Objects of Others: Lacy Phillips
Lacy Phillips of Free and Native is a breath of fresh air, a huge light, and one of the most generous people I’ve ever met. She is also incredibly talented, and I continue to do the work she puts out because it truly works. She has helped me to shift major blocks in my life through working on her method (in both private sessions and workshops). I urge you to read her enlightening blog and sign up for one of her offerings - she is a gifted woman.
I had the pleasure of staying in her beautiful home for a few weeks over the summer. Part of my journey right now while living without a home includes traveling from place-to-place (read more about that here). Lacy’s has been my absolute favorite home to stay in. Partly because her home feels like a sanctuary, but also because it is full of intentional objects. From her grandmother’s vase in her powder room to the ceramic bowl that holds salt in her kitchen - everything has a place. She gets it. Her home reeks of her. Well, it doesn’t actually reek, because this would imply unpleasantness, which is the opposite of how her home feels and smells (it smells of the most delicious blend of essential oils, palo santo, and incense). But her space feels like her. It exudes her energy. Lacy obviously does not acquire things for status or vanity because she feels whole within herself. Everything in her home aids in her lifestyle, carries a meaningful story, or simply is there to being warmth and joy.
We can all live this way, and we all deserve to live this way. It’s why I do the work that I do. To help people to transform and/or curate their spaces to reflect who they are and to assist in how they live. To me, beauty without intention really isn’t beautiful. It feels empty. We can emphasize the marriage of beauty and intention by realizing that they are the same. That beauty comes from mindfulness, from nature, from slowing down, from our hearts. How do you intend to live? To be? Sit with these questions. Keep them in your awareness. Allow your decisions around what you bring into your home and your life to reflect your answers to these questions.