Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Author Gift | The Soulful Home Design Guide

I received a free physical copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is not my normal genre, but I was interested when offered because I am so hopeless when it comes to stuff like this. Between my daughter and I, we are both really terrible with clutter. FYI: books do not count as clutter and they are EVERYWHERE in our home. I found that information especially helpful and will return to this book again, for sure.

The author, Natalia Kaylin, has ample experience in her field. With over twenty years of experience, she is able to help her clients achieve the goals they have set for themselves in regards to their home environments. Her background working with experts in a variety of relevant fields make her an expert in her work.

The book is divided in three sections: Getting Started, The Seven Building Blocks of Creating a Soulful Home, and Putting it all Together. All throughout, the book remains conversational while providing practical and executionable steps to create a living space that reflects who you are as a person.

In the first section the author directs us to examine the connection we have with our homes. Feng shui is introduces here and I found this especially helpful because I know pretty much nothing about this concept.

Section two was incredibly helpful to me because it discussed decluttering, which we both absolutely need to do. But it's haaaaaaaaard and we'd rather read. Also, we are lazy, I guess, since that's what it sounds like when I read those words back to myself. The author invites us here to really look at the belongings in our spaces and connect to them to see what kind of influence they have on us and how we reflect ourselves through the items we have/display.

In the final section the author brings everything together and moves through our homes room-by-room with us to enable us to create positive energy and feeling for ourselves.

Kaylin does a wonderful job in explaining the many concepts she introduces, and why each matters. She does this through a variety of ways - numerous diagrams, client anecdotes/case studies, and lists that help break everything down.

It is clear the author has a true passion for helping others. I am so glad I got the chance to read this one and I plan to start using this guide in the near-future to help make our home more our own.

Highly recommended.

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