Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Southwest Rugs and My Love of Home Decor

Décor is what gives a room character; it brings the room to life. Without out, one’s room would simply be bland and generic. The addition of decoration allows for the owner to express their personality and depict their taste in the decorations they chose to fill the room.


Decorations can make a room feel like home which is a grave necessity in college to avoid home sickness. It brings a newfound sense of comfort to the living space in order for the tenant to feel safe and at home. Without it. The individual may not do as well in school, feeling out of place and uncomfortable in their generic, bland room. However, with decorations, the student has appropriate distraction from their home sickness and the concentration to focus more on their school work.


Many students feel a sense of home sickness when they leave off to college. For many students, it is there first time away from home for such a long period of time. With this in mind, countless students make themselves a room body, leaving their room simply to attend class.  The unwelcoming or lack of decoration in a room can intensify the feeling of the student being out of place in their own living space. For this reason, it is imperative that the student have the proper items that bring them enough comfort in order for them to avoid falling into pits of depression due to the distance away from home. Décor can make a room more comfortable, not only mentally, but physically as well. Dorm beds are not the softest clouds and for this reason, a nice thick comforter and an pillows could make a great change. Replacing the wooden desk chair with a nicer, padded office chair could also be a great investment.
Décor is important for numerous reasons. Mentally and physically, décor can change not only the look of the room but also the mentality of the individual residing in it.


Home decor,  to me is not just a couple of decorations you put up to fill empty space. It's a way of life, a right of passage, a transition from young child to mature young adult. Home decor has made a difference in my life since I got my own room in my house, I no longer had to share a room with another person and I could decorate it however I want. It has defined who I am as a person and anyone who comes into my room can see what kind of person I am and cannot judge me about how my room is decorated because it's my room. Southwestern home décor and rugs hold an extra special place in my heart.


Home decor really made an impact on my life when I was transitioning from middle school to high school. I was becoming a young woman and I knew that I had to get rid of some of the more childish things around my room. It was a big deal around this time because I knew I would be having friends over more often and I wanted to have a chill and relaxing environment. Although I didn't have many friends over, I still wanted to make my room feel fun. As the years went by I added and took away many things from my home decor, many things that have helped me become who I am today.


There are many stages of life that a teenage girl will go through, and she will always have that stuffed animal to hold when she's sad, or an old picture to look at to remember good times. Whatever the case may be, our room is our comfort zone and decor makes everything seem a little more comfier. As time draws by there are a numerous amount of times a girl will change the decor of her room and no matter what she does to it, it will always be home and nothing beats home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why I Just Love Minimalist Decor


Decor in my life hasn't just been for a decorative matter; instead, it's been used as a way to amplify the beautiful sound of my music. In every Band Hall, Orchestra Room, Choir Room, and so forth, the walls and ceiling are made up of small squares and pyramids to help "push" the sound of music further than you'd be able to with bland walls. It's very much the same in places such as auditoriums, or stages (An example would be the Tobin Center, at which I have had the pleasure of performing in myself) where they line the floor with a slick wood and walls with a metallic curve to help, again, "push" your sound even further than if it was just a raised floor. But looking further into the Tobin Center, there is a slight ramp up along the walls that push up towards many second and third level balconies; giving even the people in the highest seats, a wonderful experience. All and all, the decor has helped me, and many other's, share our gift to the world through music, one stage at a time.

Why does décor matter? It doesn’t make us smarter and it definitely doesn’t make us richer. These are two things that are very important in college, smarts, and money. Can one afford college and is one smart enough to get into it? If you are then that means, you’ll be moving away from home and everything that is familiar to you. When I left for college I felt a little out of place. This dorm room wasn’t my room. It didn’t have my signed sketch of Batman or my world map with all the places that I want to travel marked. There wasn’t a string of photos from one wall to the other and where were my Shakespeare posters? None of this was there and it without it the room didn’t feel like my room. I felt like I was staying in a stranger’s room. 

This wasn’t homey or comforting and I didn’t like staying in there. I avoided my room because it didn’t feel like my room. I felt like an intruder to whoever stayed in it last year. That’s when I decided I needed new decorations. I needed décor to make this room feel like home. I hung up a string of lights over a string of photos. I loved how the twinkle lights made the pictures look. I bought a Peter Pan poster and hung it next to my Peter Pan canvas next to my minimalist lamps. I placed my ‘Dorm Sweet Dorm’ rug at the foot of my bed and it started to feel like home. Adding the Sherlock bobble heads to the shelf above my desk made it perfect. I finally felt like my room was my own. What made it even better was that most of these décor items were new so I didn’t have to take much from my room back home so that room still had my vibe to it. Décor not only made my room feel comfortable and reminded me of home but it also boosted my moral. I get so happy showing people my room because each piece of décor in there was picked by me for me and shows my personality off in every way.

Carribean Home Styling and Profiling


Decor impacts and animates the life of every person, whether we are aware of it or not. As a first-generation Canadian to two Caribbean parents, my life has been defined by bright, vibrant, colorful, and mesmerizing patterns. The clash of the snowy Canadian culture and the tropical warmth of the sun bled into the decor and vibes that were our home for 15 years. My personal sense of home is a place of comfort, tranquility, stability, and safety. My mother has always been the designer in our home, and as Erin Flett, the Designer perfectly states, “Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.” 

My house, due to the love and infusion of culture, became a collection of the things that I would grow to love and would bring comfort, and push me into my identity and future. As a first-generation Canadian, my parents came to Canada with nothing but the clothes on their back and hopes and dreams of a brighter tomorrow for their children. As we grew up, we may not have had all of the materialistic items that define some children’s lives, but we had a house that through decor, was made into a home. This decor and house became my story, and a launching pad for the hopes and dreams that I am currently chasing today. Whenever I see a bright orange wall, or a snowflake chandelier, I picture the home that I grew up in, the home that will forever be seared into my mind as a place of beauty. The kind of beauty that takes your attention away from your circumstances and onto the hope that lies in the beauty of every sunrise. This is how decor has changed and inspired my life.