“All designers love pretty fabrics and wall coverings, but interior design is so much more than that,” our friends at Beth Haley Design in Nashville, TN, recently reminded us. And we agree. A house truly becomes a home when it is functional and comfortable. Whether you are moving into a new space, or just want to learn to love your old space again, take the advice of these designers on how to make any area functional, livable and pretty. Transform trouble spots and update areas of your home to make your daily comings and goings a breeze, to get a handle on your kids crafts and toys, and to be a better entertainer.
Tip #1: Organize entryways in a way that works for your family.
Having an efficient entryway is mandatory for families of any size. Reclaim the real estate from these often-cluttered areas by adding a bit of organization. From narrow spaces and small entryways to large areas that act as a dumping ground for your family’s belongings, readjust for maximum efficiency.
Tip #2: Everything has a home, even if it isn’t behind closed doors.
It is often a parent’s first inclination to put away toys so they are out of sight. But these two designs by The Home Edit will give you confidence to showcase children’s items in ways that won’t give you a headache.
Tip #3: Always be prepared for visitors.
If your home is often the spot where friends and family gather for dinners, drinks and a good time, allow it to function in a way that works while your guests are there — and after they leave. “After all, you never know who might stop by,” Chad James of the Chad James Group reminds us.
A functional space is a comfortable space, and by incorporating these three simple tips into your home, you can achieve the best of all worlds — comfort and beauty all at once!