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Joy and Kevin
Pautler's home

rinkets from your travels, a sofa that
envelops you and artwork that inspires
you - these are the little luxuries that
give our homes heart. But more than
aesthetic appeal, our home d├ęcor can contribute to our
health and well-being, for better or worse.
Consider how clutter can cause stress - distracting
us or causing us to feel anxious, overwhelmed or
embarrassed. Crammed closets, piles of unsorted mail
and unfinished projects are tacit reminders of the
nagging work that requires our attention. When our
homes are not in order, we feel out of whack, unable
to fully relax. It may stifle our creativity and even put a
strain on relationships.
On the other hand, a clean and inviting space can
soothe you, energize you or fill you with a sense of
gratitude.
"Your home can contribute to your well-being, and
also to your self-esteem and pride as an individual or
as a couple, particularly if you are a do-it-yourself type
of person," said Kat Rankin, former member of The
Villages Home Decorating Club board.
Rankin recently returned to her Village of Tamarind
Grove home after traveling, noting that being back in
her own space was comforting.
"While I enjoy traveling, coming back home is pure
joy," she said.

Feng Shui DeSign For
a harmoniouS home
When it comes to creating a home sanctuary, the
principles of feng shui help many home decorators
establish a more harmonious home. The term feng
shui translates as "wind-water." It is an ancient Chinese
belief system aimed at connecting people with their
environment. In feng shui, the life-force energy, or chi,
is experienced through our senses. Using feng shui to
decorate our homes is a matter of creating the energy
that speaks to our individual tastes, and it gives us
a feeling of health and balance. Here are a few tips to
help you get started.

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