How to Achieve the One Resolution We Actually Need This Year

Photo by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien

See ya later, restrictive diets and ill-fated half-marathon dreams. What everyone really needs this year is a sanctuary to call home.

We’ve all heard the phrase “your home is your sanctuary”. But…is it?

When you used to return home and unwind for an hour or two at the end of a full workday, maybe. When your home was a place for hosting family and friends, or a familiar spot to soak up a few brief minutes before you were off again to a favorite restaurant, work conference, or social event, perhaps. 

Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

But in 2020? I’m gonna say for most Americans, the answer is a resounding ‘no’.

In the spring, the pandemic essentially shut down the interior design industry (along with most others). Then when summer hit and people longed to return to a bit of normalcy, the industry boomed. Why this sudden surge of interior design projects? Homes just weren’t working the way homeowners needed. In fact, for most: home was more chaotic than ever.

Case in point: the popularity of my recent blog post covering the pitfalls of open concept layouts (and how to remedy them). Which further proves my point that there’s some tension there.

So how do you create a peaceful home? Rooms that relax you, a space that inspires you? How do you design a home that fuels both your creativity and passions and eases the stress of your day?

It takes some know-how, but it’s far from impossible.

Photo by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien

In fact, I’ve got 5 tips to help you create the home you need to start 2021 off right.

  • Get Nostalgic — Give favorite photos and prized memorabilia center stage to provide familiar touch points during chaotic times.
  • Create Clear Boundaries — Break up the expanse of noise and visual clutter to make your home feel more peaceful.
  • Divide and Conquer — Create separate spaces for separate activities, and design them accordingly.
  • Embrace Basic Color Theory — Color choice plays a big role in how a space feels and functions. Choose wisely.
  • Design for the Senses — We tend to design for our visual sense, but the other ones matter too!

If you want to create a more peaceful, productive environment in 2021, hop over to the full text at Patrick Ediger Interior Design. I share design tips I use to create sanctuary spaces for my own clients — and I know they’ll help you, too!

Until next time,


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