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How to Create an Extraordinary Home A – Z of ‘Healing Home’

Dagmar Holubova Interior Design as a Transformative Art


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Designer’s Atelier Guide on ‘How to Create an Extraordinary Home’

Introduction For most, homes represent the biggest investment they ever make, very often life-long. This is why it is absolutely essential for homes to promote well-being of their inhabitants. Very few of us, however, realize that our homes can pollute the water we drink or the air we breathe and very often actually do just that. We should realize that our house does not stop at the front door: it continues into the environment and has effect on it, just like the environment has an effect on our house and flows into it. Precisely because of this our home should be a place of comfort where we can feel in harmony with who we are and with all of life/nature surrounding us. If we are to lead a new an inspired life homes that are healing and conserving of positive energy are of real benefit. Our homes should be healthy for the body, peaceful for the spirit, in harmony with the environment and reflective of who we really are. Not only is a house an expression of the self but also an extension of the self, reminding us of our values, interests, taste and our personality. Standardisation and mass production point exactly to the opposite. All around us and much too often I see people uncomfortable in their jobs, uncomfortable in their clothes or their homes. When our lives become stressful we can all understand the role our homes play in our lives. This timely guide can help you in creating a relaxing, calm and re-energizing heaven in your own space once you have learned and understood how to use the materials, colour, light and aroma. My aim is to be of guidance in helping you create a peaceful sanctuary where you can be yourself and where your energy can be restored. The emphasis throughout this guide is on practical and easily accessible solutions. Step by step instructions as well as our tips ensure that ideas are easy to apply. I will suggest how through balancing the external, you can help balance the internal. My guide is not about imposing the latest trend, it teaches you how to create a space which reflects who you are and improves the well-being of you and your family. The answers of the design I believe to be held by the natural world with its intricate system of balance. While we cannot completely recreate nature’s matchless harmonies, we can still be inspired by them and apply the order of nature to interiors.

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Your Loving Home A home is much more than just the total of its parts; it is our re-energising heaven which provides us with a sense of belonging, togetherness and affection. Many people have disconnected themselves from their environment. They look at it and use it purely from a utilitarian point of view. I have noticed that those who have not personalised their home often find a reason to be elsewhere. Our home is not only a special place for loving but also a place to be loved. Many associate home with family: from their childhood, their own present family or the one they would like to have one day. It is often our nearest and dearest that come to mind when someone says ‘home’ as we feel comfortable having them in our close proximity and allowing them into our private world. Home also provides a much needed shelter from the elements. Animals love being outdoors when it is nice and sunny but tend to seek shelter and hide as soon as the weather gets worse and we are very much the same. Home is also a special place where we can be ourselves. As soon as the door is closed many drop the mask they’ve been wearing throughout their day. As a child I used to wonder why some would make an effort throughout the day to be nice and friendly with complete strangers but as soon as they came home their behaviour would change. If we are to meet our constantly changing needs we have to create an intimate connection with our home. When we offer our home the time and our energy we will not only create a beautiful loving space but our home will reflect our efforts back to us when we most need it. In the time of hardship and challenge our home will become a much needed sanctuary emitting comforting and supportive vibrations where we can rest, heal and nourish our soul. In my work I provide guidance to those who seek to explore their own unique self-expression within a space. I am taking them on the journey of selfdiscovery providing assistance in creating their own sanctuary or reinforcing the brand philosophy. If we are to experience harmony in hour homes, our homes need to become extensions of nature that are in harmony with their surroundings. Only very few houses built in recent years take into account traditions of the past or the landscape. The concern with superficial appearances has seen the house become a statement of status with little regard for whether the home is in empathy with its surrounding environment or if the rooms within it work as a unified whole. This leads occupants to feelings of alienation from nature, each other, and their true spirits.

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How to Understand the Purpose of Your Home? Everything in the universe including our home is composed of energy which is not separate from us. Buildings can not only absorb but also hold positive as well as negative vibrations circulating through them for many years. If designed properly they can radiate positive forces and deflect unwanted and harmful energy. If someone experiences situations of great mental disturbance and emotion, these vibrations often linger behind and can be picked up by others at a later stage. In the same way, you might have picked up vibrations in your house from former occupants. All things on this planet, including animals, plants and minerals have their own auras and your home is not an exception. The aura of the house is made up of vibrations from the building materials, pattern and colours but also emotions pervading it, energies from the ground and surrounding landscape but also love that was given and received there. Our thought vibrations interact and influence each other spreading out like ripples in the pond. They have the ability to influence our inner as well as outer environment. Once we identify our emotions we can start using our powerful thoughts to uncover the purpose of our living arrangement as well as the purpose we are meant to live out in our lives. Our home will provide a vital piece of information. Our experience of living in a different countries or different houses is hugely influenced by our thoughts. Many might still remember their intentions when moving to the present or past home. Some intended to stay for long while others were only stopping by for a short period of time. Once our intention changes, the purpose of staying in a certain place will change as well. It is not unusual when someone becomes dissatisfied with their living arrangement and wants to move out of the house. This usually happens when the purpose of the house or home has been fulfilled. When you find yourself in a situation like this you need to be clear about the new purpose for your new home. The intentions for the house may vary: someone might want to create a home where they can live in harmony with nature, others might want to find a safe neighbourhood where they can happily bring up their children or, it could be, to find a remote place of peace and solitude.

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Your Personal Space For those brave enough who found courage to live in alignment with their life purpose, homes are true reflections of themselves as the clarity of their self-expression beautifully blends in with their space. Unfortunately the modern consumer society in which we are living acts against this. We are not only bombarded with images of ‘fashionable’ surroundings or ‘successful’ lifestyles but are encouraged to buy and adopt this image for ourselves in goods and luxuries that have been mass produced. When we follow and conform to the ideal presented by relentless advertising campaigns we are then ill at ease and disappointed with our homes, we frequently remodel our homes and this growing dissatisfaction only adds the fuel to our over consuming society. Instead our home should grow through a lifetime reflecting the richness of our own experience, reminding us of our own unique identity, our interests and our history. We all have a great need for personal space and when this special place of ours is invaded by a complete stranger whose presence we do not happen to entertain, we feel a great deal of discomfort. When anyone feels uncomfortable or threatened they will naturally stand back. We only really feel comfortable in close proximity with people we like or someone familiar to us. Our home is really an extension of our personal space. It is a place of refuge and privacy where we can be ourselves and feel secure and safe. It could be described as our third skin where our clothing represents our second skin. Our home which resembles a cocoon, acts as a further protection where we can retreat from the world. You can create a natural personal space in a city apartment or the smallest rented room. The key are the right basic ingredients. A room or apartment should be built from solid materials; it should also have plenty of daylight with a view of greenery and it should be facing away from polluted and noisy street. Firstly ask for permission to remove anything that is synthetic or toxic within your space. Then you can start introducing natural materials, scents, colours and sounds. Consider adding natural fabrics, cut or potted flowers and, most importantly, your own personal items.

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How to Name Your Home? Long before houses were built along the streets as we know them now, homes had their own individual unique names. To name one’s house meant to describe occupant’s intention for the home they had which made their house unique and personal. It is also an old British custom to give a name to one’s house which began with the nobility giving their castles, manors and halls unique names. This old custom has gradually spread and people began naming their houses as well. By giving your house a special name which best describes it, you are more likely to fulfil your intentions for your home. Children love to name their toys so please encourage them to give a name to their own bedrooms or playrooms as well. This not only helps to build their self-esteem but also gives them the feeling that they have a special place in this world. And lastly do not forget to have a door plaque made with their names; your children will love it. Your house has a purpose; so does every room in your home. Once you’re clear on its purpose you’d be able to create a special atmosphere and the room will serve you much better. Naming ritual acts as a reminder of the harmony which we are able to create, it helps to reinforce room qualities. You might have noticed that many country houses still have the rooms named after the particular colour in which they were designed.

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How to Make Your Home Radiant It is vital to introduce various forms of radiant energy through pure sunlight, fresh air, scent and sound. Pure Sunlight The light rays of the pure sunlight have the ability to purify & cleanse. If you wish to clear any room without removing its furnishings; install a purple or violet light bulb available in specialist shops for one to two hours. Fresh Air Every single house needs to breathe. Just as our natural fibers allow the skin to breathe, your home needs to emit stale air, bad odours and negative vibrations; so please do make sure you open those windows. If you want to help your house to breathe better use natural porous materials like brick, clay, wood or lime mortar and porous non-toxic paints. This allows moisture and air to pass slowly through the building. Scent To clear out unwanted vibrations, burn aromatic oils in your house. We have almost lost the sense of smell which is one of the oldest. Do not forget that associations with scents last much longer than those from other senses. Recommended are essential oils which have very high vibrations like juniper, lavender, and frankincense. You could also use tea tree oil which has antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities. Sound Vibrations Sound is very powerful as it can set up a resonance which can alter and move any build-up of stagnant energy in the room. Toning or humming as well as all forms of chanting can disperse negative energy, so Buddhist mantra or Gregorian chant will have a similar effect.

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How to Create a Balance in Your Home Please note that there are 5 basic types of energy in all substances and phenomena that can be found in varying proportions. These are water, fire, metal, wood and earth. Having too much of one element and not enough of another can lead to disharmony within a space. When designing a room make sure that each element or its related colour are well balanced. WATER Colour: Blue & Black Element: Fish Tank, Vase of Water, Fountain, Pond in the Garden FIRE Colour: Red Element: Candles, Aromatic Oils, Incense METAL Colour: White Element: Metal Furniture, Window Frames made of Metal, Metal Accessories WOOD Colour: Green Element: Wooden Furniture, Window Frames made of Wood, Wooden Doors and Floors EARTH Colour: Yellow Element: Ceramics, Crystals, Clay Bricks and Tiles

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Your Colour Sanctuary

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How to Identify your Colours? The colours in our own aura are affected by our immediate emotions and moods. They change over periods of time; however certain colours - which I like to call soul colours, stay with us all our lives as they are in harmony with our inner vibrations. In order to find your soul colours you need to ask yourself few questions: ‘If I was a colour what colour would I be?’ If you were to imagine yourself in the nature which has the capacity to create the most harmonious colour schemes available on this planet which season would you identify yourself with the most? Is it the cool winter with its black and white contrast, or fresh spring with lovely yellows and blues, bright colourful summer or dramatic autumn with its reds, browns and yellows? The colour palette associated with each season relates to the archetype’s personality essence. Most people will have a fairly good idea of their own pattern, however there could be complications. If you’re unable to see the beauty in your own pattern you will prefer a pattern of someone else. Due to your low self-esteem you might be denying your own true nature. If I was to look into your wardrobe, what colours would I find there? Can you list at least 3 colours that you never get tired of? If the colours you see in your wardrobe remain constant over a long period of time; don’t hesitate to use them in your home as well. When it comes to colour anything susceptible to fashion is less likely to be an accurate and true expression of you. The conditioning in fashion is essentially ephemeral but very strong, it is therefore advisable to concentrate on indications of the real person. If we consider the natural world, we see every single animal, plant or insect knowing exactly what it is and, what is more, putting its energy into being what it is. Horses do not try to look like butterflies; bears do not paint stripes on themselves to look like zebras. We are the only species in the word struggling with our own unique self-expression. Most people have preference for either warm colours such as yellows and peaches or cool colours such as greens or blues. Within each colour there are different tones that we find attractive or repelling. Some people love being surrounded by light but bright colours; others prefer pastels or rich dark and dramatic tones. Have you recently bought an article of clothing or an item for the house which is different from your usual colour choice? As this new colour is likely to be a passing influence, introduce it in an impermanent way through flowers, ornaments or soft furnishings as they are easy to replace. Having the object reflecting this particular colour close to you will have a positive effect on the way you feel as you will ingest the much needed colour energy not only through your eyes, but also your skin and from the air.

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How to Create a Colour Balance? Now I would like you to choose one of your soul colours as a crucial starting point for building a balanced colour scheme. Let's say your soul colour is blue; I would like you to think of all the different shades of blue you can find in nature. There are light blue spring flowers, grey blue heron or vivid blue of a peacock.

Once you have decided on your colour choose any object that represents your colour and its tone the most. It always helps to imagine your chosen object in the natural setting. If you have chosen a vivid blue of a peacock, create an image surrounding the peacock by stunning green brown and blue peacock feathers, brown soil and green grass.

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Your Fragrant Home When entering someone else’s house the aromas we encounter are often very subtle and pervasive. They can reveal a great deal to us about the house and people living there. You have probably noticed that houses where there are animals, children or smokers, all have distinct smells. Happy homes smell different in comparison to unhappy ones. The effects of a scent are not only emotional but also psychological as there are specific odour molecules that carry messages to the brain. Some estate agents use the effect of aroma to their full advantage as the smell of freshly made coffee or fresh bakery to help to sell properties. It is ironic that our sense of smell is one of our least developed senses, because our longest lasting memories are the ones that are often linked to aroma and effects of the scent. Odour is a vibration which is often held in our space, in fabrics and furnishings and, like colours, aromas are also absorbed through the skin as well as the nose. With the help of aromatherapy you can create a naturally protective home environment. All plants utilise much needed sunlight for their growth and life, locking up energy derived from the rays of sun. An essence from a plant if properly preserved can powerfully affect us and our environment. This energy is the very reason why plant essences and oils made from those plant essences have beneficial effects and cannot be compared with essences that are artificially made.

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Where to use Essential Oils TO UPLIFT AND REFRESH Use lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, rosewood In studies, workrooms, kitchens TO STIMULATE AND ENERGISE Use ginger, peppermint, clary sage, rosemary, lavender In playrooms, fitness or games rooms, dining rooms FOR MENTAL STIMULATION Grapefruit, lemon grass, patchouli, basil, cardamom In work areas, studies FOR SECURITY AND WARMTH Use tangerine, lavender, ylang ylang, clary sage In bedrooms, living rooms FOR ROMANCE Use jasmine, ylang ylang, geranium, sandalwood In bedrooms TO BALANCE AND RESTORE Use lemon, geranium, rose, In bedrooms, relaxation and meditation areas FOR RELAXATION AND SLEEP Use camomile, geranium, ylang ylang, rose, orange, sandalwood In bedrooms, therapy rooms, bathrooms TO CLEAR AND PURIFY Use tea tree, thyme, eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, lime, juniper, lavender In treatment and therapy rooms, kitchens & utility rooms, meditation areas AS AN INSECT DETERRENT Use citronella, thyme, peppermint, basil, lemon grass, lavender In all rooms, drawers, cupboards, patio FOR MEDITATION AND PROTECTION Use frankincense, sandalwood, cedar wood, lavender Yoga, relaxation & meditation areas

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Your Hydrotherapy Water is undoubtedly the essence of life. It has been known to have therapeutic and healing qualities. As a particularly good conductor of electricity water also carries much energy. Due to its capacity to purify and cleanse electromagnetic vibrations, symbolically water has been used to cleanse human spirit and mind. People these days still bath in holy rivers; drink water from the spa for its healing properties or use it for baptism. Water is a powerful natural element which strongly affects our home and our personal environment. Our brain is made up of 90% of water and our body of 60% of water. The importance of hydrotherapy lies in making use of the electrical properties of water so the electromagnetic balance in our body can be improved.

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How to Save Water in Your Home? Vast amounts of water are consumed amongst highly industrial nations. Family of 4 can consume as much as 1000 litres per day. It is our responsibility to look after this precious commodity so we can prevent further contamination. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY TIPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS:

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Only wash up once a day

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Only use cleaners that are eco – friendly

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Only use the washing machine with a full load

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Only use a cistern for your toilet which is low flush

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Alternate a shower with your bath

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To water your garden use only watering can

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How to Create your Home Spa? 1. Permanently keep candlesticks or candles in the bathroom 2. Play soothing and relaxing music 3. Use a very soft lighting, especially bulbs with soft warm colours 4. Get as much natural light and air into the room as possible 5. Use a cotton and flannel bathmat and towels 6. When bathing or showering use a natural brush or glove 7. Brush your teeth with natural toothbrush and with a herbal toothpaste 8. Use vegetable oil soaps as they are aromatic and made with natural plant extracts 9. Natural shampoos or conditioners help to strengthen the hair and enhance its texture 10. When moisturising your skin use natural products 11. Clean the bath with vinegar or lemon juice or mixture of both 12. Have a stool or a chair in your bathroom for a manicure or pedicure 13. If you want to double the starry effect place candles in front of a mirror 14. Keep moisture loving plants in your bathroom

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Light in Your Home Light is the most pure healing force in the entire universe. Pure sunlight contains all the necessary elements to keep every living organism in perfect health. Living in the light is necessary for our biological and physiological health. Our ability to absorb and utilise this purest energy force affects our quality of life. Nowadays 90% of our life is spent indoors. Artificial lights can be found in our homes and working environments. When outdoors, we wear tinted sunglasses or spend time in a car again behind a coloured windshield. If our system body lacks exposure to full spectrum light, deficiency of certain wavelengths can result in emotional, mental or physical difficulties like eye strain, irritability, nervous fatigue, hyper activity, lowered immune system or lack of concentration. Everyone can benefit from being in an airy and light environment. A minimum of 30 minutes of exposure to natural daylight without any screens or sunglasses is required a day if we are to remain healthy. To bring more daylight into your home, open your windows as much as you can. As this might not be possible in the winter time it is essential that a full – spectrum lighting is installed. Ideally you would like your bedroom to be orientated towards the sunrise. This not only puts you in touch with natural cycle of light and dark, but also helps you wake up with the morning light. We are most productive when the sun is high in the sky and when the light is most bright. If you find waking up in the morning difficult arrange to have your curtains or blinds made from the sheer fabric as the sunlight has the ability to wake us up naturally. If you can, please locate your breakfast room and kitchen towards the morning sunlight so you can prepare and enjoy your breakfast in natural daylight. It is important for our activities to be synchronised with our biorhythms. Daylight is the most important feature of any natural home. You’d enjoy yourself much more if your living room or playroom could benefit from a late morning and afternoon sunshine. Offices on the other hand benefit from daylight in the middle of the day. Studies can be located on the darker side of the house as they are used in the evening time. Storage areas or garages are best positioned away from the sun. The main aim in a natural and healthy home is to rely on daylight as much as possible and reduce the use or artificial light which we are forced to use as a supplementary light at night but also during some winter daylight hours. Lighting design should really stimulate the effects of daylight. Always shade a bright light sources or naked bulbs as they can become stressful focal points. You might have noticed that ordinary incandescent bulbs used in majority of households give off more red light than you can normally see in daylight. When lit, these lamps often appear yellow and make the room and the colours in the room much more yellowy than normal. Fluorescent strip lights can affect your eye sight and those who work under those lights suffer from sore eyes. A new generation of fluorescent lamps is more efficient and lasts up to 13 times longer than standard incandescent lights. They do not attract pollution or dust as much as other types may do as they cut down on heat production.

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How to Create EnergyEfficient Lighting? IF YOU WISH TO CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT IN YOUR HOME AND MAKE NOTICEABLE CHANGES WHEN IT COMES TO ENERGY CONSUMED BY LIGHT FITTINGS IT IS ADVISABLE YOU FOLLOWE THE POINTS MENTIONED BELOW: 1. Reduce your reliance on artificial light as much as possible and eliminate sources of artificial light that are not necessary 2. Create a well-designed lighting scheme which is adequate to the activities taking place in the room 3. Switching the lamps on and off has an impact on their working life. 4. Use energy efficient bulbs instead of regular incandescent ones 5. Unnecessary use of electricity can be eliminated by use of various control devices like dimmers, motion sensors dimers or wardrobe door contact switches 6. Please remember that low-wattage lamp closer to where it needs to be is more energy 7. Replace all light fittings before they become inefficient.

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How to Breathe Life into your Home? Our home like us needs to breath as it is an extension of our self. If we are to feel energised and enjoy good health natural light and fresh air must flow through our home freely. If you happen to live or work in the space which remains sealed most of the time it is like being wrapped up in plastic. If the building you are in cannot breathe you will end up breathing in filth and dirt. Moisture when prevented from evaporating on the outside will move into the walls and eventually evaporate into the room. This not only lowers the temperature, but also makes the room unhealthy and damp. Sea air has a calming effect; it can also relax as it is full of negative ions. Only fresh air has the ability to help us feel alive and energised. Indoor plants are perceived by many as visual and decorative items that add a touch of colour to enhance interior design. Plants do much more than just brighten up our environment. They make it a healthier place for us to live in as they purify the air by absorption and sedimentation. Leaf surfaces of the hairy plants even trap dust. Plants also have the ability to convert sunlight into chemical energy, absorb carbon dioxide from the air, and replace it with much needed oxygen. Plants can help us breathe more easily and counteract dryness as they have the ability to emit moisture, balance ions in the air and modify temperatures. They are also excellent at absorbing certain pollutants from the air. The most commonly found toxin in an indoor air is formaldehyde. It can be found in paper towels or tissues, fabrics and floor coverings, bin bags, chipboard, plywood and resins. Plants are especially good when it comes to removing formaldehyde from the air where certain plants are better than others. The following plants were found by Dr B. C. Wolverton former NASA research scientist and are especially good at removing toxins from the air: Peace Lily Gerbera Daisy Bamboo Palm Dwarf Date Palm Moth Orchid English Ivy Philodendron House plants like humidity of 60% but most homes are about 20% humid in the living rooms and 50% in bathrooms and kitchens. The existence of the plants therefore depends mostly on the way we treat them as the home is an alien environment for them. If we are to be effective we need to create mini ecosystems which will provide right level of light, warmth, correct amount of water & food.

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Conclusion Now you should know the basic principles on how to create an extraordinary home which is healthy to live in and in harmony with the outside world. If you consistently apply these principles you will soon feel difference within your space. Remember, every element of your home needs to be looked at if you are to create a loving home that truly is an extension of all that you are. Once you start working on your home giving it attention it deserves your home will reflect it back to you when you most need it. Finally, never forget: Experiment! Get to know yourself and strive to constantly improve your home!

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Dagmar Holubova

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About Dagmar Holubova Designer’s Atelier Originally a scholar devoted to the study of philosophy and history she paid little heed to her childhood habit of rearranging objects, let alone envisioning a future as an award-winning designer with a devoted international clientele. When her years of study left her restless with their lack of practical application a chance distraction of redesigning an old house was nothing short of a great awakening. She realized that interior design was a living philosophy, noting that the arrangement, style, and colours of a room has a direct influence on its inhabitants. What she had overlooked as a compulsive habit now transformed into an all-consuming passion, revealing an almost uncanny instinct for balance and a brave use of texture and materials that others were quick to take note of. After a stint working for the famed Andrew Martin design team she procured a coveted internship with interiors icon Kelly Hoppen. With the quiet assurance one only sees in those who have found their life’s mission Dagmar had a growing client base before even finishing her design course. Awards began to pile up. She attracted the attention of Sir Terence Conran and Philippe Starck who judged her worthy of second place in the One to Watch Mydeco competition which aimed to discover the UK’s most promising designers. BIDA Design Review magazine showcased her as runner up in the Il Tempo Abitare competition. Most recently, she was one of three winners in Homes & Gardens magazine’s competition sponsored by renowned interiors brand Sanderson in their search for a designer who could bring English style to a 21st Century interior. Working both residentially and commercially and with a product line that sells internationally, Dagmar prides herself on her approachable manner with clients and has committed herself to creating design experiences that work from the inside out to restore one’s energy and reflect one’s own personality, lifestyle, and good health over following any trend. Please visit our website and find out more about how we can give your interior the personal touch! www.designersatelier.co.uk

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I hope you have learned something new from reading this guide. It has been years of experience to put this information together and I hope it will bring you great results in your home. Even if you just put one suggestion into place, I guarantee you will see an improvement in your own personal space. For every reader of this guide I am offering a free 20 - minute ‘Healing Home’ call. Apply for a free 20 – minute call and I will run through the 5 steps to ‘Creating an Extraordinary Home’ specifically tailored for your home or business environment and give you some actions to get started on right away. If you would like a free 20 - minute ‘Healing Home’ call with me, please send this request form. http://www.designersatelier.co.uk/contact-us/

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Workshop With so many requests for my time, I have also launched a 1 day workshop on ‘How to Create and Extraordinary Home’ which will cover all the topics in this guide and more. I’ll be sharing my knowledge & expertise covering the most frequently asked questions, which means you’ll be getting a veritable ‘Healing Home’ advice full of tools that you can apply in your own space and get all the results you truly desire. YOU WILL DISCOVER BREAKTHROUGH STRAGEGIES THAT WORK: •Introduction – Your Loving Home, How to Create Positive Vibrations? How to Understand the Purpose of Your Home? Your Personal Space • How to Honour Your Home? • Your Inner Home, How to Build Self Esteem? How to Deal with Stress? • Your Power Home, How to Deal with Energetic Mark from Previous Inhabitants? How to Clear Strong Emotions? When to Cleanse? • Is your Home Toxic? How to Make your Home Radiant? • Your Natural Home. How to Bring the Mineral Kingdom into Your Home? How to Create Harmony within the Home? • Your Colour Sanctuary, How to Identify your Colours? How to Create a Colour Energy Balance? • Your Fragrant Home, Secret Recipes for Natural Aromas and Cleansers • Your Hydrotherapy, How to Save Water in Your Home? How to Regain the Lost Art of bathing? How to Create your Home Spa? • Your Light Home, How to use Artificial Light Successfully? Therapeutic Lighting, Where to use Coloured Lights? • Your Breathing Home, How to Breathe a Life into your Home? • Your Sanctuary, How to Create a Relaxing Room? Testimonials

I really enjoyed the ‘Healing Seminar’ which Dagmar delivered enthusiastically and professionally. Dagmar has a keen interest in ensuring attendees expand their mind through her teaching. Grace Kelly – Founder CityGirl Confidence & Graceful Events International

I am delighted to have attended and taken part in Dagmar’s workshop held at Evolve Wellness Centre. I am a surveyor dealing with predominantly commercial property. Dagmar is a truly outstanding and prolific designer who absolutely enlightened me in terms of colours, fabrics, styles, décor, seasons, flavours, scents, shapes, harmony of schemes and so much more. It was a great investment of mind, time and money! Kaz Theuri – Director, Property Management & Investment at BW Theuri BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management, MBA in International Business Management

TO TAKE PART & SECURE YOUR PLACE, go to.. http://www.designersatelier.co.uk/workshop/ Your Questions Answered! When you attend the live workshop – there will be some question time incorporated with the day so that you get the distinctions you need. Seats are limited BOOK NOW! Should you have any questions please email. YOU CAN CREATE AN EXTRAORDINARY HOME FOR YOURSELF! Dagmar HOLUBOVA Award Winning Interior Designer & Independent Thinker P.S On this special Workshop I will be covering all the solutions to the most frequently asked concerns, seats are limited.


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