FIt Your Home to Your Life, Not Your Life to Your Home

FIt Your Home to Your Life, Not Your Life to Your Home

Abby Stone
Sep 2, 2008

This weekend, we visited a friend's house for the first time. She's frustrated by her space. It's uncomfortable, it doesn't work, she doesn't like it. We've heard the same complaints from many of our readers. It's a big problem where the answer's found when you start by asking yourself a simple question...

"What is my home for?" "What do I want to do here?". If what you use your home for is to have friends over for casual get-togethers while also serving as your home office, you need some comfy, casual couches that invite haning out and a good workspace to spread out in. You don't need a formal dining room. If you're always having friends crash at your place, you need a space that converts to guest sleeping quarters easily. And, if you use your house mostly for sleeping, take a cue from designer Thomas O'Brien who put his bedroom in the living room space of his small home. Whether your home is small or large, open plan or a warren of rooms, the key is to make your home fit your life, not your life fit your home. And then, it'll work for you.

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