Meet Stacey, a beautiful sister I have been following on IG for some time now because the designer in me immediately gravitated to her beautifully vibrant home. Stacey has a way of mixing color, texture, and pattern in a way that is both playful and modern. Her house is my visual pick me up so I had to reach out to her and chat self-care and creating sacred spaces.
Profession: Teacher on hiatus turned Design Blogger
What have you done for you lately? I recently got a pedicure. I know that might not seem like a big deal for many, but when you’re a busy Mama of 2 young ones, it is definitely a big deal!
NoireCare Practices: I love creating a relaxing atmosphere at home by lighting candles, burning incense, and surrounding myself with plants, lots and lots of plants. The calming effect of all these components is very therapeutic for me especially at the end of a busy day. I also exercise regularly, although chasing my two boys always keep me moving too.
Did you grow up witnessing your mom or other female elders practicing self-care?
I learned how to be self-sufficient, how to work hard and to be a go-getter from my Mom. However, self-care wasn’t a department my mom thrived in and she probably subscribed to that school of thought that self-care was too much of a self-indulgence. My Mom, however, has come a far way since my childhood years and now in my adult years, I observe her incorporating self-care practices and I also encourage her to continue to do so.
What is your favorite space in your home to unwind? What makes it special? I like to sit in certain spots of our home at different times of the day, but the sunroom is undoubtedly a favorite spot to unwind.
What are some key elements for creating a sacred space that you think would work with any budget or home size? Layer a space with a couple pretty blankets and throw pillows, add some candles, and of course plants to create your sacred space.
What do you think we need more of in our homes? Less trends and more self-expression. Your home should be a reflection of who you are.
A quote, verse or song or piece of inspiration that is your go to?
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
~ Frederick Douglass
Your boys have beautiful spaces in your home as well, how important was it to create sanctuaries for them? Thank you. Their spaces reflect their personalities and are an extension to the rest of our home awash in vibrant colors. It was important that their spaces be not only aesthetically pleasing but also enriching.
What are some of your favorite activities to do at home? We love being outdoors when the weather is lovely. When we spend time indoors, we love to draw, read, dance, and there is always music playing at our house.
Photo credit Lea Hartman.