While my brother and I are in different fields, I think we’re in the same business. We’re both in the business of creating safe spaces.
Jeremy runs a counseling center called Oakwood Roots in Brazos County, Texas , and he creates space for stories to be held. For people to sit and be seen. In a town where if you’re not a white, heterosexual, upper middle class, evangelical 19 year old, you might be in the margins. Jeremy sat with clients in this town for years and heard stories again and again who had need for a safe space. A space to question faith, sexuality, humanity. Jeremy created Oakwood Roots to create a space of safety for all.
At Cultivate Your Space, we also exist to create spaces of safety. Physical areas where people can be undone. Come home and unwind. A space that invites respite and recovery. I’m marked by the number of clients that we’ve worked with that grew up in an unsafe home. We serve clients that are in need of healing in all areas of their lives and curating their home is just another avenue of working towards their overall health. It is the highest honor of my work.
So last fall, our businesses joined and we curated a safe and beautiful space for people to heal.
Here’s a sneak peak before we jump into what it took to make each office a safe space externally so that people are able to heal internally:
There was lots of natural light in the space before we started and there were a few pieces of furniture & artwork that we transitioned into the new space.
In total we transformed two new offices, seven furnished offices for a refresh and two waiting spaces.
Before I start any project I ask my clients to share a Pinterest board of styles, designs and pieces they like. It’s a great starting place for me to get a feel for design preferences.
After I’ve carried out some initial research, the kick-off call is where we get into the nitty gritty of how my client wants the space to look and feel. For Oakwood Roots is was essential that the space feel welcoming and safe, and here are a few of the ideas we started with:
Creating mobile storage for child-friendly spaces
Curating individual therapy offices that feel safe, warm, yet simple for clinicians to welcome clients
Maximizing the natural light so we could bring in more live plants
Natural light, pops of colour, live plants and soft accents characterise the entire office. Each room had different requirements but the result in each was a safe haven for anyone who visits.
Scroll right to see the final result:
This was such a special project for me, and not only because it was my brother’s center. Cultivating life-giving spaces that promote health and healing is the core of what I do, and I was thrilled to do this on a larger scale in an established space of healing.