When you buy a new home, you are working with a blank canvas. This can seem rather daunting. Our good friends at Creative Design Consultants (CDC) - the people behind the great decor in our SPACES models - have some good ideas on how to think about your home’s space.

SPACES homes are designed with a more open floorplan. This helps create a “borderless world.” It’s an opportunity to decide where you want to entertain, play, relax, work and really live. When you think about how your family lives day to day, that can help you answer the question, “What kind of space is this?” From there you are able to make decisions about furniture and what kind decor is most appropriate (i.e. don’t put the fine china near the kids’ play area).

Your decisions on space usage can also allow for multi-functionality within the space. In CDC’s model designs, they used tables that open and close for storage and design, furniture on casters for flexibility in movement throughout the home, and chairs that rotate 360 for all spots so that they can become useful in some way.

While you are developing a lifestyle flow within your home, make sure you consider how you work with the outside of your home. By creating indoor/outdoor connectivity it lends a similar spirit to all spaces. Guests feel like they are able to easily transition from the yard to the dining area. There becomes “no limits” to the home.

In its design, CDC focused on creating places within the home that find “moments that really matter.” If you love your fireplace, make it a place where people can gather and not just be a show piece. Memories will be made there and you will come to love that fireplace even more!

The last thing CDC suggests is to incorporate some local flavor in some of your decor. You are part this community and having items that remind you that you live in a special place makes your home feel a little more “homey.” You might be influenced by the beautiful nearby forests or the great wines of the region. However you choose to decorate, be inspired by where you live!

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