When Living Spaces asked me to be a part of their Behind The Design commercial with designers Laurie March and Jeremiah Brent, I was honored but also wondering, why me? I’m not a designer or celebrity . . . but I am a woman with many hats, and I want to live in a space that feels true to who I am. Which I imagine could be a lot like you.
Thank you, Living Spaces, for giving me the opportunity to see what it’s like behind the scenes of a commercial. It was enlightening, to say the least, and the people that make up this company could not be more kind.
I’m impressed with Living Spaces’ stylish, on-point designs, as well as their prices, which make these pieces affordable for everyone! They asked me some questions about my own creative nature and passion for design so here’s a little bit more about me, how I found my passions, and how I like to incorporate them into all areas of my life.
LS: What is your key passion?
CP: My passions in life vary from my family and faith, to photography, mental health and art. But lately, I’ve been learning about how to be present, enjoy life and raise good humans. Through mediation, prayer and insight, I’m getting more comfortable with where I’m at in life, and it’s a wonderful feeling.
LS: What drives your passion for this area?
CP: I was born a passionate person . . . just ask my parents, I was their “spirited” child. I definitely think there are some genetics weighing in here, and the fact that my parents always told me I could do anything I wanted to do.
They encouraged me and my passions from a young age. I have always loved creative things. When I was 8 years old, I would draw pictures and walk around my neighborhood going door to door to see if my neighbors wanted to buy them, and my parents were totally okay with it. I laugh at that now, but I realize it was moments like those that helped mold me, while also giving me permission to create.
LS: How do you see this as a reflection of who you are?
CP: Because of my loving, encouraging upbringing, I see that I’m able to be loving and encouraging myself, and I hope to pass that on to my children. My passion and ambition come from my father, who pushed me to do my best, my mother, who told me my performance didn’t define me, and they both let me try and fail, and figure it out along the way.
LS: How is all of this reflected in your home and how you live in it?
CP: I want my home to be warm, open and comfortable, but also inspiring. I want it to reflect who I am and the interests of my own family.
In our home, we have meaningful objects displayed, like a wooden surfboard my husband made and my grandmother’s passport. We invest in furniture with clean lines and love adding items with texture and flair.
I think when I combine all of the above, it reflects our eclectic style well. A friend gave me the best compliment one day when she walked into my home. She breathed a sigh of relief and said, “Ah your home makes me sane.” I loved that, because it meant that she felt at home, and that’s ultimately what I aim for when decorating.