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Understanding Your Favorite Color and How to Reflect it In Your Interior

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Colors can have a profound impact on our emotions and everyday behavior.  Your home should be one that reflects your personality and taste, therefore, don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.  Here is a small guide to understanding some of the common favorite colors of my clients, what it says about them and how these can be reflected in an interior:

Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

Courtesy of Pinterest and Corbett Lighting

1) Yellow:  Yellow is associated with a sunny personality.  You are an outgoing person with a great senses of humor.  When using yellow in your interor, pair it with neutral color or a cool color like blue.  Too much yellow can lead to heated arguments, thus it is best to use it in small amounts, more like accents.  You can tone down yellow with beige or white for a warm glow in the bedroom.  Use a strong shade of yellow for dark hallways.

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Courtesy of O Magazine

2) Red:  Red is an intense color and reflects a passionate personality.  A person who loves red is outgoing and ambitious but can very quickly change their mind.  Red in home decor should be muted to avoid negativity.  Choose a shade of red like brick or terracotta which is elegant and sophisticated and not too intense.  If you do love a bright red shaed, then use it as an accent.

 

Design by Cecil Hayes.

Design by Cecil Hayes.

3) Orange:  Orange usually appeals to people whith a penchant for luxury and opulence.  Such people live their life king size and love social gatherings.  Orange is the color of youth and vitality.  Use a bright shade of orange to create a focal point in your home.  It is a great choice for dining rooms as it stimulates the appetite.

 

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4) Green:  Green is associated with the outdoors- grassy landscapes and lush forest.   Green relfects a personality that longs for peace, quiet and belonging.  It is a harmonious color and can be used throughout the home.  Mix green tones with shades of blue to create a natural, outdoor environment indoors.  Brighten up a dull room with shades of citrus green and white.

 

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

5) Blue:  Blue is a fresh color with a soothing effect.  Someone who loves blue is compassionate and level headed.  Blue is a versatile color and can be used as a core color in your interiors.  Try painting your ceiling a shade of light blue to make the room feel larger.  Combine blue with yellow to create a cheerful space.  Add a dash of green to a blue decor for a calming sensation.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

Courtesy of Yolo Color House.

6) Pink:  In Feng Shui, pink has been associated with love and romance.  It is a great color to help reveal your inner poetic self.  Those who love pink want to feel good about themselves and have a romantic outlook in life.  Pair your favorite shade of pink with a masucline color like brown, grey or black to achieve balance.  Add grey to pink to make a bedroom feel sophisticated and romantic.  Use bubblegum pinks for girl’s bedrooms.

Interested in learning more… try my 21 Day Color Challenge E-book for only $4.95.  Email me at interiors@kreativeways.com  to get yours!

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Four Ways to Love Yourself Through Your Environment

 

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It is often said that your home is a reflection of your personality.  This Valentine’s Day consider a few changes in your home décor can cause a big change in your attitude and is a great way to explore and love yourself.  It gives you a chance to indulge in creativity and channelize your thoughts.  Our interiors elicit emotions like happiness, joy and peace which truly equates to loving oneself.

1.  Discover your likes and dislikes

The most important aspect of loving yourself through your environment is to learn more about your interior environment is to learn more about your likes and dislikes.  Spend time looking at pictures on the internet and in magazines and identify your interior style.  Follow your instincts and create a home that truly reflects your persona. There is no right or wrong in interior design, it is after all your home!

2.  Choose colors that help you feel motivated.

What would life be without colors?  An important aspect of your interior environment, different colors are linked with different feelings and emotions.  Pink is the color for love and promotes a feeling of comfort in uncertain times.  Decorate your home with accents of pink to feel the love.  Similarly, orange is a beautiful color to use when you want to feel younger.  Light purple is the color for spirituality and will deepen your sense of gratitude.

3.  Create a gallery wall

Happy photographs will stimulate an emotion of happiness and contentment.  Print pictures from memorable events in your life and create a gallery on a blank wall.  This will give you a reason to smile every time you look at the photos.

4.  Indulge in a cozy corner for yourself

Every now and then we all need some self-indulgence.  Create one such corner in your home where you can retreat to be with yourself.  Choose a corner in your home and place a comfortable chair, a reading light and a stack of books.  Once in a while, give yourself the liberty to cozy up in a throw with a mug of hot chocolate in your little corner.

I was fortunate to be one of 75 great authors who co-wrote the book the Art & Science of Loving Yourself First:  Cause Your Business Should Complete You Not Deplete You.

In this book, I wrote a chapter on “Supportive Space.”  To purchase a copy of the book click here:

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On Sunday, April 6, 2014 I will be doing a special book signing for the Art & Science of Loving Yourself in Washington, DC.  Stay tuned for details!

 

 

 

KWS Nearing Completion of Unity Health Care’s Minnesota Avenue Reach Out & Read Children’s Corner

Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC is happy to announce the  Unity Health Care Key Corner  redesign project at their Minnesota Avenue Clinic in Washington, DC.   KWS believes that “by changing the color of one’s surroundings, we can make a positive change in one’s life!”   The project is funded by the DC Commission of Arts through the East of the River Grant.

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Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) was founded in 1985 as Health Care for the Homeless Project (HCHP) providing primary health care services to homeless individuals and families that resided in local emergency shelters or on the streets of the District of Columbia.  With a patient population that is plagued by low literacy, the promotion of literacy has become an important part of standard primary care, enabling children to grow up with books and a love of reading.  Unity’s goal is to increase literacy among children during the critical literacy skills acquisition years of six months to five years.  Through a partnership with Reach Out and Read of Metro DC, Unity has developed the Key Corner Project.  The Key Corner Project promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room, unlocking the door to reading success.

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To support the  Key Corner project Kreative Ways along with local and noted artist Stan Squirewell collaboratively created a mural that celebrates the medical profession  at the Unity Health Care clinic at Minnesota Avenue Clinic.    The lead designer Felipe Bravo under Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC are busily putting together a design plan which will consist of new furnishings, murals and accent walls.

The project is considered Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC signature community design advocacy project is in the design implementation phase and a grand opening will be scheduled shortly.

 

 

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

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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!

How To Avoid The Most Costly Design Mistake in 2013

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The most costly mistake that homeowners make is starting an interior design project without a plan.  Taking on a new project without a plan is like trying to drive to a strange, faraway place without a map.  This will cause you delays, increase your frustration, and cost you a bundle.  Making a plan is a lot like having a navigation system to guide you along the way.

If you consider some important steps before beginning your home design venture, you can feel more confident that your project will go as planned.

Step One:  Choose a Mood

Many homeowners get stuck trying to figure out a style.  Instead, think about how you want to feel in the room.  Before choosing even one item, decide on the mood you want to achieve: casual and comfortable … formal and elegant … cheerful and whimsical…

After you’ve chosen your desired mood, make sure that everything you choose reflects it, and your final design is sure to turn out perfectly.

Step Two:  Find an Inspiration

Find one piece that really speaks to your heart.  It can be a painting, a piece of furniture, or an area rug.  Use this piece to keep your purchases on track.  Everything you buy for the room must coordinate with that one piece.  Sometimes a picture in a magazine can be your inspiration.  Make sure your overall plan is consistent with the colors, textures, and overall theme of the picture.

Step Three:  Plan your Budget (loosely)

Home projects rarely stay within the initial budget, but it is still important to set one.  You can feel more secure if you know approximately how much you are willing to spend for the entire project, and then plan for each separate item accordingly.

Step Four:  Make a List

List the items you are keeping for your room, and also ALL the pieces you need to purchase to complete the project.  You don’t need to buy everything at once, but you should have a list before you begin.  Relating back to this list during your project will keep you on track, and also keep you on budget!

You will find that making a plan and sticking to it will force you to stay on track and achieve your design goals.  This whole process is even easier if you can share it with friends or family.  Having support will get the job done more smoothly – and with a lot more fun.  Enjoy!

Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC is available to assist you in 2013 with your design needs.  Call us today at 1-888-280-8318 or email us at interiors@kreativeways.com for your free 30 minute phone or skype consultation regarding your project.  Make it your New Year’s resolution in action!

Holiday Gift Giving: Support Our Latest Key Corner Project to Support Children’s Literacy

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Each year Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC volunteers to create or design waiting areas for children for the Unity Health Care Clinics in some of the most underserved parts of Washington, DC.

Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) was founded in 1985 as the Health Care for the Homeless Project providing primary health care services to homeless individuals and families that resided in local emergency shelters or on the streets of the District of Columbia.  In 1996, the organization expanded when it became the federal government’s emergency grantee for the Community Health Center programs, which expanded our patient base to include the underserved, uninsured and working poor residents of the city.  Unity’s mission is to promote healthier communities through compassion and comprehensive health and human services, regardless of ability to pay.

With a patient population that is plagued by low literacy, the promotion of has become an important part of standard primary care, enabling children to grow up with books and a love of reading.  Unity’s goal is to increase literacy among children during the critical literacy skills acquisition years of six months to five years.  Through a partnership with Reach Out and Read of Metro DC, Unity has developed the Key Corner Project.  The Key Corner Project promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room, unlocking the door to reading success.

Your support of a Key Corner will help to furnish and replenish book supplies, provide and maintain furniture, mats and Key Corner décor, and provide resources to purchase Back to School backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies.

In 2013, we will be working on another Key Corner in NE Washington, DC at the Minnesota Avenue Clinic.  We are in need of donations for books and furnishings.  We at Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC  are requesting that you consider donating whatever amount over $10.00 that you can and in the memo or description section for the link below simply state

“Minnesota Avenue Reach Out & Read Key Corner Donation”.  We certainly appreciate it.   Here is the link.

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

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