“From my perspective, the apartment is a tribute to Susan’s success,” notes Walters of Chen’s transition from the corporate world into meditation and wellness. “I’ve watched Susan take charge of her happiness and transition her entire life. Therefore it was my job to create a space that allows her to recharge and continue to shine her special Susan light.” And Walters did just that by establishing a balanced space that was comfortable yet uncluttered, thoroughly charged with energy and life.
Given Chen’s newfound passion for meditation, a room devoted entirely to the practice became a given. And while it’s not something most designers come across every day, Walters was all for it, letting Chen take the stylistic wheel. The key to making the space work? Abiding by the classic rule of thumb—less is more. With comfort standing in as the top priority, Walters went to work, creating an area that would bring about a sense of calm and bliss, beautifully tied together with minimalism in mind.
Let a focal piece inform the palette of the room.
The statement art in the room is by artist Matt Blodgett, whom Chen met during one of her meditation travels in India. At first glance, Chen immediately connected with the piece, and she knew it was one she would have to have in her home. She emailed a photo of the art to Walters and from there, the design foundation for the meditation room was built.
“The area rug is ultra soft and made of viscose—however, viscose isn’t the most forgiving material, so I brought it in a shade of navy, pulling from the darkest color from the room’s palette,” notes Walters of the standout piece. “I really like the monochromatic, seamless effect of the navy floor chairs sprouting out of the lush navy rug.”
With comfort being a key element of the space and design, Chen was keen on being accommodating to all—she brought in a set of standard side chairs, since not all meditators prefer to sit on the floor. Conveniently enough, said side chairs would come to double as the room’s brightest pops of color.
On the side of the room, a Puja table comes in the form of a white lacquer and glass structure, conveniently and seamlessly blending in with the surrounding elements of the area, allowing the handful of curated pieces, set on top, to stand out instead.
While most meditation rooms take on an ultra-reserved and modest design, Walters was all for creating a space that would inspire Chen and her work. “The room’s palette was dictated by the artwork and, aptly, it’s creation rooted in meditation,” notes Walters of the mod and untraditional aesthetic. “I know she gravitates toward strong, primary colors balanced with white. In Susan’s bliss, white and navy are neutrals.”
In addition to the meditation room, Walters was also tasked with designing the living room and bedroom—the latter being Chen’s sole private area. Comfort played an integral role in the design of the space (not the worst theme for a bedroom), elevated with luxe bedding, upholstered details, and plenty of textures. The result was a space that melded a relaxed vibe with elegant elements and cameos of various decorative aesthetics.
Directly across from the bedroom, the third and final component of the project was the living room. Given that Chen runs her meditation groups at home, it was all about creating a professional-enough space that didn’t compromise on comfort or aesthetics.
The palette of the room was inspired by Chen’s other passion: Soozy’s, a business venture that promotes clean foods by way of healthy
Aside from having to pull off the entire redesign in just under three weeks, Walters’s next challenge came by way of the lighting. Short on floor space, a standing lamp was not an option, hence why it was up to Walters to rethink the room’s light source. “I ordered a
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