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Dear Ones,

In the past fifteen years, I’ve owned six homes and lived in every one of them minus one [which was a flip.]

My first entry into home ownership began in Los Angeles in 2002 when my Grandma passed away and I inherited her home.

The remaining five homes were in Oregon—four in Portland and one at the Oregon coast.

I’ve lived in modern homes with designer kitchens and state of the art [expensive] appliances and I’ve also lived in historic homes with fancy architecture and exquisite bathrooms.

Now I rent a home with my beloved, our two ragdoll cats and our senior dog, Malcolm, in the charming town of Sebastopol, California.

Our current dwelling is small and nothing fancy.

And yet, living in this small and nothing fancy home on an enchanted piece of land surrounded by a loving community has been the happiest place on earth… for us.


When your space is pretty without feeling cozy, it can also feel empty, uncomfortable and sad.

And when you try too hard or become obsessed with making every part of a space look a certain way, you can easily lose sight of the overall experience you are trying to create in the design of your space.

That’s what happened to me.

At times, I was so knee deep in designing and installing the new designs of my previous homes, I didn’t stop to consider the emotion I was trying to convey in the space.

I’ve made plenty of mistakes and wholeheartedly learned from them.

So, how can your wellness business learn from my mistakes?


When, for example, your wall art is randomly selected because you didn’t have enough time to check in with yourself [or your team] to see if it fit into your overall goals for the space, or you chose that trendy wall color but really, it’s meh, and doesn’t look as good on the wall as you thought….

You are not creating a nurturing wellness space that keeps your patient retention rates high and referral business flowing.

Creating a wellness space that feels nurturing and safe includes:

  • Meaningful artwork [like nature photography] known to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of comfort
  • Balancing the square shapes in your furniture, decor and art with round or curved ones to help create coziness
  • Soothing paint colors on the walls and ceiling like greens and blues which are known to calm the nervous system

If it’s time for a new paint color on your walls, I’ve taken the pain out selecting your perfect shade here:

With Love,