Roxanne and I had a consult at a senior living community yesterday and it got me to thinking…are we all designing our spaces for where we actually are in life?
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What do I mean by that, you ask? I can give you the perfect example. Often I am called about designing formal spaces for extremely young families. However, in reality, a family with 3 toddlers really doesn’t need a formal dining room right now, they need a play room and a seriously easy to clean dining area, right? I try my best to explain that if they purchase a lovely dining room ensemble it 1. may not be used for several years (& when you’re ready for it your style may have changed considerably) and 2. it will likely have nicks on the legs from the riding and pushing toys that currently fill your home. Why not play to your current situation? It will make your day to day life nicer. I promise. You can spend less of your day worrying about your un-washable white sofa (yes, I made that mistake with 2 toddlers) and more time finger painting on your durable counters and washable chairs with your beautiful and creative children. And, odds are, your friends are at the same station in life and you will be able to entertain more because your home is conducive to how all of you are living right now. In other words, you can be the most popular girl at the lunch table (so to speak)!
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But we’re not just talking about life with young children here. Where are you in life? What do you and your family like to do? If you’re a board game type of gang, do you have a great space for that or are your having to “create and then un-do” each time you all want to play dominos? Are you an avid reader? If so, do you have a quiet and separate space for this? It may be time to troll around your house and see what space is not being used (or used well) and create a reading nook. If you rarely have houseguests but craft all the time, perhaps your guest room could be re-designed to accommodate your day to day passions and be a guest room only when needed? Her are some fun multi use room ideas from Pinterest!
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One of my goals in my home is to really try and USE every space. We pay for each square foot in our mortgage or rent each month, so why not truly get what we pay for, right? Roxanne turned her garage into a family room (that is a HUGE understatement, this room is FAB), and you will LOVE it! Check it out at One Car Garage Turned Family Room!
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So how can you better use your space? I really want to know! I’d love to hear about how you address these issues! You can also read some more about multi use spaces in this previous blog post: Multi use Rooms.
Have a beautiful day! ~Alyson