Steven Pauwels was born near Mechelen, in Belgium, in 1968. He studied industrial engineering. After having climbed the corporate ladder for a decade, life invited him to something different, … his inner world. That world had been a stranger to him all this time and what showed up, wasn’t what he had expected. He couldn’t understand why his inner world was so far apart from the securities and privileges he had on the outside.
” It is only in retrospect I see more clearly what I did almost a decade ago. Even though my normal life looked pretty amazing on the outside, it didn’t feel like that on the inside.
All the information I gathered through intensively venturing in the domain of personal development for a decade didn’t seem to have the effect I was silently longing for. A major shift was needed.
In 2011, I jumped out of my normal for a while and travelled to India, searching the most natural ingredients to create a collection of practical serving decorations. My intention was to offer them in a boutique and by creating the products myself, contribute substantially to the financial goals of the centre I was working at. I was scared and excited at the same time.
I don’t have the words to describe all of what I felt during the co-creation of what became the First Leaf collection. But it felt pretty damn good. Something had touched me deeply, and I longed for more.
At the beginning of 2012, I left the safety of my normal and good looking life and founded Scent&Sense as the embodiment of my new choice. To embark on an adventure in the pursuit of discovering my forgotten dream, and to share what I would discover along the way.
It took me a long time to filter, clarify, and verify why my inner and outer world were so far apart. Basically, it is just part of our human nature.
I’m pleased to share “ the 5 fundamental principles of human nature” as well as all my ongoing writings about transforming a normal life into an adventurous and exciting one.
May my creations beautify your home and serve as practical reminders, reminders of our nature”.
Steven Pauwels, founder of Scent&Sense.
Steven now designs and creates unique handmade decorations and lights in Marrakesh, where he has his main atelier and showroom, called Riad Jardin d’Art. He also offers his decoration services to the local market under the name Co-création d’Art.