June 19, 2019

Move Your Furniture, Shift Yourself


If you're hankering for a change in your apartment and don't want to spend money, but just want to shift the way you're feeling and the look, this episode is for you. Move it baby… Anybody that comes to my home will say, "Something's changed!" That's probably because it has. I move my furniture often. 


The Many Faces of My San Francisco Apartment

I get bored with the same look and feel like the energy needs to be moved around. There are so many benefits to movin' your stuff boo:  here's a dance and a video I made to inspire you to mooove...





Take Action:
1. Moving furniture around, lifts your place literally because you will declutter, clean, tidy - not to mention get rid of the dust sitting around hard to reach places.

2. Moving furniture around, gifts you with what feels like a new place. Try it. Simple as that.

*I tend to move my curtains and vases, books, trinkets from room to room too.

3. Moving furniture around, shifts your perspective, that’s new energy flowing through.

If this inspires you to move and shake, let me know in the comments below and share with your beloved.
So what are you waiting for... shift your stuff, lift your spirits. Go, get to movin'...

A well designed place is always changing with your mood.

You’ll see and feel the change immediately.


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Onward,
Toan

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June 17, 2019

Simple Citrus Chili Chicken Recipe That Will Delight Your Guests

Bear with me y’all. Here at “Style Your Spirit,” I’ve promised to share one interior design tip and one spiritual tip each episode, but this (gulp) is the first time I am channeling my inner Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg with this on-the-fly, last-minute, Chinese citrus chili chicken dish (I haven’t given this dish a name and only added “Chinese” to it because, well, I’m Chinese, LOL). Call it whatever you like and feel free to give it your own special twist with whatever extra ingredients that tickle your fancy.

June 14, 2019

Dusting Doom — How You're Probably Dusting WRONG

Don't dust another thing until you read this blog ⁠— you are probably dusting WRONG!

I’ve been suffering for allergies a ton this spring and summer and noticed there’s a lot more pollen and dust swirling around my home ⁠— achooo! When I saw this Apartment Therapy article on how we could be dusting wrong, I had to share it with you. I’m happy to say I actually already do what they suggest, but when I shared with some friends, they were surprised they had been dusting the wrong way all this time.

This video was shot in my master bedroom, where I show you why you may be feeding and multiplying those dust bunnies instead of chasing them away.

June 12, 2019

Edible Flowering Herb Arrangements

Nothing delights my senses and brings more joy than the phrases, “more for your money” and “florals.” Consider this the double joy episode.

What if I said today’s “Style Your Spirit” tip delights nearly all your senses — tantalizing texture, smell, touch, taste — and saves you money? Now that I got your attention, I wanted to share this phenomenal floral tip that will have you rushing to the store/market/foraging adventure in your neighbor’s yard (I kid, kind of!)

June 10, 2019

Styling Your Shelves and Spirit

Styling shelves can be stressful. Many people tell me they don't have clue a where to start. Here are a few simple tips to tidy those shelves and mantles with style.

June 7, 2019

Streamline Your Room & Your Life

Whether you’re decorating a room from scratch or switching up a room with stuff you have, here’s a simple tip that will save you a lot of confusion and stress. It’s all about the theme and starting simple. Choose one thing that sparks joy — whether it’s artwork, a rug or some other memento from your travels — and pull a theme, color or texture from it.

My Peruvian-themed guest room

I often talk about themes in life and what they’re here to teach us. Are you paying attention to the themes in your life? Here’s a breakdown in today’s “Style Your Spirit.”

June 5, 2019

Creating an Altar and Sacred Ritual in Your Home

Having altars in my childhood home was commonplace. I remember “A Ma,” my paternal grandmother who helped raise me and my five siblings, doing her daily offering and paying tribute to our ancestors by saying a little prayer, lighting incense and sometimes offering fruit on the altar. It was believed that the incense would lift our prayers and worries to the spiritual world. Often she would take a deep breath and sigh a breath of relief as she let go of her worries and prayed for our family’s health and protection.

My Altar in My San Francisco Home

I’ve carried on this sacred tradition in my home by creating a small altar at the entrance of my home. If you’re interested in creating an altar in your home, here’s some easy things you can do to create your own sacred space to pay homage to folks who are important to you.

June 3, 2019

Put Yourself and Home On Your Schedule

One of my biggest life lessons is something I learned from my buddy and co-host of our Facebook Live show “YOLO with ToLo,” Lonnell Williams. Every week, he and I connect online to share wisdom and crowdsource wisdom revolving around a theme, like discovering your power, living your truth or getting through life’s challenges.

Lonnell is one of the wisest, funniest and most authentic people I know. Fun fact — he became real-life friends with Oprah Winfrey over Twitter. He passed along this advice from Oprah that really made me think: You need to put yourself on your schedule.

With my soul brother, Lonnell Williams, on "YOLO With ToLo."

May 31, 2019

Change Your Room's Ambience in Seconds

I’ve talked a lot about how much I love to buy flowers each week. There is a joy in treating yourself with blossoms, whether you’re picking flowers, arranging them or giving them new life!

They truly liven up your home, change the energy and bring you — and those who share your space — so much happiness. But what if you don’t have time to go to the farmers’ market, floral shop or supermarket to get some blossoms? Here’s what I do to change up my room’s ambience in seconds!

May 29, 2019

Activating Change in Your Home

Warning: Lethargic homebodies who want to do something to make their homes more fabulous — you may be emPOWered by this post.

You've heard the saying, "You get your home in order and everything else will follow." That is one of THE BIGGEST interior design TRUTHS. But easier said than done, right? You just need that spark to set the fire of action to get your home in order. But the hardest thing to do is get started. This activation episode is designed you to get going, boo.

I promise you, if you take this one small action, it will billow into a beautiful series of design dominoes that will bring you and your home more joy.