Design for How You Live
I met with a new client this week who is renovating her master bath and two guest baths. As we stood in the master bathroom we talked about photos of tubs she had seen. Tubs with shelves for candles, which she said looked great but she wasn’t a candle-in-the-tub person.
She saw another photo of a tub that overlooked a garden and she pictured soaking and enjoying the view… and then said “but I would never really do that.”
The lesson here is to carefully consider how you really live before renovating and designing a space in your home. If you let someone sell you a tub with space for candles that you will never use you are left with a space that doesn’t speak to you and how you live.
Knowing and acknowledging how you really live is important. Maybe some part of her wishes she would sit enjoy a garden so it then becomes easy to buy into that and think that shelf will turn her into a garden-gazing-tub-soaker.
All that leads to is disappointment and a dust collector!
If you don’t spend your evenings reading in a cozy chair don’t create a space for that in your family room because it looks good in show room or because you wish you sat and read. You will likely not use it for reading.
My advice to you is to take some time and be mindful of how you really live, not how your neighbor lives or how a fictitious person in a catalog room lives.
You will end up much happier with the results!