Living the Fabulous Life in Your 2nd Home – Part II
A home should be livable and comfortable whether it is your first, second or 32nd!
I think beauty should follow, no matter what your station in life. If this is a one bedroom bungalow in the woods, it should still reflect your personality and embrace you each and every time you walk in the door. There are a few tricks I have learned along the way that make 2nd home living just a little more enjoyable.
Three tips to make your second home feel like… HOME!
Buy really good mattresses! And, while you are at it, splurge on really good sheets as well. Rest is usually indicative of 2nd home living and the bedrooms (the ones for the guests, too) should be overly inviting and overly comfortable. I recommend pillow top mattresses because the softness of the cushy top is comfortable and prevents hot spots, but the coils are still firm and supportive. Sheets should not be judged by thread count alone but rather combed 100%cotton for a smooth luxurious feel, or uncombed for a crisp summer breeze type of linen. Go for blackout linings in your drapery and consider remote control mechanisms for opening and closing. Perhaps at your second home, you might enjoy waking up to sunlight. Get a good night sleep and then, reach for the remote and let the sun shine in right from your bed!
Make your art and treasures meaningful! Consider collecting artwork and accessories all made by local artisans from the area that your second home is. This can be fun and your 2nd home becomes filled with objects that matter to you. I often get my clients 2nd homes set up and then, mark spaces with painters tape and provide a list of sizes and “holes” so that my clients can shop for art, pottery, etc to fill their spaces. I cannot tell you how many texts of paintings I receive on the weekends of clients asking my opinion of some little treasure they have found in their towns of their home away from home!
Select a color scheme and style entirely different from your primary residence. I encourage clients to think outside their box no matter how much they love their place at home. Second homes are adventures in and of themselves, so it is best to create a special look and feeling that supports how you want to live and function in this space.