So the question of the day is what exactly makes a house a home? What are the elements that push a space from ordinary to a nice place to call home and what is required to lay the foundation for achieving great results? Although its human nature to focus on paint colors first, this approach can lead to frustrations down the road. A more practical approach would be to select the colors of what I’d like to refer to as investment design elements which are typically items that are more costly and hard to change such as carpets, sofas, and window treatments. It’s much easier to match fabrics and carpets to paint colors as opposed to searching for fabrics for draperies and sofas that match a particular paint color.
This might come as a shocker but did you know that where you live can prematurely age you? This is true according to a recent study conducted by Sperling’s Best Places and RoC Skincare. And the news is not good for those of us that live in the D.C. metropolitan area, which just missed the top ten worst locations in the nation. It’s far worst for our neighbors to the north. When it comes to lifestyle, occupational and environmental stressors that impacts skin damage, the Baltimore metropolitan area ranks number 5. The good news is the one thing we can control is our home environment and there are ways to mitigate forces from the outside that are sometimes beyond our control. If anything this report should convince us all of the importance of making our homes our havens and personal retreats, for the benefit of our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
As a self professed homebody it should have been clear to me what my dream job and purpose in life was. Long before HGTV and its wide array of home improvement programs, This Old House was my favorite program on PBS. So settling into an urban community of older homes built in the 1940’s, such as Four Corners, was a no-brainer and one of the best decisions that I ever made. More than 15 years later I still appreciate the quaintness of the mix of Cape Cods, Tudors, Colonials and Bungalows and the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Living in an older home doesn’t necessarily mean forgoing modern conveniences, as many of the community’s homes have been updated or have the potential for transformation through design creativity.