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A Home That Sparks Joy- Marie Kondo

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Lesson #1: Tackle Categories, Not Rooms


I’d always tackled clutter by room—take on the office first, the bedroom next. Instead, Kondo’s first rule is to tidy by category—deal with every single one of your books at once, for example, otherwise they’ll continue to creep from room to room, and you’ll never rein in the clutter. She advises beginning with clothing, since it’s the least emotionally loaded of one’s things (books come next, old photographs are much later), so as soon as I found a free afternoon, that’s exactly what I did.

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Getting nostalgic over old letters or distracted by sweet toddlers might be a temporary high, but it won’t get you anywhere fast.

Lesson #2: Respect Your Belongings


With my eyes now open, I realized my closets had hit rock bottom. Everything had succumbed to a mixed-up messiness. Kondo asks that you consider your clothing’s feelings: Are they happy being squashed in a corner shelf or crowded onto hangers? Are your hardworking socks really thrilled to be balled up? It had sounded out there when I read it, but suddenly my clothes looked totally miserable.

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Kondo warns that you shouldn’t show your family the discard bags, since they’ll want to stop you from getting rid of so much. Case in point: Henry tried to nab an old hat

 

Lesson #3: Nostalgia Is Not Your Friend


As I started emptying the closets, I opened boxes filled with letters and old photographs. Serious mistake. Kondo knows what she’s talking about when she insists you put blinders on and focus only on the category of stuff at hand. Read one old letter, and suddenly you’re down a rabbit hole of nostalgia.

To be honest, I was probably procrastinating. In theory, I was sold on the idea of living exclusively with clothing that gives me joy, but I still had hang-ups: What will I be left with? Will I have anything to wear to work? Will I have to sacrifice beloved things, all for the sake of decluttering?

Then my 18-month-old son, Henry, wandered in, and there’s nothing he loves more than recluttering. The afternoon was basically lost. If you do this, don’t waste time like I did (and maybe book a babysitter for this project).

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While she doesn’t go for the classic storage pieces, Kondo loves a good shoebox (or any pretty box you have tucked away) for its all-purpose organizing power.

Lesson #4: Purging Feels SO Good


From then on, I followed Kondo’s advice to a T. I gathered every piece of my clothing and put it in one giant pile. While I normally tidy my clothes only when I’m on a long phone call—distracted from the task at hand—today I wasn’t even supposed to listen to music. Channeling Kondo, who says a prayer upon entering a client’s home, I lit a candle, said a little prayer, and started digging through the mountain of clothes.

Once I got to work, it was so much easier and more fun than I’d thought. This question of joy gives you permission to let go of off-color shirts bought on sale, dresses past their prime, skirts that always clung uncomfortably. I realized I had many things that seemed great in theory but weren’t actually my style—they’d be better on someone else’s body or in someone else’s life (examples: an überpreppy skirt or a corporate-looking jacket).

Six hours later, I’d filled 12 bags with non-joy-giving clothes. Instead of panic, I felt relief—12 times lighter. It also felt like good karma: The best stuff went to a consignment shop, and the decent stuff went to a charity thrift store, off to see a new, hopefully better life.

 

Lesson #5: Fold, Don’t Hang


Once you’ve sorted out the things to discard—and only then—you can decide where the remaining things should go. Rather than folded in a cubby or hanging in a closet, Kondo thinks a lot of our clothing would be better off (or as she’d say, happier) folded in a dresser.

I hadn’t been using a dresser at all before, but now, having begun with four overflowing closets, I was down to enough clothing to fill one closet and one dresser. Pulling from the tops, pants, and scarves now destined for the dresser, I started folding using Kondo’s special technique.

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Here’s the basic KonMari vertical fold, which can be applied to everything from T-shirts to stockings. First, make a long rectangle, and then fold from the bottom up into a little package.

Lesson #6: THE Fold!


Kondo’s vertical folding technique makes everything easy to spot and hard to mess up (you aren’t jostling a whole pile every time you take something out or put something back). Folded this way, clothing looks like fabric origami, ready to line your drawers in neat rows.

To keep these little folded packages standing at attention in the dresser, Kondo suggests using shoeboxes as drawer dividers. A smaller box is perfect for square scarves, a deep one can go on a bottom drawer for sweaters.

The dresser install, using a few shoeboxes. I even folded some of my husband’s striped shirts (on the left), just to inspire him to try this in his own drawers.

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Lesson #7: Fall in Love with Your Closet


This is why people become evangelical about the KonMari method. Once you’ve cleared away the clutter and put things away, your dresses and skirts—the fun stuff, let’s be honest—can see the light of day. There’s breathing room between pieces, so you no longer have to do that awkward arm wrestle with the racks. All of which means you get a hit of joy—even hope!—just opening your closet, whether you’re getting ready in the morning or planning a party ensemble.

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Kondo advises hanging clothes so that the line along the bottom slopes upward—it adds an optimistic zing.

Lesson #8: Rediscover Your Style


For years, I’ve worn the same rotation of easy-to-grab, reliable pieces without dipping into all the color in my closets. And there’s a lot of it—maybe because I grew up near the ocean, I have a weakness for turquoise and pink and love a color mash-up and summertime prints. I’d almost forgotten about these colors in the daily race to get out the door.

 

https://www.onekingslane.com/live-love-home/marie-kondo-book-declutter/

DIVINE UNIVERSE

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I want to live in this world that artist Mariano Peccinetti has created out of pure creativity. A world where people realize that there is nothing more perfect then nature. No decor or material, designing all the decor around the universe and nature.

Find more of Mariano Peccinetti’s work on his blog and if you would like to support this artist you can buy his work in different forms on this link

society 6 an artist collective finding creative ways so that the work can still have a life and a use. Beauty is magical because it makes people happy!

I hope you all enjoyed and have a lovely day.

Love love love

Melika Emira Baccouche

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20 Frida Kahlo Quotes to Touch the Core of Your Being

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Born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, she became one of Mexico’s greatest painters.

Kahlo contracted polio at the age of 6, had an almost deadly accident at the age of 18 and went on to marry Diego Rivera, the muralist and ultimate womanizer.

People who are close to me know the immense place that Frida holds in my heart and in my life. For me, she represents the pain every woman on earth is going through—be it physical, or emotional. Frida has proved to us how strong we can be and how much we can endure.

I empathize with the pain she went through. She suffered from the pain of infidelity. Diego, her comrade, her best friend and the first critic of her art, was never her husband or ‘hers’–-as Frida says. He belonged to many women and mostly he belonged to himself only. This—in return—sent Frida through endless, dire suffering that only the pages of her diary witnessed.

When it comes to art, I am fond of many artists. But never before have I witnessed emotions and thoughts expressed so bluntly and poignantly on a canvas. Not only does Kahlo’s art fascinate me, but also her words. Reading what she said, we can sense the intensity of her agony, yet, at the same time, the greatness of her hope.

Having said that, we can say that Frida is an icon of patience, endurance and strength:

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

“You didn’t understand what I am. I am love. I am pleasure. I am essence. I am an idiot. I am alcoholic. I am tenacious. I am. I simply am. You are a sh*t my love.”

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I paint my own reality.”

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

“I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damned things have learned to swim.”

“I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”

“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

“I love you more than my own skin.”

“How can I call him my Diego? He never was and never will be mine, he only belongs to himself.”

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”

“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.” ~ Marty McConnel (about Frida Kahlo)

“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

“I cannot speak of Diego as my husband because that term, when applied to him, is an absurdity. He never has been, nor will he ever be, anybody’s husband.”

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”

“I want to be inside your darkest everything.”

“I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.”

“… and I hope never to return.”  Written on the last pages of her diary, Frida bluntly affirms she has no intentions of reincarnating in another lifetime. Her pain was too great to want to experience physical life again. She physically left Diego, her lovers and her friends. But up until today, Frida is still here. She lives in every painting of hers, in every portrait hung on the wall. She lives in the spirit of every woman who is going through miscarriage, physical pain and emotional difficulties.

Frida gives us the hope that we will overcome any calamity we might face. She tells us to laugh, to love hard, to survive no matter what. Frida shows us the importance of drinking tequila, lighting a cigarette and living as if we are dying tomorrow.

Frida kahlo, a woman, an icon, forever in our hearts.

Viva La Frida!

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/12/20-frida-kahlo-quotes-to-touch-the-core-of-your-being/

SOFIA BONATI

 

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I’ve set up a collage of my favorite pieces of Sofia Bonati’s paintings. I simply love the sentiment I get when looking at these.

So beautiful and etherial, you can find the link for this artiste at the end of this blog.

Enjoy the art!

LOve love love!

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https://society6.com/sofiabonati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silviana Avila’s Magical World!

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I found this amazing artist online and fell in love with her work. She has such a raw style and talent!! I hope you enjoy the eye candy and the intention behind her beautiful and wonderful work.

Here is a little bit about her:

Hola! My name is Silvana. I’m a freelance illustrator & designer actually based @ San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas México.Welcome to my personal blog! here I recordsome events and thoughts, my drawingsand my design work. More. I’m passionate about creating images with beauty, warmth and positive values, that’s the way I want to make a little difference to achieve a positive change in humanity today.  
I love everything about color, I’m in love with the golden rule and beautiful type. I like simple objects, exotic music from around the world, very good and strong coffee, fresh flowers and pretty paper.

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These works make me feel like my heart is eating coton candy!!  You can find more her work on her blog

http://holasilvana.blogspot.mx/

 

The Guy Who Built A Golden Pyramid House

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I’ve watched this documentary and not only is it only scientifically interesting. It is funny, radically kitchy and inspirational.

It just shows that anything in life is possible if you have focus, perseverance and a vision. Rome was not built in a day. Our time on this earth is short, let’s try to create the unthinkable, the unimaginable and manifest our hearts desires!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VvZVmO39uo

MARTIAL RAYSSE UNDERGROUND POP ARTISTE SINCE 1936

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Artist biography

French painter. He was a self-taught artist. His early works were assemblages which included plastic objects. This appropriation of prefabricated materials led to his association with Nouveau réalisme. Raysse exhibited a world, new, antiseptic and modern. His approach anticipated that of the Pop artists, who likewise used objects and images deriving from advertising.During the 1960s Raysse began to make more pictorial compositions, based on images from advertising as well as on high art. He also produced paintings in which a deliberate roughness of execution is emphasised by the superimposition of a single neon line. Raysse began at this time to create his own prototypes as another way of continuing to elevate bad taste and falsity to the level of art.

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In the mid 1960s Raysse’s work developed around a number of recurrent themes; in particular he concentrated on the contours of aportrait, a mouth or an eye, repeating them endlessly using all kinds of visual formulae, and drawing on the most diverse types of materials.

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He gave up his pictorial explorations in the atmosphere of the events of 1968 in France. When he returned to painting, his work had undergone an important change. Little by little he moved away from the urban world towards a return to nature, a bucolic ideal of a gentle and calm community with reminiscences of Poussin and of mythology. He used pastel and tempera to depict timeless magical or fantastic scenes, anticipating the vogue for mythological subjects that appeared in the work of other painters in the 1980s.

Here is an outline of his beautiful work for my beautiful humans 

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Sending LOVE LOVE & more LOVE

Mélika Emira Baccouche

Raymond Biesinger ART WORK Montreal based artist!

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I initially found this artist at Puce Pop Montreal. I needed to study my anatomy for my Ayurvedic classes and I found his pieces amazing, so I bought a couple and have themes framed.

I love the way he thinks in many layers and has a sociological approach to most of his art work. Very architectural and very unique. 

Enjoy the weirdness!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE

Melika

MEN’s HEALTH
Find below a full-page illustrated chart for Men’s Health showing the correct paths of the endocrine system between your organs, triple fact-checked by a real and accredited endocrinologist. All here is accurate except for the tiny offices and maybe the scale of the testes, which I’ve heard are typically not knee-width. Made for the magazine’s June 2010 issue and reprinted in the German edition.

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“MALE & FEMALE ANATOMY”

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“FELINE ANATOMY”

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NEON

This couple grimaced as full-pagers in the Munich magazine NEON, demonstrating what it was like to be under 25, unemployed, deregulated, and nihilist. Inside their faces we can find ecstasy pills, a joint, misc. German politicians, German cities, anger, violence, wine, television, cigarettes, etc.

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If your Swedish lessons are going well, you could drop by Kmagasin.se and find these two illustrations in their natural habitat. If those lessons aren’t going too well, just trust me when I say these two accompanied an article about the medicinal value of music in Karolinska Universitetssjukhusets Magasin’s 1.2014 issue. Above we see Dr. Victrola in her examination room diagnosing a young woman. Below we see we another woman taking her daily dose of notes. I spent an unreasonable amount of time on her earrings, but I think she’s a fox and deserves that kind of treatment. Art direction by Markus Hillborg.

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the WALRUS

A full-pager for the Walrus’ December 2012 issue, one that accompanied an Evan Fraser and Andrew Rimas piece titled “How to Feed Nine Billion.” Almost every selection in the above broken Global Food Systems Inc. vending machine is culled from the article itself. Special thanks to art director Brian Morgan for suggesting the fist-shaking ladder-climber. I’m great at forgetting the human touches.

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SOMA

Find above and below two full-page images made for Soma’s Spring 2011 issue, on the topic of artificial organs, past and present. The top illustration is one of my all-time favourites. The bottom was originally constructed as a quarter-pager but a happy accident saw it expand to a complete sheet. I’m a big fan of illustrating construction cranes and treadmills, FYI.

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LUCKY PEACH

This cutaway illustration shows the Washington State University-Mount Vernon Bread Lab, and it accompanied a “Science Team 3000” article about said agriculture and cooking lab in the Spring 2015 issue of Lucky Peach. At top left we see the “concept” room where instructor Dr. Stephen Jones is showing a few students how weird, old wheat is superior to new, refined wheat. Then we see the gene splicing room, production room, testing room, and up top a few other technicians are surveying, plowing, and noting the surface. Art direction by the skilled Walter Green.

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This pleasant little vignette shows the French dietary scientist Jacques le Magnen in his kitchen lab in 1956, and he’s discovering the “smorgasbord effect” via the study of a rat’s eating patterns. The gist: an animal (even us) is more likely to eat large quantities of food if a variety of food choices are present. Ran as a 1/2 pager accompanying the “Science Team 3000” column in Lucky Peach’s Winter 2014 issue.

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