We recently connected with Lorell Frysh and have shared our conversation below.
Lorell, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. We’d love to have you retell us the story behind how you came up with the idea for your business, I think our audience would really enjoy hearing the backstory.
Was it at 6 months when I was lying on a blanket under an apricot tree in the garden watching the leaves dance against the bright blue sky? Was it the way the light fell across the tree’s sturdy branches highlighting the texture of the trunk, or the flash of color as a bright yellow weaver bird flitted backwards and forwards, grasses in mouth, weaving a perfect teardrop-shaped nest, or when a colorful butterfly took to the wind? Could it have been my potter mother’s love of earth, clay and glaze, or the beauty of the arc of arms and legs in my early ballet classes? Perhaps it was the explosion of color on the walls of local African huts in a nearby village, or maybe the pocket money I earned helping to “decorate” my father’s furniture store? Who can tell what really engendered my love of design? All I know is that beauty and harmony captured my imagination from a very young age. My work is as much about psychology and spirituality as it is about design.
My interests have always included the workings of the human mind and soul, which prompted a life-long wanderlust to experience how others expressed their beauty and truth in the world. Along the way I gathered enough degrees (PhD. in East-West psychology, studies in Interior architecture and design) and wisdom to become a teacher of these things myself.
As an interior architect and designer with a PhD in East-West psychology, I have trekked dusty roads and far-off lands searching for wisdom and deep connection. Along the way I have encountered some of the world’s greatest spiritual teachers and powerful indigenous healers. And, too, I have been entranced by extraordinary architecture and interiors all over the globe. After years of journeying along strange and fascinating paths, I have come to acknowledge the wisdom of poet and journalist, Roger Housden, who recognizes that “It is in the walking that you realize that there is nowhere to go”. And so the journey turns closer to home; closer to our outer homes, and even closer to our inner homes.
My work with clients is a sacred journey and a transformational process that promotes self-awareness, inspires their poetic vision and offers a soulful design template that will enrich and spiritually nourish their lives.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your background and context?
I have a unique combination of skills ~ I have Ph.D. in East-West Psychology and am Interior Architect and Designer. I work with private individuals, as well as architects, builders, designers, realtors and corporations in all facets of the design process.
I deeply understand the interaction between our inner and outer spaces, and the way in which design can support and nourish our lives, both at home and in the work environment.
Depending on the needs of the client, I may be involved in the initial consultation to help clarify what reflects and expresses their unique vision and dreams. Or I may work as a facilitator during the design/build process. Or I may work on the design from start to finish.
The results have been heart-warming and amazing and have ended up with very happy clients in beautiful spaces. As one client put it, because she really “saw me”, Dr. Frysh helped to create “a happiness that I call home!”
Have you ever had to pivot?
It was late one night, almost midnight, when I got a call from a client. The call was not about one of the 5 beautiful tiles she had to choose from, but about a troubling interpersonal issue she was having with her husband about the choice. As we spoke, I realized that the problem was far deeper than just the design decision. That, like most of life, there were underlying issues that needed to be addressed before a right decision could be made. It was in that moment that I realized I needed to combine my knowledge os design, psychology and spirituality so that I could truly help my clients address the needs.
Over time I have come to understand that many of us have a multiplicity of skills we can use to problem-solve and be truly effective in our work.
How’d you build such a strong reputation within your market?
I think my unique vision, orientation, set of tools and training, knowledge of how to really listen to my clients and decipher what they really want and need underneath what they think they want, have all helped build my reputation.
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