Designing for all the days of our lives
The romantic comedy version of life goes a little something like this: boy meets girl or boy, hijinks and adversity ensue, yet they persevere to find some level of enduring domestic bliss.
In real life, many people find themselves sharply reassessing where and how they live because of divorce, death and the need to downsize.
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“We remained really good friends, so it’s not like we Canada Goose Outlet became those people who put in a line of tape dividing the house in half,” she jokes.
“But he did move out, and that meant suddenly all I had was a coffee table and two chairs.” Her three bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse covers 1,585 square feet.
With friends on their way for a visit and other commitments looming, Proseilo was in a hurry to do over her home. She snapped up a package deal for a kitchen table and chairs and two sofas from a furniture store in Richmond. She also took on a roommate to offset canada goose outlet toronto factory some of the financial strain, and contemplated converting an entire bedroom into a closet.
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When it comes to dealing with the shock of death or divorce, Lauzon’s first advice is to do nothing. He says people are anxious and upset.
To try and feel better more settled they rush around filling up the new space as rapidly as possible.
In Proseilo’s case, her lightning quick buy worked out, but Lauzon estimates 80 per cent of the clients who do impulse purchasing on their own regret acquiring the new furniture within two months.
“This is not the time for regrets,” he says. “Nobody likes wasting money, even people who Canada Goose Online have money.”
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Lauzon recommends sitting down to make up a wish list, identifying priorities, and then putting the piece of paper away.
A week later, take it out and reassess what to get first, and build from there.
When finances are a concern, he says, it’s most important to get the best possible mattress and sofa, and to then make the math canada goose outlet shop work for anything else on top of that. Poor quality on major items like beds and couches is noticeable fairly quickly, and will require the purchasing of replacement furniture within several years. That can get expensive over time.
Use an interior designer or a trusted friend as a sounding board to provide some sober second thought on more extravagant ideas.
In Proseilo’s scenario, designating a room as a dressing area with storage for shoes and handbags and an area for applying makeup makes sense, since she has the room, says Lauzon.
“I have other clients who have wanted to do something similar. I always ask them first what would Canada Goose Parka happen if they met someone new. If they say that they would keep their original place anyway, then we move ahead.”
A split can be an opportunity to refresh an existing home.
Proseilo’s former husband had one bedroom entirely dedicated to Edmonton Oilers memorabilia; that’s all been removed. Lauzon says a fresh coat of paint can work wonders for making an existing place canada goose outlet jackets feel brand new, as can consulting with someone with a good eye to moving furniture to a different layout.
With clients who are dealing with a death, the interior designer says it’s important to assess how ready they are to move on in revamping the home. Moving too quickly or drastically, and guilt will be added to the grieving. He suggests keeping 10 things that will help keep canada goose outlet the memory of the lost loved one alive.
Downsizers often have the urge, and the means, to furnish a new space from scratch. They may not live in the home full canada goose outlet time (in favour of travel), and may not have the energy or the desire to keep updating it.
Lauzon recommends going with a classic palette of neutrals in both the furniture and the walls, except for a few accent walls.
Incorporate a few treasured items of artwork or memorabilia from the former family home as anchor points and to personalize the space, but otherwise, keep it simple. Keeping the look current comes down to swapping out inexpensive accessories every so often.