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How to find your dream design

That feeling when you know you need to connect with your readers, but don’t know what to talk about.

It’s amazing the things I’ll do to get out of writing a post. I found myself folding clothes and doing dishes, I even thought about vacuuming but my rational mind took over at that point. No sense in getting crazy!

This month I have been focused on creating floor plans. I have been doing them for years and are fairly good at them. I will even go onto some of those sites that sell floor plans and study them, just for fun. I like to see which ones I like the best and look at how they fit everything together. I like to do a mental walkthrough of the house and think about how I would do it differently. I know, I am weird!

But the other day someone asked me if I had ever done my dream home. I had to confess that I had not, but that I had thought about it. So the next day I sat down and started playing with my 3d designer software. After all, I need to work on my software skills anyway, right?! There is always something more to learn. That was just the excuse though ‘cause I was really just havin’ fun. I even got my husband in on it, I would ask him, “ in our dream home would we have this or that?”

The first day was all about changing the rooms around and getting a good feel for the configuration of the house. The next day, I looked at the plan and scrapped the whole thing.



Here is a bit of what I came up with after that. I started with what I knew I wanted: A big kitchen with a butler’s closet, a small shop in the garage for tools and working on projects, and a big laundry room.

From there, I had to ask myself some of the same questions that I ask my clients when I start out on a new project. I had to dig deeper into defining what I need, observing how I live, and what I truly like.

The concept of which comes first, form or function, has been one that has been debated for a long time. For me, I will choose form every time.

Realizing how I move and live in my home, how I go about my day, and how I greet and entertain guests, was essential to creating my dream home. This is how it should be for you, too when planning your dream home. You have to start with who you are and who lives there. Observe how things work and how things can be improved. Once you have a good grip on that you will be able to turn it into something that works for you. It is only then that you can dress it up in a pretty package with all the colors and materials that make it beautiful. You can only find your dream when you find what works for you and what makes you your best self.