Synopses & Reviews
Xorins expertise and thorough insight allow us to understand the importance of creating our own personal SoulSpace from the inside to the outside. His process enables us to transform, progress, and evolve in our journey of life.”
Jo Frost, parenting expert and author of Supernanny
SoulSpace is about more than how we decorate our homes; its about how we care for ourselves.”
from the foreword by Marianne Williamson, author of The Age of Miracles
Xorin Balbes has been redecorating homes since he was a child, starting with his own room. It took him longer to realize that part of the process he uses to design a home and make it reflect the owners tastes and preferences was more about a clients personality and inner desires, traits that werent always conveyed with complete honesty. This realization led him to define and practice what he calls SoulSpace transformations, an 8-stage process of creating your own perfect living space that includes reflection, releasing, discovering, and celebrating.
This book starts readers on a path of self-discovery, connecting their creative energy to every object and piece of furniture and, yes, even the walls around them. It is a continuous journey of evolution, not acquisition. The process works whether you want to transform a small work area or play area, a wall, one room, a tiny apartment, or an entire house. As Xorin points out, the way our homes are organized all too often supports unresolved issues and relationships that we need to confrontand get rid of for good. By clearing out and redesigning our living space, by actively reconnecting and realigning with our surroundings, we are able to grow and evolve instead of remaining stuck and stagnating. Creating space for growth encourages growth.
Readers will learn how to connect to those pieces of their past that are useful for the present and future, and cast out all of the weight that anchors them to past pains so that they can be free to move forward. Understanding the relationship between physical space and emotional attachments can help identify what readers need, emotionally and literally, and create space for it in their lives and home. The process may take 3 hours or 3 years; it doesnt matter. What matters is that Xorin provides the tools and the insight to get readers started and to see immediately how even small changes will reap large results.
We all need a refuge. We all want to live in a space that makes us feel safe and inspired, fully refreshed and ready to take on the world. We all deserve to live in a place that we can truly call home. Unfortunately, for many people, the condition and appearance of the place where we live makes us feel uneasy instead of refreshed, resulting in relationship, career and creative blocks.
What if there was a way to understand yourself and the choices that youve made via a series of clues that, if you could just decode them, would show you what you wish for, what you deny yourself, what you deny about yourself, and what you need to do to move forward? What if all the answers were there, and all you had to do was take a closer look? The 8 stages of the SoulSpace process are: assess, release, cleanse, dream, discover, create, elevate, and celebrate. As Xorin explains, the process of exploring the interior design of our homes can lead to a new and enriched understanding of our real interior design”: the way we think, dream, live, love, and perceive the world. The SoulSpace belief is that if we can achieve beauty and peace in our homes, we can achieve beauty and peace in the rest of our lives.
SOULSPACE will help readers identify how problem areas at home relate to problem areas in life. This is not a design book. This is not a style book. This is a book for people who want to consider their real interior design: their hopes and dreams, the emotional baggage they cant seem to lose, what makes them strong and what holds them back. Whether their homes are full of Danish modern or Ikea, teak from Thailand or grandmas favorite credenza: no matter what their personal style, no matter where they live or what their income, SoulSpace will guide readers through a unique process of self-discovery, identifying problem areas and helping people to understand and access their dreams. Through personal stories and clear, practical suggestions, readers will learn how to decode the messages in the organization of their homes, discover their authentic selves and harness the power to transform their homes and their lives.
Expertly designed and decorated homes dont necessarily feel like havens to their dwellers or reflect, inspire, and celebrate what is essential about their inhabitants. Lauded designer and architectural conservator Xorin Balbes created the eight-stage SoulSpace transformation process to help his clients do just that. Through the stages assess, release, cleanse, dream, discover, create, elevate, and celebrate readers explore not only the design of their living spaces but also their own interiors, the ways they think, feel, and sense. Through client stories, exercises, Q-and-As, and bountiful photos and illustrations, Balbes guides readers to decode clues to what they wish for, deny, and need to move forward. Empowered with this self-knowledge, spaces are de-cluttered, refreshed, and enhanced. Suitable for any budget and for one wall or one room, apartments or mansions, Balbes wonderfully unique technique nurtures and transforms both souls and their spaces.
Xorin Balbes created his eight-stage SoulSpace process to help his clients create homes that reflect and celebrate what is essential about their inhabitants. The process works for any budget, anytime, anywhere and results in inspiration, self-discovery, and practical solutions. Through the stages assess, release, cleanse, dream, discover, create, elevate, and celebrate you will explore not only the design of your abode but also your own interior: how you think, feel, and sense the world. Empowered with this self-knowledge, you will discover fresh ways to declutter, refresh, and enhance your living space. Xorins wonderfully unique technique will nurture and transform both your soul and your home.
About the Author
Xorin Balbes is an award-winning architectural conservator, designer, philanthropist, and co-owner of the interior and architectural design firm SoulSpace Home. His most recent project is the transformation of the Fred Baldwin Memorial Home on Maui into SoulSpace Sanctuary, a rejuvenation destination with twenty-eight ocean-view bedrooms and a farm-to-table restaurant. Xorin divides his time between Los Angeles and Maui.