Coming Home

I’ve been traveling a lot lately. More than my typical summer travel. I’ve been to Wyoming, Charleston and Ohio and am typing this from 30,000 feet on my way to Atlanta. When I get back, I head to Toronto in a couple of weeks. Don’t get me wrong — I do like to travel, but…

Photo of a kitten curled up in a tiny dish, creating a sanctuary of its own - photo by Alex Pavlou

Even small sanctuaries are powerful

Every once in awhile I get a little sanctuary wake up call. This week was one of those times. For some reason, sleeping through the night has become a rarity for me. Not sure why this has happened – is it my age? My changing patterns and cycles? My stress level and worry? Or just…

Sanctuary Rescue Remedy

I wanted to write a blog post about the New Year. About intentions. About that one special word that is the inspiration I choose to focus on for 2017. But that’s not what happened when I sat down to write. What happened was a bit more unexpected, a bit more raw. And I think it’s…

The alchemy of vulnerability

Magic happens when we lower our defenses and approach the world unguarded and vulnerable.  I took that risk at a talk I gave to designers across the country a few weekends ago.

How I created sanctuary in a tiny NYC apartment

As I walked into this building more than a hundred years old, squashed between two larger buildings in midtown Manhattan, I realized that creating sanctuary in this place was going to be a challenge.

The Clearing

Before I can think about creating a personal sanctuary, I need to create stillness. I need what I call The Clearing. The uncluttered floor, the empty desk, the tabletop of nothingness. I need to make room.