By Alberta Krämer. Home Decoration. Published at Friday, April 19th, 2019 - 08:07:36 AM.
Some families gather specifically to watch movies or favorite TV shows. But others may want to make these lounges tech-free to avoid disrupting family conversation, games, and relaxation. “Its a place where [family] members might meditate and take a break from everyday life, talk, or read a book,” says broker-associate Carol Cassis, a colleague of Burkes in Miami. Cindy Graham, a licensed psychologist and founder of Brighter Hope Wellness Center in Clarksville, Md., considers it a matter of personal family preference and balance. “Many millennials who grew up with technology are now raising children and helping to push the pendulum back the other way. They are advocating to spend time together without as much technology as they may have had, and the results can be positive,” she says. “The family is the first place to learn to interact with others, and, in my work, we are seeing better language development [with less technology use] since theres increased opportunity for conversations and social interaction.”
Most design professionals agree that wallpaper can be an exciting alternative to spice up a few rooms—in moderation. “Too much wallpaper makes a house dizzying just as painting each room a very different, dramatic hue can,” Segal says. Most often, wallpaper is used best in entryways, powder rooms, dining rooms, and master bedrooms, says Rebecca Pogonitz of GOGO Design Group outside Chicago. New York–based designer Jody Sokol prefers to limit paper to two rooms on the main floor of a two-story home. In a one-story house or apartment, she thinks it fine to paper a few more areas as long as adjoining rooms flow together with the same paint color, eliminating choppiness.
Why such a dramatic change? Experts cite many reasons. Some think sellers came to terms with the difficulty of appealing to the next buyer since nobody can predict who that will be or what design trends may be hot when its time to sell. Others suspect boredom as the culprit. Pogonitzs clients often tell her: “I dont want a white kitchen anymore. I need something more energetic and happier,” she says. Among those balking the loudest are millennials who are eager to add their own imprint, says Jill Biggs, whose eponymous team is part of a Coldwell Banker brokerage in Hoboken, N.J. In the affluent, traditional suburb of Short Hills, N.J., Coldwell Banker real estate salesperson Stephanie Mallios says the fact that many of her clients are planning on staying put for awhile makes them more willing to take a chance on a style they love. “Those with means believe they can afford to buy what theyll enjoy since theyre not moving soon,” she says. Pogonitz thinks yet another reason may be the countrys on-edge mood: “When it sometimes feels like the world is coming to an end, I think more are looking to their home as a place to escape, experience joy, and wrap themselves in a big hug.”
For years, the most appealing residential backyards featured sprawling plots with multiple “rooms”—separate areas for cooking and dining, growing gardens full of vegetables and flowers, and recreational space for a pool or a childrens play area. But as more homeowners look to lower housing costs and maintenance, theyre paring down on the time and funds going toward landscape upkeep. Between smaller urban backyards and terraces and new homes being built with smaller outdoor footprints, gardens are scaling down proportionately. For example, a homeowner living in a bungalow with a small yard can still enjoy the trickling sounds of water, but it might be a bubbling fountain or spa rather than elaborate outdoor water features or a swimming pool. The same is true for vegetable gardens. Rather than planting large raised beds, one or two metal troughs or ceramic pots filled with a mix of vegetables and herbs still could provide delicious fixings for a homegrown meal.
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