I’m a lover of symbolism – I observe it and tune in to it daily.

Whether it’s recurring number sequences, a flower, a tree; or an insect or animal that crosses my path – I feel these encounters are synchronicities that offer us messages, insight and guidance.

I often advise clients to introduce symbolism into their homes, especially if they are struggling to find the perfect artwork or a key piece to begin their decorating process.

Here’s a few examples of animals, flowers and trees – and the symbolism of each – that could be incorporated in images, ornaments, flower arrangements, even the wood used to make the furniture and more:

Elephant: co-operation, strength and longevity

Crab: intuition and protection

Camellia: union between man and woman, passion and love

Peony: good fortune, protection and a happy marriage

Olive Tree: peace and friendship

Oak Tree: knowledge, energy, purity and constancy

Dig deeper and discover symbolism – explore and learn – and you might just find it enhances your decision-making and helps you create a more soulful home.

Carley McGee

Carley McGee  

Carley McGee is an Interior Stylist, Content Writer, Flower Essence and Reiki Practitioner, Meditation Teacher and Mother. Her intention is to offer services of love to the collective and all her offerings fall under the umbrella of ‘Soulful Living’. Based on the Gold Coast she adores coastal living and is a self-confessed ocean swim-aholic; seeing the beach as her sanctuary to cleanse, recharge, relax and play. She is an avid collector of nature treasures and has more feathers, heart shaped leaves, stones and shells than you can poke a stick at (pun intended). She is constantly inspired by Mother Nature’s beauty and colour palette and believes good style and design originate from this very place. Carley has been involved in the field of Style and Design for over a decade and currently works freelance for local Gold Coast businesses and individual clients – offering her 'Soulful Home' package. Her mission is to inspire others to live a life they love; allow their home styling and design to tell their story and above all, to be authentic and enjoy daily soulful living // www.carleymcgee.com.au