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Conversations with Rebecca Wieronski

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Wieronski.

Hi Rebecca, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
Hey there – I won’t take you back; rather I’ll take you back to where my change began. Two quotes I love have genuinely impacted my outlook on life, especially as an interior designer. I’ll start with these to help set the stage.

“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.” – Helena Bonham Carter

“There’s an ideal beauty that is harder to define or understand because it occurs not just in the body but when the body and the spirit meet.” – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave In the Mind

My design journey technically started as a little girl constantly rearranging furniture, but we’ll go ahead and say it truly began during my sophomore year of college. Everyone tried to convince me that being an interior designer wasn’t a “real” career and that I’d never make money… they aren’t wrong. Designers don’t get paid much.

Nevertheless, something inside drove me to try. That’s when I chose to change schools and go to one with an accredited interior design program. After the first year of classes, you had to test to continue with the strict four-year program. 130 people applied, and only 30 were accepted. For the first time, I felt that I had chosen myself. I learned the valuable lesson that I was capable of anything I put my mind to. I just had to want it badly enough.

My wellness journey began when I was 26. I’ve always had bouts of negative self-talk and depression throughout my life. I assumed that was simply the way that I was. At times I could feel myself spiraling out of control again, and for the first time, I was determined not to let my mind be engulfed with doubt, fear, or self-sabotage.

I read books, listened to podcasts, and went to therapy – I didn’t like that therapist, then tried a different therapist. I also dove into my work. I learned about environmental healing and how science can back up good design strategies. I took the things I had learned from environmental psychology and applied them to my own life. I became certified in Evidence-Based Design and WELL Design.

Slowly, all the books and seminars about personal development and environmental wellness started to relate to one another. My fascination with environmental psychology expanded into behavioral psychology, and it clicked – the two are directly linked. A person’s environment is one of the most intimate forms of interaction. It addresses issues that impact health, comfort, and knowledge – both the mind and the body – where the spirit meets.

It wasn’t until later in life that I realized I wasn’t alone; self-doubt, anxiety, and depression are sadly all too common in our society. People have forgotten what happiness is, and I truly believe our lifestyle choices and how they impact our health are at the root of our happiness. By being engaged in maintaining the well-being of our minds, bodies, and spirits, we begin to define and become our truest form of beauty.

The environment you live in and the lifestyle choices you make daily have a massive impact on how you age, what makes you sick, and how your body heals. Understanding our bodies, down to their systematic process, gives us the knowledge to make educated decisions supporting positive lifestyle choices. By designing our environment and our lifestyles around the human body – aka around you and your loved ones – we begin to see intended benefits in our overall health, longevity, and mental and physical awareness, allowing you to design a healthy, happy life.

I’m now 33 years old. I’ve spent the last 11 years working on international and domestic designs, creating healthcare and senior living facilities, fire stations, and many multi-family apartment buildings, all while working at one of the top architecture firms in the Rocky Mountain Region. I’ve taken the tests. I’ve read the research. I geek out over wellness design and tell everyone I meet.

The crazy thing is most people still have not heard of healing environments. They have little awareness that something so intimate in their day-to-day lives can directly affect them, for good or bad. Yet, each person I tell is so eager to learn more. The wellness movement is taking society by storm, but one key area is not gaining the traction it should, and that’s healing environments.

I’m here to change that and to take the opportunity to help educate and bring awareness into people’s homes. That’s why I started Blur Designs, a wellness and lifestyle-focused studio dedicated to teaching people how to intentionally create environments that positively influence their health, longevity, and behavior.

By blurring the lines between space and self. Blur is a space committed to bringing science-driven design strategies focused on health, comfort, mind, and well-being into the built environment; to help support lifestyles, reinforce goals, and visually project your beauty! I intend to create a community where diversity is expected and self-expression is honored.

One that encourages people to be their truest authentic selves. We are planning on kicking off first with an educational/community-driven platform – Blur Wellness Club, a digital space where people can be the first to know about design, lifestyle, and wellness tips – from the air and water quality to mental health. The site will live come March 1. I’m excited to begin building a community of like-minded people where we focus on living our lives as a work of art.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have certainly been challenges along the way. From the people, you care about not believing in you to finding the courage to go against the norm. From working at one of the top architecture firms that make the comfort of a paycheck and benefits all too appealing. Not to mention the dope projects they bring in. I think the biggest challenge going off on your own is not owning any of your previous designs.

Projects you’ve spent years designing and developing that you can no longer call your own when you create your own business. Overall, I find the challenges encouraging. It’s fun for me to go outside of my comfort zone. I love pushing myself through the discomfort. A lesson I learned early on throughout my wellness journey. Do things that scare you daily. This will build your confidence.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a lifestyle wellness interior designer. I specialize in creating beautiful spaces that are also wellness-focused. I’m certified in Evidence-Based Design and Wellness Design. Taking science-based design principles to back design decisions.

I’m proud of all my projects but the few that stand out are the fire stations and senior living facilities I’ve helped design up in the mountains. I also recently renovated an A-frame up in Nederlands to be a cozy cabin that turned out well. I’d love to get more fun projects like these!

What do you think about luck?
There’s always good and bad luck, but I choose to focus on the good because what you focus on, you receive more of it. I’ve been extremely fortunate in the life I’ve lived, which has led me to have the perspective I have. I feel lucky to have worked at one of the top interior design firms in the rocky mountain region for the past ten years under amazing individuals who have helped me develop my voice and style as a designer, not to mention the technical skills to execute the high-end design.

I’m lucky to have the family that I have, who, at times, think I’m crazy but, overall will always support me and my decisions. I’m lucky to have friends who believe in me and push me, especially when I have lost belief in myself. The kind of friends that let me move into their basement when I’m building financial stability while trying to build a business.

I’m lucky to have the network I have. To have all word-of-mouth projects in the early stage of creating Blur without any outreach. I get excited thinking about how far I can go once I do start reaching out to people. My life is filled with luck, but it’s not without the initial intention and seeking out opportunities.

Pricing:

  • $125/hour style + design services
  • Message me for project pricing

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Josh Perez and Kyla Chambers

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