WHERE’S THE MAGIC?

Do you remember the TV commercial from the 70’s – the one with the little old lady at a fast food joint, demanding to know “Where’s the Beef?”

Sometimes I ask “Where’s the Magic?” 

I do this instinctively with interior design, whether flipping through a magazine or seeing a vignette that feels less than exciting.

It’s the same idea, really.

Both scenarios imply that something is missing.

Good design tells a story. It engages and envelops you. The excitement, the magic that I speak of is subtle, but it’s there.

It’s what puts a skip in your step, or makes your heart skip a beat.

It’s a sense of being taken care of, of feeling cocooned in your own home because it is furnished to reflect the lives – and loves – of you and your family.

Are you wondering how to achieve that kind of magic in your home?

Whether your style is minimalist, clean and orderly, or a more laid-back, ‘lived-in’ look – you can rest assured.

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SETTING THE STAGE

“All the world’s a stage”.  Shakespeare

 

Designing an interior is a lot like creating a stage set.  

A few weeks ago, I attended Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rendition of ‘Giselle’ – a truly lovely and engaging performance.

While gazing at the pastoral stage setting – meant to evoke a hot, summer’s day – I was struck by the similarities between stage designs versus home design.

The one is theatrical, strictly for show with the sole purpose of telling a story – with all its nuances and drama.

Yet our homes also tell a story.

The story our homes tell is about the people who live there.

These stories may not be as exciting or dramatic as theatre, yet there is still drama – just drama on another level.

With this in mind, please join me for a minute while we explore how our room settings are a little like a stage set.

The only real difference being they house REAL people, not characters in a play.

 

Scene 1:  Your Inner Stylist

When the curtain rises at the theatre, we are instantly clued in to the story that is about to unfold.

This is achieved through a number of devices, but the first thing we usually notice is the stage set, which – when truly successful – elicits a delighted gasp from the audience.

The setting for ‘Giselle’ was clearly traditional. I felt as if I’d been transported back to the 18th century, and landed in a pastoral scene straight out of a rococo painting.

Everything – from the set design, costumes and music – reinforced the traditional mood of the ballet.

Another performance might have resembled a gentleman’s study, with a multitude of books lining the shelves, a sturdy desk front and center, and perhaps a mini bar off to the side – well-stocked to accommodate any guests that might stop by.

Again somewhat traditional in feel, the message conveyed here is one of ease and comfort, in true gentlemanly fashion.

I’ve also been to ballets where the set design is extremely minimal, in order to convey a style that is sleek and modern. Sometimes there are no props whatsoever – just the dancers and the stage.

Of course, that might be a bit extreme for most of us.

Still, our homes invariably reflect the style that we are most drawn to – whether traditional, modern or somewhere in-between.

 

Scene 2:  Engaging Your Senses

This is where the Magic happens.

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WHERE’S THE MAGIC?

Do you remember the TV commercial from the 70’s – the one with the little old lady at a fast food joint, demanding to know “Where’s the Beef?”                       

Sometimes I ask “Where’s the Magic?”

I do this instinctively with interior design, whether flipping through a magazine or seeing a vignette that feels less than exciting.

It’s the same idea, really.

Both scenarios imply that something is missing.

Good design tells a story. It engages and envelops you. The excitement, the magic that I speak of is subtle, but it’s there.

It’s what puts a skip in your step, or makes your heart skip a beat.

It’s a sense of being taken care of, of feeling cocooned in your own home because it is furnished to reflect the lives – and loves – of you and your family.

Are you wondering how to achieve that kind of magic in your home?

Whether your style is minimalist, clean and orderly, or a more laid-back, ‘lived-in’ look –  rest assured.

Help is on the way!

I’ve just released my new FREE offer – 7 Ways To Create Harmony In Your Home.

A series of seven amazing tips delivered to your in-box over seven days, giving you time to absorb and implement each one.

It’s available IMMEDIATELY, by simply completing the Opt-In box to your right.

Congratulations – you’re on your way!

LANA'I MAGIC

I’ve just returned from a wonderful, relaxing vacation on the island of Lana’i, in Hawai’i.                              

On our last morning, as we were leaving our hotel, a fellow passenger said “Say goodbye to Paradise” as we rode the shuttle to the airport.

His comment couldn’t have been more true.

I suppose that those of us living on the West coast have it easy, since Hawaii is a relatively ‘short’ six hour flight away.

Even so, the flight home can easily undo the complete state of relaxation that my body had become accustomed to during the previous week.

Yet, no matter how long, or tiring the flight, it couldn’t take away my memories of the breathtaking ocean views, the warm sun on my skin, fresh papaya for breakfast each morning and the feel of being gently tossed in the ocean waves as they rolled ashore.

I suppose this could describe any place in Hawaii, but for me it’s part of the magic of Lana’i.

The island of Lana’i  may be among the less popular of the Hawaiian Islands, due to its small size and the number of visitors who come here.

Yet for my husband and myself, that’s precisely what we like about it.

Here’s what else is unique about Lana’i:

  • It is a place of contrasts, offering both luxury and simplicity, with warmth and sunshine on the coast, or cool breezes and a chance of rain further inland.
  • The population is roughly 3100.
  • There are only 30 miles of paved roads. The speed limit is 35. If you really want to tour the island, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.
  • Earlier this century Lana’i was a pineapple plantation, owned by Dole Pineapple.
  • The main town is Lana’i City. Actually, it’s the only town. It’s small, and quaint, taking you back in time about 50 years.
  • There are only 3 hotels.
  • Two of these hotels are Four Seasons Resorts, each with its own world-class golf course. They are located at Manele Bay, and the Lodge at Koele (a former plantation house), respectively.
  • The third hotel, Hotel Lanai’i is located in Lana’i City, and is small and quaint, just like the town. It has an excellent restaurant and features a live band every Friday evening.
  • You can spend your day playing in the waves, or relaxing on the beach at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, Manele Bay. Or, you can enjoy a game of miniature golf or croquet at its sister hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele.
  • Since the temperatures are easily 10 degrees cooler at The Lodge, you might even find yourself enjoying afternoon tea in front of a roaring fire in the rustic Great Room.
  • For a nominal fee, there is a shuttle service that transfers hotel guests between hotels, or into town.
  • In town, you’ll find a gift shop called Dis ‘n Dat, which carries exactly what the name implies. When you walk inside, you’re greeted by a symphony of wind chimes blowing in the warm breeze.
  • The word Lana’i means “hump” in reference to the volcanic eruption that formed the island many eons ago.

All this and more is the magic of Lana’i.