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Empty Nesters Reclaim Their Space!

Have your kids moved out and you are finally ready to reclaim your space? Being full-time parents raising children, working full-time jobs, running a business or all the above can be quite challenging and time-consuming. This juggling act sometimes forces us to put our living space on the back burner. You keep thinking one day you will get to it but you just do not have the time nor energy. Now your kids are grown and moved out. It is time to reclaim your space.

The truth is, having a comfortable inviting home effects not only you but your family. As a result, YOU will be much happier and productive as a person as well as a parent and/or partner. Your living environment should be a place where you can relax, unwind and regroup. Surrounding yourself with the things you love can bring comfort and happiness. You must decide what is important to you.

The beauty of your home can get lost over years of accumulating items and furniture pieces with no specific design plan in mind. As shown in the the “before” photo below, too many pieces cause unnecessary clutter. Our redesign began with clearing the room after which a more precise plan went into action.

One of the most common mistakes people make when decorating their homes is using too many small pieces of furniture. For example, my client had placed several small tables around the room to house separate items such as a telephone table holding phone books only or a TV tray to place items she did not know where to put. After shopping around the home, we replaced these small unnecessary tables with one larger more significant piece giving the room a less cluttered feel. Removing a baker’s rack and relocating her grandmother’s hutch to anchor the space between the two rooms leaves the entire area feeling more spacious.  Using equal parts of vegetable oil and vinegar to clean and polish the well-used dining table gave it a fresh new shine.          

A few final touches such as painting the coffee and side tables, adding curtain panels to the existing sheers and our redesign was complete.  The goal to create a beautiful comfortable space for reading, entertaining or just listening to the calming flow of the newly added water fountain was accomplished all in one day.  After many years, these empty nesters have finally reclaimed their space.


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