner with a patio, deck or other outside social area, decorating can be both a challenge and an exciting opportunity. You might be wondering how to turn your plain porch into a paradise and enhance your outdoor living.

1. Fine Living – Imagine this: You’re throwing a tea party outside on your lovely patio and just as your guests sit down in your comfortable porch chairs, you serve them their first course on… paper plates. The paper plates kind of ruin it, huh? When decorating for outdoor living you’ll want to make it as comfortable and inviting outdoors as you would indoors. Bring out the china, the candles, placemats, napkins, crystal and fresh flowers. It’s the ultimate in luxury and entertaining. When your guests are used to eating from paper plates, you serve them on fine china. What a treat! It’s easy to experience sophistication and grace when entertaining outdoors, but it’s hard to do on Hefty™ brand paper plates.

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2. Be a Softy – Just as you would when decorating indoors, remember to balance your hard and soft elements in your outdoor decorating. If your outdoor environment is a concrete slab with hard metal furniture, bring in soft goods like seat cushions, chair pads, pillows, place mats, and even simple drapery panels. Look to soften your outdoor ‘room’ to make it more comfortable and inviting.

3. Select the Right Fabric – Outdoor living that withstands the elements is easy to achieve when selecting the right fabrics. There’s a big difference between indoor and outdoor fabrics. Whereas cotton is a durable, natural fabric, it can fade and mildew. Outdoor fabrics on the other hand have been reinvented! They don’t fade, are easy to clean, soft to the touch, repel mold and they hold up beautifully to the elements. Great for seat cushions, table covers, runners, place mats, napkins, drapes, pillows and even overhead canopies. Many of my clients like to even use them indoors!

4. Accessories – Finding attractive accessories that can withstand the elements can be a challenge. But don’t think you have to restrict your shopping to your local ‘garden center’. Scour salvage yards, antique shops, consignment stores and garage sales for fun, unique pieces to use outdoors. Look for opportunities to use common elements in unusual ways. Just remember that by leaving them outside more than likely they’ll deteriorate faster. Just keep that in mind when considering how much to pay for the pieces.
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Photo of an outdoor space accessorized by Kreative Ways & Solutions

Great outdoor decorating gives you another room to decorate and enjoy once the weather warms up. It provides an opportunity to tap into your creativity and expand on your home’s presence beyond your typical 4 walls. Outdoor decorating is not hard to do when you remember to embrace the elements of the outdoors, not run from them. And don’t forget to break out the fine china! You and your guests will be glad you did!

If you are interested in getting your season started in creating the outdoor space of your dreams contact us today at 1-888-280-8318 or interiors@kreativeways.com

 

Announcing the Virtual Book Tour of Sherry B. Ways Book, Feel Good Spaces: February 1-12, 2013

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Hello and welcome! I am announcing my Virtual Book Tour as I tour the internet from February 1st – February 12th to share my new book, Feel Good Spaces: A Guide To Decorating Your Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit.

You know I really wanted to share the love and the feeling I have for this book and how I came about writing it.  However, instead of doing a world wind tour around the US at book stores and the like, I thought I would share my book and what others thought about it virtually.

Feel Good Spaces is your essential resource for home decorating to create a home that is inviting, peaceful and full of great energy. You will learn home decorating ideas to design your home interior with the holistic interior décor principles and personal style without being a Feng Shui master!

Feel Good Spaces shows you how to determine what first makes you feel good and how to decorate for your own personal inner peace and joy right in your own home …and you can start today! This book is not about decorating for the joy of others; it is about decorating for your own joy!

I invite you to join me along my virtual book tour journey, sign up for my newsletter and be automatically entered into my prize drawing HERE.

Then go to each of the stops listed below and see what I’ve posted as a guest blogger. Join in the fun, meet new friends and learn new tips for designing the perfect space that sustains you!

 ~ Follow Along My Tour, Sign up for my newsletter and Enter To Win ~

Grand prize: A PERSONALIZED SIGNED copy of Feel Good Spaces A Guide To Decorating Your Home Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit along with the grand prize of a 30-minute H.O.M.E. Interior Environment Intro Coaching Session via Skype or in person depending on location.

Second Prize:  A copy of my book along with a 20-minute Color Therapy Consultation via Skype. “Color Therapy Consults for interior color is one of the first elements you notice when you walk into a room, and color resonates with you when you leave. Color sets a mood: The right color combination can transform a home or office and bring all who reside there new levels of energy. Custom color palettes for interior walls can bring happiness, harmony and well-being.”

Third Prize:  A copy of Feel Good Spaces A Guide To Decorating Your Home for Body, Mind, & Spirit.

YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER HERE TO GET IN ON THE DRAWING!


TOUR SCHEDULE FOR THE VIRTUAL BOOKTOUR

Lauran A. Smith of Lauren Smith Blog

Day 1 – On Friday Feb. 1st Ms. Elle Smith (@prbyelle77 on Twitter) will jump start the tour stop on her blog Elle Trendy with an article: “Your Favorite Color Is For Your Healing Color.” http://lauransmith.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PRbyELLE77

Day 2 – On Saturday Feb. 2nd  Embrace Yoga DC (@embraceyogadc on Twitter) will host the tour on her blog Embrace Yoga Blog with a video: “Mid Winter Blues? Here are Two Quick Interior Tips!” http://embracedc.com/about/blog

                  Shifa Al-Bey of Oneness Wellness

Day 3 – On Sunday Feb. 3rd  Oneness Lifestyles (@onenesswellness on Twitter ) will host the tour by sharing an enlightening radio interview on their blog Oneness Life Style  http://www.onenesslifestyles.com/owl-radio-archives.html  Radio Show link and Blog  http://shifaone.wordpress.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shifa.owl

Shelly Wilson of Journey Into Consciousness

Day 4 – On Monday Feb. 4th Journey Into Consciousness  will share on her blog a special article: “Candle Color: A Healing Tool For Your Interior” http://journey-into-consciousness.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JourneyintoConsciousness

     Carol Lawrence and Stacy Toten of Intentional Parenting Blog

Day 5 – On Tuesday Feb. 5th Intentional Conscious Parenting Blog  ( @intuneparenting on Twitter ) will share a review of Sherry’s new book on their blog Intentional Conscious Parenting http://www.intentionalconsciousparenting.com.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntentionalConsciousParenting.

Dr. Kimberly McGeorge Host of The Secret to Everything

Day 6 – On Wednesday Feb. 6th Dr. Kimberly McGeorge host of Secret to Everything (@serenewellness on Twitter) will host a live radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/secrettoeverything at 8 P.M. Eastern time. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSecretToEverything

Day 7- On Thursday Feb. 7th Tonya Parker of Mind Body and Spiritworks  (@5thchakrashaman on Twitter) will share a special recorded interview with Sherry Burton Ways giving you helpful hints on how to turn any room into a space to nourish your mind, body and soul, on her website Mind Body and Spiritworks. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThroatChakraShaman

 

Day 8 – On Friday Feb. 8th Lisa Tener (@lisatener on Twitter) opens the blog door with an interview and a video: “For Inspired Authors: Your Feel Good Writing Space” on her blog http://www.lisatener.com/blog/.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BringYourBookToLife

Day 9 – On Saturday Feb. 9th  The Artinista Art Advisory’s Sharon J. Burton  (@theartinista on Twitter) On this blog, The Artinista will feature an excerpt from the book and an online interview with Sherry on Day 9 of the tour on the Topic: How Art Can Contribute to a Feel Good Space.  This promises to be an enlightening interview, taking the subject of art from purely a passion for collectors to a tool to create a positive living space in your home!  http://theartinista.com/category/blog. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtinistaArtAdvisory.

Day 10 – On Feb. 10th  Avalaura Healing Center’s (@healeravalaura on Twitter) Avalaura Beharry continues the tour with a special recorded interview with Sherry on her website http://www.avalaura.com/. Avalaura’s Healing Center invites you to follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AvalaurasHealingCenter

  

Day 11 – On Feb. 11th Tonya Spivey (@Tonyaspivey on Twitter ) shares her book review of Feel Good Spaces: A Guide For Decorating Your Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit on her website http://tonyaspivey.com/. You can also join Tonya on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tonya-Spivey-Intuitive-Life-Stylist/171552272864163

 Day 12 – On Feb. 12th Stephanie McGencey (@sistersource on Twitter) wraps up the tour with a special article: “Organic Bedding For A Healthier You!” on her website The Sister Source http://thesistersource.com/health-watch/sherry-burton-ways-virtual-book-tour-day-12. Find out more about The Sister Source by following their updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sistersource

* Bonus: Be sure to listen to my interview with Lynn Serafinn, BESTSELLING AUTHOR, ethical marketing consultant and social reformer  on her radio show, The Seven Graces Hour where we discussed “designing for the soul.”Lynn Serafinn

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I hope you keep the dates open for this wonderful virtual book tour.  Email me your thoughts and suggestions about the interviews, videos and blog posts to info@myfeelgoodspaces.com.  I will be sure to email you back.  So stay tuned for the tour!  We are going to have a blast!

Our Suggestions on Using Pantone’s 2013 Color Emerald in Your Interior

We could not end the year without acknowledging the 2013 Pantone Color of the year:  Emerald.   Any color green is a healing color and we would love to know what specifically went into the selection of it. Our  colleague and friend Leatrice Eiseman states:   “The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Umm “clarity, renewal and rejuvenation.”  Wow, that is what we like to do, create interiors that inspire you.  Globally homeowners are seeking ways to feel better in their interiors.  So this revelation is extremely interesting as you look at where Pantone is going with their color of the year choice this year.  According to Pantone, Emerald is also a color that is considered sophisticated and elegant.  Ok, so you may ask, how can I integrate such a color in my interior? Here are our recommendations:

  • Accent wall in a room where you want to emphasize healing and harmony.
  • A sofa throw, table accessories or a lamp base.
  • Consider an emerald colored  area rug to ground a room.
  • Integrate the color using artwork that may emphasize it in some way.
  • How about emerald colored draperies?
  • An accented table scape- dishes, napkins, place mats
  • Bathroom accessories

Rooms where we recommend that you use the color Emerald:

  • Bathrooms
  • Guest bedrooms
  • Master bedrooms
  • Sun rooms
  • Living Rooms:  as accents only
  • Dining Room:  as a table scape accent only

Interestingly, Pantone provides the  following quote about their color selection which very ironic yet in alignment with our design philosophy at Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC:

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

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If you would like specific recommendations on where to use Emerald in your interior for 2013, contact us today at -1-888-280-8318 or email us at interiors@kreativeways.com.

Essence Magazine December 2012: Getting to Joy

Thrilled to have contributed to an article in the December 2012 issue of Essence Magazine entitled Getting to Joy. Among the 10 things stated I provided the importance of de-cluttering your space as a means to increase joy in your life. You can find the article on page 137.

Article “Getting to Joy” on page 137 of Essence Magazine. See #8.

December 2012 issue of Essence magazine

Love and Marriage: Decorating Together The Feng Shui Way

Before decorating or redecorating a room in your home.  Call a meeting with your spouse or partner first.  Set the intention of what your home is to be for the both of you.  Determine first which rooms you would like to decorate or redecorate and whether or not the room is functioning at a level that you both are satisfied with.  Is it functioning efficiently and are both of you feeling productive in the space.

No matching match! Mix, don’t match. The home is an opportunity to grow as a couple or as an relationship evolves.   Mix and match décor items and furniture that suit both of your interests and activities.

Respect each other’s belongings, sacred inherited pieces and furnishings.  Find places in the home where each other’s cherished belongings will be respected and honored.

When shopping for new furniture, I always advise a couple to determine what their interior design style is first.  This can be done through researching magazines, blogs, websites and other media to identify which furniture and design styles will best suit both.  Tear out those photos you both like.  Identify using descriptors which furnishings and colors you both like.  Compromise is the name of the game.

Once you identify a design style that you both can live with, begin to list those items that you feel you need the most.  Determine needs verses wants at this stage.

Understand and work with a budget that you both agree to and stick with.  Determine whether or not you are living in a condo, house or apartment how long you will be living there and whether or not certain items are worth the investment if it is a temporary living situation.

Shop and choose items together.  Make it a date!  Make it fun and include dinner or lunch as part of it.  Choose a day where you will concentrate on one item verses another.

While typically women are drivers of décor decisions- always ALWAYS involve your partner in making the decisions.  While he may say oh go ahead and decorate, believe me he has an opinion too and it should be honored.  Keep asking questions about likes and dislikes between the two of you.

Here is a case study of a Feng Shui Design I did for a couple:

Feng shui is about creating positive energy, the right chi, within a space.  “It was my idea,” the wife, who didn’t want to be named, said. “I had done some research but wanted someone to help us with the layout and flow of the house.”

I began by guiding the couple through an intention ceremony. This process meant entering each room and stating the intention and purpose for the space. They burned sage and chanted — the wife said her husband, a Navy officer, was skeptical at first.

“My husband has been a good sport,” she said. “The ceremony got us all on the same page.”

The primary intent was to create a home that feels inviting to friends and serves as an oasis to the couple. I removed walls on the main floor to open the space and then quadrupled the number of windows, inviting in more sunlight.

The color scheme was based on personal feng shui readings performed by me. The husband, a Yin Wood type, needed more water, which was represented by blue to enhance his energy.

Home I designed for a couple using Feng Shui and Chinese astrology

Wood is stimulated by water. The wife possessed a large fire element and benefited from the water cooling her down.

“If left up to me, all the walls would have been red or orange,” the wife acknowledged. “These colors really bring a sense of calm and balance.”

Each of the chosen colors is painted on a wall in the home. They are repeated in tiny rectangular tiles, from Architectural Ceramics, arranged in a geometric pattern and mounted around the fireplace. The result is a reflective, shimmering work of art.

Usually feng shui requires window coverings.  But part of feng shui is about bringing elements of nature into the house, and the windows certainly do that.

Circles, which represent unity, infinity and completion in feng shui, appear in various forms throughout the home. The light fixture above the dining table is an assortment of rings grouped in a mirror bowl chandelier with brass detailing. Wooden accent tables and lamp shades replicate the circular pattern. All the furniture has rounded edges, alleviating any “poison arrows” that interfere with positive chi.

A transitional sofa in taupe chenille-like fabric with a micro-maze pattern is flanked by two sets of chairs. On one side are comfy accent chairs in micro-suede, complemented by dainty round satin teal pillows. On the other are two chairs with Indonesian-inspired carved mahogany frames.

The entire project, which included designing a nursery and master bedroom, took only six weeks to finish. I contribute part of the speedy completion to hiring a contractor who also studied feng shui and the fact that the couple who had a firm understanding and intention to design the space as they wanted.

“My biggest concern with feng shui was whether we could find the types of things, such as furniture, we liked in a style that fit,” the wife said. “I love the flow of the house and [my husband’s] very happy with the outcome. We want people to come into the house and feel relaxed. We want the focus to be on the person and not the furniture.”

 

 

FREE AMAZON DOWNLOAD OF FEEL GOOD SPACES TODAY AND TOMORROW ONLY!

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I’m SUPER EXCITED that it’s finally here! Just what you’ve been waiting for! The HIGHLY anticipated release of MY new book Feel Good Spaces:  A Guide to Decorating for the Body, Mind and Spirit!  Support me and download it NOW and please “Like” my Amazon page too!
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October 21, 2012 OFFICIAL BOOK SIGNING AND FUNDRAISER: DISTRICT ALLIANCE FOR SAFE HOUSING

You are cordially invited to attend a Presentation, Q & A and Book signing of Feel Good Spaces:  A Guide to Decorating Your Home for the Body, Mind and Spirit for designer and new author Sherry Burton-Ways on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 2 pm – 4 pm at the beautiful Akwaaba Victorian Literary Themed Bed & Breakfast in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC owned by Monique Greenwood, former Editor and Chief of Essence Magazine.

Please come out and show your support as she launches her first book “Feel Good Spaces: A Guide to Decorating Your Home for the Body, Mind and Spirit “.  A portion of the sales of the book , retailing at $21.95, will be donated to the District Alliance of Safe Housing, a non-profit organization, serving DC families who are victims of domestic violence as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

What to expect:Great Networking (Starts at 2:00 pm)
Book Presentation/Feel Good Space Demonstration (Starts at 3 pm)
Book Sales & Signing
Light Refreshments

In her book, Ms. Burton-Ways provides questions, suggestions, and exercises designed to help you create an interior environment that brings you peace, joy, balance and comfort, while also providing a refuge from the stresses of the outside world.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending at INFO@MYFEELGOODSPACES.COM by Friday, October 19, 2012.

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