Eclectic. Organic. Serendipitous.

Liz Kinder bowl, Master granite countertop, Greensgrow felted bird, oranges

You have what you need already.

Your design project, whether it’s a single room decoration, a home remodel, or the launching of a brand, is an extension of your unique creative vision. All the elements exist in your life–as trips you’ve taken, junk in your basement, heirlooms, passions, stuff your neighbors are throwing out, seeds sprouting in your yard–just waiting to be assembled.

We do that together. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we’ll get you on top of your task list. If you’re feeling frustrated by a too-small space or a too-small budget, we’ll find the magic that unfolds it. If you’re working double time for lackluster results, we’ll waft you into ease and grace.

Designing your space is easy and fun, because there’s nobody like you. Everything around you unfolds from you, supports you, and sings the song you write.

Hey there. I’m Stephanie.

Stephanie Lee Jackson, Photo by Amber Johnston.

Practical Sanctuary emerged when my art and healing practices converged.

I was a fine artist for twenty years, the kind who drags furniture out of dumpsters, gets arrested for graffiti, founds ‘alternative’ galleries and wanders the globe in search of inspiration. After eight years of painting, blogging and founding artist-run projects in New York City, I moved to Philadelphia in 2010 with my young daughter and developed my full-time massage business, Practical Bodywork.

In late 2012, clients began to commission design projects for their homes and offices.  My experience with color, composition, design and art installation allowed me to help them manifest their ideas for extraordinary spaces. They helped me to see the possibilities of helping others in the creation of healing environments. 

Creating a personal sanctuary is collaborative. In the context of interior design, a huge part of ‘sustainability’ is tailoring your space to your habits, your personality, and your budget. I approach a design project by getting to know you, your concerns, vision and goals before making a plan. We work with your existing resources as much as possible, only making major purchases and alterations when we have determined the elements which will make your heart sing.

Living creatively for most of adulthood gave me an understanding of what things are essential, what things don’t matter, and how to find joy in every moment, whatever your resources. It is my privilege to put my skills and insights at your disposal.

Stephanie Lee Jackson

Philadelphia, 2017