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Make your home a happier place: A design psychology coach provides tips

Rebecca West, a design psychology coach, interior designer and founder of Seriously Happy Homes, joined staff writer Jura Koncius for our Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q: What should you do if what makes you happy does not make your partner happy, such as clutter and organization?

A: I see this a lot, and I find the key is to have a conversation not about the clutter, but about your combined goals. If the cluttery ones can express what the clutter brings to their life (happy memories, or maybe they need to see stuff to know that it exists) and if the tidy ones can express how the clutter is a hardship (maybe it creates a lot of stress or embarrassment), then you can start to understand what each person needs and try to find a way to solve for both. Maybe the clutter goes into

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Putting the pieces together toward decorating your first home

“Embrace the work-in-progress stage,” says Keira St. Claire, an interior designer with Anthony Wilder Design/Build in Cabin John, Md. “Take your time when designing on a budget. Don’t worry about things not being perfect everywhere.”

To make the most of your budget and create unique spaces with tons of character, mix expensive pieces with inexpensive finds, suggests St. Claire.

Where to splurge or save

Once you establish a budget for your new home, you’ll need to do an inventory of what you own and want to keep and make a list of the essentials.

“If you’re on a limited budget, I would first invest in one of two spots: where you gather and where you dine,” says Allie Mann, a designer and senior interiors specialist, with Case Design/Remodeling in Bethesda, Md. “You want to have a great place to sit or entertain and spending a little more for the perfect

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Home design in the age of social distancing

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As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing has become the new norm. A number of people across the globe have been confined to their homes and neighborhoods for an indefinite period of time.

We don’t know how long these effects will last and whether this change is just a temporary state or here for good. But as the world population increases depleting our resources, scientists are warning that it is putting us ever so closer to wildlife and the next pandemic might be just a matter of time.

What does this mean to the design and traditional meaning of our homes? What are the major social factors that will influence the homes of the future? These are some questions that architectural, interior and landscape designers will need to address moving forward.

As human beings, we already spend more than 90 percent of our time

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Great design brings continuity, function, and beauty to a living or working space, whether it’s a 1000-square-foot loft or a large mountain estate. A typical project includes these services:

Park Avenue Design are ASID Professional designers who share your passion for livable design. Your personal designer will oversee the project from initial consultation to final installation. 


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Besides the Greater Valley area, Park Avenue Design, Inc to

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How The First Room You See in Your Home Can Affect You & Your Guests

Feng Shui Entrance of a houseIn Feng Shui, the first room you see in your house or home can impact how you and your guests feel. The first room you enter is typically the entry, foyer, kitchen, family room or living room.

This will impact how your experience your space and the patterns or story your home supports.

While the three most important areas of a home are the entrance, master bedroom and kitchen, the other rooms can have significant impact, too — especially the first room someone sees when they enter the home.

The following is a list of rooms in many houses or apartments, and how their placement near the home’s main entrance can affect the home’s inhabitants according to the principles of Feng Shui.

Foyer: A large, spacious foyer is a good way to welcome opportunities into your life. Foyers should be well-lighted, clean and inviting. You can make a space even

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Let the spirit move you: How to design a positive space in your home

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Home Bunch Interior Design Ideas


How wonderful it is to start a brand new and fresh week with you! Today feels even more special because I adore this designer! Lisa Furey of Lisa Furey Interiors is incredibly talented and I have being featuring her work for many years now. Having her on the blog is like having a good friend knocking on your door… your heart warms up, you open your arms and you welcome them with a big smile.

Keep reading more about this recently-renovated converted barn home and chances are that you will feel as excited as I am for seeing Lisa’s work. Today is a happy day, my friends! 🙂

Recently, this breathtaking home underwent an extraordinary and comprehensive renovation by Lisa Furey Interiors, Spire Construction and CZ Woodworking. Lisa’s goal was to return the barn to its roots. Think Rustic, industrial, masculine, farmhouse. Designed to withstand the rigors of

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Home theater seating layout: 5 key design and placement tips

The first task that should be done in any home theater design is choosing the number and type of seats. That’s probably surprising to most enthusiasts as they think that equipment is the first thing that should be selected! In fact seating choices end up dictating a lot of other things including room dimensions, acoustic treatment and subwoofer / speaker type and placement.

There are two ways to go about designing seating: from the “outside in” or from the “inside out”.


1. Seating Placement Approach

Outside In

For rooms with fixed dimensions (such as our demo room which was a remodel of an existing space) the approach to use is “outside in”. This means that you start with the room size and use this to determine the maximum number of seats, their type and arrangement into rows.


Inside Out

For rooms where there is flexibility in dimensions, such as a

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42 Popular Home Gym Room Design Ideas For Your Family

Getting into shape doesn’t mean you have to go to a gym weekly and work out. You can actually get plenty of exercise at home,

by allocating a room or other part of your house as an exercise area, and either building or purchasing appropriate equipment for your exercise. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when designing your home gym.

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The 15 Best Interior Designers in ChicagoBuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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Chicago is a stylish city of stylish people. Here are 15 Chicago interior designers in  that are helping to define Mid-Western design today. Which is your fave?


Interior design is a science that few can master. It demands great skill and style, while balancing needs that vary by client. It’s a unique industry that allows professionals to have personal tastes that can be adapted to the tone set by their different projects. It makes for a world of exciting and diverse design.

Given the unique and eclectic essence of Chicago, it seems fitting that the most talented designers flock here to exhibit their talent. While the city has more than a few handfuls of interior designers itching to get their work featured in industry-respected publications, we’ve sorted through them all to find the 15 best interior designers in Chicago.

Emily Mackie

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