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DESIGNING SPACES THE WAY YOU WANT! By Michael Bayly Photos by Austin Kahn
hen choosing how to arrange a room or create an outdoor experience, one must first ask themselves a few simple questions: How will you fill this space? What is the best use of the space? Does one envision a warm, cozy space that can be enjoyed best on a quiet morning with a cup of coffee and a favorite book, where the warmth and richness of the wood furniture echoes this tranquility, offering a welcoming embrace into the day? Or, rather, does one envision a lively, dynamic space that facilitates the fast-paced life of the modern family, requiring furniture to be light enough to be moved around yet strong enough to endure every event you can throw at it? To inhabit one’s space is a beautiful gift. In order to mold it around one’s wishes and ensure a space best meets one’s needs, desired activities, materials, colors, and styles should all be thoughtfully considered.
Now this may seem a bit overwhelming - but do not worry - this is not as daunting of a task as it seems. To create a space which best reflects one’s styles and sentiments, which facilitates daily life and is in every way, enjoyable, one must simply ask themselves what do they like to do? Should a space be an active space, meant for entertaining? Or a quiet space, meant for unwinding?
The Materials When picking the materials that will make this dream come true, consider the strength, durability, and longevity of the construction. Will this piece last the test of time? Can multiple materials be employed to work together to make this both aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound? Furniture can be more than just a placeholder and more than a mere seat; it can be an investment in yourself, a tool which can help you maximize your time and provide the WOW factor which sets this space out from the rest! An often overlooked material, aluminum, provides a supple solution to the problem of usability versus
Living Lavishly Vol. 9 showcases the local resources, talent and expertise we have here in the Central Coast of California.