Hi, I’m Carmen
Creating beautiful home office and living space designs for women working from home. Bespoke office ideas, full design services, DIY online courses to show you how.
Interior Designer, Teacher & Coach Dedicated to Helping Women Create a Beautiful Home Working Environment
I’m an expert at making all your design and decorating woes fall away. I’ll help you create a beautiful and highly organised workspace and home working environment so we can increase your sales, productivity and your feeling of well-being when working from home. Finally feel happy working from a space that lights you up.
I’ve created services and design courses and programs SO THAT YOU GET REAL RESULTS quickly and easily. My goal is to show you quick and actionable ways to change your spaces without having to do a long, irrelevant design course because I know you don’t want to be an interior designer…you just need to know what to do and how to choose the items to get the right look and feel. Take a course, get design coaching for your home or invite me around.
“I give you the ideas, show you how, guide you on what to do and you’ll just do it.”
That’s it in a Nutshell
YOU COULD SAY I’M ON A MISSION?
I’m a woman committed to helping women who work from home to improve their home environment. I was tired of seeing women “make do” when I knew the importance of being surrounded by spaces that make you feel good, happy, productive. I set out to change that for them because I want the work that they do to get out into the world.
I know that you’re really great at what you do in your working life, but I also know that you feel less than satisfied with a workspace that doesn’t light you up or function like it should. I’m also guessing that your home isn’t quite how you’d like it to look inside and while you try hard you just feel stuck getting it right.
After years of designing for others and working with women like you, I knew that there was a struggle going on.. and I wanted to be the one to make it easier for you.
Using my background in teaching and interior design I know how to help you make designing your home working spaces so much easier. I have some simple formulas that will take you from feeling stuck to inspired and on track to creating great spaces.
Whether you want to have a welcoming space for clients, a place to film live video or simply to have a home environment in which you are proud to work, then I’m here for you. Just ask me how.
WHO IS IT FOR?
“All it takes quite often is a pair of fresh eyes and a new perspective on things in your home and workspace. When you are there all day and night, you can’t often see your way into a new look because you’re too close to it.”
If you work from home, are tired of working in a home that does not support you and how you show up at work each day then I can help you. If you need someone to help you discover what you really want your space to look like and how you want it to make you feel…then I can help you with that.
Your space organisation is a huge part of feeling in control as you know. Storage and organisation can be a challenge, especially if you want your space to also look stylish. But let’s say someone could guide you and show you the types of items you could use to make it look and feel amazing.
I want to make sure that women can choose the way to work with me that best suits her so I offer courses to complete your own rooms, a coaching service to walk you step by step through the changes over a period of time and limited in-home visits to sit with you in your home and make your plan a reality.
IT’S NOT A QUICK “I MADE IT BIG” STORY
It’s not like this all happened to me quickly and I was designing workspaces for superstars and frolicking around in Italy without a care in the world. For years I was trying to be everything to everyone, designing houses from scratch, choosing colours and designs for new kitchens, creating renovation plans for that new living room wing, designing new gardens, styling accommodation for sale….the list went on. I was burning out and I started to suffer from self-doubt and a sense that I was not good enough. I loved helping my clients but something was missing in my heart. I knew that there was more to my life’s plan.
I spent long hours in front of my computer, defining who I was and what I wanted to contribute to the world often without the cash flow to support my quest. I spent years working on how to be the best version of myself and trying to find my tribe of women that I could work to support in a spirit of sisterhood. There were women throughout the world I felt really needed me and what I could do for them using my 25 years of design and teaching experience and I would be doing my “life’s work.” I gave up TV. I gave up time with my friends. I put on weight. I skipped exercise. I kept believing that if I persisted I would eventually do my life’s work and something that lit my fire each and every day. I was committed to a fulfilling working life, not a job.
Many hours journalling and deep thinking.Many products and ideas conceived and online courses made that never saw the light of day. And then I finally realised who I wanted to work with exclusively. I realised that I had been focused on everyone and when you’re talking to everyone you’re talking to no one. I realised that I wanted to help women who run their business from home to create a greater working lifestyle.
I was sad that so many women would not create a suitable home environment for growing their business. It angered me that they were using the kitchen bench as their office. I wanted more for them and I believed that they deserved it. To add to that I wanted to show women that there was more to life than working and that touring Italy with other women to reignite your soul and passion for life was something worth doing for yourself, so I created my Italy tours to bring those women together. I haven’t looked back.
WHO’S MY TRIBE?
I love connecting with any women in business who wants to share her business story. I love hearing about your world and other women who work from home need these stories. I was tired of the mainstream media reporting on those who were more famous and had “made it big” and rather I was more interested in where women were at now and the effort and tenacity and strength they were showing in everyday life in order to succeed in their own business. The stories you see on my #herdesignstory series are about women creating businesses and showing an insight into how they tick, what lights them up and the highs and lows of running a business from home.If you would like to share your story I would love you to apply here.
If you need design and lifestyle support you can join my free Facebook group The Design & Lifestyle Sisterhood here to ask your design questions and share your wins.
- My desire for freedom was fueled by riding my motorbike rides through the bush and outback Australia when I was just five. It’s the reason I need to feel free to do work that I see as important in my life.
- I was mistaken for a boy when I was nine years old because my mother cut my hair (she is not a hairdresser).
- I am horrible at faking or lying. You can see right through me if I say I like your rug and I really do not.
- I am pretty darn good at keeping secrets, so your secret design disasters are always safe with me.
- I’m powerless around good food and wine, but a master at helping you create a home that shows your personality.
- Am super excitable when it comes to travel planning…I’m a little obsessed really.
- My work has been featured in a 10-page spread in Home Beautiful Magazine so yeah..I’m pretty proud of that.
- I light up when I see women excited about their new spaces. It’s a reward for me that never gets old.
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Carmen Darwin lives in Brisbane Australia. Through her online school, coaching and consultations, she strives to inspire women across the globe to create home working environments that create a happy and successful working lifestyle.
© 2017 Carmen Darwin.