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SpaceTransform California 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 04:52 PM
Very exciting news: SpaceTransform is now based in the Bay Area! This past summer I moved my self and business to San Francisco after a good long stint in Seattle. I felt ready for a big change and excited to start a new life chapter in a different (and sunnier) environment, and to be closer to family in Northern California. I couldn't be more thrilled!

SpaceTransform brings seven years of experience creating homes that support, nourish, inspire and delight -- and I'm happy to be working with you now, Californians.

India  
Thursday, July 1, 2010, 05:11 PM


It's taken me a couple of months to integrate the journey I took early this spring, a 6-week trip through northern India. It is such an overwhelming place on so many levels, physically and emotionally, socially and spiritually, that I've only really been able to make some sense of it all in the context of perspective from home.

There were of course all of the immediate experiences and impressions of India: I hiked to hilltop temples and took riverboat rides and explored just-waking markets at sunrise, I took overnight trains (and just about every other form of transportation you can imagine), I sat with priests on the banks of holy waters, dipped my toes in the Ganges, and witnessed ancient sacred rituals, I bought magical beads and blessed them in powerful spots, I saw a wild tiger on my birthday (to celebrate the Year of the Tiger and my tiger-self), I drank chai and ate insanely delicious food (and occasionally got sick from it), I met vibrant Indians and international travelers and lived alongside cows and monkeys. In India I took in the collision of ancient and modern, the beauty of the people and the spirituality, the sadness of their poverty and pollution, the pervasiveness and depth of tradition and religion, the simultaneous chaos and order of the oldest civilization on the planet.



India has definitely widened my sense of life and ways to live... both the vast differences and also the core similarities. In moments of eye contact and shared smiles with Indian women, with their arranged marriages and timeless cultural roles, traditional dress and deeply ingrained spiritual values, I felt our connection and commonalities as well as the striking dissimilarity of our lives. I have grown up feeling a freedom to create my life in the most personally authentic way, in terms of career and relationships, spirituality, style and pastimes... and to continually evolve that as my own personal evolution continues. How amazing it has been to contemplate a mode of life where there is considerably less freedom in these regards, and yet, to also feel into the peace that seemed to provide. I definitely feel the gift and the sometimes-burden of my freedom, the deep and determined truth-seeking which has occupied much of my time. But, this is my life, my heart and soul and mind, and I am grateful for it. Getting more perspective on this life of possibility that I have been born into, I have a profound sense of the responsibility I have... Because I can, I must create a life that is aligned with my core values and which is in service to the world.

Which brings me back to you... and to SpaceTransform... and why I do what I do.

I believe in beauty. I don't mean this in any superficial sense, because I know that the experience (and appreciation) of beauty can be deeply meaningful... it is a feeling that transcends the specifics of what or why, that creates moments of joy which are innately human and universal and free. Though I definitely have issues with the cultural conditioning which has helped to inform what we are supposed to find beautiful and how we are supposed to spend money to seek or achieve that, I also recognize that as natural beings, the things which we are inherently programmed to find beautiful are things of nature (such as flowers, colors, and women of all ages), or things which honor nature's inherent design principles (like balance... see the Taj Mahal). Beauty is a sensory experience which stirs a deeper spiritual experience, and provides a way to connect to that which is beyond us, that which we are a part of, that which is a part of us. I have had some of my most profoundly sacred moments in the midst of a stunning sunset, a gorgeous piece of music, or in seeing the beautiful heart of one of my closest friends. I feel strongly that I want to continue creating more beauty in the world... in my life and self, in my relationships and in my exchanges with strangers, in my home and yours.

This spring marked the 5-year anniversary of SpaceTransform. Thank you for being a part of my success, for supporting me, and most of all, for your beauty.

Please enjoy my India photos!




"I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence."
-Oriah Mountain Dreamer


Project Spotlight: Arriving Home to a Welcoming Space 
Monday, September 21, 2009, 03:13 PM


The sight and feeling that greets us upon entering our house strongly affects our experience of arriving home, as well as our mood and comfort as we settle into and live in our space. When a front door enters directly into a living room, as in this project, it's very important that the room be arranged with sensitivity to this factor, as well as to its overall comfort, function, and beauty.

The previous layout of this room "welcomed" its guests and inhabitants with the back of a couch, giving way to a table of clutter, finally settling onto the TV cabinet -- not the most inspiring array. My client was complaining about feeling 'stuck' in her home and life. I set out to help her by transforming this room to feel wonderful, positively affecting her experience of arriving and being home.

By flipping the room layout around, people and energy now flow through the front door and into a cozy and lovely "conversation area," a place to truly relax and revitalize. To support this, the TV went to live on the opposite wall, clutter was given a home, and lighting and accessories were optimized to support the new vision.

These changes instantly transformed the look and feel of the room and of the overall home experience. My client tells me that not only is she in love with the changes, but that her home has become a nourishing space for her guests. What a gift for everyone!

It's amazing what re-thinking your existing things can do for your home and life...



New SpaceTransform web site 
Thursday, June 4, 2009, 04:37 AM


I'm proud to announce that the new and improved SpaceTransform web site is up and running. It's got a new look and feel, refined message, and enhanced layout of project photos. Please check it out, and send me your feedback. Also note that there is now a box on the "Contact" page to sign up for my shiny new email newsletter, which will be coming soon. Enjoy!

Seattle Times article on Gwen and Dibspace 
Monday, April 13, 2009, 10:48 AM


A couple of months back I ran into my friend Dominic at a coffee shop and he told me what he was working on: a website where business owners could offer services during otherwise unbooked hours for "dibits" instead of dollars, and other business owners on the site could purchase those services using dibits that they had earned. Brilliant! It wasn't long after that when Dibspace was launched, and I became a happy member offering my services in interior redesign and feng shui.

Dominic asked me if I'd be willing to get some press on one of my dibbed offers and of course I accepted; the first of these pieces is an article in the Seattle Times today. Enjoy!

Thailand 
Friday, March 20, 2009, 09:23 PM


I was lucky enough to spend one month exploring Thailand this winter. What an amazing journey it was... Thailand is a tremendous place to travel -- friendly, warm, colorful, delicious, and inexpensive -- and being away from winter and worries was incredibly rejuvenating.

I split my time between Bangkok, the beaches in the south of Thailand, and Chiang Mai -- a city in the northern hills. Each was very different, and very wonderful.

I spent a significant amount of time visiting Buddhist temples, of which there are 20,000 in Thailand -- they are everywhere. Ornately designed, filled with Buddhas and altars, smelling of incense, with monks in their bright orange robes... sacred and stunning.

Thailand has a bustling market culture... there are daytime markets and nighttime markets, where vendors set up stations to sell delicious food and beautiful wares. Wandering amongst these vibrant scenes was a favorite pastime of mine, which always involved eating, and often included a stop for a market-side foot massage (30 minutes for under $2).

Time on the beaches was relaxing and balmy... and gorgeous. Stunning cliffs rising out of warm emerald green water. Tropical, alien-looking fish. Staying in a bungalow perched in the jungle. I lost track of time and days. I read and napped and swam. I watched sunrises and sunsets. I ate fresh mango and pineapple every day. I breathed deeply...

I returned to Seattle feeling chilled out and inspired... happy that spring is finally here, happy to keep expressing myself through my work and art, and happy to be back to my amazing friends and clients.

Please enjoy looking through my Thailand photos.

Sawatdee!

Back from an Adventure...  
Monday, March 2, 2009, 03:10 PM
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain

I just returned from an amazing month in Thailand. Pictures and stories to come. Stay tuned...


The National Association of Professional Organizers... can help you! 
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 11:28 AM


Last week I gave a presentation on Feng Shui to The National Association of Professional Organizers (Seattle area chapter). They had invited me to talk to their members so that I could share my expertise on an issue that has relevance to their services.

Professional Organizers help people get their surroundings under control, especially when it comes to clutter, storage, organizational systems, and the like. In this modern day when we are constantly bombarded by stuff that needs to be put somewhere, more and more people are looking for help in this area. A Professional Organizer can come in to a home or office and objectively make sense of better ways to process the work and life flow and places to store things, and then can actively help implement the systems to make that happen.

At this meeting I met several amazing people from NAPO, and recommend their members to anyone looking for a little organizing help.

Seattle Times coverage 
Saturday, November 10, 2007, 11:50 AM
My year of good press continues. A couple of weeks ago I did a redesign with a Seattle Times editor and photographer observing. The article and photos from that project are in the paper and in the online version today. Check it out!

Seattle Times article: "Redesign at the ready"

On Being a Healer (as well as a Designer) 
Friday, November 9, 2007, 03:51 AM
When I started SpaceTransform, I set out to offer design services in a way that dealt with more than just the surface appearance of homes and offices. I understood that our wellbeing is intricately related to that of our environments, and so while I intended to apply the skills and principles I'd learned in interior design school, I also wanted to incorporate Feng Shui and considerations of the energetics of our homes. I wanted to help people find harmony in their homes, so that they could feel peaceful and uplifted in their lives.

I had no idea how profound this work would be! It is incredibly moving and rewarding to be invited into peoples' homes, to get a glimpse of their lives, and to lend assistance and inspiration by creating supportive and comfortable spaces, by teaching and encouraging, and by infusing their environments with intention and energy. It has turned out that my *design* work is also *healing* work. I am honored and grateful for that; this services is enriching on many levels -- for my clients, and for myself. I am happy to strive to offer the best of my self in order to help people live more beautiful lives.


"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
-Winston Churchill



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