018: Sustainable Design Through Connectedness


018: Sustainable Design Through Connectedness

with Renee Carman

Renee Carman is the owner of Mandeville Canyon Designs. Their philosophy is to design in balance with nature. They carefully weave a refreshing collection of color into the five earth elements further reinforcing their unique style by using renewable resources and tapping into the wealth of local artistry. Since 2004 Renee and her team have specialized in interior and exterior design with a special emphasis on Biophilic design. The company also has a strong social conscience and looks for opportunities to volunteer in the local community and beyond.

 Topics Mentioned:

  • Sustainable and Responsible Design

  • Biophilic Design

  • Strengths and Values

  • Education

  • Sabbatical

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Thoughts from Renee:

  • It’s important for me to empower my clients and create a strong partnership between them and myself. I want to educate them on what their expectations may need to be and try to help broaden their picture of what green may mean.

  • Biophilic design is the idea that we naturally want to commune with nature and that we are surrounded, involved and grounded in nature. This type of design is seen a lot in healthcare and corporate environments which helps with reducing patient stays and an enhanced overall feeling of wellbeing.  

  • With design it’s asking how we can bring the outside in – which could be as simple as bringing plants inside. A great example of this is New York City and the concrete jungle that the city is - and using plants indoors.

  • I love the phrase: “If it excites you and scares you all at the same time, you should probably say yes.”

  • I want to encourage everyone to take the Strengths Finder test by Gallup. It might validate what you are already doing or it might make you realize how many more things you could do based on your strengths.

  • I try to create an atmosphere that is nonthreatening. My goal is to create an environment of collaboration but also understanding that not everyone’s strength is ‘includer’.

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