What if I told you the solution to all problems is simply visualization. By nature I’ve always been a visual learner. Now as a special education teacher, it’s my job to teach students how to use visual aids especially in math to solve complex problems. In Reiki, we look to our third eye for wisdom, clarity, and guidance, this is the gateway to visualization.
What if we aligned all of our thoughts and our words to the images we desire? If its success you crave write the word prosperity, hang it up, look at it daily, and align your feelings. Tell yourself I am worthy of success, I am successful. Close your eyes, picture how you would feel, and then smile let your body relax. You have now welcomed positive energy and are in the mind frame to achieve success, and it will come. This can be done for all aspects of your life, love, health, wellness the list goes on. What we focus on we create. Your thoughts and words can affect our nervous, system, our energy, and our entire life experience. We often block ourselves from what we want by the energy we put out into the Universe. Instead, we need to welcome it.

A vision board is a powerful tool in your wellness survival kit. By simply identifying your goals, setting an intention, cutting and gluing words and images that correspond with your desires, you are on your way to achieving what you most desire.


This is a daily practice. The things you want most will not simply come to you because you made a pretty colleague. (lol) You must activate your board and do the daily work. Remember the words you say have power, I am (fill in the blank), I welcome (fill in the blank). Check out @visionworksny on Instagram. They are a new small business based on Long Island. They host vision board workshops and help others learn the secret to becoming the best version of themselves.





Home for the Holidays


The holiday season is upon us, which always brings with it a cause for reflection and planning.

Winter temps have come early to my neck of the woods.  Each morning the kitchen fireplace hosts a roaring fire creating a cozy environment where my creative thoughts blossom and flow as I sip on morning coffee.


Due to our many travels my husband and I have purchased sculpture, art, and artifacts from places near and far.  As a result, our home is an eclectic mix of Italian, Parisian, Asian, and Mexican style (if you can imagine that!).  Recently, I have fallen in love with Farmhouse simplicity.  Dare I say, “I would like to redecorate?”  I think not.  Rather, I am going to work on implementing touches of what I call, Farmhouse Traditional, and I am going to begin with holiday décor touches.


For our family it is Christmas.  But implementing new décor and/or tradition to any celebration can be fun and fresh.  Whether one celebrates Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Winter Solstice the holidays provide a great opportunity to introduce a new style or change in tradition.

solstice (courtesy

I’m beginning my revamping plan by nixing much loved Victorian Christmas wrappings and updating to a Farmhouse theme.  My journey started on Amazon with a purchase of butcher brown paper for gift boxes and continued on with a shopping spree at Michaels’ with items that included brown paper shopping bags in assorted sizes, red and green raffia ribbon, and buffalo plaid tissue paper.  Next, I’m going to adopt the method of placing my Christmas tree with stand inside a thatched woven basket that will soften the design and eliminate the need for a tree skirt.  Awesome!


It’s not an entire redecorating splurge,  but it sure is a new approach that will pave the way to implementing other Farmhouse Traditional touches to my current décor theme.  Taking special care to not overdo and to choose just the right pieces will open up a whole new look where broad and diverse belongings will get along quite nicely.

Happy Decorating, Happy Holidays!



Macchiato Meets Cafe Latte



Today it is my pleasure to introduce artist Angela Gorini Perrone as guest blogger.  Angela is a master artist and prominent business woman, owner of Divine Rooms, Decorative Painting and Custom Artistic Finishes.  Sit back with a steaming hot cup of your favorite brew and enjoy!

Hello fellow Java Junkies! As we all know, there’s nothing quite like a cup of coffee and the transcendent feelings it evokes. A timeless ritual, varied among cultures, spanning the globe during different hours of the day. There’s a coffee for everything: one for morning wake up, another for afternoon pick up, a different vibe after a long leisurely meal. From Cappuccino to Espresso, they are all little works of art from the “mean little bean.”

paintnladderI am a professional artist who specializes in paint treatments for walls, ceilings, floors and furniture in the metropolitan area of New York City. A “coffee break” is not only part of our culture – it IS a culture in and of itself. What a relief to step off a noisy jobsite and have a few moments of peace, with a hot beverage and a quick pick-me-up. I’m not sure exactly where I’d be without my little slice of solace during a hectic day.


There was recently a client, who has a gorgeous private home on Staten Island, who contacted me during my morning ritual of sipping a cup and answering emails before a long day on a ladder. We both laughed when it was revealed we were drinking the same brew (Starbucks French Roast). As our conversation developed, regarding a new commission, it became crystal clear to me that the new art installation needed, just NEEDED, to be an homage to COFFEE.

We developed a process and a technique to enhance a feature wall in a massive lower level area, that will eventually have a working kitchen… and you guessed it…. a coffee bar.

coffeepaintLadies and Gentlemen – it is with great pleasure I introduce you to a custom work of art entitled, “Macchiato Meets Cafe Latte.” This transcendent massive “feature wall” anchors a large space in the most dramatic way. All colors were custom mixed to reflect the deep colors of complex brews and milk enhancements of an actual cup of coffee. We used colors inspired by espresso all the way to the cream on top of a cappuccino.

The technique is called Plastered Ombre’ – a monochromatic rise (or fall) of colors applied with a trowel. My method was custom mixing and blending wet on wet, about 6 different, yet related, shades of color, from dark to light. The result is a rich and full-bodied blend with dimension and complexity. Big flavor to anchor a large space!

Why not surround yourself with the things you love? Immerse yourself in the experience of a pleasure? What is brewing within your soul? Like a cup of coffee, this wall is a warm hug to whomever needs it. Your home can be an expression of your greatest joys and smallest daily rituals.

Artista Barista!

Angela Gorini Perrone
Master Artist and Creative Director
Divine Rooms
Decorative Painting and Custom Artistic Finishes
Mobile: 718-930-5154

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!


Call the doctor, I officially have Fall Fever! I have always been the kind of girl who is drawn to things that appeal to my senses so as soon as September hit I was craving candles that smell like apple cinnamon, drinking pumpkin spice lattes, and buying everything fall décor at Hobby Lobby. When I wake up in the morning, I can feel the cool crisp air and it instantly makes me want to pull out my crockpot and whip up some chili and what’s better than football Sundays?

I can’t explain the shift that takes place but I get so excited at the thought of going to a cute farm where the kids can pumpkin pick, or run through a corn maze. Lucky for me, I live on Long Island and the North Fork offers a ton of vineyards and breweries conveniently located next to these family farms. If you are local to the area you defiantly have to check out Water Drinker Farm. Peep their page on Instagram @waterdrinkerlongisland. They have the cutest sunflower patch, mini golf course, face painting and hay rides plus the admission is super cheap. I am confident to say I am not the only person with Fall Fever. Instagram is flooded with pics that are screaming fall. As for me I will be packing up my swim suits and pulling out my favorite fall sweaters.