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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Finding Your Sixth Sense of Home

May 01, 2016 02:02AM

by Laurel James 



“A house is built of walls and beams. A home is built with love and dreams.” 



What is home to you? Is it a place to live or a place in your heart? I say, it’s both! 

When people get in touch with the creative and unseen aspect of “self” within and imagine what they want inside a home, delightful results can take place. I call this getting in touch with our sixth sense of home.” This is a space where we set the stage for intentional placement in our minds to manifest a true home—inside and out. No matter what culture we live in, the décor in our homes plays a crucial role in our lives. Our values, personalities and spiritual beliefs share the same space with our items, artifacts and knick-knacks. Together, they provide an external expression of our personalities and styles. Intentional placement is an exterior symbol of our true selves, hopes and dreams. 

Often, if we are not conscious of object placement throughout our homes, we can send the wrong signal. For instance, I had lived in my new home for one year, following a divorce, when I realized only a single chair was placed in almost every room. As I walked through the spaces, I became mindful of how this unconsciously sent a signal that I wanted to be left alone. I had been unintentionally sending vibes that I did not want company.  

At that moment, I became aware of what I truly wanted—to share my life with positive friends. I needed my home to be welcoming and reflect my core values of love and joy. Therefore, with this intention in mind, I created a front garden complete with a table and chairs to greet guests upon their arrival. I bought a dining table and placed it in a welcoming spot near a beautiful window. Then, I grouped two chairs and a sofa together upon a circular rug to encourage my friends to gather, and I placed this inviting conversation area in the center of my home. Knowing what I wanted to attract gave me a clear picture of where I needed to place my furniture and decorations. Moreover, how I set the stage in my physical home was now in sync with how I wanted to connect with friends and family, both in my inner and outer worlds. 

Using your sixth sense with intentional placement is a timeless way to design and decorate that never goes out of style. In your minds eye, what do you need in order to feel “at home? What do you want your home to reflect about yourself? What does your dream home look like? Over the past 20 years, I have helped many people answer these questions and tap into their inner awareness which is essential in the process of creating a living environment with intentional placement. Initially, this involves formulating a clear picture of your desires. Next, you must develop a purposeful design according to your personal values, dreams and desires. Knowing all of this can help you focus on the aesthetics by choosing furniture and decorations that support your unique home life. 

Your heart is the center of your being. Synergy exists between your feelings and values and the placement of decorations and objects in your physical space. Discover with clarity and peace that you have insight at your center to design an environment that reflects the true you. You have all the knowledge and imagination you need to create your heart-centered home!  


Laurel James is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design. With over 20 years experience as an Interior Designer she has helped hundreds of individuals and families with their living environments. She has founded the process of Interiorology to help others thrive and find the positive aspects of their home lives. She has also created “inner principles” that will bring awareness of what people need to flourish in their living spaces. Portions of this article were taken from a chapter from Laurels book Interiorology-Home Design Within: How to Create a Living Environment that Reflects the True You. For more information, email [email protected] 





Interested in Learning More About this Transformative Concept? 


Four Pillars has teamed up with Laurel James, author of Interiorology to present a three-part series workshop to benefit your home and living environment. The book Interiorology is also available at the Four Pillars bookstore. 


Interiorology: Mind, Body & Spirit of Home Series: 

Are you going through a transition in life? Is your home feeling like it is not “you” anymore? 

$40 per individual class or $90 for complete series 


May 11: 

In this Clearing Space” class, you will experience light “from your chair” yoga. By clearing and calming your mind, body and breath through yoga, you will be guided through a meditation for your home and natural senses. Awaken the possibilities of peace, balance and joy to discover alignment for your life and home. Then, by playfully activating your imagination through coloring, positive affirmations and imagery, you will leave with a dream circle chart of how you can move forward with your living space and who you are becoming.  



In this “Natural Elements” class, you will explore how nature, your senses, body and breath contribute to your well-being in living space. This class will give you direction on how to feel nurtured, connected and loved in this ever-changing world. “Just as flowers bloom in the right environment, we also flourish in the right home.” Discover how to bring your heart and home back into alignment with who you are becoming, naturally.  



In this “Feeling of Home” class, you will explore your “inner home” with simple yoga tools of breath, body movement and meditation to feel clear and calm. Next, you will playfully discover your “outer home” with tools from interior design of how your natural style, forms and functions can support both your life and environment. This fun-filled experience will leave you with a dream circle chart of what brings you peace, balance and joy into your heart and home.   

Location: 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955 or visit 


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