With the hassles of flying and cost of travel overseas rethinking ‘HOME’ and how we live in our home takes on new meaning. Over the past months whether it’s the price of a gallon of gas, dining out, movies, the economic message is stay home. And why not? As one considers this option, an investigation of our surroundings is an opportunity to examine the condition of our comfort zone and what improvements are possibilities.
As a designer, I commit to the motto that you should ‘come home to a place you love’. Do you? What alterations, tweaks so to speak, make that phrase come alive for you? Would new wall color inspire you?
How about fresh accessories like accent pillows, a lamp, a new chair or sofa, an area rug?
Or you could indulge yourself with a kitchen remodel intending to gather friends and family at the table for memorable meals and conversation. A very personal luxury inspiration like a spa like bathroom makeover diminishes all that stress from your workday.
As we enter the indoor months the chance to entertain around sporting events or movies makes that large flat screen very appealing. Watch your favorite teams with friends and swap stories in the comfort of your home. Compare outcomes of favorite reality television programs over snacks or watch the movies you love or missed at the theater in the comfort of your home.
A few months ago, Stephen Drucker, editor of House Beautiful, penned a great post. It captured the importance of your home. “I can’t mention the economy anymore. It’s in the news, it’s at the gas pump, it’s in the air every day. To everyone who hesitates that decorating is a luxury at this unsettled moment, I’d like to say that I think home is more important than ever, not a last priority in your budget, but a first. Now is the time to set a beautiful table and invite friends for dinner, rather than go to a restaurant. Now is the time to get a deal on that big TV and create your own home theatre, rather than go out to movies. Now is the time to paint a room a pretty color, or buy some pillows for your sofa, or dress up your bed in new sheets. And now is definitely the time to renovate a kitchen or bath, or even add a room, as contractors become less busy and more eager to please. Home isn’t a luxury; the money you spend, you’ll enjoy every day. “