Thinking of my home as sanctuary — the perfect space for my soul — takes me beyond merely decorating.
As I write this I’m burning a candle that smells of “firewood and bay rum” and playing music.
While I certainly love home staging and interior design, it’s not “everything” that matters in a space.
The home I LIVE IN is not about having the perfect space to feature on Instagram.
We need our homes to meet the daily living needs of our family members.
Your Home As Sanctuary is a Different Decorating Book
I have many coffee table books on decorating and color.
Unlike most of them, “Your Home As a Sanctuary” acknowledges that you and the other people you live with are the most important elements in your home.
If you’re staying put in your own home or looking for an approach to take with your interior redesign clients, you’ll enjoy this book,
With beautiful photos and accompanying text, author Josephine Collins offers practical steps and exercises to help you create a “home sanctuary” that is “a place for your spirit to rest as well as your taste to be expressed.”
Written a decade before Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Collins explored how to discover your home’s true potential.
You won’t feel like you have to compulsively throw out practically everything that doesn’t “spark joy”.
(Am I being too literal? My desk doesn’t spark joy. I wish it were larger, yet it’s the optimal size for my tiny home office. Would Kondo advise giving it away?)
In Your Home As a Sanctuary, Collins takes a different approach to helping you (or your clients) let go of extra clutter (junk). How this will free your spirit and help you organize your home to suit your lifestyle.
Lots of Ideas for Your Redesign or Decorating Consultations
She helps you/your clients identify what’s important. With questions that you can use in an in person or virtual redesign consultation like:
- How often do you use this room?
- Who will be using it and for what purpose?
- What do you want to store and display here?
- What is your ideal floor covering?
- Is there any furniture you feel you’re missing in this room?
- What challenges do you currently have with this space?
It’s all about living in a space you love, and isn’t that what we all want to create for our clients? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.