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The “Stay At Home” Home

It’s May 2020. No matter where you live, it’s safe to say we are all experiencing a very interesting time. It’s a time filled with uncertainty; looking ahead much further than tomorrow can be overwhelming.

I have hesitated for the last month in writing about the subject of interior design knowing that so many people, myself included, are consumed by much bigger concerns — like the physical, mental and financial health and well-being of our families, friends, communities and nation. The landscape of life in the 21st century has changed.  For many, getting from one day to the next is challenge enough; others have benefited from taking time to pause and reflect. Many have lost their jobs; others are working double time. These are, no doubt, strange and conflicting times.

Throughout the world, “Stay At Home” orders have been imposed, giving our homes more importance than they have had for a very long time. As we all spend more time “sheltering in place”, our expectations of our homes have changed and we are demanding more of them. Suddenly, a home office has become essential and flexible spaces have increased value. Maybe your kitchen table has had to double as a classroom; maybe your cocktail table has become a game table or arts & crafts center; maybe you just wish you had a more comfortable place to sit outside to take in a breath of fresh air.

People are quick to realize what’s not working and it can be tempting, especially during these uncertain times, to make swift changes. But, assessing the big picture and making calculated changes will provide better, more cost-effective solutions in the long run. Look around and talk with those you share your space with:

  • What is most important to you when you are at home?
  • What bothers you most about your home?
  • Is your furniture serving you well?
  • Are you craving more color or longing for a more quiet, neutral palette?
  • Do you need more light? More privacy?
  • Are you overwhelmed by clutter?

The questions can go on and answers may differ but take the time to survey your surroundings.  Whether your updates are big and sweeping or small and impactful, they should serve you well over time.  After all, home is where we unwind, rest and recharge.  Your comfort is worth the effort and investment.