About

May your space be a reflection of who you are and what you love… A sanctuary for your soul.

ABOUT 

my approach considers interior design medicine for your soul.

My designs consider the impact interior design can have on your well-being and I harness the power of holistic interior design to balance your energy, calm your nervous system and feed your soul.

I offer bespoke holistic interior design, home styling, consultancy and e-design services to residential and commercial clients in the UK, the US, Canada, Dubai and beyond.

My Story

why I do what I do…

I started my journey to becoming an interior designer in 2013 when I returned from a 12 month round the world trip with zero pounds in the bank and a yearning to try something new. I had studied Psychology for five years but eventually became disenchanted with the scientific nature of the work. Academia didn’t suit me and I just knew deep down I had a calling to be creative!

I trained in interior design and cut my teeth at an award winning interior design studio in the picturesque Lake District, where I worked on a range of residential, commercial and investment property projects.

I enjoyed the creative element of my new found calling but something wasn’t quite right. I felt like the work was superficial and only concerned with aesthetics. It was not fulfilling me.

It wasn’t until I 2018, when I completed my yoga teacher training at a non-profit studio in Vancouver’s dodgiest neighbourhood, that I gained a fresh perspective and decided to combine my passion for health and well-being with my love of interior design.

The experience of training as a yoga teacher at this studio was truly transformational and after some deep soul searching I made the connection between my spirituality, creativity and my business.

Not long after I returned home from Vancouver, the pandemic hit. During lockdown, I (as I am sure you did too) realised how important it is to have a welcoming, safe and secure space to call home and how this impacts overall well-being. I became obsessed with integrating psychology with interior design as I developed my business to help people in a more holistic manner.

During yoga teacher training, I learnt about yogic philosophies and principles.  One of the principles that rspoke to me is called Saucha. Roughly translated, this Sanskrit word means “cleanliness” or “purity” and it refers to cleanliness of body, mind, spirit and surroundings; all helping to direct us towards a pure and positive life.

The idea is that a pure and clean space leads to a pure and clean mind, and vice versa.  Have you ever noticed that you feel clearer headed and more productive when your space is clean and tidy?  This is Saucha in its most basic form, and the reason why professional declutterers exist.  I bet you never thought of tidying up as Yoga…well, it is.

I now understand how interior design can play a powerful role in well-being and happiness, simply by having Saucha as its core value. In light of this I have developed my interior design style to incorporate a well-being focused approach that is grounded in Psychology, inspired by nature and infused with Yogic Philosophy. My concern is not only how the design looks but how it serves you in reaching your highest potential, every day.

My Story

why I do what I do…

I started my journey to becoming an interior designer in 2013 when I returned from a 12 month round the world trip with zero pounds in the bank and a yearning to try something new. I had studied Psychology for five years but eventually became disenchanted with the scientific nature of the work. Academia didn’t suit me and I just knew deep down I had a calling to be creative!

I trained in interior design and cut my teeth at an award winning interior design studio in the picturesque Lake District, where I worked on a range of residential, commercial and investment property projects.

I enjoyed the creative element of my new found calling but something wasn’t quite right. I felt like the work was superficial and only concerned with aesthetics. It was not fulfilling me.

It wasn’t until I 2018, when I completed my yoga teacher training at a non-profit studio in Vancouver’s dodgiest neighbourhood, that I gained a fresh perspective and decided to combine my passion for health and well-being with my love of interior design.

The experience of training as a yoga teacher at this studio was truly transformational and after some deep soul searching I made the connection between my spirituality, creativity and my business.

Not long after I returned home from Vancouver, the pandemic hit. During lockdown, I (as I am sure you did too) realised how important it is to have a welcoming, safe and secure space to call home and how this impacts overall well-being. I became obsessed with integrating psychology with interior design as I developed my business to help people in a more holistic manner.

During yoga teacher training, I learnt about yogic philosophies and principles.  One of the principles that spoke to me is called Saucha. Roughly translated, this Sanskrit word means “cleanliness” or “purity” and it refers to cleanliness of body, mind, spirit and surroundings; all helping to direct us towards a pure and positive life.

The idea is that a pure and clean space leads to a pure and clean mind, and vice versa.  Have you ever noticed that you feel clearer headed and more productive when your space is clean and tidy?  This is Saucha in its most basic form, and the reason why professional declutterers exist.  I bet you never thought of tidying up as Yoga…well, it is.

I now understand how interior design can play a powerful role in well-being and happiness, simply by having Saucha as its core value. In light of this I have developed my interior design style to incorporate a well-being focused approach that is grounded in Psychology, inspired by nature and infused with Yogic Philosophy. My concern is not only how the design looks but how it serves you in reaching your highest potential, every day.

Core Values

ONE · INTERNAL & EXTERNAL REFLECT ONE ANOTHER

The founding principle of my design business is “Saucha” and as I mentioned above, this is a Yogic philosophy that the internal and external realms are relfections of one another.

You may often find that if there is chaos around you, your mind and body feel anxious and agitated. Conversely, if there is a lot going on in your mind, the likelihood is the spaces you occupy are messy and disorganised.

Interior design becomes a powerful tool then, to ensure that your space is clean, clutter-free, not over-stimulating so ultimately your space becomes somewhere that helps you to feel grounded and secure. From this place of calm, groundedness, you can show up as a better verison of yourself in other areas of your life. This then leads to a domino effect of positive impact on you and those around you.

TWO · LIFE IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE

Balance is vital for a happy and healthy life. Too much or too little of anything can end up causing issues. Bringing balance into your life can benefit you in innumerable ways and of course, interior design should incorporate this philosophy.

A well-balanced interior is a joy to exist within, it does not compete for your attention nor does it fade away into the background, it exists in harmony with you.

THREE · HUMAN BEINGS ARE A PART OF NATURE

A lack of connection to the natural world is a cause of profound unhappiness in today’s Western society. Bringing natural elements into the home through organic interior design can begin to rekindle our lost connection with nature and promote the deepest sense of wellbeing.

FOUR · WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE

Your home is a reflection of your inner world and an expression of your personality, therefore time should be taken to create your surroundings to tell your story in a way that is authentic to who you are.

Similarly, as a business owner, your business is an expression of your brand identity and an offering to likeminded people who identify with that brand image. Time should be taken to understand your ideal customer and what exactly they want from your business.

As an Interior Designer I feel it is my responsibility to clearly interpret your needs and fulfil them by using my creative vision to deliver your dream interior. There should be no aspect of your design scheme that you do not absolutely love and I will work collaboratively with you to hone in on exactly what your version of a perfect interior is and deliver that to you, without exception.

FIVE · INTENTION IS EVERYTHING

They say that a true master is only concerned with intention and interior design is no exception. Every project should be lead by a clear intention to enhance and enrich the lives of the people using the space.

This comes down to really getting to grips with your lifestyle, family dynamic or business objectives, listening to your goals and aspirations for the space and turning that abstract concept into a tangible reality that fits perfectly with your style and needs.

SIX · LIFE SHOULD BE JOYFUL

The yogis say that the purpose of creation is the expansion of happiness. I say, what is the point in living a life that is not filled with joy?

Many people forget how to live a joyful and happy life as they are pent up worrying about the past or the future. Joy is found in the present moment and this is where the magic happens. To live in the present moment, within a space that truly reflects who you are is a joyful experience and one that you can use to further bring joy and positivity throughout your whole life.

I will do more than make your space look beautiful. My work has a deeper meaning and will create lasting positive impact in your life.

Client Testimonial

“We asked Melissa to help us redesign our lounge into a peaceful and calming space to sit and relax the mind, and she has done just that. Her use of colours, fabrics, accessories and artwork has changed the room completely.

During our consultation she discussed with us all of the changes she proposed to make and how they would work together to bring the feeling of calm. After the consultation, we asked her to source the new items for us and using her professional knowledge of colours, fabrics, patterns and soft furnishings, she has selected products that complement each other perfectly and has helped us to transform our room to the relaxing oasis we wanted. We couldn’t be happier with it.”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

– Lynda Marlowe, Derby, UK.