You, Your life,
Your dream home.
My name is Maria Rauch. With my help, you can find out what your dream home would be like. And I can also help you to actually create your dream home. In addition, I offer a consultancy service and run workshops. I graduated in Architectural Studies from a technical university in Poland. I also studied at Art School. Two for the price of one :). I’ve been designing homes and their interiors for the last ten years. I’ve worked in Tennessee, Atlanta, NYC, Dublin and Lublin … and if working in Lublin doesn’t impress you, then I don’t know what will ;). In the last few years, I spent most of my time in Warsaw, but I currently live and work not far from Krakow.
I know that the home we live in has a significant influence on our life. That’s why it’s such a pity to spend even one minute living in an environment which feels temporary or does not fully support our life-style. As confirmed by the Gallup personality test, my most prevalent personality type is that of a “fixer”. I like figuring things out and making “something” out of “nothing”. I prefer working with new ideas rather than with ready-made elements. And I know how to make significant changes in an unconventional way so that your dream home will be the best possible one for you. Remember that the purpose of your home is so that you wake up each morning with a smile on your face :)
I was always “doing projects”. My mother is an Architect and, when I was a little girl, I really liked folding the final drawings together with her. And maybe that’s why preparing a project (and every detail that goes with that) is so very important to me. When I was seven years old, I wanted to be a publisher. I published only one issue of a weekly newspaper, and in the cupboard under the TV was a box for potential letters from my readers, meaning the people who lived in our house. Actually my dream of being a mini publishing- house came to fruition not long ago. And because I like working with other people, I invited other authors to take part in the Stolica pod lupą project, which combines personal and unique reflections on hidden places and details of the City of Warsaw.
And where do I work? I’m based in the Młyn Zabierzów co-working space just outside Krakow. Other designers and I have created there a unique place which has a “summer holiday” atmosphere. With a river and hammocks, as well as desks for doing some actual work :). This is our testing ground for ideas and a venue for workshops. Who said that the summer holidays couldn’t last the whole year long? If you’re curious, feel free to come and visit us :)
What’s it like where I live? At home, I have a hammock, a swing and a ladder for doing Yoga. And a double sink so that two people can make funny faces together in the mirror as they’re brushing their teeth in the morning. But why have it like that? Because that’s the way I like it! My home is the “toy” where I live. And I like the fact that it lets me feel the way I want to feel.
I create designs for all those people who believe that our home’s purpose is for us to wake up every morning with a smile on our face ;).
And what about you? What would put a smile on your face?
TELL ME EVERYTHING
What is you dream home like? And what are you afraid of when it comes to designing it? Tell me everything about it. I have helped my clients in hundreds of interviews. And I know how important it is to feel that you are being listened to. If you know any architects who work in a similar way, please put them in touch with me as I’d like to work with them.
PUTTING A PLAN INTO ACTION
With me, you’ll discover that the design process can be a positive one and add lots of value. Thanks to that process, you’ll find out what your dream home would really be like, and then you’ll actually create it. You’ll be able to follow your plan step by step, and I’ll accompany you through every one of those very important changes. Do you like that idea? I certainly do.
I always feel the need to make something better than it currently is, to repair things or make something work better. As a result, I can think up something new out of next to nothing. And then create this idea from elements which already exist. By listening to your needs and your ideas, I can help you transform the current state of your home into whatever you dream of.
SAVE TIME AND MONEY
By using me as your consultant, you’ll save time and money. Unfortunately, a poor decision taken now may cost you dearly in the future, what with taking down this, knocking down that, making alterations or doing some re-building. Yes, it would be better to ask a professional architect first.
PICTURING YOUR DREAMS
Following a consultation with me, you’ll receive a summary which describes how you would like to live and what elements are most important to you. This is the picture of your dreams. And this will keep you afloat, help you to make your dream come true. From then on, nothing will side-track you ever again.
WORKING AS A TEAM
I work with the best contractors, designers, graphics artists, photographers and also developers. We can carry out a small, simple alteration or a highly personalized metamorphosis of your home’s interior along with films or photographs for publication in a newspaper.
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years of experience
(not translated) Też zajmuję się projektowaniem, ale perspektywa koniecznych zmian w moim własnym mieszkaniu mnie przerażała. Współpraca z Marią otworzyła mi głowę i sprawiła, że uwierzyłam, że potrafię opanować i tę materię. Podsunęła mi szereg nowych, świetnych pomysłów, ale też pomogła uwierzyć we własne i wprowadzić je w życie :) Teraz naprawdę lubię moje mieszkanie!
(not translated) Byliśmy tuż po remoncie, ale nasze mieszkanie było w opłakanym stanie. Potrzebowaliśmy szybkiej oceny sytuacji, wyłapania nietrafionych pomysłów i wskazówek co dalej. Najprościej. Bez kolejnej rewolucji. Od pierwszego kontaktu czuliśmy, że jesteśmy wysłuchani a rozwiązania poddawane przez projektantkę – trafne. Zmiany wprowadzaliśmy krok po kroku, po kolei. Bardziej na luzie ;-)
(not translated) Rozwiązania przychodziły podczas wspólnych rozmów. Moje potrzeby zostały w pełni wysłuchane a wątpliwości wzięte po uwagę. Czułam, że podejmuje dobre decyzje. I co ważne: wprowadzam je w życie! Teraz moje mieszkanie jest jak dobrze skrojona sukienka. Lubię na nie patrzeć. Budzić się w nim. Mieć gości. Czuje, że jest mi w nim do twarzy :)
With my help, you can find out what your dream home would be like.
And I can also help you to actually create your dream home.
I can work with you in several ways: Individual consultation: If you already know what you want or have a specific problem which you want to solve, one discussion in a certain format may be enough to enable you to make the required changes. However, if you need some initial advice, as a result of consulting me, you will know which three things are the highest priority to be changed in the interior of your home in order for you to feel more comfortable there. Meetings take place in the form of questions and answers, usually by email. After such a meeting you will receive from me a clear summary so that you know what to do next (each meeting lasts 90 minutes).
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Online consulation: Even if you don’t yet know what you dream home would look like, you’ll find out thanks to this type of meeting. It will feel as if you’re unlocking your day-dreams, as if you’re reading a letter written to you by your best friend, you yourself. Consultation takes place in the form of a conversation over Skype and also working through some materials on your own. You’ll receive a password to those materials and you’ll be able to access them anytime now or in the future from the “Client section” of this website. (each meeting lasts 90 minutes)
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Group workshops: Building models, thinking up new ideas and then turning them into solutions in the real world. Prototyping dreams. Aiming for those dreams. Looking at what works, and what doesn’t work. In these workshops, we work together as a group to prototype our dream homes and their interiors. In a relaxed and fun atmosphere, you will learn the skills which will help you to make changes on your own in the interior of your home, changes which will help you to live the way you want to live. (each group consists of a minimum of 8 people, each workshop lasts for 5 hours)
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WORKING IN A GROUP
brain-storming, prototyping dreams, building models,
in a relaxed and fun atmosphere,
you will learn the skills,
which will help you to make changes on your own in the interior of your home,
changes which will help you to live the way you want to live.
Let’s stay in touch!
I’m currently working on:
1. workshops about prototyping the home of your dreams,
2. a collection of tools for you to diagnose yourself what’s not right with your home,
3. a form of online consultation with the mysterious name of „quick as lightning”.
Please leave me your email address.
That way I’ll be able to invite you as one of the first people to take up some special offers in the future.