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A Designed Lifestyle

You’re going to be hearing the buzz term “a designed lifestyle” from me, so I think it is important to teach you the concept as I see it.

Like I mentioned last week, interior design touches every area of our lives!

The various parts of our home are directly linked to the various parts of our lives!

The kitchen is the heart of the home.

I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase above, that the kitchen is the heart of the home.


For most households, this is absolutely the truth. Families small and large gather here to share meals, make memories cooking together, and nourish their bodies.


A well-designed kitchen that is both functional and beautiful can greatly impact how the users of the space feel about themselves and their environment.

For instance: If layout is bad, or drawers and doors are not functional, then frustrations rise.


Instead, if the space is aesthetically pleasing and well designed, then anxiety decreases, and joy comes to the surface.


There is much to study about the psychology of good design, and to be honest, I’m slightly obsessed with the whole concept!


I’ve created a graphic that shows my concept 

arranged by each area of the home.

A Designed Lifestyle Explained

There is a lot more to the interconnectedness of our spaces and our lives, and the above graphic does not, by any means explain my “mind map” in full detail. But this map gives you a sense of how critical the design of these various spaces is to the various areas of our lives.

Does this concept KIND OF make sense yet? Hopefully, these examples should explain my mind map in a little bit more detail…


The bedroom should be a quiet retreat, clean and organized, decorated with soothing colors that promote rest and healing. In my home, my favorite books are stacked on nightstands for reading at bedtime.


A well-designed closet should provide easy access to all of your clothing, shoes and accessories, which should be a primary way of saving you time during your rushed morning routines, thereby kicking your day off on the right foot!


A family room should be arranged in such a way that good conversations can flow, and relationships can deepen. Board games and books, maybe even the family Bible, should be readily accessible to promote quality old-fashioned family time in this technology-saturated age we live in.


I think you get the idea now!


Now and then when I’m sharing my favorite recipes with you, or my book of the month or my fashion, all of this will tie back into having well-designed spaces, and how that fundamental layer within your home brings more joy, a lighter spirit, and less chaos.

If you could plan 1 room in your home to be more functional and more beautiful, what would it be?

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  • Amy Bird
    July 9, 2019

    I would work on our bedroom and make every effort to keep it de-cluttered. I really like your suggestions for keeping it a place for reading and meditation.

  • Amy Bird
    July 9, 2019

    I would work on our bedroom and make every effort to keep it de- cluttered. I love your suggestion for keeping it a place for quite reading and meditation.

  • Lisa McElroy
    July 9, 2019

    Agree so much! Several spaces in our home are still a work in progress.

  • July 10, 2019

    Great insight Kara! Love the graphic! I’m always looking to make our home less cluttered and more relaxing especially the kitchen!

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