Create a Healthy and Beautiful Home with Aligned Design

Create a Healthy and Beautiful Home with Aligned Design

Have the last few years made you rethink how you are living your life and what is important?

Has it highlighted all the things that are NOT working in your home if you have been spending more time there?


Have you realized what is important if you have required your home to act as your workplace, sanctuary, gym, school, and more?

Why not refresh, get inspired, and create a healthy, beautiful home that can handle all the things you need it to do for you now.

Imagine a home that looks great, feels great, and supports you so that you can be great:).

Aligned Design

My philosophy of great Interior Design, which I call Aligned Design, considers three key factors. These are art, science and energy. The intersection of the three is where the magic happens.

Aligned Design is my holistic approach and philosophy of Interior Design, one that considers every layer of a space. There are three components, art, science and energy that create the perfect space for a person that truly support that individual in all ways. 


Where as most designers consider the aesthetics and the function first, I consider energy as the foundation for everything. 


What do I mean by art, science and energy? 


The Art of Beauty – The art is the part that primarily makes your design beautiful, as well as the art on your walls. Beyond mere aesthetics, I am passionate about creating spaces that tantalize the senses, celebrating art and artisans, striking a chord with those who step into them because it creates an extraordinary sensory experience.


The Science of Color – Standing out in the realm of design, I harness a scientific approach to color. As Alaska’s sole certified color strategist, I employ a scientific approach to ensure every hue sings in harmony based on color science and not on guesswork or made-up undertones.


The Energy of Well-Being – I go beyond the visible, intuitively tuning into the energies of individuals and spaces. This unique insight lets me weave a tapestry where every design element resonates with its inhabitants. In addition, I create energy art to tap into expressing the essence of who you are when you are in alignment with who you are meant to be and also pieces that can support you and your potential. This energy art serves as the foundation for the art and science of your design. The energy I put into the designs along with the energy of your desires and aspirations creates a powerful energy in your space every time you see it.


Combine art, science, and energy, and what do you get? A touch of magic. Spaces that don’t just look or feel right, but that elevate and transform the space and you. Because when your space thrives, so do you. And when you flourish, the world around you does too. Remember, the world isn’t just better with you in it; it needs you to shine. 

What if You Are Selling Your House?

What if you are selling your house? Byers will always be more attracted to a beautiful house than an ugly one. Data shows that the right colors can bring in more on your home sale. But energy….reading the energy of the home and staging it for the buyers that are meant to have that house, that is really the secret sauce. So art, science and energy work with home sales too. 

Can I Use Aligned Design for Business?

The three also work in business where your design can attract your perfect clients, color can help you sell your product and energy is what will help you make your sales and keep your clients happy.

Let's Get Started

A great plan lays the foundation for everything to come and saves you time and money. The best way to get a plan is to do an Aligned Design consultation with me.

Take Your Time

Creating a perfect space tailored to you is a process that requires time. Stay patient. It’s better to gradually buy items that you love and fit your plan as your budget allows. Avoid rushing to fill your home with “just okay” items to finish quickly. Such purchases might not last or satisfy you in the long run. Spending on what you truly love will ensure your space truly resonates with you.

Out with the Old

Begin crafting your ideal space by decluttering, making room for new experiences and items. Remember, less is more. Is your space so crowded that individual items can’t stand out? Are there items that bring you joy that deserve a special spot?

If you have more belongings than space to display them, consider storing some away. Rotate these items seasonally to keep your space fresh and dynamic. Remember, all those items contain energy. Is it all positive energy? If not remove it. Too many things cause a feeling of chaotic energy in your space.

Who Are You and Who Do You Want To Be?

What’s your story? What brings you joy? What are your aspirations in life? What activities do you love doing, even without pay?

It’s easy to fall for the allure of online room pictures and desire the same for ourselves. However, creating your perfect space involves telling your unique story. While these pictures can inspire, not everything will fit well in your home, or lifestyle, or complement what you already have. Instead, seek out items that hold meaning to you, give them a special place, and make them the centerpieces of your design.


Consider where you want to go in life and who you want to become. Your space should support you on this journey.


Take the time to reflect and figure it out, as it truly matters.

Energy art is a great way to express who you are and support you, in addition to providing a foundation for the rest of your design. 



See my article, Tips to Design Wellness into a Spectacular Life for ideas.

Does it Bring You Joy?

Choose quality over quantity, even if it means spending more or taking longer to gather all the pieces you desire. Items you truly love will bring long-term happiness, while cheaper, less-loved items may lose their appeal quickly. Classic pieces will endure, while trendy items may fade along with your interest.


Remember, joy isn’t solely about possessions. It’s about connection—to yourself, your aspirations, nature, and the energy in and around your environment. 


Utilize color, nature’s inspiration, energy art and Feng Shui to create spaces that offer a sense of well-being.

Make Magic Happen with Color

Color can work wonders, influencing your mood and it’s easy to alter. A fresh coat of paint can dramatically change a room, and it’s affordable. Experiment with rich colors, even if just in a small space like a powder room.

Alternatively, use neutral colors on your walls and bring vibrancy with colorful accessories or art. Neutrals on walls and furniture allow you to change accent colors like pillows, artwork, and accessories whenever you want a new look.

Consider consulting a color strategist such as myself, who uses color science to choose the perfect hues that complement your existing finishes and furniture.


Take Care of Yourself and the Planet

Consider eco-friendly natural materials when looking for furnishings, pillows, rugs, art, accessories, bedding and mattresses, paint and more. You will feel healthier and better in your space and it is good for the planet as well. See my article, Eco-Friendly Interior Design- Why it Matters,  to learn more.

Layer Your Lights

Add magic to a space with layers of light. Find beautiful fixtures that add overhead lighting, mixed with lamps at mid-level and task lighting. Accent lighting on art and under cabinets look great. Put all your lights on dimmer switches so you can control the lighting just the way you like it. See my article How to Make Magic Happen in Your Home with Lighting to learn more.

Look Great, Feel Great, Be Great

With Aligned Design, harmonizing art, science, and energy, you can cultivate a home that’s beautiful, vibrant, and both visually and energetically uplifting.


When your space is better, you are better. When you are better, the world is better. And the world needs you.


A space that looks, functions, and feels great while supporting your dreams contributes to your happiness, tranquility, and productivity, ultimately making the world a better place.


You’ll recognize an improved space by its enhanced beauty, reflection of your personal style, and narrative it tells. It feels more spacious, flows effortlessly, and its color palette is not just visually stunning but also emotionally evocative. 


You’ll feel healthier while being kind to the environment, experience improved relaxation and sleep, feel more positive and productive, and enjoy a stronger connection to nature. Your space becomes a launchpad for your dream life, providing room for learning, silence, reading, exercise, and expressing your unique gifts. 


You will sense these positive changes, leading to a heightened sense of well-being and motivating you to strive for your best.


Just imagine how wonderful that would feel!

Create Your Aligned Design

Are you ready for your house to look great, feel great and support you to be great? My Aligned Design consultation considers art, science and energy to give you guidance to create the perfect space for you.

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By Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.


  1. Hi Mary Ann ~ Thank you for another great post that helped me to think about how I want my space to be/to look in 2021. One thing that I am 100% aligned with you on is the impact of layering lights.

    I do do this in my own home, and it makes the biggest difference. Dimmers are key, as well.

    I hope your New Year is magically aligned with all you have worked for and hoped for — and that it is your best year yet.


    1. Thank you Leslie! Lighting really does create the magic, along with color. Wishing you a wonderful New Year too, and hope the coming one is the best year for us all!

  2. I love this concept of aligned design, Mary Ann, it is so important to consider when designing a great space! And it speaks to the very personal nature of great design. “Imagine a home that looks great, feels great and supports you so that you can be great” is my favorite line and sums it up perfectly!

    1. Thank you so much!! The more I learn about design and grow in my own personal life, the more things “align” and I realize what is important to me as a designer and how I think I can really help people tap into the things that will make their homes, and their lives great:)

  3. I agree- I am so ready to say good bye to 2020!! Your consultation option sounds like a wonderful service for your clients!

  4. Great perspective! I love to start with a design plan also, so all the layers are aligned well!! Peace and joy into the New Year–

  5. This is wonderful Mary Ann. Aligning the design, specific to the client, is what creates the magic. Anyone can ‘copy the look’ from a magazine or photo, but what connection does that bring to the owners? I’m a huge advocate for taking time to determine the feel and look for a home.

    Great tips – as always!

    1. Thanks Sheri, yes I agree, creating a design perfectly aligned with the individual to create the perfect space for them makes the magig happen. Thanks for reading!

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