In a troubling world our homes are the centers to our well being, and the creative mind, a means to inspire and buffer. Interior design is not a resolve to the ills we face, but surely a part to the bigger picture, offering solace to the mind and body.

The creative mind has the capacity for change in its purest intention. To live an inspired life is to see it as it is, and counter it with resolve, action and hope. Surrounding oneself with what uplifts and comforts, is the most intimate and actionable effort forward we can give ourselves, and those we share our lives with.

“The search for meaning is in how you live your life but also in how you describe it and what else is around you.”

- Rebecca Solnit


I often think of creativity as a political act, as it contrasts with direct action the negative forces we face in life. Some creative acts offer resolve, some open up conversation and still others give forth calm visual splendor: the inspiration of beauty.

Carl Barnett Design/Studio . Untitled (Clarity).

Carl Barnett Design/Studio. Untitled (Clarity).

In the arena of interior design all the above can apply. In a world constructed for order, living a life of inspiration can be a political act, especially when in direct defiance to the architects of social structure. The built environment is pure soil to this thought, having control over how we live defies the given dogma. Living inspired is therefore an act of counter, reshape and redirect: of hope.


The rose is beautiful, its thorns defiant.