How to Decide What Pieces to Keep
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by Nicci Tong
4d ago
Our homes are reflections of who we are and the experiences we cherish. Each piece we bring into our living spaces holds a story, whether it's a cherished memory or a design choice. When we embark on making changes to our home, it's crucial to consider the energy we want to surround ourselves with. Let's explore the significance of positive energy in our living spaces and how to decide which pieces to keep. Embracing Positive Energy The environment we create within our homes greatly impacts our well-being. Positive energy can uplift our spirits, foster creativity, and promote overall happin ..read more
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Releasing stuff that doesn't serve us
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by Nicci Tong
4d ago
I read a fascinating book by Xorin Balbes a while ago about creating soul spaces. Homes that nurture the occupants to be the best they can be. It talks about the impact our "stuff" has on our subconscious mind, and how we live our lives. The possessions we choose to keep in our homes tell a story, and the memories we associate each item can be good or bad (sometimes both).  It's interesting to think about our possessions in this way because in order to have a home that feels lovely and really nurtures who we are, it's important not to hold onto items that make you recall unpleasant ti ..read more
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Life Transitions
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by Nicci Tong
4d ago
Life is all about transitions - and the metamorphosis this creates in ourselves, depends entirely on how open we are to shedding the old, and embracing the new.... Whether you're experiencing a breakup, adjusting to an empty nest, grieving the loss of a loved one, moving in with a partner, or downsizing to a smaller home, transitions can be challenging. But they also present an opportunity for growth and renewal. Your home should be a sanctuary that nurtures and uplifts you, especially during times of change. If you're going through a challenging life transition, or feeling stuck - One powe ..read more
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The Magic of a Home Consultation
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by Nicci Tong
4d ago
Have you ever walked into your home and thought, "Hmm, something's not quite right here"? You're not alone. Many of us grapple with decorating dilemmas and room layout challenges that can leave us scratching our heads. But I'm here to tell you about a super valuable interior design service that can give you the clarity and inspiration to move you confidently towards creating a home you love! The Homes with Soul Home Consultation is a 1-hour session in your home, designed to get your questions answered, challenges solved and the clarity and certainty around the best next steps. From room lay ..read more
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Case Study: Sonya's calm, tranquil living room
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by Nicci Tong
4M ago
Transforming a Lounge into a Calm and Tranquil Oasis Sonya recently bought three matching cabinets for her lounge, but once she got them home - she felt the whole room looked wrong! Her vision was clear: she wanted a serene, tranquil space that she and her husband could relax in. The cabinets she had purchased were not wrong, but we needed to make a few changes to bring the room into balance - and create the serenity she was hoping for. Considering the Room Layout One of the immediate issues in the lounge was the positioning of her husband's desk. Placed by the window, it monopolised valuable ..read more
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The Magic of a Home Consultation
Homes with Soul Blog
by Nicci Tong
4M ago
Have you ever walked into your home and thought, "Hmm, something's not quite right here"? You're not alone. Many of us grapple with decorating dilemmas and room layout challenges that can leave us scratching our heads. But I'm here to tell you about a super valuable interior design service that can give you the clarity and inspiration to move you confidently towards creating a home you love! The Homes with Soul Home Consultation is a 1-hour session in your home, designed to get your questions answered, challenges solved and the clarity and certainty around the best next steps. From room lay ..read more
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How to love the home you're in
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by Nicci Tong
11M ago
Nicci Tong, Interior Designer, Homes with Soul - happy at home There have been times when I have felt restless and dissatisfied with my home, but I have made so many improvements over the years, that it just didn’t make sense to move. Looking at other houses, nothing seemed to measure up to what I was looking for. They all fell short in some way - making me appreciate the great characteristics that my own home had, that others didn’t. MY HOME My home is a 1910 working mans cottage based in Brooklyn, Wellington, NZ. It’s small - only 89sqm - but perfect for me, and just as comfortable for two ..read more
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Decorating with Accessories: A Guide to Creating Eye-Catching Displays
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by Nicci Tong
11M ago
If you have an eclectic collection of things on display in your home, and want to take your displays to the next level, these 4 simple guidelines will help you create displays that feel fresh and interesting - while still incorporating the special pieces you've had for years! Embrace Variety Incorporate objects of different sizes to create dynamic displays. Avoid overcrowding with too many small items and consider investing in larger, more dominant pieces such as a sculpture, oversized vase, table lamp, or houseplant. Harmonize Colors and Materials Choose colors and materials that complem ..read more
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THREE STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL DECORATING
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by Nicci Tong
1y ago
THREE STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL DECORATING Decorating your home can feel like a daunting task, especially if you have a million different ideas, no clear vision of what you want to achieve, and can’t commit to one direction! I completely understand because I was once just like you! I felt stuck and unsure how to progress my decorating ideas - so I did nothing! I was scared to spend money on the wrong things, so I ended up not spending anything at all! It felt so disempowering. But when I renovated several years ago, everything changed for me! I discovered three simple steps that completely changed t ..read more
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THE HOMES WITH SOUL APPROACH - WHERE IT ALL STARTED
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by Nicci Tong
1y ago
When I was younger I used to LOVE changing my room around. Creating a space that felt fresh and new was always so exhilarating. Little did I know that this was to become a life long passion - under the guise of interior design. MY VALUES: RESOURCEFULNESS AND CREATIVITY Although I loved creating beautiful spaces, I couldn’t see myself as an Interior Designer, because the design industry didn’t align with my values. I’ve always been resourceful, and take a lot of pleasure in making the most of things I have - creating beautiful interiors that don’t require starting from scratch. I thought inter ..read more
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