CURATING SACRED SPACES
Manuela Hardy, MA
The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live.
Manuela is a cultural anthropologist, life coach and interior decorator busting with creative energy and life force. She holds a master’s degree from Umass/Amherst, a life coaching certificate from Newfield Network and coursed doctoral studies at Duke University. Her passion for understanding culture and working with people has informed much of her fieldwork, publications and aesthetics.
She has found that in the process of supporting her clients in finding their authentic voices and cultivating an awareness to design their own lives, exciting possibilities related to how we create and inhabit our personal spaces take a life of their own.
“At the intersection between discovering our soul’s yearnings and manifesting the life we choose, lies the question of how our immediate ecosystem is fertile ground to consciously explore, express and nurture our deep selves.”
As founder and creative director of Enlighten Up!, Manuela partners with clients to build projects from the ground up, remodel their current space and/or curate their existing structures. She works with residential and commercial projects alike.
Manuela finds joy in partnering with clients to explore, discover and bring those visions to life. Her enthusiasm for curating and transforming ordinary places into sacred spaces is a driving force of her projects.
Her work exudes quiet luxury and casual elegance throughout. Her academic background and life experiences inform her singular aesthetic choices, exhibiting soothing neutral pallets and quality natural materials. Her curated spaces are often described as earthy, organic, ethereal, whimsical, warm, inviting, serene, and purposeful.
A house is much more than a mere shelter. It should lift us emotionally and spiritually.
We’re a boutique design firm specializing in supporting clients in creating a personal vision of their space and making those dreams come to life. At Enlighten Up! we believe that each of us is a creator of our own reality. We seek to bring this level of awareness to the way in which we inhabit our personal spaces.
Our goal is to help our clients connect with whatever it is that their soul is yearning and to translate their spirit and essence into a space that reflects that which they hold dear. We are passionate and deliberate about curating living spaces that exude meaning and purpose. We want our client’s space to feel sacred and magical.
At Enlighten Up!, when we partner with a client, we engage in a collaboration that will ultimately give birth to a heightened version of their space.
The home should be the treasure chest of living.
To provide our clients with a sacred oasis that celebrates their singular way of life with inspired designs and uniquely accessible furnishings. We seek to partner with our clients to truly capture, interpret and materialize their personal style in the design of a container they can blossom to their highest potential in.
At Enlighten Up! we’re passionate about...
Talent is good. Practice is better. Passion is best.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Creating and nourishing a work relationship based on open communication and trust.
Guiding and supporting you in discovering and materializing a personal vision.
Presenting you with specific ideas and proposals to elevate your space.
Purchasing and sourcing of materials and orders.
Hiring, managing and supervising physical interventions.
Honoring your vision through the careful and thoughtful curation and staging of each space.
Style is a way to say who we are without having to speak.
( Lighthouse Point, Fl )
( Miami, Fl )
( Cartagena de Indias, Colombia )
( Sea Ranch Lakes, Fl )
This project was a full remodel that brought a breath of fresh air to this previously dated townhouse in Lighthouse Point, FL. Its carefully curated palette of neutral colors, materials and furnishings brings forth a tranquil mood that honors the client’s original intention: to create a peaceful, sacred, cozy and inviting backdrop for life to unfold.
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This condo in Edgewater, Miami was a turn key project. Fully remodeled and curated, this space exudes quiet luxury and relaxed elegance. We worked hand in hand with the client to bring to life his personal vision of a urban oasis in which he could work and live from, and never want to leave.
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Casa Manalva is a studio penthouse apartment located inside the iconic Ganem Building at the heart of the historic district of Cartagena, Colombia. This project was a complete remodel that aimed to create a warm, inviting and relaxing home away from home for short term visitors to enjoy. Casa Manalva honored the client’s purpose of creating an whimsical magical space for guests to unwind, while aesthetically connecting to its local roots.
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This project is a new construction nested in Sea Ranch Lakes, FL. It is a coastal modern design, with a warm contemporary feel. Extensive glass throughout connects the inside with its serene natural environment and blurs the boundaries between in and outdoors. Our design has sought to emphasize the luscious Florida greenery and soothing lake views that surround this beautiful home.
Inspiration Consultation + Design Coaching
Design is so simple. That's why it's so complicated.
Some clients work with a Design Coach to help them explore and discover the look and feel that they want to achieve. Other clients may seek specific inspiration in order to carry out certain projects themselves. From these one-to-one sessions, the client develops a clear vision of what it is they wish to materialize.
Design Coaching is also highly beneficial for couples that need to understand each other’s aesthetics and want to reach a common ground for their project.
Residential + Commercial Interior Design
The details are not the details. They make the design.
When clients engage our interior design services, we work diligently through stages, to help their vision come to life. The phases of a project are not always linear and chronological.They often take place simultaneously.
The first step is the Discovery Phase, where we work to gain insight and establish the client’s personal aesthetic and vision. This is an exploratory process.
Consequently, we enter a Planning Phase where we create a game plan that will determine the strategy to follow. This phase includes working hand-in-hand with the client, through a Shared Idea File, where we brainstorm specific ideas to choose from and determine a purchasing schedule. In this phase we also quote and bid out specific features out to experts and subcontractors.
Our next order of business is the Remodeling Phase. This is where any physical intervention takes place. This may be as simple as changing plumbing fixtures and adding accent wall treatments, to more structural interventions that may require city permits such layout modifications, new kitchens, walls and/or flooring.
During renovations, we enter a Sourcing Phase in which we procure accessories, art and furniture that were determined during the Planning Phase in the Purchasing Schedule.This phase is logistical in nature.Store visits, purchase orders and delivery scheduling are common in this part of the process.
The Staging Phase is particularly rewarding because it’s when the entirety of the project comes to life. Once we have established a vision and game plan, undertaken any physical interventions, and sourced furniture, accessories and wall art, we’re ready to stage. When we stage a space, we curate it. And when we curate a space, we carefully choose, arrange, and present different items in order to get a particular effect. This phase of the process is filled with creativity and attention to detail. This is where magic happens!
New Build Construction
Thinking about design is hard, but not thinking about it can be disastrous.
Having an interior designer on board to participate in the design and build of a new structure is key. A designer can be instrumental in helping materialize the client’s aesthetic vision and insuring the coherence and functionality of the final product. As designers, we work hand in hand with the client and architect to co-create a space that best interprets the client’s vision and needs.
We also aid making recommendations that will affect general flow, layout, lighting, low voltage choices, finishes and material selection, exterior elevations, landscaping, etc. Depending on each client’s needs, we may also participate in the build process as project consultants, working hand in hand with the GC and subcontractors, ensuring that day to day process goes according to plan as well helping minimize costly mistakes.
Finally, as interior designers we’re responsible for working with the client to co-create a design scheme, millwork design, as well as source art, furnishings, accessories, wall and window treatments, lighting, and special features necessary to make that vision come to life.
Staging+ Furnishing + Finishing
Design is thinking made visual.
Some clients have idoneous physical structures and specifically need support in staging, furnishing and/or adding the “finishing” touches to their space. Sometimes a client may wish to “warm up” or “step up” their existing decoration up a notch, while in other circumstances they may be missing an accent wall or window treatment. Someone may need to re-do a certain space, while others may want to press the “reset” button and start over.
Whichever the scenario, we partner with our clients to co-create a design scheme that suits their current space and specific needs. Furthermore, we help our clients source and install any and all art, accessories and furnishings needed to make this vision come to life.
At Enlighten Up! we’re aware that each client has different needs. Some may wish to hand over the keys of their home while transformation takes place and carry on with their life, while others may be inclined to fully participate in the day to day of the process. We custom build a strategy that honors each client’s particular needs and circumstances.
Interior design is art we live in.
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