When Dr. Robin received a brochure from Linens n' Things and took a look at fellow Oprah Radio host Nate Berkus's line of interior design products, the ideas began to flow. One of Nate's primary tenets is that your home should be a reflection of who you are. For the new year, Dr. Robin challenges you to follow Nate's lead and surround yourself with the colors, fabrics and things that make you feel good about being you!
Dr. Robin wants to know: How much of you exists in your home? Does your environment inspire you? Or does your home just house you and your life, without cultivating creativity, warmth or originality? She says it's important to make your home truly your own.
Dr. Robin says it's easy to decorate, furnish and create a space that is a reflection of who you are. Look at each room in your house and ask yourself, "Does this represent who I am today?" "Does it make me feel like I'm in a place that defines my personality, my character?" If it doesn't, she suggests taking small steps to change that, such as repainting the room or adding mementos that remind you of people and places in your life.
Dr. Robin also urges you to stop making excuses when it comes to decorating. Changing your décor has nothing to do with how much or how little money you have, she says. Nor is it about hiring a designer, or about buying fancy or expensive things, she says. "It's about getting to know who you are," Dr. Robin says. "Getting to know what colors make your heart smile and that really enliven your sense of well-being, what colors calm you, what fabrics feel soft and good to sleep on."
Published on January 10, 2007