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Understanding the Spectrum of Interior Design

Interior design goes far beyond aesthetics; it shapes our daily lives and has a significant impact on the environment. I’m Ash, a conservation-based design/build consultant and designer. I’m here to guide you through the various dimensions of interior design, sustainable home design and, more importantly, introduce you to conservation-based design—a unique and environmentally conscious approach, coined by Wildlifeel at Home, which redefines how we create living spaces.

Defining Interior Design’s Scope and Impact

Interior design is about crafting spaces that reflect our personalities while enhancing our well-being. However, its implications extend beyond our immediate surroundings. Our choices influence ecosystems, energy consumption, and environmental sustainability. As someone deeply committed to wildlife conservation and working within the design industry, I understand the profound consequences of our design decisions on the natural world.

The Spectrum of Interior Design

Let’s break down the spectrum of interior design into four categories:

  1. Traditional Interior Design: This classic approach emphasizes aesthetics and functionality but often overlooks environmental concerns.
  2. Sustainable Interior Design: Sustainability-focused holds a more eco-conscious design approach. It prioritizes eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient practices to minimize environmental harm.
  3. Regenerative Interior Design: Going further than sustainability, this approach actively contributes to healing ecosystems and minimizing damage.
  4. Conservation-Based Interior Design: My passion and expertise reside here. This approach narrows the perspective beyond sustainable and regenerative solutions. It seeks to prioritize the well-being of wildlife and their homes, highlighting the impacts of each of our design choices, in order to ensure we’re always aware of the ripple effect we’re creating. It helps us pivot when needed so we remain aligned with our values. 

A Unique Hybrid Approach

The core of my work is a groundbreaking concept—an integration of a home design studio with a wildlife conservation organization. This innovative hybrid, represented by Wildlifeel at Home, addresses pressing environmental issues by bringing a conservation-based approach to home design.

In the upcoming sections, we’ll delve into the problems posed by traditional interior design, the solutions offered by responsible design, and the transformative potential of conservation-based interior design. Our journey is about redefining interior design as a force for positive change—one that nurtures not only our lives but also the remarkable creatures we share our planet with. Join me in exploring the possibilities of conservation-based interior design, where design becomes a vital part of wildlife conservation.

The Limitations of Sustainable Interior Design

As we venture into the world of interior design, it’s essential to begin by understanding the limitations of traditional sustainable interior design practices. While sustainability is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, it still falls short in addressing some critical ecological issues, particularly concerning wildlife conservation. As an industry, designers source sustainable materials, but we don’t actively follow the the path of its impact to fully understand what that choice means in the world. Is it minimizing the bad and maximizing the good as much as we assume?

Exploring Sustainable Interior Design Challenges

Sustainable interior design mainly focuses on minimizing environmental impact through eco-friendly materials, energy efficiency, and responsible sourcing. It’s a commendable approach that encourages mindful choices in design. However, let’s delve into some of its limitations:

  1. Limited Wildlife Focus: Sustainable design often centers on human needs and energy conservation but may not give due attention to wildlife preservation. It might overlook the importance of creating spaces that coexist harmoniously with local ecosystems, and with worldwide-sourced materials that may not respect those nearby habitats or those disrupted on the path of travel. 
  2. Unresolved Habitat Loss: Many sustainable designs do not actively contribute to the restoration or protection of wildlife habitats. While they reduce harm, they may not mitigate the habitat loss caused by urbanization and development.

The Gap in Wildlife Conservation

Sustainable design should, ideally, serve as a bridge to ecological harmony, but there’s a significant gap when it comes to wildlife conservation. As someone deeply committed to the well-being of our natural world, I recognized this gap and founded Wildlifeel at Home to address it.

In the upcoming sections, we will explore this gap further and discuss how conservation-based interior design steps in to bridge it. This innovative approach not only minimizes harm but actively contributes to preserving and nurturing wildlife habitats. Let’s move beyond the limitations of sustainability to embrace a more holistic and eco-conscious vision of interior design.

The Call for Regenerative Interior Design

While sustainable interior design has made commendable strides in minimizing environmental impact, there’s an increasingly urgent need for a more proactive approach – regenerative interior design. It represents the next evolutionary step in creating truly sustainable living spaces that actively contribute to the well-being of our planet.

The Regenerative Imperative

Regenerative interior design takes sustainability a step further by not only reducing harm but actively participating in the restoration and enhancement of our environment. Here’s why it’s so crucial:

  1. Restoring Nature: Regenerative design recognizes the importance of restoring what has been lost or degraded. It seeks to rejuvenate ecosystems, rebuild natural habitats, and replenish biodiversity.
  2. Addressing Sustainability Gaps: While sustainable interior design focuses on minimizing harm, it may not necessarily contribute to ecosystem recovery. Regenerative design steps in to bridge this gap, ensuring that our living spaces become catalysts for positive change.
  3. Enhancing Environmental Resilience: Regenerative design aims to create spaces that are not just sustainable but actively enhance the resilience of the environment. This means homes that seek to restore and provide habitat, clean air and water, and support local flora and fauna.

Beyond Sustainability: A Regenerative Vision

As we strive for more responsible and mindful interior design, regenerative principles offer us a path forward. While sustainable design has paved the way for eco-conscious living, regenerative design calls us to be stewards of our planet actively. It encourages us to create homes that give back, homes that are not just less harmful but are actively healing.

However, even regenerative design, as vital as it is, may not always have a specific focus on wildlife and habitat preservation. This is where the unique approach of conservation-based interior design, pioneered by Wildlifeel at Home, comes into play. In the following sections, we’ll explore how this groundbreaking concept addresses the critical gaps that both sustainable and regenerative design leave behind.

Conservation-Based Interior Design: A Focus on Wildlife & Their Homes (Natural Habitats)

In a world increasingly aware of the environmental challenges we face, a new and transformative approach to interior design is emerging thanks to this studio – its conservation-based interior design. This innovative concept isn’t just about minimizing harm or restoring ecosystems; it’s about actively supporting local and global wildlife, and preserving their natural habitats from within our living spaces and our choices when creating them.

A Paradigm Shift: Prioritizing Conservation Over Regeneration

Conservation-based interior design centers its mission on the critical and immediate need to protect wildlife and their homes. While regenerative design looks to heal and renew, conservation-based design is all about preserving what’s left and creating spaces where wildlife can thrive – now. Here’s why it matters:

  1. A Focus on Habitat Preservation: The primary goal of conservation-based interior design is to create living spaces that act as sanctuaries for local wildlife and protect the existing habitats of wildlife worldwide. Its about the seek to leave the homes of wildlife untouched, because their homes don’t deserve to be lost for ours to thrive. We’re beyond that. We have other options to successfully coexist. This approach recognizes that in an era of rapid urbanization, preserving natural habitats is crucial for the survival of many species.
  2. Addressing Sustainable Design Gaps: Despite the commendable efforts of sustainable interior design, critical issues like habitat loss and unsustainable practices persist. Conservation-based design steps in to offer concrete solutions to these ongoing problems.
  3. A Pioneering Approach: Wildlifeel at Home, the visionary behind conservation-based interior design, is at the forefront of this innovative movement. We’ve coined this unique approach to emphasize that it’s time to focus our design efforts not just on ourselves but on the interconnected web of life we share our planet with.

Solutions to Persistent Problems

While sustainable interior design has brought eco-consciousness into our homes, and the still lesser known practice of regenerative design for that matter, they often fall short in addressing the urgent needs of wildlife. Conservation-based interior design offers specific solutions to these ongoing challenges:

  • Habitat Preservation: We prioritize the conservation of natural habitats as part of our design process, ensuring that local wildlife have a safe and nurturing environment to thrive; that our choices don’t take away from that as much as humanly possible. 
  • Responsible Practices: Our approach embraces sustainable design practices, ensuring that the materials, furnishings, and construction methods used in your home minimize harm to the environment. And we seek to maximize the positive impact during and well after construction is complete. We design spaces that cater to the needs of fauna and animals in the path of our choices.
  • Education and Empowerment: Through our work, we seek to empower homeowners with the knowledge, transparency and tools to become caregivers of our natural surroundings, fostering a sense of responsibility and connection to the world around them.

By shifting our perspective from regeneration to conservation, we create homes that not only reflect our values but actively contribute to the protection of our planet’s incredible biodiversity. In the next section, we’ll delve deeper into the practical aspects of conservation-based interior design and how it can be applied to your living spaces.

Bridging the Gap: Conservation-Based Design as the Solution

Conservation-based interior design isn’t just a concept; it’s a tangible solution to the pressing ecological challenges we face today. It represents a paradigm shift in our approach to interior spaces, one that actively contributes to wildlife preservation while creating homes that are aesthetically pleasing and ecologically responsible.

The Future of Home Design: Caring for Wildlife During the Design Process

The future of home design is taking a remarkable turn, and it’s all about caring for wildlife during the design process. Conservation-based interior design isn’t just a trend; it’s a revolution in how we perceive and create living spaces. In this section, we’ll explore the immense potential of this approach and the benefits it offers to homeowners and the environment alike.

A Paradigm Shift in Home Design

Conservation-based interior design represents a paradigm shift in our approach to creating homes. It’s a departure from traditional design practices that often neglect the ecological consequences of our choices. Instead, it’s a call to action—a call to consider wildlife and their habitats from the very inception of a design project.

The Benefits of Conservation-Based Interior Design

Embracing a conservation-based design philosophy comes with a wealth of benefits:

  1. Enhanced Connection with Nature: Conservation-based design fosters a deeper connection with the natural world. Imagine the joy of witnessing birds, butterflies, and other wildlife thriving in your own backyard. All the while knowing that the same is happening across the globe, thanks to keeping nature in tact there rather than pieces of it lying under your feet as an exotic hardwood flooring.
  2. Sustainable and Responsible Living: It allows you to live more sustainably and responsibly. From energy-efficient homes to water-wise landscaping, every aspect of your living space is designed with ecological mindfulness.
  3. Personal Fulfillment: Conservation-based design isn’t just about creating beautiful homes; it’s about fulfilling a deep sense of responsibility to protect our planet and its inhabitants. It’s a way to make a lasting, positive impact.
  4. Community Engagement: When your home becomes a haven for wildlife, it fosters a sense of community engagement. Your neighbors may be inspired to join the movement, creating a network of conservation-conscious individuals.
  5. A Greener, Healthier Future: By adopting a comprehensive and eco-conscious design philosophy, you contribute to a greener and healthier future. Your choices ripple outward, inspiring positive change in the world.

Aligning Your Home Design with Conservation Principles

So, how can you begin to align your home design with conservation principles? It starts with a mindset shift. Start by envisioning your own existing living space as a sanctuary for both you and local wildlife. Its baby steps! Here are some steps to get you started:

  • Choose Native Plants: Opt for native plants in your landscaping. They provide food and shelter for local wildlife and are adapted to your region’s climate.
  • Create Wildlife-Friendly Features: Incorporate birdhouses, bat boxes, and pollinator gardens into your outdoor space. These additions actively support local fauna.
  • Sustainable Materials: Select sustainable and eco-friendly materials for your interior design. From flooring to furniture, choose options that minimize your environmental footprint.
  • Energy Efficiency: Invest in energy-efficient appliances and lighting to reduce energy consumption and minimize your impact on natural habitats.
  • Educate and Advocate: Share your journey and knowledge with friends and neighbors. Encourage them to join you in embracing conservation-based design principles.

Conservation-based interior design goes much farther that this, however, these small changes will spark big changes. These will empower you to make a meaningful difference through your living space. It’s a vision of the future where our homes are not just shelters for us but sanctuaries for your local wildlife too. If you’re already interested in doing more, or have a remodel/new house on the horizon, review Wildlifeel at Home’s Services page here 🙂

Your Role in Conservation-Based Home Design

In the grand tapestry of life on Earth, your role as a steward of the environment is more significant than ever. Conservation-based interior design invites you to become an active participant in shaping a future where our homes harmoniously coexist with wildlife and their natural habitats.

The Power of Your Choices

Every choice you make in designing your homelife, whether based on need or want, carries the potential for profound impact. From the plants in your garden to the materials in your living room, each decision can contribute to the well-being of wildlife and ecosystems. Conservation-based home design recognizes the power of these choices and transforms your living space into a haven for both you and nature.

Embracing Eco-Conscious Living

By embracing eco-conscious and wildlife-focused design practices, you embark on a journey that aligns your home with the principles of sustainability, responsibility, and compassion. Your choices reflect a commitment to a better world, where we prioritize the needs of all living beings, from the tiniest insects to the grandest trees.

Explore the Possibilities

If you’re inspired to explore the possibilities of conservation-based interior design, we invite you to connect. At Wildlifeel at Home, we’re passionate about helping you realize your vision of a home that actively supports wildlife and their natural habitats. We even help you choose a cause or conservation effort as part of your design concept! Our unique approach combines creative design with a deep commitment to ecological preservation, resulting in living spaces that are both stunning and environmentally responsible.

Get in Touch

Ready to embark on your conservation-based design journey? Curious to learn more about how your home can become a sanctuary for wildlife? A symbol of worldwide mindfulness? We’re here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with Ash. Together, we can discover how your home can make a bold statement for a better world.

Remember, the choices you make today have the power to shape a greener, more sustainable, and more compassionate tomorrow. Together, we can create homes that not only reflect our values but also actively contribute to the well-being of our planet and its incredible biodiversity.


As an advocate for wildlife conservation and with experience in the design/build industry, Ashley fuses her passions to offer clients and trade professionals the solutions needed to craft homes that allow wildlife to keep theirs, too, because one home no longer needs to be sacrificed for the other. Ashley seeks to empower the well-being of nature and wildlife by reconnecting people and planet in a blissful balance and furthering the fight against natural habitat loss within her industry. Through Wildlifeel at Home, she highlights compassionate choices and teaches readers how to ‘Adopt the Alternative.'

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