Written by: Canyon Ranch Staff
Your friend can whip up a gourmet meal with three ingredients, but serving spaghetti instead of penne is your best attempt at becoming more creative in the kitchen. Many people think that cooking, drawing, crafting and other common forms of artistic expression are the only ways to express a creative side. But you don’t need a “talent” to be creative. Creativity is about more than just mastering a skill. It is also about the way you think and how you see the world.
The ability to problem solve, tell an engaging story, plan an upcoming trip or simply manage your family’s daily schedule is a form of what experts call “everyday creativity”— smart, innovative thinking that involves an imaginative approach to finding solutions, communicating, balancing time and more. “Anyone who puts together even one outfit for a job interview is creative, because that is about working with what you have, what you know, assumptions about others, self-expression and more,” says Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C., director of life management at Canyon Ranch, Tucson. And studies have shown that people who engage in this type of creative thinking share positive traits—like open-mindedness and curiosity—with their more “traditionally creative” counterparts.
Becoming more creative isn’t about becoming someone you’re not. It’s about finding new ways to call up the creative side we all have within us and giving yourself time to cultivate your own path.
The need for perfection can be a serious roadblock when it comes to becoming more creative. We avoid trying something because we’re too afraid to make a mistake. Remember: Everything around you is imperfect, including you! Rather than focusing on getting it right, give whatever you are doing your best shot. Mistakes may actually open your mind up to new ideas and approaches. You may have a friend whose expertise in the kitchen you envy, but remember: Chances are good that she served her fair share of fallen soufflés and scorched steaks before she got to where she is now, so give yourself the same room to grow.
For centuries, artists, musicians, poets and writers have relied on muses to provide inspiration, so why not try finding one of your own? External input and stimulation can help you come up with good ideas and solve problems, whether you’re getting your garage organized or trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Find someone or something to aspire to, and expose yourself to new experiences often.
Keeping a journal is not only a proven stress buster, it’s also a great way to encourage creativity. Think of it as the first step in your creative process—a blank slate for you to throw out any thought that crosses your mind. Putting your ideas down on paper, instead of allowing them to just float around in your head, can help you see them in a fresh light. And don’t hold back. No censoring! Your journal is a place where your imagination can—and should—run wild.
Becoming more creative isn’t something that happens overnight, and you may need to try different things before you find the one that lights you up and unleashes the creativity within. Allowing yourself a few minutes each day or week to work on your creative endeavors or just daydream can open up new opportunities for you to flex your imagination.
Creative ideas often surface when you’re relaxed. If you need a little help letting go, you may benefit from reading “Relax and Recharge with a Bathing Ritual.”
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Blue is having a moment.
Serene and soaring, trendy and timeless, the spectrum’s coolest color is suddenly hot. For outdoor furniture and décor, we’ve found our rhapsody in this hue.
Rich indigo against a snowy white lifts our spirits. And the tranquil hue of the sky is a backdrop for bracing touches of China blue.
Contributed by Melissa Gillespie, Managing Editor, Ocean Home
As we look forward to long days in the garden and warm nights on the terrace, Ocean Home’s pages are springing to life with products and design trends to warm up your interiors.
Organics and texture-rich materials—from natural fiber wall coverings and rugs to reclaimed wood and natural stone—continue to play a prominent role in design. Bringing the earth’s natural palette inside is showcased brilliantly in our April/May issue.
My inspirations for our Ocean Home Discoveries sections were drawn from Frontgate’s earthy and elemental accessories, which boast rich textures combined with warm and neutral tones. A standout is the Root Coffee Table, which was designed to replicate the freeform, open look of tree roots, and the Emerson Faux Wood Side Table, a vintage wood look made from all-weather resin and crushed stone.
As with any trend, the key is to not overdo it. As much as I love driftwood, I recommend picking one or two statement pieces rather than creating a room reminiscent of Cast Away.
The earth-friendly palette of the whites, tans and browns plays well with neutral and color-crazed rooms alike. And, of course, gold is always in, which is why I love a shiny statement piece like Frontgate’s Leaf Trio wall sculpture, featuring interlaced ribbons of solid brass.
Not everyone is on board with a full-on organic, earth tone takeover. Play peek-a-boo with organics, and incorporate natural wonders into your design in subtle ways.
See what other products I discovered for your home décor in the current issue of Ocean Home.
Elephants are everywhere. Parading their way into decor indoors and outside.
We’re charmed by their whimsy. And inspired by their cultural symbols, like connection, prosperity and good luck for the home.
Here are six elephant accessories that promise to bring a bit of steadfast good fortune into your outdoor living space.
1. Handpainted Elephant Side Table
With a spacious tabletop, this handpainted elephant table is ready to shoulder all your burdens (or at least hold your iced tea).
2. Mara Elephant Table
Richly caparisoned, the Mara Elephant Table is full of ceremonial elegance.
3. Blue Ceramic Elephant
Trunk raised skyward, the Blue Ceramic Elephant will shower you with good luck.
4. The Elephant Serveware Collection from Arthur Court elevates the look of a table or buffet with exquisite attention to detail.
6. Elephant Cedar Wall Art
While a jumbo elephant can be trained to paint, this stunning close-up is screen printed in the US.
Elephant accessories make a strong statement without being overbearing. How have you decorated with them in your home?