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In this blog, I've used our Whole House Makeover as the backdrop for creating YOUR successful environment!
Published via LinkedIn : 13/07/16

Feel Successful - Be Successful! - July 13, 2016
Success is illusive, but it doesn't have to be!

Why do we dress up? is the question I asked. Many would answer, that it makes us feel good about ourselves, because you can portray your style and that it makes a good impression.
This picture says a lot about the person, without even seeing who the person is!
It says the person is confident, self-assured, composed, secure, undaunted.
But take away the gleaming car and the suit.. Who are they then?

We use appearance to portray our ability!

In stark contrast, this picture speaks of a person who's unable to do much at all.
It says the person is depressed with no motivation, tired and defeated.
But this may well be that person in the suit - just on holiday!

Our clothing says a lot about us as well as our posture and our homes.

Dressing up is all very well and good, but unless you are looking in the mirror every second minute it really won't have a sustained effect on the real you. It might just only have an effect on those around you, leaving you with that same old feeling that you get every day.

My philosophy? Don't just Dress to Impress Live for Success! - You've got to Feel Successful to Be Successful!

The way you live can have a profound effect on the way you carry yourself from day to day.. You shouldn't just live for your holidays or vacation, you deserve to have that lifestyle throughout the year and when you create that lifestyle in your home it will have a positive effect on your relationships or even your career, because your mood will change, the way you act changes.. You take action!

It's the same living-room, but this time IT'S dressed to impress.
It's a place where you would want to sit down and chat with friends - be centre stage!
When success surrounds you, you can't help but feel confident.

Would this kitchen inspire you to cook up a storm?
Again, it's the same room, but with added light and a change of units, it's transformed into a place where you would want to be!

How about a bath!
It's the same bathroom set and it's the same tiles, only this time they're painted.. A new paint colour on the walls, plus feature tiles, adding a shower area and improving the flooring and a whole new atmosphere is created, for very little cost.

Do you see how each improved room has an affect on you!

I've successfully run my Design/Build Company for the past 10 Years.. I know the tricks of the trade and have created many rooms which have given their owners that boost in the right direction. It doesn't have to cost a fortune, you just need the know how!

Come let me show you how!

Connect with me on LinkedIn and let me show you how to transform your world, so that you too can start Feeling that Success.
My other posts?
What colour do You see?
Why it's good to see things from "The Back of the Class"
What's My #1 Rule for Global Marketing
Part of a series of blogs I've published about "Seeing the Bigger Picture"
Thanks for reading!


In this blog, I detailed the time I realised my son was colour blind - If you have had the same experience, I hope this helps you!
Published via LinkedIn : 31/05/16

What colour do You see? - May 31, 2016
As an Interior Designer colour is very important to me, but even I struggled with which number is on this colour plate, but for many of us, what colour is it? isn't even a question..
As a child I would look in the mirror, sitting next to my sister and we would ask ourselves if we were each seeing the same thing.. I think this was because my brother was colour blind (and of course he still is).
It wasn't until I discovered that my son is colour blind though, that - I Could See The Problem
As my son began to grow up, he became uncomfortable in his room.. It was a nice room (everyone said so!). I designed it so that it would grow with him, from baby to teenager (a concept called future proofing), but my son was taking a dislike to his room well before his teenage years!. It all became clear when I asked him to come and sort a large bag of sweets with me, so that our family of five could watch a film while eating the sweets without the arguments of, which one of us had had all the best ones.
As we were sorting the sweets by their colour wrappings, my son was making some very baffling groupings.. I asked him what he was doing (because he was messing up the colours) and he started to get upset. So I said sorry, I decided to stop correcting him and asked him if he would complete the task by himself and that I would just watch, because what he was doing was really interesting!

Ellis's choices made me realise that we were seeing things differently. I asked Ellis about his room and asked him about each block of colour that I'd used in his room. I had painted a neutral colour of pale green on all the walls, then on two opposing walls I'd painted random blocks of floating colour. So where I had painted
  • Pale Green - He saw Pale Pink with a Purple haze
  • Navy Blue - He saw Purple
  • Pale Blue - He saw Pale Blue
  • Yellow - He saw Yellow
  • Antique White - He saw White

That was when - I could See why he disliked his room so much.. I then discovered about a whole host of other colour differences he had, like seeing some Greys as Brown and some Browns as Reds and also that shiny colours could be confusing to him, like when he can't tell if a light is on if it's during the daytime, until you tell him it's on.. All of these things, he was living with, without any of us knowing! I couldSee why he was getting frustrated playing computerised soccer games and I could See why he was getting agitated in his schoolwork, as most things in his school were co-ordinated with colour.


I painted out his room in white, as soon as I could and I went round to his school, to talk to his teachers about the problems he was facing and soon Ellis became a much calmer little boy, but I wasn't happy with his white room, so I started to plan.. I found out that Ellis actually does like Blue. I changed his room to reflect this, mixing the colour myself, so that he could definitely see Blue, then combining this colour with his adventurous nature I staged his room with a submarine style element. I'd picked a nautical theme for our home, so this fitted in really well (but then that's another story).
I've read many articles and shown Ellis colour tests to determine which colours suit him best and I've staged our entire home so that everyone visiting will feel at home, but more importantly, so that Ellis wouldn't feel alienated in his own home. This is something I've found that no one test can do, but when you can see colour through these different perspectives, then you start to see "The Bigger Picture"

Oh yes!. The question right at the start?. Well I swapped between 8 and 2, but eventually I could see the number, 5!
My other posts?
Why it's good to see things from "The Back of the Class"
What's My #1 Rule for Global Marketing
Part of a series of blogs I've published about "Seeing the Bigger Picture"
Thanks for reading!


If you've ever wondered where to get inspiration, my advice is - Be An Inspiration - and someone, in turn, will Inspire You.. Read my blog to learn how.
Published via Linkedin : 06/08/2015

What's My #1 Rule of Global Marketing? - Aug 6, 2015
My #1 rule of Global Marketing is - Be An Inspiration - Now I'll tell you why!

What I like about my industry, is getting to meet people and creating a new environment..
Yet I don't have to meet people in person - Social Media is a great contact point.
And I don't have to design a space - Brainstorming can resolve many troubling issues and is equally as rewarding as choosing a new sofa.

Now - In a recent social media conversation on "The Hidden Costs of My Renovation Project" on the platform (which incidentally is a great place for home renovation and design ideas), I was able to be of help to a struggling home owner..

The Home Owner - is a 67 year old pensioner. Her husband had helped her start her project, but he sadly died of cancer, due to his previous contact with asbestos, during the renovation. She didn't want to be seen as bossy, but she was assertive when needed and she had negotiating skills. She had previously lived in Canada and was not adverse to taking risks, and although she was not in the best of health herself, she could do her own sanding, painting and decorating, she was even planning on repointing her flagstones and servicing her own boiler. All she wanted was to create the best home she could, for her family. - From her profile, this lady could easily have been my mother.. She could be your mother.. Skip forward few more years and she could be any one of us!.
She had done everything right. She knew that she should get a Good Architect, that she should get a Good Builder and that she should make Stage Payments and even though she was suffering from bereavement, she would not back down and hand over money until work was completed.. But that didn't stop her falling fowl of a myriad of disasters.
Time to take a deep breath:-
  1. She had to have put right, cracks in the upper external walls, after Acrow props were incorrectly fitted, for her single storey extension.
  2. She had to have put right, cracks to the ceilings after a heavy drill was used to remove tiles.
  3. She had a badly fitted wooden floor, for which she had to argue her point to get it put right.
  4. The builder left part way through the build, to go on an extended holiday, leaving his brother in charge.
  5. She and her ailing husband had to sit in a cold cabin suffering an additional 4 weeks of non existent workers, causing a 10 week over run and stress.
  6. She employed a carpenter, who cut two expensive doors too short, but then beseeched her not to claim for them through his insurance.
  7. She had to employ professionals with cameras, to find out that her drains had been blocked by building work.
  8. She then had to get the drains professionally cleared, although she did take these costs out of the builders stage payments.
  9. She's since discovered the builder failed the man hole works 3 times, which held up the Building Certificate.
  10. She had to put her own insurance claim in, for water damage to her bathrooms, but the quotes for works are coming in higher than the insurance allowance.
  11. She was still trying to get the plumber to return and fix a loose tap.
  12. She has got 14 fence panels that need replacing as they had been fitted incorrectly, without gravel boards, and had now been damaged by the weather.
  13. She also has a leaking Velux window on a £2000 roof, for which she has paid the roofer an additional £1000 to fill gaps in tiles, replace other tiles, increase lead flashing, clear gutters and have leaf guards fitted.. all to no avail.
  14. As a last resort she's had two quotes of £4000 and £3200, to increase the pitch of her roof.
Woah, I'm getting short of breath just writing this, let alone living it!

Our Home owner states:- She thinks the Velux window is either faulty or badly fitted and doesn't want to fork out even more money raising the roof. She has got the roofer to agree to return, but she's worried about him making it worse. She feels she needs a surveyor, but doesn't know how to find the right person, the Council is not interested, even though they passed the plans detailing the roof's low pitch. She wonders if a camera would find the fault and says she would happily pay for the right advice and service and as she has other works to complete, she's even considering employing a male project manager to help impose time frames and be a buffer against awkward builders.
Ok.. Before the Salesmen amongst us, start to rub their hands together - Stop! - This lady's perception of us professional people has been tainted!. Now she doesn't know who to trust.
The author of the article a Mr Michael Schienke - Chartered Architect and Director of Vorbild Architecture, tried to assist the Home owner. His article had listed 10 solid areas to consider when building/renovating and in the discussions which followed, he consistently responded positively to peoples situations, with a warm approach rather than office efficiency. However the Home owner countered his questions, opting for the advice of another concerned reader instead.

The Concerned Reader - is an man living in Malaysia for the past 28 years. He was a Safety and rescue equipment supplier, with maintenance and training attached. He had said that the article had scared the heck out of him, but that it was essential reading for his planned return to the UK. He'd accomplished many improvements on his home in Malaysia, which originally he'd bought as a recked Terraced house, once he'd gained Planning Consents (a process which not many other home owners followed there).
I think the Home Owner was attracted to this reader, as he was an expat, which she was, and that he was moving back to the UK, for his family. He was a kindred spirit perhaps and he had no motive other than that he was just "Happy to offer what bit of help he could".
He talked about his interest in Ground heat systems, Solar panels and Insulation, and on the subject of leaking skylight windows, he was very thorough. The Malaysian climate had a rainfall which he counted as being extremely heavy, with areas prone to flooding, but even so though, he had seen some really low pitched roofs, with no evidence of leaks..
The Architect and author of this article then asked the question of where, on Home owners Velux, did she have the leak, but with her insistence of responding to The Concerned Reader, and as I had given her advice on asking questions from various search engines previously, I felt compelled to offer advice again.
The Home owner had added that it was only one of two Velux windows that was leaking, which prompted me to advise that, when the weather was better, to take a garden hose and spray water on different points of the roof and wall above, to see when the roof leaked, that maybe the Velux window wasn't leaking at all (because she had said there needed to be repairs done to the upper walls), that perhaps the window was just the point of evidence that the roof leaked. It was a simple suggestion, but one which could potentially save her thousands of pounds in man hours and materials. This was a suggestion that throughout her build no one else had thought of and the Home owner said that it was a good idea and thanked me for my guidance and support.

A mini victory for me, but behind this story, there is a bigger issue!

I can't take all the credit for my idea - because of brainstorming, I was inspired by the Architect/Author and the Concerned Reader, who helped me to formulate the idea, but even bigger than that..
The world is watching and others witnessing the trials of this poor Home owner, would be put off, paralysed in the fear of doing any work, seeing this as a risk they are not willing to take. If a woman who is well used to taking on challenges is derailed, then what hope is there for them.. In the wider context, industry is halted and, but for the few which might make small profit at the expense of others, everyone loses.
I believe, as Service Professionals, we need to redress the balance, to rebuild the trust that has been eroded. With vast amounts of knowledge available via the internet, home owners can access all manner of information, so is it really prudent to hold on to our knowledge, only to provide that service for the paying few? I think, in todays climate, that more than ever we must become that Concerned Reader, to give advice and ask for nothing in return.

We should be the inspiration!

Instead of just self promoting, I can support a professional in London, then maybe someone in, say Malaysia could support me. The world watches, creating a new environment and we all benefit from this mutual recognition. I call this Global Marketing.. Let me know your thoughts!
My other post?
Why it's good to see things from "The Back of the Class"
Part of a series of blogs I've published about "Seeing the Bigger Picture"
Thanks for reading!

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