For more than a year now I’ve been blogging about the importance of home.  And, throughout my articles I have written about home in terms of décor, color and design as well as how to truly live well in your home.  I’m grateful for all the readers that have supported me by taking the time to read my posts but my guess is that not everyone reads each and every post.  (Ya think?!?)  With that in mind, as another year begins in my world of blogging and because today is my birthday and I can do what I want to, I thought I would give you a quick list of my top ten beliefs about home that I think each and every person that dwells in some form of shelter should know.

I’ll make it simple and concise and leave it up to you dear readers to digest each of my top ten things to remember about home and interpret them for yourselves how best they fit your way of life.

My Top Ten

  1. When you decorate your home you decorate your life.
  2. Your home is an outward expression of yourself.
  3. A beautiful home impacts your mood and behavior.
  4. Elements of Nature radiate calming energy when used in your home.
  5. Much like the Russian Nesting Dolls (Matryoshka), your home should be beautiful layer after layer beginning with the streetscape.
  6. The décor of your home should be designed with a sense of “studied indifference” with things arranged in a way as if by mere happenstance.
  7. A beautiful home is not the result of material consumerism.
  8. Creating peace and harmony in your home will create harmony within.
  9. Living Beautifully + Living Peacefully = Living Well.
  10. Everything begins in the home.

My birthday wish today is that each of you have or aspire to have a home filled with peace and harmony!

And one more thing…

Here’s a very special shout-out to my dear twin brother, Craig Balzer.  What tremendous joy I have in my life to have been so blessed to share life with you.  It’s been a wonderful ride with you ~ from childhood having two cakes on the dining table for our birthday (year after year yours was all chocolate and mine was white with chocolate frosting) to spending Beach Week together with our friends when we graduated from high school to sharing the breakfast table each morning during our college years in our townhouse at VA. Tech (and on occasion watching you literally fall asleep with a spoon of cereal in mid-air from being up all night in the Architectural building) to watching our children grow up together and to now at the awesome age of 56 realize how truly alike we are (as I wrote in my post, Design From An Architect’s View).   Without a shadow of a doubt we have a wonderful bond between us.  Happy birthday, I love you!

The twins with Mom

The twins with Mom

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Jamie Balzer

About Jamie Balzer

Jamie has worked in the field of interior decorating for over 10 years and has owned B&A Interiors, LLC for almost as long. Partnered with her daughter, Sammi Blake, Jamie has been honored to work in homes and businesses across the country. Knowledge and experience is but part of what she has to offer. As a young girl, Jamie intuitively understood that the placement of things, the color of things, and the arrangement of things evoke certain feelings. Working together with this knowledge, experience and intuition Jamie has answered the call to her life’s purpose- teaching the spiritual truth of what she believes- “Everything begins in the home”. As a branch of B&A Interiors, LLC, Living In Perfect Harmony emerged to teach her philosophy. Jamie believes, “if you live peacefully and beautifully at home, you are well, your family is well and that helps to make the world a better place”. Jamie's most passionate role is as a mother and grandmother. Jamie currently lives and works in the Chicago area but also continues her business in Charlotte, NC as both a decorator and a homespace coach. She is certified in Reiki Therapy which she believes broadens her success as a homespace coach. Jamie is available for private consultations, lectures and seminars.

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  1. Great picture. Great article. Have an even greater Happy Birthday! And a happy birthday to Craig too!

  2. Happy Birthday sis, well said. You and Craig are very similar in many ways. Have a great day : )))

    • Thank you dear sister! I am a truly blessed person and I revel in it today! Knowing I have such incredible brothers and sisters, a twin, my own children and grandchildren, friends and last but not least my darling David – heck, what else do I need?

  3. Wonderful post, Jamie! And perfectly timed with our recent move to Asheville. I also want to say how much I’ve
    enjoyed being a part of your blog by having an opportunity to share my photographs. Thank you for that! Have a wonderful birthday, dear friend! And happy birthday to Craig as well. Isn’t it great having a twin to share life with!

    • Thank you so much Susan. And most of all, thank you so much for all the wonderful images of Nature you have provided for the blog. Each and every one of them takes my breath away and allows me to instantly connect with the wonderful outside world! My hope is that it does the same for our readers as you and I both know that Nature provides peace for us. Yes, being a twin is fabulous although truth be told, I don’t know any other way! I cannot wait to see your new nest in Asheville, I’m sure it is totally you and Charlie!

  4. Happy Birthday to two of my favorite elementary, junior and high school friends! Love to both of you! The picture with your mom is awesome! So many wonderful memories….how did we all get to be 56!

    • Ahhh Cindy, thank you so much for the birthday wishes. Indeed, we go back a long way – all three of us! Lots of memories right? What is most awesome is to know that after all these years we still have a wonderful connection! Thanks for writing, reading and being a dear friend!!!

  5. Dear Jamie….Birthday Hugs from afar to you from Gary and I…Maybe one day we will out your way and meet Craig too.
    I know this sounds silly but some of my best delights for my home are little things I pick up in nature, feathers, little nests, pine ones, broken eggs to nestle in the nests signifying a new life begun. And wouldn’t you know I love moss and rocks. You know I even collect these things and decorate my table when camping. A camping hint, found this really colorful shower curtain at a garage sale and it makes the best tablecloth, wipes off clean, not plastic kind.
    sorry this is so long, in a writing mood. JOY

    • Thank you so much Joy. I do hope you, Gary, Lori and Chris make your way to Chicagoland. It would be such fun! Nothing silly about the found things that bring you such delight in your home. I’m right there with you. My David and I just came back from a trip to Florida and already the beautiful shells we found have added to our home decor. Love your camping hint, too. By the way, you write beautifully! Have a fab day and thank you as always for taking time to read my words and comment as well!

  6. Happy, happy birthday!! Thanks for sharing you through your blog. Hope your day was quite special…just like you.

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