“Even if a room looks finished…it never is. I’m always rearranging. I have been known to change furniture placement with the seasons… or my mood…”
When my husband and I purchased our first home, we bought a hundred year old house that was in need of major TLC. It was a decorating dream to me, and I began to restore and upcycle furniture. I decorated every spare moment that I had. I fabricated window treatments, sanded hardwood floors, stripped the beautiful walnut banister, balusters, and newel post. I wallpapered, painted, and stenciled every room to fit my limited budget and taste but mostly importantly, to change the energy. I thrive on change.
Ten years later we moved to a newer home -circa 1979- that was covered in wallpaper! I started all over, and stripped every room, one by one, and painted everything.
“I believe that everything is energy. Whether we feel good or bad, depends on the frequency whether it’s a person or a room. Low frequencies equal illness. High frequencies equal feeling, being and living well.”
Think about a home where there is no harmony. There isn’t enough lighting in the right places; furniture placement is awkward; and you can FEEL something is wrong. When the room feels off, you’re off. When I work in a room, I’m changing the energy to raise the vibrations in the space and that also raises your vibrations. Feel well, live well.
I’ve considered myself a healer, in the broad sense, since I was I was 19 and my mom was diagnosed with Lupus. She became so ill between giving birth to my youngest siblings that I took care of her and my baby sister and brother.
Traditional medicine didn’t have anything to offer my mom, and basically told her to go home and die so we looked into various holistic treatments and ended up working with an Orthomolecular Biochemist. With vitamins, strict diet, and time she has returned to good health.
Brady is my oldest son. For a child that wasn’t supposed to live longer than a few months he lived for 15 1/2 years. He had an infectious laugh, a healing soul, and a dark sense of humor lol. He also has multiple disabilities from a lack of oxygen at birth. He was completely dependent on us for his care and for many years I have sought out and found treatments, both traditional and holistic, that have given Brady a better and more comfortable life.
He spent a lot of time in his room and so making his space beautiful was important to me. I painted the ceiling Blue Bauble, and the walls a dark saturated shade called Calypso and it just felt good for a child without being electric and over stimulating. It’s a happy color. I also designed a shower that could accommodate his shower chair and purchased a high-tech hospital bed that makes it easier for me to take care of him.
Design is therapeutic. When Brady was young and in critical condition, I spent a lot of time at home by myself taking care of him. I know how powerful shifting the energy in my space was to keeping me together, to help him be more comfortable, to help us both heal. I believe the energy of a room’s design has a healing effect and I want to share what I’ve learned with you.
“Brady passed away in my arms November 6, 2012, of pneumonia. In 2012 as I noticed Brady’s tiredness set in I struggled with being a good mother and an interior designer. One stressful day, the nurse had called off and I had to cancel appointments with clients to stay home and care for Brady, I asked Brady if I should continue with decorating, and he gave me the longest ‘of course you should’ blink “YES”. In that moment he gave me the courage and strength to continue on my path as both a devoted mother AND a passionate interior designer. I know that his spirit is still guiding me as it always has been, and I cherish the gifts that he has given me. Thank you, Brady.”
~ Gina Paris
I am a Renovation Soul at heart,
and my work reflects my passion
for creating spaces that resonate
with energy and soothe the soul.
My Style is an eclectic mix of old and new. Even the modern spaces I’ve designed have incorporated my clients’ family heirlooms.
(Decorating & Staging Academy – JoAnne Lenart-Weary
Builder’s Association Home Show, Erie, Pennsylvania
AT HOME (Erie) 3rd Saturday Seminar
JoAnne Lenart-Weary’s DYI-Decorate Interiors Yourself Workshop: Windows That WOW!
Life Works Erie Spring Fling Event: The Redesign Two-Step
Conneaut Lake Middle School 5th grade Title I Reading Classes
Live Your Dream YOLO: My Travels in Egypt
The 53rd Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania Home Show 2013, Erie, PA:How to Select Flooring Like a Designer
ProSource of Erie: Trade Pro Networking Event: How to Select Flooring Like a Designer
The 52nd Builders Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania Home Show 2012, Erie, PA: Windows That WOW!
Gina Paris Design Celebrating 9 Years in Business This Year:
In the 9 years I have been in business I have been on a journey of personal growth. Expanding both my knowledge and skill sets to encompass all aspects of interior design. Over the years I have also received several awards for my work.