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Creating Wonderful Designs With These Simple Ideas

Our homes are the most important places in our lives. They are where we relax, where we spend time with our family, where we recharge our batteries, and where we plan our life and work strategies. Designing the perfect home takes careful thought, creativity, and an eye for detail. Many people have an idea of how their perfect home should look but they never achieve it because they don't know how to get started or they wrongly believe that they won't have the time, money, or skill to make it happen. But interior design is much easier than people realize as long as you do the right things.

In this article, we will explain how to create wonderful designs with these simple ideas.

Living Room

The living room is the most important room in the house and white living rooms are the quintessential symbol of modern design. Painting the walls white not only makes a style statement, it also makes it easier to choose the furniture and interior decorations for the room as a white color scheme is like a blank canvas. When choosing a sofa, go for one in monochrome gray or black to harmonize the living room. The windows in your living room are so important and you want to make sure that you are letting in as much natural light as possible. Choose large windows to ensure that your living room is well-lit and to take advantage of the views. For your floors, choose scrubbed wood and add a rug in the middle that matches your furniture to tie the space together. Add one or two of your favorite paintings to the walls to inject some vibrancy and color to space and you will have the perfect living room.

Bedrooms

In every room of the house, you have to find the right ratio of functional design to style, but in your bedroom, it is always recommended to focus mainly on function. There are many great design resources for bedrooms online and you can check out this useful site for some helpful tips about how to create the perfect bedroom in your home. The main function of every bedroom is to provide a comfortable space in which to relax, unwind, and sleep. It is important to choose a color scheme that is conducive to relaxation so go for lighter, pastel colors or neutral off-whites. If you have limited space, then look for storage options that are spacious but compact. Built-in closets are ideal as they sit flush into your walls and take up space that you don't have. Adding plants to your bedroom creates a more pleasant environment for sleeping and will help you to relax. In the bedrooms, choose yellow light bulbs to create soft light, which will create a subtly warm and cozy feeling. Add small table lamps for bedtime reading and your look will be complete.

Kitchen

Along with your living room and bedrooms, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. In modern open-plan kitchens, there are two areas: the cooking area and the dining area. The design of the cooking area should be all about function so plan your cooking area in terms of preparation space and cooking appliances. Granite worktops are the ultimate kitchen feature because not only are they extremely durable, they look fantastic.

In terms of the dining area of your kitchen, it is an opportunity to focus on the style of design because all you need is a dining table to fulfill its functional requirements. As long as you have enough space for everyone in your family to eat then you can let your imagination loose. When it comes to lighting in your kitchen, you need to consider a mix of task lighting and mood lighting, especially if you have an open-plan kitchen and dining room. If your kitchen has big windows then make sure to leave the windows unobstructed to allow as much natural light through as possible.

Entrance Way and Hallways

The passageways and entrance spaces in our homes are far too often overlooked as many people just consider these areas to be purely functional. These areas are so important because they tie the different rooms of your home together. Your entranceway is particularly important as it is your first chance to impress visitors to your home. Look for bold statement artwork and ornaments for your entranceway to set the tone for the rest of your house. A big house plant right there in the doorway is the perfect way to blend the outside and the inside just as you step into your home.

Designing the perfect interior for your home is all about finding the right balance between functionality, style, and comfort. Get this balance right and you are guaranteed to create a fantastic house that is great to live and which will impress visitors to your home. Make sure to follow the simple steps laid out in this article and you will have a home to be proud of.

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Lessons Learned and the Power of Turning 50

Except for 16, I have celebrated all of my milestone birthdays in New York City.

I turned 16 in Arnold, Missouri. Arnold is a small town (though not small anymore) 20 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, a beautiful arch of shiny stainless steel, built by the National Parks Service in 1935 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a transcontinental U.S. St. Louis is also known for its custard, a frozen dessert that is so thick, they hand it to you upside down with a spoon inside. Something else about St. Louis you should know is that there is a courthouse just steps from the base of the Gateway Arch where one of the most important cases in history was tried: Dred Scott v. Sanford.

I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive.

Mr. Scott was born into enslavement around 1799 and, in 1830, was sold to a military surgeon who traveled back and forth between his military posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, where slavery was prohibited under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In 1842 the doctor and Mr. Scott both married, and they, all four, returned to St. Louis. Still enslaved, Dred Scott filed a lawsuit against the doctor's wife for his and his wife Harriet's freedom. We don't know exactly why he chose this moment in time to file a lawsuit, however, he did. At the time of filing his, now, famous lawsuit, he was 50 years old. Ultimately, The Scott family did not gain their freedom, but their profound courage in filling this case helped ignite the Civil War and what we would come to know (or think we know) as freedom from enslavement for all human beings. Powerful then and even more powerful now.

My next milestone was turning 21, and I did it in the Big Apple. Having only moved to "the city that never sleeps" a few months prior, I knew nobody except my new friends, the bus-boys from the restaurant I was working at, Patzo's on the Upper West Side. And, yes, pazzo is actually the correct spelling of the Italian word, which translates to "crazy." Trust me we all had several laughs about the misspelling and the definition going hand in hand. I worked a full shift, closing out at around 11 PM, when, my kitchen team came out from the line with a cake singing, "Cumpleaños Feliz." It was fantastic. And the kindness of these almost-strangers was a powerful reminder of connection then as it still is today almost 29 years later.

I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy.

When I turned 30, I had just finished a European tour with Lucinda Childs dance company. The company had been on tour for months together and were inseparable. We traveled through Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and Rome. We ate together, we rode on a bus together, we had drinks after shows together, and we even took turns giving company class to get warmed up before a show. It was deeply meaningful and dreamy. We ended the tour back in New York City at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an incredible way to end the tour, by being on our home court, not to mention I was having an important birthday at the culmination of this already incredible experience.

So, when I invited everyone to join me at Chelsea Pier's Sky Rink to ice skate in late August, I was schooled really quickly that "tour" does not mean you are friends in real life, it means you are tour friends. When the tour ends, so does the relationship. I skated a few laps and then went home. This was a beautiful lesson learned about who your real friends are; it was powerful then as it is today.

Turning 40 was a completely different experience. I was in a serious relationship with my now-husband, Joe. I had just come off of a successful one-woman dance show that I produced, choreographed, and danced in, I had just choreographed a feature film, John Turturro's Romance and Cigarettes, with A-list actors, including Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend and had even been on the red carpet with Susan Sarandon at the Venice Film Festival for the movie a year earlier.

And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age.

This was a very special birthday, and I had, in those 10 years between 30 and 40, come to cultivate very real friendships with some wonderful colleagues. We all celebrated at a local Italian restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera (who is delivering for those of you in NYC — we order weekly to support them during COVID), a staple in the theater district. Joe and I were (and are) regulars and, of course, wanted to celebrate my 40th with our restaurant family and friends. We were upstairs in the private room, and it was really lovely. Many of those in attendance are no longer with us, including Joe's Dad, Bob Ricci, and my dear friend Jim Gandolfini having transitioned to the other side. Currently, that restaurant is holding on by a thread of loving neighbors and regulars like us. Life is precious. Powerful then and today even more so.

I write this article because I'm turning 50, still in New York City. However, I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive. And I could not be more filled with hope, love, possibility, and power. This year has included an impeachment hearing, a global pandemic, and global protests that are finally giving a larger platform to the Black Lives Matter movement. Being able to fully embody who I am as a woman, a 50-year-old woman who is living fully in purpose, takes the cake, the rink, and the party.

I'm making movies about conversations around race. I've been happily married for 11 years to the love of my life, Joe Ricci. I'm amplifying and elevating the voices of those who have not previously had a platform for speaking out. I choose who to spend time with and how long! I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy. Being 50 is one of the most amazing things I ever thought I could experience. And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age. I'm 50 and powerful. Dred Scott was 50 and powerful. This powerful lesson is for today and tomorrow. We have the power. No matter what age you are, I invite you to use your powerful voice to join me in making the world a better place.