Monday, August 2, 2010

don't lose yourself in the rental

Ok, so we're now considering renting for a period of time. Hadn't thought of it before, but here we are... So now I have potentially a whole lot more to think about with design. Phew!

Who knows where we could be - it would have to be based on the lifestyle, with some good transport and space for the pooch. We aren't rich, so we won't be splashing out on some palacial home... how do you plan for design you haven't yet seen?

I did a quick Google search - found ideas like "paint a room", "lay down a rug", "change the curtains"... do I look like an idiot? Wouldn't that be what everyone would come up with?

I am thinking that, for one - we need to choose a home that suits us. Just because its a rental, we shouldn't lose ourselves. We need to be able to entertain. We need room - but not too much. It would be nice to have loved ones stay over. A must would be a fairly good kitchen, fairly open plan house - with a good roofed deck or outside area. That deck will become like another room - extra space to entertain or relax.

Floor boards are also a must (they would have been in our home as well). I love them for me - much more than tiles. Tiles are cold under my feet and the shininess makes me think of a bathroom. I love the feel of floorboards and the colour naturally looks warm. It makes me feel warmer. Old carpet breeds dust and who knows what else.

So how do we design with items that can easily move into future homes? I don't think it would be wrong to buy a good plasma, lounge and dining table. But for all the other things it wouldn't be silly to stick with a neutral tone - I guess white fits the bill.

Oh my - theres so much more to think about now! I have really opened up a lot of options...thats going to make it more fun - so much more inspiration!!!


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