It can be easy to fall in love with the trends that we see in the pages of magazines or on design blogs: clean white surfaces, abundant houseplants, expensive rugs...
But while some trends work in most circumstances or are easily adaptable, others are not. If you love white carpeting but battle muddy paw prints, it may not be a good fit — or you may admire the look of lush houseplants but travel to frequently to care for them. While aspirational images can be a great starting point, the ways in which you use your space should inform your design, and not the other way around. The happiest, most harmonious spaces are the ones that are designed to fit your lifestyle.
It can be a good practice to take a moment and envision how you actually plan to use a space before making any design decisions, and keep those considerations in mind before getting carried away trying to recreate something from the pages of a magazine. While you may never have the design of your dreams, it will feel a lot more personal, and when your home is working for you and not against you you will be a lot happier in the end.
(Image credits: Kim Lucian)