I’m in a lot of homes, and I tend to see the same problems come up time after time.
Some are dark, cramped, outdated, not functioning well…. Can you relate to any of these issues in your own home?
If so, I am sharing a few simples ways to instantly make your house feel and look better.
It’s one of the best parts of my job when a client hires us to transform their personal space and for us to see how a beautiful, organized home can completely change how a family lives.
Here are a few ways to solve some common problems in the home:
1. Organize your home so everything has a place.
If organizing overwhelms you, start by cleaning out a small space such as the towel drawer in your kitchen. Incorporate hidden storage where you can create a visual calm and remember to store alike things together.
2. Find a Purpose for every room in your home.
No room should serve as a “walk-through” or a one that is used once or twice a year. Once you give the room a function, take a step back and assess the items in it. Do they bring you joy or are they useful? If neither, it is time to give them away or throw them out.
This may also mean switching rooms around, or changing how the furniture is arranged in a room.
Take this home below that we worked on recently. The living room was never used, the family room wasn’t working for the family, so we flipped the two.
Because of where these two rooms are placed in the house, the family now finds themselves using both spaces on a regular basis.
3. Find a Balance with how your home flows and functions.
To Live Well in your home, it should work hard for everyday living while easily transitioning to host a party when needed.
Does the kitchen allow for quality work space? Is there a place for guests to sit and linger? If not, it may be time to renovate your kitchen.
We took this outdated, dark, cramped kitchen and made it accommodate today’s living. By raising the ceiling, taking the sunroom into the kitchen space and adding a wall of hidden storage, we created a kitchen that is functional, bright and works hard for this family.
I also love adding a banquette when I can in a kitchen. It allows for more seating AND it adds a layer of softness to a room filled with many hard surfaces.
4. What makes you smile and brings you joy?
Whether it is a sparse room, layered objects, bright colors, or a wall filled with books, use discernment in adding these touches to your space. Find ways to add what makes you smile to bring you Warmth and Joy in your house.
I hope these tips help you make an honest assessment about your home so you can find ways to add to your quality of life.
If you need help turning your house into one you love, reach out to us here. We would love to hear from you!
Here’s to Living Well in your home, whatever your definition may be.
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