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LOVE YOUR STYLE!
What to do, when there is so much to be done! I am sitting at my desk with every intention to commence my week without chaos and yet there are piles of work stacked high, on every side of me. But there is always determination…and I am indeed determined. Determined to start the week well and finish it even better!
‘Any house or home remembered with pleasure has the look of being loved by those who live in it’ – Billy Baldwin
Love, love, love this!…I am always chatting about owning your own style. Know it, claim it, live it…love it! How do you know it?…You begin by being honest with yourself. Invest time in looking through books and mags, and pinterst to establish what you love. Once you build a pattern in your mind of the type of looks that bring you joy, use this as a foundation to layer on. Don’t be surprised if, as your look develops you start to edit some of your original pic’s…this is all part of the process.
Some mags I enjoy are: Livingetc (UK), Inside Out, Architectural Digest & VOGUE. I would suggest a trip to MAGnation if you want to see ALL the titles on offer. (Allow plenty of time!!) – Also lovin online mag Lonny…a must see!
Claim it!…Confidence has a style all of its own. When you are at peace with who you are, you are at peace wherever you are. So have confidence to embrace your personal style. And remember you don’t have to label your style, so don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to the known titles – Contemporary, traditional, eclectic or modern… Just be you!
Live it!…Make sure as you are developing your style that you are aware of your practical needs, thus creating livable spaces. Chairs are a biggy. Select seating that both complements your aesthetic, and your physical requirements. Storage needs to again be visually appealing, but you will become easily frustrated with it if you are unable to operate it on a day-to-day bases, so find useful solutions.
Love it!…When you begin to step into your style, having worked through the above elements you start to enjoy your home…opening the door to others. Hospitality is a wonderful way to shower others with love.
Have a blissful Monday and a Fun week!
P.S. We are now on INSTAGRAM (bronniemasefau) PINTEREST pinterest.com/bronniemasefau/ & facebook ’Bronnie Masefau Design Consultancy’…For all the latest travel pic’s and design projects come join us over at the fb page!
DESIGN…A POWERFUL WORD!
We are venturing out to ‘Footscray’ and ‘West Footscray’ libraries today for the last of our designer series talks. Thank you to all the beautiful ladies who have attended thus far…we’ve had a fabulous time!
Design is a wonderful word. When we design something we are establishing its form or structure…discovering its purpose…asking the question ‘what is its intended job?’ From here the creative juices kick in and we are prompted to draw, or sketch an object or a setting.
When I am designing something, be it for myself or a client I get lost in the moment. Caught up in all the possibilities. However did you know that design is not restricted to objects. You can also design your life, look for the opportunities within your world…allowing your mind to be open to change and asking yourself the question ‘What is my intended purpose?’ Keeping yourself accountable to the truth of your answer, will open many doors, but also assist in closing the ones not inline with your vision.
Design…Such a powerful word.
MAKING TIME TO CREATE A HOME…
Good Monday morning all. Well, the sun is up in Melbourne, on this fabulous public holiday and it has us excited about family time. The birds are chirping and the various blushing blooms, positioned throughout our living area are making my heart sing!
I am always a little torn on glorious days like today. Torn because it is such a great opportunity to have family time, out and about, however I am equally inspired to just potter around the home. The way the light dances from furniture piece to furniture piece inspired me to rearrange and style new vignettes.
Sometimes after a full weekend the opportunity to have a quiet family day at home seems equally as exciting as adventuring into the surrounding neighbour hoods.
Having and taking the moments that are presented to us to just be, in our living areas are indeed a treat. Home is a collaboration of people and things we love. Lovingly positioning objects and thoughtfully creating pockets throughout your living area that mean and feel like home to you and your family is a special thing.
I hope you enjoy this day with your loved ones and make time to recharge your soul.
Be blessed. Bronnie
LIVING LARGE IN SMALL SPACES
Living Large in small spaces is a question for the heart. Sometimes, through circumstance or choice we find ourselves having to downsize our life. This could refer to our home, our work or our social activities. The goal, when we arrive at this crossroad, is to remember that prosperity is first in the mind and from there flows through every area of ones life.
The mind is a powerful resource. When your mind is in tune with your purpose it will give breath to every part of your body, however, when we give in to our circumstance and become burdened with the stuff of this world, it will pull us down to a deep lonely place.
This evening I will be speaking at the ‘Yarraville Library’ about this very subject. I know, you are wondering what Interior Design has to do with all this wishy washy stuff of the mind…Well, let me tell you…It has everything to do with our surroundings. When we condition our minds to see those things around us as beautiful and refreshing and uplifting, we transform the ordinary into an extraordinary way of living.
The first topic we will be tackling is the MIND, followed by the BODY and finishing with the SOUL. When these three subjects become one, you will find harmony.
Have a great Tuesday!
BE ON-TREND…NOT TRENDY!…
One of the most asked questions when question time clocks around is ‘do you follow trends?’…When designing yes, you must be on-trend, but I recommend, for longevity of your look, not to be trendy. Yeap, there is a difference. On-trend means to take in all the knowledge of the current styles and designs, colours and feels, but making choices that come from an almost classic base. Where as, being trendy refers to running with the ‘it’ style, which will almost always be ‘last seasons’ mistakes before they’ve even been delivered to your front door!
As you’ve heard me go on, and on about in previous chats, if you want to play with a couple of the ‘now’ fashion pieces, opt for smaller, interchangeable items that can be easily changed out when the next season comes-a-knocking.
Being on-trend requires a lot more of your input, than simply running with the latest fad. So go to work. Research the style of days gone by and measure them against the trends you are enjoying seeing in the press today. Ponder on them for a couple of days, weeks or months and find your true style. This will be the perfect foundation for you to layer on, for the years to come. Embrace the process!
Have a fabulous Monday!
P.S. Join us on INSTAGRAM (bronniemasefau) and check out all the beautiful NEW pic’s we’ve just pinned on PINTEREST! pinterest.com/bronniemasefau/…Also, did I mention that we now have a ‘Bronnie Masefau Design Consultancy’ fb page!!!
PASSION IS THE FUEL FOR SUCCESS…
Good Friday morning!…Did you leap out of bed this morning?…Or did you hit the snooze button a couple of times before having to think happy thoughts and drag yourself out of bed?…Passion is the key. Passion is the fuel you are missing. Perhaps you have been filling your tank with regret, disappointment or worry, but these concerns will only leave you feeling sluggish and unmotivated. Passion is a motivator, put this fuel in your tank and watch the days fill with ideas and excitement as you look toward your vision.
Passion will bring you through the valleys and give you the strength you need to move mountains. So my friend, as you look toward the weekend, make time to cast your thoughts to the things that bring you joy. Write down the things that energise you and most importantly the things that you believe in.
Enjoy your Friday and start your day by refreshing your mind!
Be Blessed. Bronnie
LIVING A LIFE WORTH GIVING…
There is something powerful that takes place within your heart, when you decide to live a life of giving. When you purposely look for opportunities to give of your gift (talents) and or finances you position yourself for greatness.
When I give of myself to a cause, greater than my own wants, it impacts my soul. There is always a cost to be paid, be it physical, emotional or financial but the emotional reward received through the simplicity of just being able to live my purpose, fills my cup to overflowing, thus impacting every area of my life.
Giving is a choice and when chosen frequently becomes a habit. It is very hard though, to give from a place of lack, so go about your businesses with a prosperous mind-set and realign your goals with your purpose, so that next time an opportunity presents itself you can turn a good thought into an action.
Have a fabulous week!
Come join me in JUNE…
4th June 6pm – Yarraville Library, 32 Wembley Ave YARRAVILLE 2hr Workshop
6th June 6pm – Maribyrnong Library, 200 Rosamond Road MARIBYRNONG 2hr Workshop
12th June 2pm – Footscray Library, 56 Paisley Street FOOTSCRAY Author Talk
12th June 6pm – West Footscray Library, 539 Barkly Street WEST FOOTSCRAY 2hr Workshop
18th June 2pm – Parkdale Library, 94/96 Parkers Road PARKDALE Author Talk
18th June 6pm – Kew Library, Crn Civic Drive & Cotham Road KEW Author Talk
Join me, along with the ‘bronniemasefau’ team as we demystify the exciting world of design and equip you to put the heart back into your home through creative design!
Please note: you must book your place for all workshops.
Maintaining your joy…
Good Thursday morning!…I had a wonderful time speaking at the Methodist Ladies’ College on Tuesday. Such a privilege sharing the exciting world of Design with the next generation…and such a huge responsibility.
My presentation was met with inquisitive eyes from young ladies preparing to make the decision that will become their next chapter, after school life. Once the formalities were over it was time to open the session up for questions. At any event, question time is my favourite time and I believe most valued, as you are able to travel from the surface of ‘Design’ to the heart, the depth, and the ‘Why’ of what we do. One fabulous question was “how do you keep the joy, after doing what you do for 22years?”…What an awesome, insightful question.
My response: -
Stay true to who you are. By which I am referring to your passion. Throughout my journey, I have held one important question close to my heart ‘Will what I am doing, right now add value to my purpose? ‘ If yes, I continue, if no, I regroup and make new choices.
Have Fun!…Don’t live a life of ‘switch on, switch off’, BE who you are called to be. I have trained myself to enjoy both the day-to-day running of my life/business, as well as the big events. My personal challenge is to ‘always live in the now’. I try to reframe from living for tomorrow, ‘when I get there I’ll enjoy myself’ or ‘If I had more, I could do more’…’The sign of a great leader (Wife, Mother, business owner) is when you can prosper wherever you are’…and in whatever season.
A biggy for me is learning to BE a good friend. When you live a life of giving, you live a life of fullness. ‘Never grow weary of doing good’.
Thank you Methodist Ladies’ College for allowing me this absolute privilege to impart my years of learning, within the design field. All the very best to each beautiful young lady who attended. (Remember, if you have any questions I am only an email away!)
Enjoy your Thursday!
Lovin J.Crew ‘Jenna Lyons’ office…Eclectic mix of personal Style!
THE GLAMOUR OF BLACK AND GOLD…
I go weak in the knees when I stumble upon stunning ‘Black and gold’ furniture. Yes, Art Deco is a passion of mine, but there are many modern designs that are taking the spotlight at the moment.
Tom Dixon is indeed one of my favorite design concepts. Tom Dixon is a British design and manufacturing company of lighting and furniture. Beyond the products I love that the designs come from such a strong platform. Their mission, to revive the British furniture industry…I have a furniture crush!
There is something defining about the colour black. When using a dark colour on a wall it widens a space, removing boundaries, however when black is accompanying a colour, gold for example, it gives the individual object a bold statement of glamour.
It is amazing what the addition of one colour can do to a space. Finishing a cornice in Black can transform a simple entry into an intriguing space. Continuing this theme, by amplifying the black with matching black frames, with gold trims and double white mounts have all the airs and graces of ‘The Great Gatsby’ style.
Open your mind to the many possibilities offered by a splash of colour today!
Have a fabulous week!