What Does Comfort Mean to You?

I once had a client tell me that they hated when a living room is in the front of the house. For her, this was a dealbreaker when it came to renovating her home. She didn’t care about many things but she cared about this. As soon as she said it, out of nowhere I understood what she meant even though I never considered it before. You want your living room to be your most relaxing area and when it’s facing the street you feel too vulnerable to the world to fully relax. She didn’t live in a busy neighborhood, but at night when it was dark and she wanted to think of nothing but being comfortable on her couch, she wanted to feel apart from the world and safer because of it.

It got me thinking about what comfort, true comfort, in a home means for all of us. It’s not going to be the same for every person, but as an interior designer who loves renovating homes, I want you to answer the question as honestly as possible: what does comfort in your home mean to you? This is important because I want your home to be a place that you don’t want to leave. I never want clients to settle, so when something feels off I want them to feel comfortable enough to know what their personal comfort means to them.

Is it large windows to let in as much light as possible so you can feel the warmth of the day? Is it couches that are deep enough for a sick day? Is it carpet that makes you feel like you’re on clouds? Or a front yard with thick hedges to section off your prized garden? Whatever it is, big or small, it’s important.

For me, comfort is clean. A home that looks dirty is stressful, so I invest more time and money in paint that lasts, floors and sinks that are easy to clean, and cabinets that don’t show wear and tear.

How about you? What does comfort mean to you?

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