Thursday, 23 September 2021

Home is about creating an outrageously gorgeous space

“THE LAST thing a woman needs is to be preached at,” says life coach and interior designer Niki Schäfer.

“THE LAST thing a woman needs is to be preached at,” says life coach and interior designer Niki Schäfer.

The mother-of-three, a self-confessed juggler, traded a career in advertising to combine her two passions three years ago. Now she has added another dimension to her repertoire by publishing a book.

She says Creating Spaces came as a result of her own life story, and offers the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

Mrs Schäfer, of Deanfield Avenue, Henley, started at KLC School of Design, Chelsea Harbour in 2006.

She said: “I have lots of experience, that was very much part of the whole thing. Within my design course there was a lot of extremely high-end residential work. I once worked on a £120,000 kitchen.

“Going there, then coming home to my reality, I kept thinking that they did not match.”

But it was not until Mrs Schäfer started work on her first project that she decided to branch into neuro linguistic programming coaching, which encourages understanding into how clients think.

She recalled: “I was heavily pregnant while working to build Trinity Pre-School, but I wanted to understand how to create a happy home rather than what a magazine shot looked like. It took two years in the end but taught me far more than any training could have done and I now have the privilege of seeing the kids running in and out of it every day.

“It was during this time that I started training to become a life coach. I could always see that it made sense for the two things to go together — although people did not understand it at the time.”

After setting up her business Dwell-Being in 2009, writing Creating Spaces was the natural progression.

Mrs Schafer said: “The book is a journey through the seven spaces of your house. As you progress you establish the foundations of your home — personal style, family thinking and house rules. Ultimately, these foundations support you to create a home that not only looks beautiful, it feels beautiful too.”

The book is a mix of interior design techniques and happiness tools that will help you design a home and, more importantly, a family-life that is calm, sane and “gorgeous”.

“Families spend a lot of time at home and the environment has a huge impact on mood,” she said. “If you walk into a dump you do not feel good.

“It is very different for everyone and homes depend on a number of things — upbringing, culture, appreciation of different colours, patterns and shades and how we think about things.”

Mrs Schäfer describes the book as a step-by-step guide to creating a “calm, sane, outrageously gorgeous home and family life”.

“It is conversational in tone,” she said. “The last thing a woman needs is to be preached at. When you’re juggling your work, your home life, your relationships and the odd trip to A&E, the house is frequently too much to think about.

“In all likelihood any sense of control has been relinquished to the youngest member — or the dog — and when it comes to style, the house looks more sandwich spread than it does magazine spread. These women don’t want it to always be like that. We want to regain a sense of ownership in our homes, we want to rediscover our identities, our style and our ability to be efficient and organised.But we need a guiding hand to help us.”

The book was shortlisted for the Brit Writers Non-Fiction Award in 2012.

For more information about Mrs Schäfer’s company visit www.dwell-being.co.uk

TO celebrate the launch of her book Creating Spaces, Niki Schäfer has joined forces with the Henley Standard to offer readers the chance of a free one-hour consultation with the interior designer, as well as receiving a free copy of the book. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer the following question:

What is the name of Niki Schafer’s new book?

Send your answer, together with your name, address and daytime phone number, to: Interior Design competition, Henley Standard, Caxton House, Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AD. The winner will be the sender of the first correct entry to be selected at random after the closing date of Friday, March 1 and will be notified by phone. The prize is non-refundable and there is no cash alternative. The editor’s decision is final. Usual rules apply. To see the rules, visit www.henleystandard.co.uk/regulars/competition_rules.php

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“Going there, then coming home to my reality, I kept thinking that they did not match.”

But it was not until Mrs Schäfer started work on her first project that she decided to branch into neuro linguistic programming coaching, which encourages understanding into how clients think.

She recalled: “I was heavily pregnant while working to build Trinity Pre-School, but I wanted to understand how to create a happy home rather than what a magazine shot looked like. It took two years in the end but taught me far more than any training could have done and I now have the privilege of seeing the kids running in and out of it every day.

“It was during this time that I started training to become a life coach. I could always see that it made sense for the two things to go together — although people did not understand it at the time.”

After setting up her business Dwell-Being in 2009, writing Creating Spaces was the natural progression.

Mrs Schafer said: “The book is a journey through the seven spaces of your house. As you progress you establish the foundations of your home — personal style, family thinking and house rules. Ultimately, these foundations support you to create a home that not only looks beautiful, it feels beautiful too.”

The book is a mix of interior design techniques and happiness tools that will help you design a home and, more importantly, a family-life that is calm, sane and “gorgeous”.

“Families spend a lot of time at home and the environment has a huge impact on mood,” she said. “If you walk into a dump you do not feel good.

“It is very different for everyone and homes depend on a number of things — upbringing, culture, appreciation of different colours, patterns and shades and how we think about things.”

Mrs Schäfer describes the book as a step-by-step guide to creating a “calm, sane, outrageously gorgeous home and family life”.

“It is conversational in tone,” she said. “The last thing a woman needs is to be preached at. When you’re juggling your work, your home life, your relationships and the odd trip to A&E, the house is frequently too much to think about.

“In all likelihood any sense of control has been relinquished to the youngest member — or the dog — and when it comes to style, the house looks more sandwich spread than it does magazine spread. These women don’t want it to always be like that. We want to regain a sense of ownership in our homes, we want to rediscover our identities, our style and our ability to be efficient and organised.But we need a guiding hand to help us.”

The book was shortlisted for the Brit Writers Non-Fiction Award in 2012.

For more information about Mrs Schäfer’s company visit www.dwell-being.co.uk

TO celebrate the launch of her book Creating Spaces, Niki Schäfer has joined forces with the Henley Standard to offer readers the chance of a free one-hour consultation with the interior designer, as well as receiving a free copy of the book. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer the following question:

What is the name of Niki Schafer’s new book?

Send your answer, together with your name, address and daytime phone number, to: Interior Design competition, Henley Standard, Caxton House, Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AD. The winner will be the sender of the first correct entry to be selected at random after the closing date of Friday, March 1 and will be notified by phone. The prize is non-refundable and there is no cash alternative. The editor’s decision is final. Usual rules apply. To see the rules, visit www.henleystandard.co.uk/regulars/competition_rules.php

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