Living a real life without the stress can be easy, it just takes some planning. No, I’m not talking about prepping meals or how you can fit that Friday night bath into your routine. Your home should be enjoyed to its fullest potential without being overly precious.

If you’re renovating or building a new home thinking about how you live on a day-to-day basis will clarify what is important and what you can let slide. If you’ve got kids or pets then planning for this is even more important! I’ve put together some ideas on how you can make your home 

Floors and Walls

Having the right flooring can make all the difference when you’re wanting an easy, low maintenance home. This becomes particularly important if you live with children or pets. Think about those muddy football boots, sandy feet from the beach or wet paws walking on high gloss boards. It will drive you crazy! Consider installing heavy residential or commercial grade flooring with low gloss levels and a little bit of dust or dirt won’t have you religiously sweeping the floor every hour. Use washable low VOC paints and use enamel paints on doors, skirtings and trims.

Window Treatments

I’m probably going to get a lot of flack over this one, but here goes. If you’re looking to cut the stress then install curtains rather than hard window treatments such as plantation shutters. Curtains are so much better at hiding dust! To maintain their good looks though, make sure they’re professionally cleaned at least once a year.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Whether you choose high gloss or a matt finish your kitchen cabinets will wipe down relatively easily. If your budget can stretch consider using anti-fingerprint surfaces in your kitchen and vanities. Of greater importance than the finish you choose is the design of the drawer fronts and doors themselves. Highly intricate patterns can look amazing, but they do require cleaning more often to maintain their good looks. 

Furniture

If you’ve decided on an upholstered dining chair then opt for a commercial grade vinyl as spills are easily wiped away. And no, the chair doesn’t look like it belongs in a food court! A solid timber table will give longevity from scratches or marks from the kids banging their cutlery and opting for a natural finish rather than a varnish will keep this piece looking better for longer. Using heavy duty upholstery on sofas and armchairs will extend their life in a residential setting. Look to use fabrics that will naturally hide anything like a jacquard or basket weave – they add great texture as well!

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I'm always looking for new ways to break down the language barriers that exists around the design world. Without the right language, it's really easy to become overwhelmed and shy away from lack of understanding. I want more of us to be able to experience the daily joys design brings to my life. I do this by sharing my own learnings, my knowledge and my experiences so that everyone can have a beautiful home. It's not just about the aesthetic beauty, it's also about the spiritual and emotional beauty that can exist in our homes. 

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