However, any home design advice should be taken with a grain of salt. When building or renovating, there is always more than one solution. First and foremost, it’s really important to have a clear vision of what you want (I write about that in my how-toBOOK DIY Like an Architect).
“Experts” cautioned me against buying a house I had my heart set on. Moldy, dingy and dark, it stayed on the market for over a year before I found it. Regardless, seduced by its old rose garden and brick walls of the original lodge built in 1934, I rejected conventional wisdom and prevailed — a neglected property was transformed into a laboratory for mixing customized design with family life I envisioned.
The bottom line is always about maximizing potential.
Hence, design tip #2:
STRUCTURE & RECONCILE (living room design idea / home office design idea)
Problem: A living room has to function as an office + library.
Solution: Plan for success — fine-tune and bring everything together in one receptacle — a framework, backdrop, container.
Design shelving that is diligent about keeping things pared down.
Hang narrow “in-between” display trays to maximize capacity.
Added Benefit: Every surface becomes a tidy mini-gallery.
As mentioned above, this post and eight to follow are based on the ideaBOOK 01 Displaying & Organizing available for a free download here.
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