Here’s Why Great Interior Design Makes All The Difference

First level family room, designed as a casual and kid-friendly space to lounge. We used materials specifically chosen for right-off-the-beach foot traffic. Photo by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien

In my last post, I shared a bit about a recent beach house renovation for NBA legend Phil Jackson. The project was an incredible experience all-around, and it brought a new colleague and dear friend into my life. If you missed it, check out the full text here.

The Playa beach house also highlighted an important truth in a whole new way: expert interior design matters.

Family room bar area serves as a separate kitchenette for guests or a place to serve up popcorn for family movie nights.
Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

This is clearer now than ever before. We’ve spent nearly 24 hours a day in our homes over the past 6 months, and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon. When our homes are suddenly forced to serve as our schools, offices, gyms, and restaurants, there’s nowhere for design flaws to hide. If your home isn’t truly set up to serve you and your lifestyle, it brings stress and chaos.

Entry. Lovingly assembled with a vintage rug Chelsea found in Morocco, this entry was designed to set the tone for the whole home. Warm, inviting, and serene.
Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

That’s why skilled designers go beyond mere decoration, maximizing every aspect of a home to best serve its inhabitants.

In this project, we thoughtfully considered each detail, from the progression of natural light through the space to the owner’s Zen Buddhist lifestyle and love of cooking. We customized the cabinetry and fixtures to accommodate his 6-foot-8-inch frame and selected finishes for adults and rowdy grandkids alike.

But the main goal of this beach house renovation was to highlight the spectacular panoramic views. Every material we chose was inspired by the colors, textures, and movement of the beach and the ocean outside.

Third level great room. Every aspect of this home was designed to amplify and honor the ocean views.
Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

In the end, each of these details add up to more than just a beautiful house. They create a true sanctuary. One that tells the story of the homeowner and his life. A home that’s spiritual, soothing, and enriches the experience of anyone who enters. And that, my friends, is why great interior design is so important.

Midday sunlight moving through the third floor dining nook which provides additional seating for larger gatherings as well as an intimate dining area for small groups.
Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

For more behind the scenes info on this incredible home — and why each design detail matters so much — check out the full post here.

Until next time,

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