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    Many of you may have seen that on every Instagram post I use the hashtag #spaceswithsoul. This is a phrase, that for me, really narrowed down my approach to interior design. But there is a little more to it than just some fluffy catchphrase, so today, I want to give you a little more of an insight into what the term ‘SPACES WITH SOUL’ really means and what the Soul Shapes design narrative actually is.First and foremost, priority in the design, whether residential or commercial, is to improve health + wellbeing. Like anything in life, nothing can grow and flourish without a good foundation, a solid starting point. Those well versed in spiritual awareness and enlightened living will most certainly agree that a healthy spirit, a connected and self-aware soul is pivotal in creating the perfect foundation for health and wellbeing. A seed won’t grow without the right soil, a cake won't bake without the right temperature. For true happiness, health and growth, our ………


    TODAY, SOUL SHAPES WELCOMES MEAGAN FROM ‘LOTUS HEALING + WELNESS’ TO SHARE HER’ TIPS ON CREATING ‘HOMES THAT HEAL’ Someone who knows just how important is is to have a well designed, energetically balanced home is the wonderful Meagan Leigh Cohn from ‘LOTUS HEALING & WELLNESS CENTRE’. Meagan is an absolutely amazing physical + spiritual healer, specialising in meditation, energy balancing and holistic beauty therapy and today Meagan shares with us her approach to creating ‘Homes that Heal’. CLICK TO READ MORE…


    Many of you may have seen that on every Instagram post I use the hashtag #spaceswithsoul. This is a phrase, that for me, really narrowed down my approach to interior design. But there is a little more to it than just some fluffy catchphrase, so today, I want to give you a little more of an insight into what the term ‘SPACES WITH SOUL’ really means and what the Soul Shapes design narrative actually is.First and foremost, priority in the design, whether residential or commercial, is to improve health + wellbeing. Like anything in life, nothing can grow and flourish without a good foundation, a solid starting point. Those well versed in spiritual awareness and enlightened living will most certainly agree that a healthy spirit, a connected and self-aware soul is pivotal in creating the perfect foundation for health and wellbeing. A seed won’t grow without the right soil, a cake won't bake without the right temperature. For true happiness, health and growth, our ………


    TRUE COLOURS + A HOME THAT HEALS. Colour influences the flow and amount of energy in our bodies . Our energy body is made up of different frequencies of energy similarily to the energy of light + colour.  Colour is simply the consequence of different frequencies of light.  Light consists of the seven colour energies: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Each colour is connected to various areas of our body and will affect us differently emotionally, physically, and mentally. By learning how each colour influences us as a free quench of light, we can effectively use colour to replenish and heal our energy body. This is the basis of ‘Colour Therapy’ and today I want to share with you how applying the principles of colour therapy in the home/office can greatly enhance our energy body and in turn our overall physical + mental health + wellbeing. 

  • Cracking the Colour Code for Autumn Interiors

    So today I wanted to look a little more closely at the most popular autumn inspired colour palettes for 2018. I thought it would be fun to nut out how to work these refreshing popular interior trends into your own home,  and also look at the subconscious feeling and vibe these colours communicate. When I’m working out what colours to put where in a space I like to work out what percentage I will add of each colour. A great way to do this is to jump on your computer, grab a digital sample of the colours you're considering and place them....

  • How To Ground Your Self + Your Home With My Top 5 Indoor Plants!

    With that in mind I got thinking about how much I rely on my indoor green friends to keep me grounded and feeling connected. In my home there is nowhere you can go that doesn’t have plants, actually, I lie, my daughters' room doesn’t have plants because she thinks they are “totally uncool Mum, I’m not a Nana she says”. So I let her off, and although she thinks she’s escaping the benefits of indoor plants, she unknowingly is soaking up the good vibes of Mum’s plants every time she’s in the bathroom, lounging on the sofa or just hanging in the kitchen.

  • 6 Secrets to Styling Small Spaces

    Some of you may know that my hubby and I have been renovating a little mountain house in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges Melbourne Australia. This gorgeous property sits on the side of a mountain and although cute and cosy, is a little lacking in the square footage department (as a good cottage should ;). During the last year I have really been pushing all of my space maximising ideas and I have been able to implement lots of design rules to open up the space. With so many people now embracing apartment living or the new tiny house culture, I thought I'd share my 6 'Secrets to Styling Small Spaces".


    Think about it, it can't be good when we wake up in the morning and the first thing many of us do is grab our phone. Our first activity in the morning is to look at what everyone else is doing or saying . This is not good, to be healthy and happy of mind body and sprirt we need to look with-in as often as possible, we need to really know ourselves to be happy.  When you constantly look outwards and never inwards you become disconnected from yourself, you lose the true awareness of who you are, what you love and your own purpose in this life! 


    Re-styling your home can be an exciting time! Perhaps you're buying or building a new home or maybe you're just needing a change from your current look. Whatever your situation the golden rules are still the same and today I'm going to share with you the 5 steps to successful furniture shopping.  There is nothing that hurts my ears (or eyes!) more than hearing stories of people who have purchased the wrong size, colour or fabric and are then are stuck with those expensive mistakes! Furniture is not cheap, well good furniture isn't and making large purchases like these need to be taken as seriously as a car or house purchase.


    So let's talk about energy! What do I mean by lift the energy? Well, I'm not talking about increasing your electricity bill, if you're like most of us, you don't need help with that ;). What I actually mean is the energetic vibration that surrounds you, in your space. Think about when you have walked into a space and it just feels wrong! There is a heavy, depressing feeling and you really just want to get out asap!


    Hey there all you savvy home owners. It's time to roll your sleeves up on today's 'Selfie Saturday' #selfiesaturday Today I'm sharing how to DIY a budget kitchen facelift in a weekend! As you can see the before and after is quite dramatic and you might be shocked to know that hubby and I did all of this for around $200, over two days! Now bare in mind there is further you could go with this facelift and I will be adding in lights and new appliances soon etc. but for now this our little diamond in the rough.


    5 WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH WINTER So let me to tell you the 5 things that I do at home that make me fall in love with winter.  Hopefully I can inspire you to go indulge in one of these perfect winter activites and get you appreciating that there is a time for everything and the variety + balance seasons bring to our life is so soothing to the soul. It's all about embracing life in moderation, so lets stop the winter winge and embrace the moment!

  • What's 'SOUL' got to do.... got to do with it? !!

    Today I want to talk about Soul Shapes + exactly what my business + brand is all about. Ok let's  get really clear on what exactly I mean by 'SOUL SHAPES' & most importantly, when it comes to Interior Design,   ' What's Soul Got to Do With It?'


    The idea of using stripes comes back to the old fashion rule of thumb "horizontal stripes make you look wider" a fashion no no but an interior yes yes! . It's so amazing how big the space looks now and I have to say I think this has been one of my fav design tricks in this property. The idea to use stripes was not just to create an illusion of width in the room, but I also am pretty obsessed with wide plank flooring + knew I could create the look by painting two planks alternate tones.

  • DIY - Paint Your Wood Floors! Budget Makeover #SelfieSaturday

    <h3>Selfie Saturday</h3><p>Hey guys, wow Saturday again! I swear every week goes quicker + quicker! Although in all honesty I have been super sick with the flu this week so my head isn't sure what day it is! &nbsp;Anyway just thought I'd share a little DIY project with you all today.&nbsp;</p><p>So we have bought a cute little mountain house that we are fixing up. I have been going through a heap of design ideas for the floors and after weighing it all up, we decided on some gorgeous thick, low contrast stripes. &nbsp;So the colours we chose are Surf Mist + Pale Bianca from 'Cabots Decking+ Exterior range.&nbsp;</p><p>I just thought I'd share my thought process in deciding which way to go with these floors &nbsp;+ perhaps you can apply the same process to your own project if or when you do your own wood floors. &nbsp;</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="960x1280" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="I'm was very helpful! #selfiesaturday" data-load="false" data-image-id="5944dc56725e25914d3f09f2" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>I'm was very helpful! #selfiesaturday</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="2448x3264" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="IMG_1893.JPG" data-load="false" data-image-id="5944db61e110ebecae335a56" data-type="image" src="" /> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="2448x3264" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="IMG_1895.JPG" data-load="false" data-image-id="5944dbc7b11be1e4f408ac94" data-type="image" src="" /> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="2448x3264" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="IMG_1918.JPG" data-load="false" data-image-id="5944e23ad1758ea76a3f663f" data-type="image" src="" /> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="2448x3264" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="IMG_1920.JPG" data-load="false" data-image-id="5944dbff37c581ba041353fc" data-type="image" src="" /> <h3>What was on the table + why I went yay or nay</h3><p><strong>White wash floors</strong>- I love this look but with an already white kitchen I decided it would be a little too white on white and I really wanted to make sure we had something with a bit more warmth.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Grey wash floors-</strong> &nbsp;This could have looked amaze but it would have required a full sand back and for the amount of work I just didn't feel the end result would be worth the effort required. So yes it could have been a winner, but I knew there would be another more practical, cost + time efficient idea. So I kept refining the ideas!</p><p><strong>White with a small warm wood chevron pattern</strong>- this would look amazing and I was so so close to going with this. The colour balance would be perfect. A nice punch of organic warmth with the wood floor exposed as a thin chevron line married up against white. However I decided for this floor plan it would be too chaotic and busy.</p><p><strong>Grey + white chevron of equal thickness -</strong> similar to the above train of thought, high impact yes✔️ But we just felt it would feel too busy so it was a nay.</p><p><strong>Original wood floors with white mandala stencils</strong> - I love the additional spiritual reference and intricate patters you could bring into a space but again it came back to addinging warmth + intrest without going over the top. I knew I wanted something that would pull everything together, but this wasn't going to do it.</p><p><strong>Grey + White thick stripes -</strong> well as you can see in the progress shots, this is the winner! ✔️✔️ We chose a very subtle grey , white contrast to keep the pattern subtle, soft but with still enough layers of colour to really calm the space and hopefully give a high end, next level finish. This pattern will be painted through out the whole house, except for the bedrooms where we have some lovely neutral , light mocha accent carpet.&nbsp;</p><p>So anyway this was us today, still a little sick with the flu but we managed to get one room started. &nbsp;</p><p>Will show you th finished space next Saturday along with all the steps to get the look!&nbsp;</p><h3>Peace Out xx</h3><p> </p><p><a href="">Melanie Sherwell- Interior Designer</a> &nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Creator of Soul Shapes - Lifestyle Interiors &nbsp;</a></p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="2448x3264" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="IMG_1898.JPG" data-load="false" data-image-id="5944db9ce6f2e14c76fccdc0" data-type="image" src="" /> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="2448x3264" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="IMG_1904.JPG" data-load="false" data-image-id="5944dcaeb11be1e4f408b10e" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>Love my tradie 😀</p><p> </p><h3>Peace Out xx</h3><p> </p><p><a target="_blank" href="">Melanie Sherwell -&nbsp;Interior Designer</a></p><p><a target="_blank" href="">Soul Shapes- Lifestyle Interiors</a></p>


    TODAY ON SELFIE SATURDAY - WHY WE ALL NEED A ZEN DEN!Thanks for dropping in to 'Selfie Saturday'! For those of you who may be new, 'Selfie Saturday' is a weekly sesh on ways to improve your life from the inside out. I'll be delving into the many ways to design your life, from interior design for the soul to increasing your connection to source + yourself!  With our busy lives it's sometimes hard to find the time to take stock + check in on our self. I want this blog to be your 10 mins every Saturday morning where you can reflect and perhaps tweak things up a little. It's all about you , so take a break, enjoy, it's Saturday! #selfiesaturday


    So now you have your amazing business name, you may just want to slow down a second because to get the final tick of approval, you will need to search the domain name data base to see if your business name or variation is available. What is a domain name? Well if your a tue beginner to all this, let me briefly spell it out. A domain name is your online address. With out a domain, you can't really exit online so in our "How to launch your online business challenge" a domain name is 101 of online business. Who you purchase your online address, you will then be able to use it as your actual website address + also to create custom email addresses.  There are lots of domain name hosts , these are just a few to go check out. I have used crazy domains mostly but there really are so so many so don't limit yourself to these few. Just wanted to make it easy for you to have snoop and get your head around it. *      * *


    * In a very short second you can communicate so much to your potential clients about what you actually do. Make the most of every second of exposure you get with a clever business name. * A clever business name can also be very memorable, especially if you think of something that communicates your services + perspective. Remember to get into the mind of your potential clients. How do they think? What name would excite your potential customers or target audience? * A good business name can communicate who you are + what your about. * This is an ooprtunity to demonstrate your creative/intelectual ability. This is of course if you come up with a name that is creative and intelligent ;).


    Remember, chasing your dreams should be the thing that makes you the happiest! I touched on this in week 1 and I just wanted to quickly remind us all that our passion should make us super happy! So if your not feeling that into week 3 today, it could be as case of


    <h1>HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS? &nbsp;-Week 2.</h1><h3>#launch it &nbsp;</h3><h2>Hey everyone,&nbsp;Happy Saturday!</h2> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="928x588" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="5916b3868419c282a85bb809" data-type="image" src="" /> <p>I hope your relaxing, or spending time with friends and family! It's so important to have some down time. I just got home from Wonderlust Melbourne. If you have'nt heard of it, it's a gorgeous yoga festival and it seriously was so beautiful! I'll be doing a write up on it all on Monday so keep your eyes peeled for that.</p><p>Anyway as I said last week, this 'How to Launch Your Online Business' challenge will go for the next few weeks. So if this is something you have been thinking about doing, I hope you have subscribed to Soul Circle and will stay with us all the way.</p><p>Now for those of you who read last week, #week 1, I hope you got some thinking done and maybe some of you might have had, as Oprah calls them, an aha moment?</p><p>If you did then great, we can start thinking about what to do next, so sit tight I'm about to get to it. &nbsp;If your still stuck, you can still continue into all of the following weeks. In the mean time, keep digging deep and paying attention to what creates a spark in your soul. Take sometime to do a 5-10 min meditation, focusing completely on what your passion is and note down any ideas. Don't be afraid to write down any random, or weird thoughts, even if it does'nt make sense straight away, you will be surprised how random thoughts can turn into amazing + epic ideas!&nbsp;</p><p>Now, if you did have a little light bulb moment last week and your ready to start thinking about the next steps, then lets get into it!</p><p>So you have an idea, you think you have found your JAM, that's awesome! Congratulations, that really is one of the hardest parts. Being honest and admitting to yourself that there is this thing that you really love + want to do despite the fear, your like "Im going to do it!" &nbsp;Big pats on the back!</p><p>Now, it's one thing to have a passion, but now you have to make it yours! So as we did last week, I'm going to throw a couple of D+M questions at you. Questions that will get you thinking about how to take a passion, that maybe many peope share and make it yours.</p> <img class="thumb-image" data-image="" data-image-dimensions="2500x1875" data-image-focal-point="0.5,0.5" alt="" data-load="false" data-image-id="5916ba5915d5db3071abef07" data-type="image" src="" /> <h2> </h2><h3>What is your unique passion footprint?</h3><p>Today I want you spend sometime thinking about your unique view point. I really believe we all have our own individual view point or footprint that we can stamp all over our passion. Think about Steve Jobs, he didnt just create computers, he reinvented them, with a vision that only he could really bring about. 'Apple' is Steven jobs footprint on technology. Ok so next, lets think about Jamie Oliver, whether you like him or not (that's not important) he was one of the first to really take food + cooking to cool town. Jamie Oliver has created an amazing brand, putting his own spin into his cooking has made him millions of dollars for his rustic, holistic approach to food. I think you get the point. It's not about just going and creating an online business that is same, same. You have to really think and ask yourself, "what is my perspective on ______?" What can I bring to my passion that really communicates what I am about and what I believe in?</p><p>Again, spend sometime with this, even if you get zero inspo and you have no idea, come back ask your self again tomorrow and the next day, every day until you get your 'aha moment'. Meditate on it and it will come! We all have a purpose, find yours and you'll find your footprint!</p><h3>What is your message?</h3><p>With any good concept or idea, you have to refine it! Or as I like to say in design, edit, edit, edit. To me you can never edit and refine an idea enough. There is always more creative bubles waiting to be thought, so open your mind and get into the mode of refining your footprint.</p><p>So you have your passion, tick, you found your unique blueprint (or you will soon), now lets get your message! Your message will be the big part of your blueprint, but as I said we need to refine that unique view point even further. If you don't know what your message is or what your brand is going to communicate, how will your customers or clients know what the purpose of your service is? Let me break it down, so lets say we have someone who has a passion for writing, then he/she discovers their unique footprint is writing about spirituality, now they would need to refine again to discover their strong message. Perhaps it could be something like "Spirituality + Food" or "Encouraging Spirtuality in Children", just a few quick thoughts, but you get the picture. It's all about making it your message, your authentic view point, your passion!</p><p>When your working on this, I cant stress how important it is that your message is authentic to you! Don't just think " I think this idea will make money" that will never work guys! Why, because if you are not sincere, if your messge is not backed up by truth + authenticity, no one will hear a word your saying, nor will they believe what your saying. So make that passion yours, find your voice + be true to yourself. &nbsp;Lastly,&nbsp;edit, edit, edit.</p><p>Thanks for stopping by guys, I'm going to plonk in a hot bath, OMG 5 km's and 70 mins of Yoges, I'm tired!</p><h3>Peace out and Happy Mothers Day to all you amazeball Mums xx</h3><h2> </h2><p> </p><h2> </h2><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>

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