Overcoming home design challenges

Watched Interview with Joanna Thornhill from

@joannathornhillstylist on creative solutions for challenging spaces, how to personalize a rental, and rituals that make us feel at home.

For spaces giving you trouble:

  • Think big picture: what do you need the space to do, how do you want to feel?
  • Don’t start with constraints: imagine what you might do if money was no object

Create rituals that link your space with your schedule or life, like drawing the curtains and making a cup of tea to signal your body it’s time to wind down, or bringing out a nice candle only when you’re doing a certain activity.

Pay attention to the annoyances you’re just accepting, and consider whether you can do anything about it.

Think about the speed of your home – design for slow living – The New Mindful Home

Color “rule”: 60% main color / 30% secondary / 10% pop – for an energizing space maybe pull in multiple or more pop accent colors

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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