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Finding Your Sanctuary Within


My love for all things interior design goes back to when I was a little girl. Growing up as a Puerto Rican in New York my parents didn’t have a lot of money and never owned a home, but they always managed to make sure it was comfortable, warm, and very stylish. My dad did take interior design courses at Parsons School Of Design and I use to love reading and looking at his design text books where I was first introduced to the world of interior design.

In my household the word HOME meant a place to find “Your Sanctuary Within”. It’s where your story begins and where memories are made. It should reflect the things you love and find sanctuary for all of life’s moments, both ordinary and extraordinary.



When you hire me to find "Your Sanctuary Within", one of the first questions I'll ask is “What does home mean and feel to you?” I find it to be a very critical question that may sound simple enough. However, it’s probably more complex than you realize since it’s impacted by our entire personal space, inside and out. Once we understand how we like things comfortable, and how we want to feel the moment we walk thru our front door then it becomes easy.

As you create a vision for your space, start to think about the things you love and make you feel the most comfortable and relaxed in. Many times, I hear clients explain how they want the rooms to function, if it’s a playroom, a study or family room. That’s important too, but when it comes to designing a home, I manage from a place of functionality to designing from emotion and overall mood of the spaces.

Each space should evoke emotions that are meaningful. You'll want your guest to immediately feel safe and embrace a warm welcome as they step inside your home. If you want each of the rooms to engage in a thoughtful dialogue, what would each say? Does your living room or family room encourage you to unwind and relax after the end of a long day? How about your kitchen? Will it inspire you to create imaginative culinary delights? And would your primary suite give you those “sweet dreams” that you need for a peaceful night of rest.

Here's a peek inside as to my blueprint for helping clients create their "Sanctuary Within".


MAPPING OUT A PLAN: Before embarking on an interior design project, start with a plan. Determine what you want to achieve with your space, what mood you want to create, and what items you need to achieve your homes story. Think about the colors, textures, and patterns that will complement your personality and style.

CHOOSE A COHESIVE COLOR SCHEME: Color is one of the most important elements of interior design. It sets the tone for the entire room and can have a profound effect on your mood and emotions. Choose a color scheme that reflects your personality and creates the mood you desire. Soft and calming colors like blues and greens can create a peaceful and relaxing environment, while warm and vibrant colors like reds and oranges can add energy and excitement to your space.

INCORPORATE NATURAL ELEMENTS: Bringing natural elements into your home can create a sense of calm and serenity. Incorporate plants, flowers, and other natural elements like wood, stone, and water to create a connection with the outdoors. Not only do these elements add beauty and texture to your space, but they also have health benefits, such as improving air quality and reducing stress.

USE LIGHTING EFFECTIVELY: Lighting is a key element of interior design that can affect the mood and ambiance of your space. Use a variety of lighting sources, including natural light, overhead lighting, and task lighting, to create a warm and inviting environment. Dimmer switches can also be used to adjust the lighting levels and create a relaxing atmosphere.

CHOOSE COMFORTABLE & NOT TRENDY FURNITURE: Furniture is a crucial element of interior design that can affect the functionality and comfort of your space. Choose furniture that is comfortable and functional, and that reflects your personal style. Trendy furniture may look enticing but not the most particle. Instead invest in high-quality pieces that will last for years and provide the comfort and support you need.

ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES: Adding personal touches to your space can make it feel more personal and more like home. Display your favorite artwork, photographs, and mementos to create a sense of warmth and personality. Incorporate items that reflect your interests and hobbies, and that make you feel happy and comfortable.

Creating your sanctuary within through interior design is to create a meaningful dialogue between each space. Your home needs to reflect your personality, style, and what it means to you. An overall feeling of HOME.

LINEN + ORCHID is a full-service design studio, focusing on residential projects from furnishings to renovations. We can assist in all aspects of a project from start to finish in pursuit of a design concept that reflects your individual style and personality. Our goal is to transform your house into the home that you love and enjoy.


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“I’m honored to help you find Your Sanctuary Within."


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