Fun Decorating: Expressing Yourself

Your home is an extension of yourself. Your room mirrors yourself. Someone once told me (I can’t recall who) that a person’s bedroom, office/study and bathroom – three of the most personal spaces – reflects who the person is. You can easily tell if someone is a slob, neat, artistic, obsessive-compulsive, fun-loving and what-have-you personality trait there is. I discovered a friend is a rocker girl at heart when I saw her room. She doesn’t dress like one (not if you count pencil skirts and stilettos) but her room is a rocker chick’s haven. The records say it all and the posters, color and musical instrument miniatures speak volumes louder than Slash’s guitar playing.

Now, don’t panic and start scrutinizing your room. Believe me, your analysis won’t be accurate. Haven’t you heard of poor self-evaluation? Why not just let go and express yourself? You can be your own interior decorator by basing your choices from the things that interest you. They can be your favorite things in the world, preferences in life, beloved things and others.

Choose a theme and/or a color for the room. If you’re at a loss, open your closet and take a look at your clothes, shoes and bag. More likely, there’s a color pattern that is indicative of your preferred color scheme. Base your decision from this and visualize your room in that color. If you feel good about it, you have your answer.

Don’t hang your clothes back yet. Take a look at the fabrics of the items you pulled out because they give you clues about what you think feels good against your skin. Did your silk shirt make it into the selection? Silk beddings and covers might be a wise idea. Is there a pair of fluffy bunny slippers in the mix? Perhaps a rich, soft rug will be to your liking. You won’t have to worry about items that clash too much in terms of texture, as long as everything is still cohesive with regard to color.

Decorate your room with personal items that you like. Let’s admit it, there are some personal stuff that we don’t really fancy. No one’s forcing you to display items that you don’t like or is there? So go for things that make you smile or reminisce fondly when you lay eyes on them.

Your personal touch is a must for making the room your very own. Photos, travel souvenirs, favorite presents, greeting cards, artworks, etc. are all part of your experiences and life story. Showcasing them in your room is already expressing yourself. This makes your room different from others’, the same way their rooms are distinctive from yours. Don’t hesitate to go funky, fun, adventurous or just plain crazy.

Experimentation and trial and error are very important parts of bringing out your inner decorator. You can’t expect to work on your bedroom and then turn into Ty Pennington overnight. Regardless of the design choices you make, always remember that it’s your home at the end of the day, and the items you put in it should be the items that make you happy.
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Jeff Lorber Fusion
Legendary Fusion Master Jeff Lorber leads All-Star Group at Nighttown!

Featuring: Jeff Lorber-piano & keys, Jimmy Haslip-bass, & Gary Novak-drums.

Trailblazing pianist, composer, producer and bandleader Jeff Lorber is a consummate artist who continues to push himself to new plateaus. A groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer along with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and Bob James, Lorber has triumphed as one of the most innovative musical minds in contemporary jazz. The multi Grammy-nominated pianist’s newest CD is a sterling example of his expansive musical roots, masterfully crafted harmonic and melodic sophistication, irresistible finger-poppin’ grooves and intricate rhythmic sense. “I came up with the name Prototype because we are always trying to up our game and come up with new exciting music that could be a prototype or innovative harbinger for the future of our musical style,” says the LA based pianist. Lorber, a Berklee College of Music alum who formerly majored in Chemistry at Boston College goes full throttle on Prototype, orchestrating like an alchemist in the lab concocting a majestic elixir of jazz, soul, funk, pop, R&B and gospel.

Prototype features longtime collaborators – bassist Jimmy Haslip (founding member of The Yellowjackets) and drummer Gary Novak. “From a production standpoint Jimmy adds a ‘big picture’ element. He contributes a lot with his warm bass sound and on the road he is without a doubt one of the finest soloists out there on his instrument.” Lorber adds, “Gary’s very versatile, imaginative, super solid and gets a great sound. He really shines playing over the funky polyrhythmic grooves we record.”

Jeff Lorber’s Fusion came to life in the 70s when the pianist attended Berklee College of Music. “I was listening to Miles Davis and Bitches Brew and the beginning of great fusion bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Return to Forever,” reflects Lorber. “There were also artists like Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders and Grover Washington, who pioneered a more melodic and funky type of sound. Not to mention the fantastic music being made in R&B and pop music like Earth Wind and Fire and Tower of Power.” Lorber envisioned Jeff Lorber Fusion a second generation to these fusion bands that were more R&B and melody oriented. A true clinician, Lorber has made it a point to study the long line of modern jazz pianists since 1945. “Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea have been major influences but I had to go back and try to figure out who they listened to and were inspired by,” says Lorber. “Some of these icons that come to mind are Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner and Bud Powell.” He adds, “I also can’t forget all of the pianists who played with Miles Davis such as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flanagan and Horace Silver.”

Friday, May 26, 2017
10 PM
Tickets $40