Joyful Spaces

Joyful Spaces

Best of 2023

About this pro

My specialties are color palettes (paint and clothing), furniture and art placement, feng shui (energy flow), down-sizing and de-cluttering. My focus is on helping my clients create a home environment that looks and feels personal, authentic, safe and comforting. Your home should make you sigh happily every time you walk in the front door. 

I'm not a cookie-cutter decorator (and I don't get involved with furniture purchases).

I teach classes in clutter-clearing and in personal style at Clark College. In 2007 I was honored as a Woman of Achievement in CLark County. 

I love helping my clients discover how to express themselves creatively in their home decor, and in using color to bring each home to life. 

I've also been working with color for decades as a personal color analyst, creating custom personal palettes for a harmonious flattering wardrobe. 

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Vancouver, WA 98660
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

It very much depends on the client's needs. Generally we speak on the phone for several minutes to determine if we're a good match and to tease out the general scope of the work/problem. If it's a go, the next step is a two-hour on-site consultation, which is often all that is needed to set them off in the right direction. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I was trained in using color first at Personal Style Counselors (Oakland, CA) in the late 1970s. Then an extensive course and certification at the Western School of Feng Shui (2000), then more intensive color training at Color and Image Institute in Cupertino.

Most powerful educational experience? gutting and remodeling five homes, and downsizing from 4500 sq ft to 3030 sq ft to 2100 sq ft to 750 sq ft (and from 5 acres of garden to 1/2 acre to 1/5 acre to 3 house plants.) I've made all the mistakes and learned all the lessons. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

First visit (two hours) is $250. We usually accomplish what's needed in that time. If not, I charge $125 an hour.

How did you get started in this business?

Followed my passion for color, liveable spaces, authenticity. 

What types of customers have you worked with?

Individuals, couples, small businesses, large non-profit. 

Describe a recent project you are fond of.

Since I recently finished downsizing out of a charming old Craftsman (which I completely renovated, including the garden) and into a 730 sq ft Pearl District condo, I'm most fond and proud of creating such an amazingly comfy home in such a tiny space.

And I do not even have a storage unit any more.