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3 Practical Lessons I Learned from Designing My Home

Interior designer Peaches de Guzman-Grey shares a couple of insights that can guide you in the future

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Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

As homeowners, we love styling and decorating our spaces. Since we want to showcase our personal preferences, we love to experiment with certain shades and decor pieces to see which ones will work. However, like in any other endeavor, mistakes are inevitable. You may end up with a boring color palette or a piece that won't see to go well with the overall look of your home.

These challenges shouldn't stop you! Keep in mind that improving the home is a continuous learning process—a trial and error journey that will help you build the space that you have always wanted. For this feature, interior designer Peaches de Guzman-Grey gladly shares practical tips that she learned while designing not just her own home, but plenty other spaces too! Take note of these and see how you can apply it as you work on your own home:

Any project requires careful planning and research

“When designing your own home, the most practical advice is to "test" it first. Live in it for a couple of weeks or months to assess what really [needs] to be done before doing any major renovation,” the designer shares. Take your time as well! Don't rush things—study the details and exert extra effort to make sure that you've covered all bases: from budget, space planning, and pieces to buy.

Focus on function rather than aesthetics

While it's exciting to look at paint swatches and work on a moodboard, you need to put function on top of your list of priorities. Imagine living in a pretty home yet you can't move around freely and you can't invite friends over—these consequences may only mean that you weren't able to fully maximize the floor area.

When it comes to buying furniture, invest in key pieces like a quality sofa, a sturdy bed, and a dining table before shopping for accessories.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Designing is an everyday process

“What I always tell my clients is that, designing or styling their homes is a process with no deadline. You improve on it every day and continue to make it the best place to come home to,” the designer shares.

Don't feel pressured when it comes to designing your home. Take it one step and one day at a time. Plan your projects and your purchases too! Doing so will help you save a lot of time, effort, and money.

Photo by and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

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