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MY ETHOS

At Simply Focused Design, I support and guide you through the process of achieving a functional and well-organized update to your home or office.

 

The idea of tackling a design project solo can be a daunting one. I know a cluttered, disorganized room can be overwhelming. There is no need to worry, feel shame or experience guilt by exposing that monster of a room or closet! You are in a safe space, and once the process begins, your results will be well worth the effort.

 

When determining how best to achieve your desired results, I like to incorporate the principles of Vastu Shastra into the design. Vastu, the “science of architecture”, is the Indian art of conscious design using subtle energies to enhance health, prosperity and happiness in your home. Vastu focuses attention on the placement of furniture, art, mirrors, color and many other intentional details to enliven and harmonize your home or office. Minor adjustments achieve major results and bring peace and positivity into your surroundings.

Deborah Waas

Conscious Home & Lifestyle Design

MY STORY

Incorporating functionality and beauty in thoughtful design has always brought me joy and contentment. What we see should inspire and delight us. I believe that our environment has a powerful impact on our well-being. Our spaces should nurture our creative side, encourage our productivity, and provide restful escapes which allow us to relax and rejuvenate.

 

Life’s adventures led me and my family to move many times over the years. As a mother, making a comfortable, safe, and well-organized home has always been my priority. Reorganizing, purging, repurposing, and settling into a new space was always invigorating, exhausting, and satisfying. I learned that with each transition our needs were different. Simply stated: as we evolve and change, so should our homes and offices. 

 

Before children, I worked as a commercial chef and a pastry chef in my hometown of Toronto. Through my culinary training, I learned that visual appeal and presentation were of the utmost importance. We experience life through our senses. Our first impression of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste is a lasting one. Our lives can be enhanced by the experiences we create within our homes and our work spaces. The attention to conscious design helps create experiences which enhance our lives and destress our environments.

 

Once my children were in school full time, and using the knowledge gained from my years as a chef in a well-planned and organized kitchen I was able to follow my passion and begin my Interior Design training.

My yoga practice led me on a more holistic path. I became a certified yoga and mindfulness instructor and deepened my natural cooking knowledge with Ayurvedic Chef training.

I went on to study the art and science of Vastu, enhancing my appreciation and understanding of how nature and design interact for balanced living. These holistic approaches have provided me with knowledge of how movement, space, and nature can shape those beautiful quiet moments in our everyday lives that enhance our day-to-day experience.

 

I founded Simply Focused Design out of my desire to help others, to assist and support clients with life transitions, whether it be welcoming a new baby, children leaving for college, working and/or learning from home, elder care, and aging in place. My personal experience of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease deepened my appreciation of the need functional design and safety in our homes as we transition through life. My goal is to help you create the space of your dreams and to help you stay inspired along the journey.

MY CREDENTIALS

INTERIOR DESIGN

  • Interior Design Degree from Miami Dade College

  • Founder of Let’s OrganizeIt; functional design-focused renovation consulting.

  • Project conception and direction “One Room at a Time” at Beth David Congregation, Miami.

YOGA & MINDFULNESS

 

  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor 

  • Meditation Teacher Training at Prana Yoga Center in Coral Gables, Florida

  • Mindfulness Teacher Training by Mindfulness Education Institute(MEI) at Mount Madonna Institute California

NUTRITION & WELLNESS

 

  • Certified Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • Ayurvedic Chef Training, Hale Pule Ayurveda & Yoga

  • Commercial Chef Training, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) 

  • Professional Chef, Westin Hotels

  • Pastry Chef, Fenton’s

  • Bakery Manager, Loblaws

THE LOTUS FLOWER

A significant symbol in many religions, the lotus flower has called to me over the years. I find myself intensely drawn to how this incredible flower and its growth process relates to our lives and to our human existence.

 

The lotus, grows in nature as an underwater bud. Murky waters support and protect the bud as it develops. Its incubation in water represents the womb and the muddiness of the water represents the "stuff" we need to overcome to reach our full potential.

 

Like the lotus, our homes and workplaces get muddy. As we evolve, we need to create beautiful ways to nurture ourselves, and build supportive environments which allow us to rise up and blossom.

 

“Be like the lotus: Trust in the light, grow through the dirt, believe in new beginnings!”  — Jennifer Williamson

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