Designer Pilates (Part 4): It’s All In the Details
On the final day of my Pilates workouts last week, I did an abdominal exercise on what my trainer calls the bosu. The bosu is a bubble-like apparatus on which you balance your body and perform small movements for intensified results. The exercise Linda had me doing last week was similar to an abdominal crunch, but with a much smaller range of motion. When she first demonstrated this exercise, I thought, “Well heck, that doesn’t look hard at all! Look how teeny that movement is! I mean, honestly, HOW HARD CAN IT BE?!”. Well, let’s just say that I had to roll sideways to get out of the bed the following day! In addition, I quickly learned that this tiny exercise produces the most dramatic results… I actually have a six-pack now (which had previously eluded me for many, many years!). In Pilates, as with interior design, it is the smallest of things that makes the biggest of differences! Truly, it is ALL in the details!
Most people who know me would say I am passionate about a lot of things! However, I am the MOST passionate about the little things in life… the things that are truly meaningful. In fact, some of my decor is actually quite meaningful to me. For instance, on top of my living room piano sits a sentimental painting named “Claude”. I cherish him so much, because he is the first palette-knife form painting I ever completed. I absolutely LOVE decorating with things that hold special meaning to me! In doing so, everywhere I look in my home, I am able to recall fond experiences through the mementos of my accessories and decor. You can do the same thing in YOUR home, as well!
Pictured below is what I call my “Favorite Things Table”. Although it may be tricky to clearly see all of the individual items on the table (These photos are not as crisp as usual, since they were taken from the footage I had originally planned to use for my video blog), I think you can still make out what’s what. A few of the items on the table include a guest book of loved ones who have visited our home; a tiny piece of my favorite china pattern that I have had forever; two special Staffordshire figurines; a beloved antique screen, and a simple arrangement of one of my favorite flowers. In the same way, I encourage my interior design clients to share with me what pieces of their current home decor are important to them. I always try to incorporate those items into their new design, since accessorizing with pieces that are personally meaningful – or that “move” the homeowner in some way – is truly what will make their house feel like “home”!
So, as you can see, paying attention to the smallest of details can truly turn any home from “drab” to “It’s so FAB!”.
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!