SOULutions™ And The City

Hi guys,

I’m ashamed how long it has been – but, MAN, it’s been awhile.  2017 has brought new refreshing air, and I’ve set the intention to bring you much more value over the next year.

To compensate for my absence in recent months, I am gifting a One Day SYS SOULutions For Better Living™ Design Package valued at $1500 to a random lucky winner.

I will list guidelines on how to enter in our giveaway later, first allow me to share 5 SOULutions For Better Living™ In The City that you can readily implement in your space.

You may or may not be aware, but everything in your home affects the way you feel, and I mean EVERYTHING! Furniture placement? Yes! Lighting? You bet! Color Scheme? Absolutely! Air Quality? That’s pretty obvious!

Hibernation season in full effect, how do you feel when you are home? – How does the air feel? How does the lighting feel? How does your mattress feel? How does the energy feel? How does your home truly feel?

If you are desiring change, and not sure where to begin, these SOULutions For Better Living™ are small transformational changes that can make a huge difference.

Here we go!

1. Go Green!

Go Green!

City living has its perks and its downfalls – one of them is air quality.

Add plants to your living space. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many without over crowding your space. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorizing your space, think color and texture. And the best part – they can clean household air and balance humidity. They can absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air. Every home should have a green piece of nature.

2. Living Room lighting

Living Room Lighting

If you live in one of the city’s new residential buildings, most likely your place does not have overhead lighting.  Perhaps, natural lighting is abundant in your space.  However, if you lack both, make sure to implement different levels of lighting – high, medium and low.  Each level of lighting goes hand in hand with the task at hand.

City apartment living rooms serve as multifunctional areas – hosting friends and family, watching a movie, reading a book, and often your cocktail table turns into your dining table. Floor lamps, table lamps, and art lighting are a few ways to add different levels of lighting to your space.

3. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

A vast majority of city apartments are compact. In order to make a space feel larger and brighter, we recommend today’s trendy neutral – grey on walls. We use soft grays A LOT in the spaces we design.

The fascinating aspect of color is its psychology. Color affects moods and lifestyles. Think about your wardrobe, certain colors will always make you feel different.  Do you love denims? A blue sofa will always invite you to relax. Are you a pattern person? Choose a patterned area rug to make a bold statement. Do you love bright colors such as red or yellow? Throw pillows, accent chairs, and art are a few ways to incorporate the livelihood of bright colors in your space.

If you are New Yorker, you may be one of many who wear black all winter long. Black is classy and you can absolutely add it to your home decor– a vase, a lamp shade, a lounge chair, and for for greater impact – window frames, doors and kitchen cabinets.

4. Declutter

Urban Closet

We are a consumer driven society. Hundreds upon hundreds of retailers sell disposable items – furniture, clothing, etc.  Start by decluttering your closets. This alone will make your energy, and the energy of your home much lighter.  Donate what no longer serves you, there are tons of grass roots organizations throughout NYC.  Start investing in quality timeless pieces.

Same applies to furniture, stay away from investing in pieces that will start falling apart in less than 5 years.  If you have things at home that you don’t use often such seasonal items – ski and/or camping gear, you are better off storing them away, there are lots of storage facilities throughout NYC, it’s worth the investment.

5. Multifunctional furniture

Multifunctional Furniture

Storage platform beds with drawers are a great solution for city apartments given the lack of closet space.  Lift top cocktail tables allow dinner for two and suits your space beautifully. Bookshelf/media console combinations options are awesome! You may not have the “eye” of a designer, but you have intuition – we all do. Choose pieces that fit your lifestyle. The key is to have free walking space throughout your entire apartment without having to squeeze yourself around your own space.

Do better, Be better, Live Better. 

SOULutions For Better Living™ is a lifestyle & design program created by the demand of our clients desires to live better.

Enter to win a One Day SYS SOULutions For Better Living™ Design Package valued at $1500 by following  3 simple steps. Simply click on the highlighted turquoise words below to follow each step.

  1. Join the SYS Tribe
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  3. Share SOULutions™ And The City with family & friends

We’ll randomly select a lucky winner who follows all 3 steps on March 20, 2017 – Perfect timing to salute Spring:)

If you’d like specific content regarding your home – design and lifestyle, leave us a comment and we will research the topic for a possible future post.




P.S Check out a few of our client’s testimonials:

“Jamie says she offers SOULutions and she does!  The way she helped me uncover every day living challenges, and guided me with SOULutions designed to fit my lifestyle was, in a word, miraculous.  This dynamo is the sole reason I now have not only an uncluttered, stunning apartment but also an uncluttered mind.  I am so much happier and more productive–as a business owner and as a person. You can’t imagine what you are in for, but take the leap, trust Jamie, and see your world transformed.  I can’t recommend her highly enough!” — Judy Katz, founder and President, Katz Creative and


“Parry Properties LOVES SOULutions!

We cannot thank you enough for taking us on in your truly Amazing program SOULutions. You captured the essence of asking the right questions to implement therapeutic and aesthetic change that ripples with liberation. (Please excuse the flowery prose but I am truly exhilarated and love marveling at the changes you’ve helped us make in our home/work environment and life). Thank you so much!” ~ Victoria