Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy National Simply Your Life Week!

National Simplify Your Life Week, which runs August 1 through 7, is a great time to think about creating a little more serenity in our day-to-day lives. To help with that, I asked Feng Shui practitioner Eils Lotozo of Truly Home to offer some tips on just how to do that. Here’s what she had to say:

   A great way to begin to simplify your life is to deal with any clutter and disorganization that exists in your home. Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, says one of the things that surprised her most in her research was “the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm.” 
   And if you really want to develop more of that outer order, you need to work on developing new habits. Says Rubin: “Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative.”  
   Here are a few easy-to-institute habits that can cut down on stress, and help your days go more smoothly:
  • Stop wasting time looking for misplaced keys, phones, and wallets by designating a special spot for them near the door. Use it every time you come home. Your special place can be a pretty tray or basket, a drawer or a shelf—just make sure it’s close to the door you use most frequently, which will make this habit easier to develop.
  • Make your bed every day. No excuses. A crisply made bed gets you off on the right foot for the day, shining as a beacon of order and calm. It only takes a few minutes, and in my experience, this good habit can lead to other good things. The sight of that neat bed in an otherwise disorderly environment just might inspire you to put away that basket of laundry, pick up the clothes on the floor, or run the vacuum.
  • Leave your shoes at the door when you come home, and ask your family and visitors to do so as well. You’ll cut back on the dirt and bacteria that shoes can track into the house, which means you’ll have a healthier environment and you can clean less.  (But don’t just leave them in a heap by the door. Place a bin, basket, or shelves to keep those shoes corralled.)
  • Don’t let mail pile up anywhere in your home, ever. Create systems for dealing with paper.  Have a designated spot for incoming mail with a trashcan, recycling bin, and shredder nearby. Set up some baskets or file folders for each person in the household to review their mail. Sort bills to be paid into a folder. If something needs to be filed, file it right away. The idea is to not touch a piece of paper more than once. Better yet, be proactive in reducing the paper flow. Switch to paperless statements for all of your financial accounts, and take steps to reduce or eliminate junk mail and catalogs. Find out how at:  http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail
  •  Create a meal plan for the week, along with a shopping list of the items you need to execute that plan. You may think you don’t have the time for all that, but winging it at dinnertime has its own consequences: too many take-out meals, extra trips to the store to pick up last minute items, or wasting food you already have in the fridge but don’t have a plan for.  A meal plan can make you feel calm and in control, and will actually save time. 
  • Finally, if clutter is a genuine issue in your home, start dealing with it now. There is no way to bring a note of serenity and simplicity into a space packed with way too much stuff. Ask for help if you need it—from an organizing professional, or a supportive, energetic friend. Tackle just one room at a time, or work on clearing just one kitchen counter, one tabletop or one closet.  Remember, the more outer order you create in your home, the more inner calm you will bring to your life. 

With her company Truly Home, Eils Lotozo offers interior redesign and home staging services, Feng Shui consultations, and more, in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Truly Home makes it beautiful, comfortable, easy. 

Find out more at TrulyHomeRedesign.com
Or contact Eils:
 (267) 585-2303

eils@trulyhomeredesign.com

Monday, June 12, 2017

Farm Living

Have you been day dreaming about creating your homestead? Living off your land, having your own farm animals and creating amazing memories with your family? This is becoming a popular trend over the years, just search 'homestead' on Pinterest and you'll be overwhelmed with ideas! I have jumped on the bandwagon as well, doing little things here and there on our small property; installing a rain barrel, composting and conserving energy. But there is only so much we can do in a row home in an urban area. One day we'll have the land and knowledge!

If you're ready to stop dreaming and make the move, I have a great property for sale in Montgomery County, PA. Over 3 acres, ideal for your horse(s), dogs and other farm pets, garden area and more! This property is conventionally located if you're not ready to be completely separated from the world as well.  Right off rte 73, you're near shopping, dining, parks and roadways.

One thing I particularly love about the location is being within Worcester Township. For decades, the township has been preserving the land to keep the community beautiful and green. Check out more information here >> https://www.worcestertwp.com


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2651 Skippack Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446
$514,000 asking price
Never hesitate to reach out directly to me with questions regarding buying, selling and investing throughout Philadelphia region.
Kelly Steyn
Kelly@PhillyLiving.com
215-646-2900



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Decor Trends

Last week I co-hosted a fun workshop with Barbara McInnis Hayman with Decorating Den Interior Design. Barbara gave us an overview of the upcoming Spring and Summer design trends, how to make affordable tweaks in design each season and ways to use multiple patterns and textures in the same room. It was both fun and informative!

According to Pantone, the color of the year is "Greenery." So Barbara showed us many ways to incorporate this color into our homes this season. From changing out decor pillows, throws, and centerpieces.
One simple tip she suggested which I try to live by as well, is to decorate with fresh flowers. Display on your coffee table, dining room table and even bathrooms. It's a fresh and colorful decoration for Spring!

She also suggested to accessorize! Ladies, you don't leave the house with out your jewelry, so don't forget to make the final touches in your rooms!
Make it personal and fun to tie everything together. I like to display things have meaning and remind me of a vacation or loved one. Even if they don't always match the room, it brings me happiness to see them when I walk in!

One thing we touched on was using multiple textures in rooms. I love the concept, but often struggle to execute. A key tip is to layer! And those fabric layers can be different textures. Such as your rug, drapes and pillows in different fabrics and colors can bring depth and warmth to a room.  And don't forget furniture can vary too! Mix a vintage piece with your more modern and new furniture. I have started to do this in our bedroom and really like it (can't wait until it's actually completed!).

I hope this gets you in the mood to get your home spruced up for Spring! Happy decorating :)