'Do You Want to be Conscious?'
A decade ago, I found myself sitting across from a beautiful and wise woman. Up until that point, I had been headed down a dark path and felt there was no way out. I felt limited, unfulfilled and in a state of utter disappointment primarily of my own doing. Little did I know she was going to steer me down a path that would forever change the way I viewed the world. The very first question she asked me was, “Do you want to be conscious?” I looked at her blankly, unsure of what she meant. As she started to explain, I felt my spirit start to awaken in recognition of what it always had known. I was ready to be more self-aware. I wanted to become my best self and improve how I related to the world. And so I embarked on my journey to live a more conscious life.
To me, spirituality is the journey to the heart, the path to knowing oneself and tapping into the powerful source energy that connects all of us. It's making every action about joy and intention. So I immersed myself in books, workshops and retreats. I began daily prayer, meditation and journaling. I found the answers I had been seeking. I connected to something greater than me, and my life started to transform. I started to transform.
Connecting Home and Spirit
I realized the deep connection between home and spirit. And as I created a home that reflected who I was and how I wanted to live, I experienced a joy that spilled into every area of my life.
At that point I knew I wanted to pursue a career in interior design, and my intuition led to me New York City. After attending the New York School of Interior Design, I took the opportunity to work under one of the best in the industry, Steven Gambrel. In 2012, I started Joshua Smith Inc. I have been fortunate to work with wonderful clients all across the country whom I now call my friends. It is a gift to be invited to build genuine connections and relationships with my clients. Clients often tell me they don’t want the experience to be over. That’s when I know I have done a good job. (And when a 5-year-old insists on calling me to say thank you for her beautiful room!)
Some career highlights so far have been being named a Rising Star by House Beautiful magazine and being a contributor to the Huffington Post, as well as creating their Meditation Room.
When designing for clients, I spend time with them to define their style, express their idea of beauty and uncover what speaks to their soul. We make sure that their personality is reflected in their space. Individual spaces should have spirit.
Pick the one closest to your heart!
Be part of a special group dedicated to bringing lifesaving support to homeless kids all year.
For 150 years, the ASPCA has worked tirelessly to put an end to animal abuse and neglect.
Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world's marine life.
organization is focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer youth.
A few things about me…
Spending time with my loved ones – my partner, David and our precious dog, Crosby. Connecting with all things nature – green pastures, flower gardens, colorful sunsets and beautiful beaches.
Gemini sun, Cancer moon and rising
sign from the universe
Natural light, candles, cashmere, lemonade, chips
and salsa, the color blue, books, music, fresh
flowers, iced tea, travel
how I stay centered
Stillness, prayer, meditation, journaling, gratitude lists, restful sleep, yoga, working out, being of service to others
Palace de Alcazar
in Seville Spain
designers i admire
Book that has had the greatest influence on me
Return to Love, Marianne Williamson
My parents, David Gerbitz, Steven Gambrel,
Gabby Bernstein, Dolly Parton, Oprah,
Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Julie Hollignsworth