How to Make Your Home a Place You Never Want to Leave

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Life moves at a faster pace than ever (with no signs of slowing down!) With all the family, parental, and work obligations heaped on you, it’s tough to find a moment to catch your breath. Your home allows you the opportunity to escape from the nonstop pace, connect with your family, and relax for a bit.

Since the home is often the only place for respite, it’s essential to design it for the lifestyle of its occupants. You want your home to work with and complement your lifestyle, making it easier to do the things you want to do.

So, how do you design your home to reflect the aesthetic you want, to work with your family, and to be your sanctuary?

We’re professionals at this, so read on below to learn more!

1. Hire an interior designer.

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling the home you’ve lived in 30 years, a professional interior designer knows how to start design and construction projects and carry out your vision. Homeowners often struggle to articulate their vision, determine priorities and feel overwhelmed when attempting to design their home.

That’s where an interior designer can become a homeowner’s best friend. Experienced interior designers know how to get inside their client’s heads by asking the right questions.

If you truly want a home that is an extension of you, and that serves your family in every way, talk to an interior designer, and read on to learn other issues affect your home’s design.

2. Ask yourself what hobbies or special interests you want to make a priority while designing your home.

Many of us have hobbies, from gardening to cooking that is not only enjoyable but helps relieve the pressures of everyday life. At Davin Interiors, we typically design a home starting with the kitchen, since that room affects the rest of the house and it’s where the family spends so much of their time.

If a client loves to cook or to entertain, it’s important to design from that standpoint since that affects everything from layout to butler pantries to kitchen appliances.

Some homeowners enjoy camping or sports. When designing their new home, they want to prioritize storage space for equipment and gear they need for these interests.

An avid art collector may select favorite pieces as starting points for inspiration for particular rooms or for the entire home.

3. Consider your pets.

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Many homeowners have beloved pets that become members of the family. When designing your home, you’ll want to consider your pet’s lifestyle. You’ll want to think about how and where you feed your pet if you groom them and bathe them at home, and where they’ll sleep. Some pets may need large areas outdoors, and others might need a built-in bed in your family room so they can be near you at all times.

Whatever your preferences, an interior designer can help you create a peaceful, relaxing home environment for both you and your pets.

4. Think about how much space your family needs.

It’s not only the size of your family that determines space requirements, but, the ages, preferences, and social habits of your children and extended family that are also important considerations.

Of course, we ask clients if they enjoy entertaining, but we’ll dig deeper and address whether they prefer indoor or outdoor entertaining, and who is typically on the guest list. If you have elderly guests, you’ll want to be sure your main entertaining areas are comfortable and convenient for them. If you entertain lots of children, you’ll want to design with their interests in mind.

Many families want a “family room” area that’s more casual and comfortable than the formal living room area, but which is still well-designed with custom seating and theater options. Another option is a high-end rec room which is fun for both children and adult dinner guests if it includes pool tables, video games, and board games.

Ideally, a homeowner will work with an interior designer to determine all their home’s priorities and develop an ideal layout and design.

5. What healthy lifestyle considerations are there?

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● Many families are health conscious or have health conditions to consider. Fresh foods such as properly-raised meat and healthy fruits and vegetables are often on the menu in these homes. As a result, food storage is a priority and selecting appliances that offer advanced food storage options while still working with the home design is important.

● Some homeowners prefer a green home. Typically, this concept brings visions of sleek, minimalistic, modern homes, but a traditionally designed home can be green with the help of an expert interior designer! A green dwelling may include a combination of green building materials, eco-friendly building techniques, and energy-saving appliances.

● The environment is a significant contributor to health. A high-quality HVAC system with electrostatic filtration can help clean your home’s air, making it a safer, more relaxing place for you and your family.

● With hectic lifestyles and schedules, it can be tough to get to the gym consistently. Many homeowners prefer an in-home gym because of the convenience. This is another element that an interior designer can ensure will work with the rest of the home’s flow.

6. Think about what style you want your home to be.

Homeowners find it challenging to articulate exactly how they want their home to look and function. An experienced interior designer understands this and employs their specific process to help translate a client’s vision.

During a renovation project, an interior designer will discuss the existing architecture with the homeowner and learn how it speaks to them.

During a new home build, an interior designer will review the architect’s plans and look closely at the style of the interior spaces.

After reviewing the architecture, a homeowner and interior designer will want to consider questions such as:

  • What are your space requirements? Do you need open spaces for children to play? Do you need to accommodate cooking and entertaining?

  • What specific color families appeal to you? Which do you dislike?

  • Do you have any existing furnishings you wish to use in the newly-designed rooms?

  • What types of flooring do you prefer (carpet, hardwood, tile, stone, or a different kind of unique finish)?

  • What types of patterns do you like (florals, stripes, herringbone, solids, or something else entirely)?

As a starting point, we may review a wide variety of images together. Some of our clients create Pinterest boards or tear out inspirational photographs from magazines to share with us.

Ultimately, your design style and your dream home are accomplished by your interior designer asking the right questions and guiding you through their process.

Have more questions about working with an interior designer? We’d love to chat with you! Contact us to get started.

Catherine Davin