Your Genius Home. Without Chaos.

“It’s not about how the room looks at a glance, but how it feels to use it on a regular basis.”

–Simon R., Philadelphia

You look at gorgeous homes on Pinterest, but it doesn’t look anything like your life. It’s all so Expensively Zen. Like, $5K lampshade expensive. And even Marie Condo couldn’t handle your clutter.

You get excited about setting up your home yoga and meditation studio, but there’s no SPACE. And you can’t move somewhere twice as big. Can you?

You get a flash of inspiration—turquoise dining room! Only to get into a battle with the fam about Crazy Color Choices.

You start a simple repair project, and six months later the living room is full of tools, the baseboards are half off and the clutter problem is worse than ever.

You have always wanted to live overseas, grow exotic orchids, and host elegant parties for the glitterati, but you won’t throw a family barbeque because..frankly, you’re embarrassed.

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Here’s the deal: 99% of interior designers make their money by selling you stuff at a markup.

Because that’s capitalism. Right?

But you wouldn’t be here if you thought a new couch could solve your problems.

What you want is a transformed LIFE. You want passionate kisses, a thriving family, a renewed body and inspired mind.

You are a creator, not a consumer. You need to be SEEN, as the wild wonderful creature you are.

And a designer who decks your walls in the trendiest shade of Desperation Gray will not get you there.

Your ideal space not only reflects your authentic self, it nurtures and supports your genius. And genius is sensitive. Genius has a lot of extracurricular needs in order to thrive.

“Working with Stephanie helped me clarify my authentic style…she listened until she clearly understood.”

–Irene C., Cheltenham, PA

At Practical Sanctuary, our focus is solving problems. Not just the problem of “how can we get this couch through that door?”

The problem of “how do you care for your family, your health, and have a creative career?”

The problem of “how do you align your time, your space and your money with your values?”

The problem of “how do you make a difference in the world without sacrificing joy?”

We solve these problems through interior design, because the state of your space reflects the state of your soul.

And we believe that the job of your space is to elevate your energy, not drain you.

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Introducing Restorative Interior Design

Problems, most of them, aren’t one and done. What makes Practical Sanctuary unique is that we design problem-solving PROCESSES, tailored to your needs. We address your biggest issues–the ones that keep you up at night, the ones that can’t be solved but only managed–step by step, at an easy pace.

These processes TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE over time. You will create more joy, more energy, more peace of mind.

When you work with us, you don’t just get a blueprint for your living room. You get a blueprint for LIVING.

“Stephanie had clear, practical advice and a partner she trusted — and her solutions were far less expensive than I had been fearing! She’s great at keeping a project moving, and we had substantial improvements in a very short period of time.”

–Helen H., Society Hill, Philadelphia
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Through our signature restorative design process, you will discover:

  • Your family’s sensory sensitivities, and what design changes will support your health and productivity. (Tl; dr: FEWER. TANTRUMS.)

  • How to find 20% more space in your house without ACTUALLY REMODELING. (Like those dreams where you open a sliding door, and discover a pool hall that somehow slipped your mind.)

  • What to do NOW to address your TOP DESIGN PRIORITY, and what that should really be(It’s almost NEVER the one you think it is.)

  • How to resolve a conflict of taste with a family member. (Years of hanging group exhibitions teaches a person all about managing the artistic ego.)

  • Which sustainability hacks are worth it, and which are scams. (The book on this subject lives on our coffee table.)

  • Where to find the underpriced design features that suit you best. (And how to deploy them without ruining your karma.)

What if you could get focused, personal support for what REALLY overwhelms you? What if that process were something you looked forward to, instead of one more thing on your endless to-do list?

What if you woke up every morning and your first thought was–wow, I can’t believe I LIVE HERE! 

“Stephanie is the bomb. She tells it like it is and is amazing at what she does.”

–Randi C., Fishtown, Philadelphia

Afraid it’s too expensive? Afraid you don’t have the time, the energy, the bandwidth? 

Tell me–what could you accomplish if you weren’t pushing through chaos? What would you create if your daily life had 20% more joy?

Isn’t it time for you to step into your magical, authentic universe?

Let’s talk. 

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Much love, Stephanie
Eccentric Genius Habitat Intervention

Are you an eccentric genius?

You’re in the right place, darling.

In this free e-course, you will discover:

The ONE design mistake that NEARLY ALL HUMANS make in their habitats, and how to fix it in 15 minutes. (You will roll your eyes. And cry.)

Three senses your kindergarten teacher didn’t mention. (And how they make you a NINJA.)

The design trend which created an epidemic of shut-ins. (NOT COVID-19. Some of us now know the meaning of schadenfreude.)

Why Febreze is EVIL. (There should be a warning label.)

What kinds of light fixtures will be BANNED when the establishment comes to its senses.

What color has to do with hormones. (And how to leverage it–St. John’s Wort, piffle!)

What NEVER to do, ever ever, if you do not wish to induce psychosis, extreme depression, vertigo, or actual regurgitation in guests and members of your own family. (We all love those Bad Examples.)

Practical Sanctuary, Sensory Interior Design

Practical Sanctuary, sensory interior design, specializes in interior design for highly sensitive people.
We help you create spaces which are: