Guest Profile

Mandy Straight

Mandy has been referred to as "the colorful sheep" in the family; an onion-peeler; a purpose-seeker; a super-nerd with an insatiable curiosity for life who truly believes that Einstein teaches us as much about ourselves as Chanel. And that Oprah is just as valid for insight and inspiration as daVinci. She gave a TED talk about her theory of Visual Mantra and has a brand new online program called Design Your Happy Place.

As an Interior Designer, her 15 years of professional work focuses not on the "stuff" in each room but on the life that it facilitates and the future it inspires for each individual client. She works in a 'Goldilocks Structure' that meets you where you are to break out of the boxes of 'traditional' and 'modern' and get you living in a style that's all about you. She agrees with Churchill that, "We shape our spaces, thereafter they shape us."

As a Naked Ontologist, Mandy speaks, writes and conducts workshops that spark a journey inside what it means to 'BE' and how we can do it better, independent of the labels that get in the way of a more complete perspective. With a background in French, math, theater and a childhood full of books, her explorations include everything from Plato to pop culture, from Rumi to zombie, in addition to Harry Potter and fashion trends.