palm done

Sitting here today looking out at my backyard and patio space, I find myself envisioning what an amazing space it could be. Yes, it’s nice right now…several palm trees, a couple of fruit trees, 6-foot privacy fence, nice patio area, and by Southern California standards, quite big to boot. So you may be wondering, why is she fixating on what could be instead of enjoying what it is? Well, I guess that’s how my brain works. I’m always looking for ways to upgrade a space, any space. My space, your space—even stores and restaurants that I’ll only be in one time. Yes, my obsession with design may be a little unhealthy, but that’s just how I’m wired. I LOVE space planning, revamping, rethinking, repurposing, and on and on—as Buzz Lightyear says: “To infinity and beyond!”

fruit trees - done

Purpose to the Madness

Is there a purpose to these fantasies about how our master bedroom might be more functional or comfortable, or rethinking the furniture arrangement in the family room for the fiftieth time, or heck, even thinking of how to change the entire main floor of your house if you could? The answer is absolutely Yes. And if you’re reading this and now you’re distracted thinking about completely redoing the main floor of your home, I love you for it!

For some of us, this is a passion, a hobby, a way to relax, a way to exercise our creative muscles. For others it’s a way to live better, function better, and make life more comfortable.  But for a group of us, it’s all those things. That’s a good thing! It’s what sparks change. You may not be able to completely remodel your kitchen right now, but by thinking through all the things that you would do if you could, it may help you come up with some great smaller ideas you can do right now. And even small changes can have BIG impact on a space and it’s functionality. So I say to all of you dreamers out there: keep dreaming, and if you’re going to dream, dream BIG!


But we haven’t answered the question: is it dangerous to be obsessed with design? Makes no difference to me.  I’m too busy thinking about what new flooring I should put in my house!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?


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