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Interior design evolved—from a statement of prestige in the early 1900s to a haven for personal style and path to improved quality of life. Now our design process needs an upgrade, too. The 7 Lifestyle Principles were developed to guide personal expression and modernize the design process.

Physical Principles

No matter what enticing extras a home may have (swimming pool, bonus room, grand entry), if a home does not fulfill your basic needs, you will have an adversarial relationship to the space. The physical principles ensure that the home fits your needs.



Every home must fulfill five human needs. First and foremost, a home must provide protection from intruders and the elements. We also need places to socialize and to pursue privacy, to eat and to sleep. Rooms must be the right size and provide the proper flow, offering a space plan that suits your lifestyle.



Behavior, activities, habits, and routines structure our lifestyle; a home with order enable these processes. Order is more than organizing and having the right containers. It is a relationship between our home and our behavior.

Emotional Principles

When people think about design, they often think about how to make a space beautiful. The emotional principles are all about what makes us feel good.



The ability to accumulate meaningful accessories and present them in an artistic manner is a source of great personal satisfaction. Check out my blog, “How to Build Your Brand,” for tips on developing a style of your own.



Each sense registers a different experience. Together, all five create a synergistic encounter that is positive or negative. Rooms designed merely for what is seen fall flat and are quickly forgotten. Rooms designed for all our senses leave an impression.

Spiritual Principles

Some activities produce personal growth and relationship bonds, reaching beyond just the physical or emotional. Consider the spiritual principles for a more meaningful life.



We need time, and our home needs places, to be alone and reflect, read, pray, meditate, sing, and just be. Soul places bring balance and clarity into our life, thus improving the nature of who we are.



Traditions satisfy our emotional need to belong. Home is a perfect place to make some lasting traditions. Using special decorations, creating repetition, building relationships, and including the same people make an event into a tradition.



Hospitality is sharing our homes and lives with others in whatever way we enjoy.

The first six lifestyle principles focus on developing an environment and creating a lifestyle for all the people in the home. The seventh principle, hospitality, shares who we have become and what we have to offer because of our lifestyle decisions and design efforts.