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Making Your Masterpiece

Has your perfect home been created yet? Not everyone can expend the time required to design and build their own dream home; so many buyers seek move-in ready homes. Managing today’s busy family schedules can make incorporating renovations extremely challenging. Considering homes come in as many variations as people do, what do you do if you don’t find the one? You may choose to settle with close enough and move in with a plan to one day transform the house to reflect your unique identity.

Consequently, an inherent risk is placing your furnishings in a  temporary location only to find them in the same place five years later realizing you’ve never really felt at home. Perhaps it’s time to shake things up and renew the way you feel in your home, but how do you do that? Before you call a designer here are a few things to consider.

Distinguishing Your Style

First, begin determining what your style is and what is essential to creating an environment that is uniquely yours. Consider what makes you feel comfortable. When you walk into a room or flip through the pages of a magazine, what catches your eye? Is it the rich colour, the comforting feel, or the luxurious finishes? Once you start recognizing what captures your attention and why, you will begin identifying your personal style. While some may already have a good sense of their personal style and an idea about what they find suitable for their homes, it may be difficult to articulate.

You may want to review contemporary, traditional, rustic, classic, modern, retro and trendy styles. It’s important to discover your likes and the style that incorporates the way you want to live. For example, I love the look of a contemporary space that has white couch, wool and silk chairs and a plush white sheep-skin rug. I appreciate the clean look, but with two kids, a dog and soccer team parties at my home it’s just not practical!

Once you have a style preference, I recommend making notes in a style notebook or wish list. You may choose to collect magazine clippings, website urls, fabric swatches, pictures and information about appliances and technology choices, along with notations outlining what about these entries appeals to you. For example, if you document a magnificent bed, ask yourself, “Why do I appreciate about this particular bed?” Is it the bedding or the detailed craftmanship of the bed? Or could it be the emotional draw that makes you picture yourself curling up with a classic book? Collect ing your ideas will help you define your style and chronicle what is important to you in order to communicate your décor desires with others.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO DISCOVER YOUR LIKES AND THE STYLE THAT INCORPORATES THE WAY YOU WANT TO LIVE.

On-line quizzes may also provide a fun method of discovering your style. I recommend “Sproost.com.” Evaluating essential functionality The second step is to assess your home environment to determine whether it meets your functionality requirements. What do you need your home to provide in order to support those needs? What conveniences would assist your lifestyle? Would a coffee hutch located in your master ensuite be beneficial? Would a craft room or a wrapping corner make your life easier? How about two washing machines to help you expedite that task? In my opinion, the luxury of more time is invaluable. Indeed, I love luxurious finishes and furnishings, but free up my time to do the things I love and...I’m in heaven.

While we are speaking of luxury, consider what luxury means to you. Is it the functionality and convenience of high-tech appliances and home systems? Or is it the detailed finishes; natural stone and exotic woods, custom built in cabinetry, or the accent of detailed trim work? There are so many selections you can incorporate into your home in order to make it uniquely suit you and your needs.

Equally important is appraising your home’s unique features. What are the main elements of your home? Determine which features you wish to emphasize and which ones you’d rather downplay. Be mindful of your goal to renew the home’s identity to compliment your unique style. Focus on creating a space that reflects your personality and enhances your lifestyle and supports the way you wish to live. This is the ultimate goal and one of the purposes of your home. Additionally, when considering how your home meets your functionality needs, you may ask yourself whether your home provides areas to recharge, entertain and play. Take the time to consider the essential elements you require in your home.

Taking It Personally

The third consideration when creating your unique space is how to incorporate your personal interests, possessions, and collections. These considerations help present your home and reveal for guests more about your family’s identity, interests and travels. Treasured mementos that are important enough to keep may be important enough to display and may require a prominent position of dignity in your home. Whether it’s the collection of Murano glass from Venice or the jerseys reflecting an entire hockey career, there are elegant and organized ways to display all your valued treasures.

Managing Your Budget

A final deliberation - or a first for some, in creating your stunning and distinctive environment, is the budget. Budgets provide a target to work within although there is flexibility in achieving the look you desire within various budgets. In fact, some magazines and websites are devoted to achieving a similar result within different budgets and also how to achieve a
higher-end look without the high-end price tag. Additionally, design companies like mine, are skilled in assisting clients achieve desired results within budget.

Once you’ve established your style requirements, functionality, personality and budget, it’s time to consult a professional designer who will incorporate all of this into your home’s decor. In creating a home environment that meets your needs, it helps to become more authentic and in tune with what is important and echo this in your home. Designers appoint homes to help individuals achieve their desired lifestyle, and then decorate the homes to emulate their clients’ individuality by providing solutions and advice regarding how to place furniture or choose lighting, and finding the right finishes and décor that coordinate. We help hone in the abundance of choices to what best suits you, your personality, and the function of the
space you are trying to create.

How you think and feel resounds in your home. Designers visualize a home a barometer of your well-being and when your home is in optimal condition, your life will follow. If your home doesn’t function the way you need it to, or doesn’t help you achieve your lifestyle, inevitably you won’t feel comfortable in it.

HOW YOU THINK AND FEEL RESOUNDS IN YOUR HOME. “DESIGNERS VISUALIZE A HOME AS A BARONMETER OF YOUR WELL-BEING AND WHEN YOUR HOME IS IN OPTIMAL CONDITION, YOUR LIFE WILL FOLLOW.”
- FABIA MACNAIR.

In our design company, we often see the frustration that comes with not being able to access things you need when you need them and additionally we see the boredom that comes with mismatched and dull rooms. We recognize the dysfunction of a poorly planned space, and the inability to relax amid disorganization. In order to avoid such situations, awareness is critical to ensure what’s happening on the inside is being reflected on the outside.

Accordingly, if you want to improve the inside, start by shifting the outside to align with who you are. We can motivate you to transform your house into a home that more accurately reflects who you are and becomes the foundation of your life. Avoid the distraction of societal pressures that dictate fashions and home furnishings. Remembering to let your heart guide you is important. We all have intuition; some of us have just lost the art of listening to it.

Consequently, while you continue to live in your house, renew and mould it into your home by making selections that fulfill your desires and you’ll increase enjoyment and value as well as health and wellness. Styling Spaces, our design company, enables you to reconcile the options you’ve been considering with the many available options, and tie them together so the end product, looks the way you want it to, lives the way you need it to, and feels better so you can too.