We’re in a transition, with Memorial Day behind us (unofficial start of summer) and
June 21st, the official start of summer, right ahead.
Seasonal transitions as well as transitioning from single to perhaps rental to retirement housing are all a part of life.
Designer and stylist, Emily Henderson provides some of the best tips for making it go smoothly.
• Concentrate on the specifics of the type of layout for your new space for your or another family member’s move.
• Bring what is essential and be creative about everything else.
Think of these design solutions from Emily to make the new home engaging and welcoming:
• Create strong contrasts between furniture wall, drapes and floors. This creates visual zones that are easy to see.
(Mary Douglas Drysdale Signature Color Lipstick Plus Pink, Faux Linen wallcovering)
• Keep colors warm and bright because cool tones are often harder for the elderly to see.
(Casart Beeswax Harlequin takes the boring out of bland)
• Use natural light when available.
(Flower Power for many transitions in life)
• Use “familiar photos and meaningful décor” to inspire memories and conversation, plus personalize the space.
(Shelter – Casart Photography)
• Above all let your or the new resident’s personality shine.
We agree with Emily’s design philosophy — your space should reflect your personality and let you live like you want.
Emily’s design philosophy:
I believe a room is soulless without something that is vintage or antique. I believe an object or piece of furniture should be either functional, beautiful, or sentimental and if can be all three then that is design magic. I believe that comfort comes first, but style is a close second. I believe a home should look like the person that inhabits it, not a catalog, not what you think others would like — but really, truly like you. I believe that a perfect house is like a perfect person; no one really wants to be around them and everyone secretly hates them. Be the weird person. Be the interesting person, the person that sometimes says inappropriate things or laughs too loud at jokes, and have your home reflect who you are.