My Five Steps to Re-imagining Your Shelter While Sheltering in Place

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Being at home should be a positive experience but if sheltering In place is giving you the Stay at Home Blues, here are some steps to put in motion before it’s lifted.


a fact that attractive, well planned homes are super beneficial to our
emotional and physical health, our efficiency, and even our children’s development. I’ve been saying this forever and now we’re seeing it in action: much of your best wellness practices begin at home, whether it’s making yourself a morning green juice or smoothie,  a raw salad for lunch, or pulling out the yoga mat
for an hour of stretching. Since you won’t be hitting the gym anytime soon, it will be easy to create a home that supports you if you know how. S
tudio apartment or penthouse suite…let’s see what can be done to improve
your digs so you can get more out of your time while there. 


and furnishing a home is a lot of fun but trust me when I say it’s not as easy as
it looks. Just because you have terrific taste and maybe even a generous
budget, doesn’t mean you know how to pair things.
Most room designs represent a ton of decisions on style, color, scale and a myriad of other details. Those details, or choices will either complement one another or compete. Here are my five steps to Revamping your spaces, while sheltering in place.

  • One
    room at a time, jot down all the features or items that drain your energy What will be repurposed? What will be discarded? What will be replaced?

  • One
    room at a time, jot down the items or features you love. How can you use them in new ways or different places where they’ll be better appreciated? That favorite lamp in the guest room might be stunning in your entry. That armchair in the home office might ‘make’ the living room. I see this a lot with my clients so I know you might have some unmined treasures too.

  • Either
    in a space planning app such as Chief Architect Room Planner; with elbow grease; or the old
    fashioned way with pencil and paper, create one best floor plan. Start by placing the largest pieces of furniture first. Place them with considerable thought
    because everything that follows will be dependent on it. Inother words, if you place the
    largest pieces such as the sofa and entertainment center wrong in the
    beginning, the effect will snowball. Always remember that p
    space planning transcends mere style trends. Angled furniture never looks or feels right. Repeat that with feeling. I shalt
    not place my sofa on an angle, nor my area rug.

  • Remove end tables and console tables. Consoles are terribly cumbersome and look awful in my book. Replace them all with simple metal swing arm floor
    lamps and use the cocktail table for drinks. I only use end tables between accent chairs and armchairs. Seldom if ever next to the sofa.
    worry about your floor plan not being exciting. You will add excitement later. Right
    now you want a floor plan that’s practical, functional, balanced and anchoring. Large scale or ‘anchored’ pieces add balance and stability to your room. Your subconscious mind detects this as permanence and stability.

  • Rehang artwork, photography, mirrors and framed prints. I prefer to hang framed
    family portraits in a “gallery like” area such as a stairwell or hallway, or
    even on a wall in your office, guest rooms or den rather than formal spaces
    like the living room, dining room or entry but if your space is limited, do
    what feels right for you. Map out your wall hanging plans like I do by setting them all down on the floor and moving them around to find the most appealing arrangement. This can labor intensive depending on the amount of pictures you have so allow plenty of time, maybe even a few days.

that you’ve arranged your furniture and accessories you will have a much better
take on what needs to be replaced, repurposed or refurbished. The reason this
is important is because as an amateur your eye will see something that annoys
you (say a chair) and think it needs to be replaced, when really the problem
was the table beside it.
My clients often purchase the wrong things prior to
calling me. Then they’re stuck with either selling it, giving it away or living
with their mistake for ten to twenty years.

the way, I swear by this process for people who have a lot of furnishings and want
to update what they have rather than replace everything. It’s wonderful for newlywed couples combining homes, or anyone moving into a new home.


  • Create your budget and timeline. Include contractor names and
    other sources. Include bids and project start times. Start a binder with six or seven divider pages marked “invoices”; specifications; and tear sheets.

you’re ready to start your design project, after Sheltering in Place is lifted. And
this will give you a great boost of energy.


few more tips.

small living rooms, choose sofas and chairs without skirts. The bare space
under your sofa and chairs allow light to travel beneath them and makes a room
feel larger.

sofas were designed for large living room. Small living rooms, not so much. But
many people insist on sectionals regardless of space size. So go for a small
sectional, around 102 inches, without skirts.

large spaces, contrasting colors and finishes make a room feeling
cozier/smaller whereas with smaller rooms, choosing pale colors with similar
value (lightness to darkness) will visually enlarge a space.

sofa measurements. Loveseat= 70+ inches wide; medium= 80+ inches wide; large =
90+ inches wide; 110 inches+ wide is typically a sectional.

pillow sizes. Small= 18 inches; medium = 20 inches; large = 22 inches. 

My three signature freebies on design, wellness and mastering your mindset, and all my signature online design coaching packages are now available on my newly revamped website at Shiree Segerstrom Design and Wellness.

Live beautifully, eat beautifully. 


April 8, 2020

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