Thriving Through Life’s Transitions — Design Helps.

We all experience transitions in our lives, some pleasant, some not. You may not think of interior design as factoring in here, but in my experience it really does. Think about it…when you get your first apartment, your first real opportunity to create a space that is all yours, you begin to decorate. When you get married, suddenly you are combining two households with two different styles…how do you make that work? Then the kids go off to college. What will you do with all that extra space? An art studio? A beautiful guest room? A library? 

img35m2In each of these cases, interior design plays a big part in how you will ultimately feel about your environment. If you pay attention and recognize these transitions as opportunities to  redefine or perhaps reinvent yourself, you may find them much less stressful. Of course, times of transition are frequently chaotic and frenzied. Who the heck has time to think about decorating? Even so, a bit of planning and forethought can reap big rewards and reduced stress. 

For example, a friend is soon getting married. She and her soon-to-be husband both have reasonably well outfitted homes. How do they decide which furniture to keep and which to let go of. Sometimes it’s easy– things are worn or dated. More often than not, it isn’t that clear cut. There may be an emotional attachment. He may love his big overstuffed chair and college memorabilia and she thinks its all awful. He thinks she has too many pillows and ruffles. Negotiating some of these things prior to the move-in can greatly help smooth the transition.

It can be overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to consult a professional designer to help. Most are accustomed navigating the road of compromise, they can help clarify and realize  your vision and they are really good neutral, third parties. 

So embrace life’s transitions, create the environment that will nurture and support you into the next phase. You’ll be glad you did.

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4 Responses to “Thriving Through Life’s Transitions — Design Helps.”


  1. 1 jamie April 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Wow. This is relevant! Love thinking about creating the space to help the transition–physically and emotionally!

  2. 2 Martha Murray April 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Hope you can find a helpful nugget as you enter this next phase.

  3. 3 artistadvocate May 28, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Martha,
    I love the Blog – very good insights. I think the article on Life’s Transitions and how design can help was very insightful, and I would also add that the state of our homes IE. the clutter, mess, chaos, or lack of is a very real mirror to our lives. From your friend Shelley Hall in Bend OR

  4. 4 Martha Murray June 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks Shelley, thanks for your comments. So shall I tackle clutter next?


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