It’s a brand new year and I bet you’ve made some resolutions…and maybe even broken a few by now too right?
January 1st brings out the best and the worst of us all it seems, or should I say January 2nd brings out the best, but by the 31st it’s all downhill … Lose weight, quit smoking, get out of debt, cut back on booze… these are certainly excellent ambitions…
But what about less measurable resolutions?
Staying in touch, and spending more time with family and friends
Enjoying life more
Being more productive
Getting more sleep
Feeling better/more positive about yourself/outlook
One of the most important factors negatively effecting your success rate at these lofty goals may be staring you right in the face…in fact it may be surrounding you right now.
What on Earth could it be you ask…well it’s your home environment
We know about radon and carbon monoxide and few will argue that the winter blues doesn’t actually exist, but repeated exposure to spaces that do not inspire us can be detrimental to your mental health and in turn manifest in physical symptoms.
Introducing “Domicile Diagnostics” ™ a simple self evaluation of your home and how you feel about it that will give you an idea of just what may be ailing you.
I can’t claim this as science but I can tell you that I have been in the Interior Design field since I changed my major at The University of Texas to Interior Design when I was 22. I began as an assistant designer while still working on my degree and stayed with the same company for 10 years, and then started my own firm over 20 years ago…so I have seen it in action.
A bit tongue in cheek, these questions may seem silly, but answer them honestly and you will learn more about yourself and the spaces you inhabit than perhaps you care to…but the good news it can all be changed.
To get started take a few minutes to read through the following statements and questions.
1. Would you rather set your fireplace on fire than light a fire in it?
2. Does your stair railing look more like jail bars than a safety feature and make you feel trapped?
3. Are your chair and sofa cushions more like pancakes than marshmallows?
4. Are your pillows just tired deflated beach balls out of season?
5. Take a look at your accessories… are they all close to the same height, or size in general. Do you even know why they are what they are, when and why you acquired them? Do you like them, and if you didn’t own them now would you purchase them if you saw them at the store?
6. If you saw your art in a gallery would you smile or vomit and wonder what they were thinking?
7. How many material or color floor transitions can you see within a 360 degree view not counting rugs, and tile or wood borders? Are any of the transitions wider that 36”
8. Do you suffer from Houzz envy
9. Are you ashamed of your naked lonely windows?
10. Is your carpet stained and covered with a rug, or is there a carpet/rug stained and covered by furniture that can’t be moved?
11. Are you feeling exposed…to the neighbors, to the sun or wind or cold?
12. Is it time for some “real” furniture
13. Has Granny’s old sofa come full circle and is back in style, but you don’t like it any more the second or third time around than the first?
14. Do you avoid having friends over because you are unhappy with your home, or worse… embarrassed?
15. Is it a struggle or a joy to prepare meals in your kitchen
|Dysfuntional ugly kitchen before via PL&D/Patrick Landrum Design|
16. When you wake up in the morning do you feel like it’s a beautiful day or the end of the world
17. You look pretty damn good with your new do and new outfit, but that bathroom reflected in the mirror is so hideous it all becomes meaningless
18. When was the last time you actually took a bath in the master tub
19. You can’t wait to get out of the house in the morning, and put off going home as long as possible