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Creating a deep connection to the spaces inside your home

Creating a deep connection to the spaces inside your home
Image: Ashley Byrd, Unsplash

How is it that New Zealand lockdown 2020 feels both like yesterday and forever ago? But if there’s one theme people seem to remember, so vividly, it’s how they felt while retreating inside their homes. For some, home was a place of comfort. A solace from what was happening beyond the walls. For others, the feeling wasn’t so gentle. A jarring between how they wanted to feel in their homes and the spaces they were living in. Questioning how, going forward, they could live life with intention.

In 2021 people are investing in wellbeing and their homes. Some say it’s because travel isn’t what it used to be – and I don’t think anyone could disagree with that. But the Conscious Interior Designer in me is also hearing that people are seeking how they can harness the power of home for happiness and create interiors they can’t wait to come home to. Interiors that transform residential spaces to not only improve the home, but the quality of life within it.

Imagine coming home to a place where you are happier, healthier and more empowered. Spaces where you truly feel at home. This feeling is what inspires and drives the Cardwell Inc. interior design ethos. Understanding the connection between the thoughts and feelings you seek from your home and surroundings. And mindfully aligning spaces, so they reflect who you are and transform the way you live.

At its heart, the mindful home is beautifully simple

Consciously creating spaces that serve you on every level – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Focusing on interior design that creates the flow of energy and balance you seek, so when you come home – you’re coming home to yourself.

But first. You should ask yourself. What does it mean to be at home?

If you think of your home as merely a place to sleep, a space to hold your possessions or just a roof over your head – conscious interior design may not be for you. If you think of your home as your haven, individual living spaces that evoke feeling and feelings that inspire being – then welcome friend, let’s talk more about conscious interior design and how, together, we can begin to create spaces that transform the way you live.

It’s about more than visually appealing spaces

Understanding that homes are about so much more than beautiful spaces inspires the Cardwell Inc. design ethos. Delivering projects that bring joy to your life, drives it. I’ve come to understand that people want homes that are functional, align with their lifestyles, transform the way they live and connect them to family and friends. If I was to pass on one piece of design wisdom, it would be – if you’re drawn to consciously creating spaces within your home, think about them mindfully and engage all of the human senses. Feel into spaces, imagine experiences and design with awareness and intention.

Instead of thinking about rooms, think about 5 spaces

  • Leisure Space
  • Social Space
  • Quiet Space
  • Storage Space
  • Outdoor Space

Consider the concept of a space instead of a room and think about how these spaces facilitate the different activities in the life of your home. How you live now vs. how you want to live. Think of the feeling, the environment, and the atmosphere. Is it a space to connect and be social, wake you up or relax you?

Awaken 5 senses and consciously lean into them

  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Touch
  • Smell
  • Taste

Become intentionally aware of your senses. Your senses affect your physical and mental health and wellbeing. As you move, quietly and mindfully, through the spaces in your home, how does the living feel in each space? Are you drawn to one sense over another? How can you positively awaken your senses through design detail in your spaces?

And that, friends, is conscious interior design at its simplest. Is bringing it to life just as simple? Not always. But as I’ve navigated through my interior design journey it’s a concept I’ve been drawn to. I align Cardwell Inc. wholeheartedly with the conscious interior design ethos. Because by transforming your spaces to be more mindfully aligned with your lived experience, your home, quite beautifully, reflects who you are. It’s a place you can’t wait to come home to.

If you’d like to talk about creating connection within your home, I’d love to hear from you. You can learn more about the Cardwell Inc. interior design process, here. Or you can contact me to talk about your design project.



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