Do you have a room that just doesn’t feel right? Overwhelmed with entertaining guests at home because you don’t feel like it’s guest-ready? Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with decorating that you avoid it? I feel you! I’ve been there. What if I told you, you could create a cozy retreat, a welcoming kitchen, or a festive dinner party intuitively that feels authentic to you with a little reflection and 9 easy steps?
The Northing Co. 9 was inspired during my years as an award-winning event designer as a way to help clients discover what would make their events feel personal and authentic while also giving guests an experience to remember. However, it wasn’t until we moved into a home that felt disconnected that I realized this method could also be used to transform a personal environment, a dinner party, or whatever I was trying to create as well. Not only from an aesthetic standpoint but more important, from an emotional one.
Through reflection and honing in on simple yet intentional practices using these 9 steps, I discovered my own personal and authentic style and began applying it in real life. The result… a home that looks and feels like a haven, time with family and friends anticipated and valued, and self-care rituals that became essential. Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and I am so excited to share how you can discover the same.
How does the Northing Co. 9 work?
The Northing Co. Method takes the guesswork out of how to decorate to create a space that feels authentic to you. First, determine the primary function of your space and how you hope to feel in it. Next, take a moment to personally reflect with a short The Art of Northing ™ exercise. Last, using the Northing Co. 9 steps below, you can begin to intuitively style a space that feels authentic for our home and family.
Northing Co. 9™ Step-by-Step
Five senses of design
Four elements of styling an authentic space
- Something old
- Something new
- Something local
- Something true to you
Here is an example of how I applied these methods to our coastal cottage sunroom project.
At the end of the day, how we feel comfort at home, entertain and welcome guests, and care for ourselves and others is a personal journey. I hope by sharing these small yet intentional practices, you can explore what that means for you.