About Karen

portrait of karen lievense in Taos, New MexicoI have been blessed with a magical life. Abundant health, love, travel, career success. But more than anything, I’m grateful for my ability to dream and envision my dreams coming true.

In 1987 I established my own interior design firm in California. My clients included several celebrities, and many, many wonderful singles, couples and families. Managing multiple projects at once was often stressful, but I thrived on designing unique environments for my clients, and seeing our collaborations come to fruition.   After 26 years, however, I felt burnt-out. I knew I was missing something, and didn’t want to wait any longer to find out what it was.

“tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one WILD and PRECIOUS LIFE?”

Mary Oliver

This line from Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day became my mantra in 2012, as I was approaching 60 and realizing, increasingly, that I was not living the life of my dreams. My past career successes had ceased to mean anything, and worse, I feared that they were defining me in ways that had nothing to do with who I really was or wanted to be. The clock was ticking.

I moved to Taos, New Mexico in 2013.

I created downsizing made simple out my own recent experience of loss, discovery and transformation, and a belief in the power of our homes to be the perfect catalyst for self-discovery. My life is gloriously perfect and imperfect (please see my blogpost on The Perfection of Imperfection). The process of editing and letting go of possessions and old stories continues. I am constantly course-correcting, self-curating. But I’m having so much fun! Magic, indeed.

Our generation is the first to be able to change the concept of retirement, or “re-discovery” as I prefer to call it. We’re living a whole new life-stage, combining our wisdom, expertise, creativity, and heart. I am thrilled to be on this journey with you.

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