Being intentional in the way we organize, design and decorate lends itself to more ease, flow and beauty in our day-to-day life. It is possible to have our environments be both super functional and lovely; laid out to assist in our success and striking to the eye at the same time. We just have to know what we\u2019re doing. And I know someone who can steer us that way. Her name is Taylor Spellman, and she\u2019s the star of a new show on Discovery+, \u201cOne Week to Sell.\u201d Connecticut native, Spellman is the ultimate resource in this area because she can offer practical tips and real-world examples \u2014 and she also happens to be my lifelong best friend. We have been friends since we both launched into fake reporting the news in fifth grade. I distinctly remember another friend\u2019s mom pulling out her massive 1980s video camera and the two of us slowly turning toward each other as we realized that we were both \u201creporting live from the scene,\u201d fixated on the camera, fake microphones in hand and all. I later went into local news reporting, but Spellman\u2019s journey involved starting her own interior design and staging firm in New York and ultimately, starring in her own show. In \u201cOne Week to Sell,\u201d she is given five days and a moderate budget to spruce up a house that\u2019s stalled out on the market. But she does so much more than make it pretty. You can see it happen in each episode: She enters the space and gets a feel for it. She takes a deeper look and gauges the story of the home. What kind of person would be best served by it? How would they use the space? What would they want and need? She taps into the soul of the space and expertly puts it on display. It\u2019s both art and science, all aimed at drawing in the ideal owner with a bold, fresh design that helps them see the potential of the space and easily envision themselves living there. I can\u2019t recommend this show enough. Yes, Spellman and her right-hand woman, Kate Dickens, are my dear lifelong friends, but I promise, this isn\u2019t the only reason. It\u2019s a great show and a fabulous exhibition of the following tips, which are starting points for us all to make our homes smarter and more stylish. Whether you want to live in it or sell it, here are a few ways to help your space (and you) shine: \u00a0Less is more when it comes to your bedroom. \u201cI\u2019m a big advocate for creating the calmest space possible for your bedroom,\u201d Spellman says. \u201cWhite tones, cream colors, anything that incites peace. I suggest having no TV and keeping closet doors closed to minimize visual and literal noise. \u201cYou create this space knowing you are walking into your sanctuary \u2014 your safe space where you can rest and restore.\u201d \u00a0 Have a \u201ccommand center.\u201d She says, \u201cIn the crazy speed of life, we\u2019re frequently running around and there\u2019s always so much stuff. To manage the chaos, it helps for everything to have a home within your home, especially the extraneous little things that often liter your space and easily get lost \u2014 keys, sunglasses, headphones, ChapStick, your wallet, etc.\u201d Spellman\u2019s command center is a tray near the front door that houses all the things she typically needs before heading out. \u00a0 Be bold. Outside of your bedroom, don\u2019t be afraid to use bold color. Spellman is brave in this department, and there are some great examples of how that can pay off in the show. Color has a way of drawing people in. In one episode, Spellman paints an entire room black. That home, which had previously been lingering on the market for months, went into a bidding war and sold for $26,000 more than asking price. In another house, she turned the whole dining room dark purple. The house also drew multiple offers over the asking price. The key is to avoid overdoing it. Spellman suggests picking one room or wall as an accent and tying back to that shade with small pieces of d\u00e9cor in adjacent rooms. That purple dining room, for example, was beside a more muted gray-toned living room that had a purple pillow on the couch and a splash of purple in the wall art, too. But be careful choosing your colors, Spellman warns. \u201cYellow and orange are tough ones,\u201d she says. \u201cIt takes the perfect tone to make these work, so take your time and really consult on fan favorites if you are determined to go in this direction. And for a fail-safe color, remember that blue is always your friend.\u201d \u00a0Reflect on what you love and how you live. She says this should be the starting point for setting up your space. \u201cWhat are you always running for?\u201d she asked me at my house. Based on my answer, we moved some of my kids\u2019 stuff around and added shelf risers so I could store it all better. But beyond the practical, making your space reflect what you love is a worthy cause. If you\u2019re a music buff and you have various instruments or old albums, she suggests picking one wall to hang them up. If you love books, put them on display. Consider what you collect or like to do and experiment with showing it off. It may take a bit of trial and error, but it can be fun and rewarding. But of course, if you aren\u2019t sure, take a break and watch some TV. \u201cOne Week to Sell\u201d is now streaming new episodes every Wednesday on the Discovery+ app (Discoveryplus.com). Marci Izard Sharif is an author, yoga teacher, meditation facilitator, and mother. In Feeling Matters, she writes about self-love, sharing self-care tools, stories, and resources that center around knowing and being kind to yourself. This column previously ran in the Houston Chronicle.