Fabulous Second Home Living, Part I
Second homes are great for weekend getaways and family vacations. If you are thinking about purchasing a vacation home near the coast or in the mountains, keep in mind that designing a second home is different than planning your primary residence. A good designer can help you navigate the journey, which can be almost as much fun as second home living itself.
The Starting Point
As a designer, I begin every project with a list of questions for the client. Some of the questions include: how often will the home be used; will you rent it; are pets allowed; and will there be children occupying the space? In addition, I always like to ask my clients to share their visions for what they want the home to look and feel like. With these answers, I can help create a beautiful second home that can be passed from generation to generation.
All vacation or second homes should first and foremost be livable and comfortable, and beauty should follow.
Down to the Details
Rest and relaxation is usually indicative of second home living. The bedrooms should be overly inviting and relaxed. I recommend pillow top mattresses. The softness of the cushy top is comfortable, but the coils are firm and supportive. Also, sheets should not be judged by thread count alone. For a smooth, luxurious feel, combed 100% cotton sheets are perfect. Conversely, uncombed sheets provide a crisp summer breeze sensation.
I am asked about bedding options quite often, so in my new book, Secrets of Southern Design, I featured a section with tips on how to select the right bedding for various rooms.