I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Playing Music

Contrast is the Key to Striking Beauty While in my doumbek class last week, my drum teacher Amir Etemadzadeh, who is a native of Iran was talking about the importance of being able to distinguish clearly all the notes we can make on our drums. The more notes, the better.  The more clearly they are different from each other, the better and more beautiful it sounds to the listener.Amir describes it as creating a beautiful and delicious meal and all the notes are like the spices and layers that Read more [...]

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- The Magic of Transitions

Transitions Make Magic Happen Its the moments between the moments, the transitions, where the real magic happens.Every dance is made up of a series of moves, but how a dancer goes from one move to the next shows what they are made of and creates the flow of the whole performance.What happens in that space between the moves? I bet you never thought of that. Is it like watching a slide show, where you see one picture, and then the next and the next?  Or is it like a film or video where the transition Read more [...]

Can Creating a Perfect Space Make You Happy?

I am so glad you are here.I get it. Over the last year, you may have spent more time at home than you wanted to.  You may have thought, OMG, this is not working for me! I don’t like the way my house looks or feels. I don’t have enough room. I have too much stuff. The colors suck. I don’t have a space to work, work out, or for peace and quiet.You are working on creating your dream life…. improving your career, health, and relationships. Some of those things may have been on hold for a while.Are Read more [...]

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Surprise Me

Surprises Make Magic Happen A great dance performance always has a surprise.It might be an unexpected twist in the storyline.It might be the unveiling of the dancer so you see her beautiful face or costume.  Back stage before a classical Persian dance performance. Mary Ann Benoit, of Tavus Dance Company. Maybe it is the revealing of an unexpected part of the costume that was hidden that causes the audience to gasp in surprise and Read more [...]

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing and Learning to Tell a Great Story.

A Great Story Makes the Dance A great dance performance always has a story.It might be a love story set to a song based on romantic Persian poetry. The Persians really know how to tell a romantic story!Maybe it's the story of the love affair between a girl and her drum. The story of a love affair between a girl and her drum. Mary Ann Benoit.of Tavus Dance Company. Maybe it is the story of an epic battle between warrior queens. Kaleido Read more [...]

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Bring on the Bling

Bring on the Bling A dance performance needs some bling.It can be sparkly and glittery jewelry or fabrics that create magic under the stage lights. It can be accessories that make musical or percussive sounds as you move. It might be the tassels and sparkly bits that show off your movements. It could be or a costume with cultural elements that tells the story of the dance or the culture it came from.  The bling adds depth, excitement and the final touches.It is about more than beauty. It's about Read more [...]

I Learned To Solve All My Interior Design Problems by Dancing- There Can Only Be One Star

There Can Only Be One Star in Every Show There can only be one star in every show.This one star shines brighter than all the rest.The audience knows that is the person that will bring the magic to them.They can't take their eyes off the star.  There should only be one star. Photo by Gage Smith on Unsplash The Star Can Be The Group- If They Dance as One. But what if there is a group of performers? The star is the group and the unified magical Read more [...]

I Learned to Solve all my Interior Design Problems by Dancing- Be Brave

Bravery.It is a good quality to have, in dancing,  design, and life.Often, we are afraid to put ourselves out there and be who we really are for fear others will judge us.Guess what? They will judge us no matter what we do. It is human nature to make meaning of everything.  So, why give others the power to control how we live?Be yourself. Be brave. Let your uniqueness shine through in your dance or design. It is a beautiful gift you give to yourself and others.And, bravery makes the magic happen. Read more [...]