Simple Home. Simple Life.

What's an Essentialist?


Hi, I'm Kelly Anderson,

Kelly Anderson, interior design and simple living coach at Refreshed Designs

a space and lifestyle design coach helping people live simply and naturally while deeply respecting nature and our planet.

Basically, I help people figure out how they can create environments that help them thrive and that are sustainable and healthy.

For me, that means being an essentialist.

I follow Greg McKeown’s writings in Essentialism on cutting out non-essentials in pursuit of a more intentional life, focusing on depth and quality over breadth and unfocused quantity.

I really do believe that our environments play a huge role in a deep, healthy, quality life - but that doesn't mean we have to do an expensive remodel or build a whole new home. It often means simply doing a little refresh and getting down to essentials. It might include decluttering, repurposing things you already own or rearranging how you set up your home so that it supports you and your goals. It's a sustainable and affordable way to design a beautiful space that helps you live peacefully and abundantly.

I wasn’t always an essentialist, however.

Throughout my 20's and 30's, I climbed the corporate ladder in jobs that took me from one end of Canada to the other, and I moved into and out of more houses and apartments than I care to count, accumulating lots of 'stuff' along the way. I drifted from one opportunity to the next and was grateful for every blessing that came my way, but still felt like something was missing. And because of that I experienced episodes of depression and anxiety, which led to weight struggles, panic attacks and other health problems. I wasn't living intentionally, nor was my life fully aligned with my values and passions. 

When I hit 40, I decided to slow down and make small, gradual shifts in how I live. I began to eat a plant-based diet, switched to natural and organic beauty and home products, grew spiritually, took up meditation and yoga, and adopted an 'Essentialist' approach to home and life. I also balanced work with play by taking weekend courses to learn new things like interior design, organization, photography, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

I eventually quit the 9-5 race to move back to the small town on the East Coast of Canada where I grew up and where family and friends surround me. Now I'm building a business that serves others and that's meaningful to both me and those I serve. 

It's pretty awesome. 

I'd love to help you simplify your home and life too. I look forward to working with you.


I offer coaching, courses & e-design to help you strategically create a home environment that will support you in living simply, peacefully and productively.

Insider Emails

I send 2-4 emails per month to my subscribers with exclusive content for designing their homes simply and beautifully. I share ideas, sources, design boards and special discounts on courses and services. Don't miss out

Programs & Courses

If you need a jump start on gaining more control over your hectic lifestyle and chaotic home, start with my FREE 7-day challenge that will help you simplify and be more productive and organized at home and work. Then move on to my other programs and courses that will coach you through designing a simple and meaningful home and lifestyle. 

Coaching & e-Design

You don't need to hire an expensive designer to create a beautiful home. I offer coaching sessions that will quickly help you overcome your home's unique challenges, give you the sources & instructions you need, and answer questions that are holding you back from creating a functional, inviting and comfortable space that you'll love to be in. Check out the options.

What Clients say...

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Paula B.

Kelly was so fabulous to work with. She was quick to grasp my style and the goal I had in mind. She found the best prices for the décor pieces she recommended and was always available for quick questions throughout the transformation of my basement. Creating a Pinterest page for us to share was so helpful at visually putting things together. She utilized furniture pieces in my home I had no idea where or what to do with. Best of all, we have a family room filled with new and old décor that we all want to spend time in. I highly recommend Kelly.

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Shannon & Mitchell M.

Kelly was fantastic to work with. She came to our 1940's bungalow to meet with my partner and I about refreshing the spaces on our main floor - including the bathroom, kitchen, hallway and living room. Kelly had amazing ideas in terms of paint colours that would refresh and open the small spaces we had to work with, as well as what pieces (furniture, tables, cushions, décor) we could add to make the spaces more comfortable. What was amazing was her ease with working with our small budget and incorporating pieces we already had and re-purposing them like new. After an initial consult, a shopping trip, some paint and another consult we found ourselves in the home of our dreams and could not have been happier with the result. We love our living spaces now!

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Janis B.

I discovered Kelly through a good friend of mine who she had done work for when she was living in our area. I contacted Kelly and she was fabulous. We were able to connect and tackle my design problem for my front foyer and staircase window that I have been struggling with for many years. I was able to consult and communicate with Kelly via technology . She is very thoughtful and respectful of your budget and design limitations as well as adding subtle changes which cost nothing to redesign.  I am very pleased with the process. Excellent experience !

Take a peek at some of my projects

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Janet M.

Kelly was just what we needed. She managed to see the potential of our little space and odd sort of items we treasured, to make them work again after many years of just being "put there". She was 'spot-on' with colour to link everything and 'refreshed' our home beautifully. Her fees are absolutely reasonable and I will be hiring her again when we move to the next stage of the renewal of our small home.

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Linda D.

I had such a wonderful experience with Kelly. She has an amazing eye and is extremely talented at her craft. She also managed to accommodate my budget concerns and found so many fabulous pieces for my spare bedroom which guests love staying in now.  Kelly listened to my style preferences and nailed it with each of her recommendations and I was so happy with her services I hired her to redo my master bedroom as well. I will certainly be using her for our decorating projects in the future and highly recommend you do too. Thank you Kelly!

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Angela M.

Kelly has been a great help to me as I try to update an old Victorian home. I have years of history with the home and want totally fresh new looks without changing anything! Hahah -somehow Kelly helped me find the balance and make a beautiful comfortable space that feels just right. Kelly helped me move things along at a pace that worked for me and acted as a sounding board while I talked through ideas. I am looking forward to many more projects with Kelly.

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