Getting started with sanctuary

When I was a little girl I wanted to be like Olivia Newton John. I wanted to play guitar and sing with the voice of an angel. So I convinced my mom to let me take guitar lessons. But I didn’t learn how to play “I Honestly Love You” or “Have You Never Been…

Sanctuary for the Holidays

A Sanctuary Holiday. Is that even possible? If you are anything like me, you have experienced (and yes, created for yourself) holidays that are over-scheduled, over-stuffed and over-blown. It happens. It’s horrifying, but it happens.

Sanctuary: The Anti-Trend

Don’t get me wrong — I love fashion and trends as much as anyone. But when it comes to the sanctuaries I design, I’m not as excited to explore the latest looks or to follow the crowd.

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.

Sanctuary On The Go

Sanctuary is more than just a space. It’s a mindset, meaning that it can go wherever YOU go. This is how I take sanctuary with me wherever I go.

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.

A Sanctuary of Candles

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ~ Anne Frank Candles are one of my favorite ways to create a sense of sanctuary. Here are a few of my favorite finds.