30 March, 2009

Grand Entrances

When you walk into your home, what do you see? How does it make you feel? So often when homes are designed both owners and designers put a great deal of thought into the foyer or main entrance. Too often the entrance for the people who live there everyday is seen as utilitarian and nothing more. I often counsel clients to think about how they want to feel when they enter their own home. What should the experience be like? How do they want to feel? What do they want to see?
Guests are important but after all the home is your home. When guests enter your home they are often greeted by a well-designed well thought out space and beautiful art or furnishings.
Perhaps something like this....

You and your family are the most important people who will enter and you will do it on a daily basis.
When you enter your own home does the experience create a sense of calm, a sense that you are returning to a home that supports you both physically and emotionally? Are you looking at something beautiful or something that you connect with? Or a pile of shoes and an overflowing closet?
I find inspiration in considering the experience that people have in the everyday use of their home. Do they find comfort, beauty, a sense of serenity? Does their environment give them support? Does it function well so they avoid constant frustration?
Often when we first start working with clients they have a sense that they want their experience in their home to be better. Often they think about how others experience the environment. I strive to make their experience the best it can be. I think about what they see when they enter. How they stow the trappings of the day. How easily they are able to transition into the sanctuary they call home. If your entry to your home is less than desirable think about finding some inspiration to create a better experience for yourself.
Or become inspired to call us to help you find a solutions.

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