I believe that one’s home should be one’s sanctuary. Life comes at us quickly and we all need a place to retreat, regroup and re-energize.
If we are lucky most of us will go through many life changes. Creating one’s first home, adding loved ones, be they old or young, to one’s living space, experiencing the leaving of others from our nest are only some examples of life transitions. Often change is hard. It can be daunting and immobilizing. The way we respond to change can obviously have great impact upon the way we see the future. When we can find the positive opportunities that lie within change, it becomes easier to accept and embrace what lies ahead.
One’s environment can play a major role in successfully navigating life transitions. I believe that people function better when their personal spaces provide them with comfort, inspiration and a functional structure.
It is not unusual to become overwhelmed when faced with change and want some assistance in journeying through the transition and imagining new beginnings. This is where I come in with Design for Change.
“When we face major life changes it is common for everything to feel as if it has turned upside down. I created Design for Change as a personal service designed to help folks make sure that in this ‘shake up’ things settle back down in a way that supports them in their new life circumstances.”
Personal space is where we live out our private lives. Our most personal thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears, dreams, memories, confessions, and intimacies play out in the spaces in which we feel the most safe and authentic. Most people want Home to be the place that feels that way; the place that allows us to be who we really are.
During times of personal and family life change, home and personal spaces go through change as well. Design for Change brings intention and choice to the process of thinking about and redesigning personal space in the context of change and transition.
This particular kind of work is important because I strongly believe that one’s environment impacts the way a person feels about him or herself and about the possibilities that lie ahead. For most people, home is a reflection of Self and an inner state of being.
“We would recommend Kathleen to anyone downsizing, but also anyone in any kind of transition who needs understanding and a listening ear along with a great design eye. (You should see the fabric samples she resourced for reupholstering our sofa. We love our new look!) She understands and gets to the heart of WHY you are in change, and that is the most fulfilling at the end of the day.”