When Lori Wiles talks to a new client about what they want to do with their space, she asks a lot of questions about how they live. What does how we spend our time, how mobile we are, and how we interact with others in our space have to do with interior design? When creating a space that improves the lives of those inhabiting it, the answer is everything.
Each individual has aspects of their lifestyle that profoundly affect what their ideal space will be. For example, some couples may want quiet in the morning, stumbling for coffee or to exercise before quickly showering and preparing for the day. Others may count on that morning time to connect and want to be able to talk while putting on makeup or choosing a suit. In a master bedroom/bathroom remodel, one couple might want a private shower, toilet, and dressing area while another wants an open plan that allows maximum interaction; others might want a mix of open and private as preference dictates. A redesigned basement exercise room might add a shower to accommodate a morning routine. A kitchen remodel might emphasize a space to create elaborate coffee drinks.
Convenience adds to our quality of life, especially when actions we repeat daily are tailored to us. Interior design does more than make routines more pleasant, however, when design is also accessible, adding safety and functionality to our most important spaces.
Advances in appliances from programmable showers to induction cooktops can allow autonomy and comfort instead of dependence. A person with difficulty setting water temperature (from a child just old enough to bathe alone to an adult with arthritis) can benefit from a shower that turns on their preferred temperature and flow at the touch of a button. An induction stovetop and adjacent sink allows a person who has difficulty carrying a heavy pot to safely cook on their own.
Design that provides space for differing needs like a teenager who wants both privacy and connection, a CEO who needs a secluded office, or a socially active couple that needs to entertain, requires special consideration. When an expert designer meets diverse needs with style, the resulting space allows the people in it to engage, perform, or relax to the highest degree.
And, of course, a well-designed space makes people feel good. The Lori Wiles Design team understands that a room must function well, be balanced, and be emotionally satisfying. Have you ever avoided a place or an activity in your home because it just wasn’t a good space to be in? When you live and work in spaces designed to increase your energy and emotional well-being, spaces that you want to be in and invite others into, life becomes, quite simply, better.