Conscious Home

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many of us spend time thinking about what we’re thankful for and feeling gratitude. Often, this leads us to think about those who are less fortunate and what we can do to “give back.” Giving back is an important next step to...

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Homemaking as an Art and Science

This month in our series of conversations with people we believe practice inspired everyday living, we’re speaking with Dane Findley. Dane is a lifestyle designer who enjoys sharing entertaining information about the science and art of life extension to help others...

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Redefining Homemaking

“If we had a feminism that caused us to get out of the house, is there not also room for feminism that would bring us back home, so that our homes would reflect ourselves and would once more have soul?” - Ginette Paris, Social Psychologist From our perspective the...

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Where Your Attention Goes, Energy Flows

There is an expression “where your attention goes, energy flows.” Take a moment to walk into a room in your home and track your eye movement---where does your attention go? What catches your gaze when you first walk in your front door? Similar to the idea that like...

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A Change of Scenery

Inspiration from a small, mountain town… Have you ever wanted to try living somewhere that's entirely different than where you currently live? Recently, I've been thinking it would be fun to try something new for awhile. For the last 15 years, I've lived in big...

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The Best Path to a New Home, Is Embracing Your Current Home

IEL News… Before getting to this week's blog, we wanted to share some exciting updates. We were truly honored when Terah Kathryn Collins, founder of the Western School of Feng Shui and our mentor, recently interviewed us for the WSFS blog. If you'd like to...

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Feng Shui Your Office

Take a moment to consider all the time you spend in your office; if you’re happy at work, you are spending a good part of your life happy. When you think of your job not just as a means to make money, but as a large part of your journey through life, then naturally...

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Embracing the Unknown

Recently my husband and I took a leap of faith. We put our house on the market, and not because we had a plan for what or where our next home would be, but rather because we had a calling that selling was the right thing to do. Our motivation stemmed from intuition....

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Looking and Feeling Good at Home

Although you may not realize it, your home can actually influence how you feel about your appearance. And your appearance can go a long way when it comes to how you feel about yourself. Most of us have had a bad hair day, and although it’s doubtful that others pay...

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Simple Steps to Clear the Energy in Your Home

Clearing energy is something that at first may seem a little "out there." But how many times have you watched a scene in a movie where someone is sitting in bed depressed or sad and the best friend walks in the bedroom, parts the curtains and opens the windows to...

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Feng Shui and the Power of Visual Affirmations

If you read our blog regularly you know that Feng Shui is one of the many tools we use in our overall approach to creating a home, which we call Life Design. For those who aren't familiar with Feng Shui, it's the 4,000 year old Chinese art of arranging your home to...

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When a Little Mess is a Good Thing

Inspired everyday living is to live fully expressed and happily in our homes---to really live. Yet, many friends we talk to (ourselves included) have admitted to avoiding cooking in a recently cleaned kitchen because they don’t want to mess it up! Have you ever...

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Bringing the Energy of Your Vacation Home

A Room at the Eco-friendly Xinalani Yoga Resort I've just returned from an amazing yoga retreat at an eco-friendly resort in Mexico. The beautiful surroundings, the healthy and delicious food, the strong yoga practice, and the wonderful people I met made the trip an...

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The Art of Everyday Living

So often our attention is drawn to the big events in our lives, those that have happened and those we anticipate. Yet, it is the little everyday moments—such as eating, getting dressed, working, caring for children, running errands, walking the dog—that make up the...

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Live Like You’re On Vacation At Home

A few years ago I came home from a magical trip to Hawaii. It was a much needed break after a challenging couple of years and the trip was restorative and healing. When I returned to LA, instead of going right back to work and my routine I gave myself an unscheduled...

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A Colorful Home

Colors can elicit powerful emotional responses. Color is created by wavelengths of light and each wavelength produces a unique vibration and energy that can affect our mood and health. Therefore, color can be a great way to bring different qualities and energy into...

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A Good Night’s Sleep

A good night's sleep is important for all aspects of our wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It is a time for our immune systems to replenish, our psyches to process the day, and our bodies to repair damage caused by stress and environmental toxins....

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Supporting Your Daily Routines

As Laura and I often say in our blogs, it’s easy to focus on the big moments in life—vacations, parties, holidays, important meetings—but it’s the little everyday moments, many of which take place at home, that make up the majority of our lives. Waking up, getting...

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