Who cares what “they” say! It’s “YOUR” house!

So often when I am working with new clients there seems to be this common concern, almost right from the start that centers around what they should do based on resale.  HUH?  I mean really, you haven’t even moved in yet and already you are worrying about selling your new home.

Alright, so I get it, that at some level you need to be concerned about the possibility of selling your home and what your return on investment will be ~ protect your nest egg.

What I have a problem with, or should I say what I can’t seem to understand is this…  If you are buying a home with the intentions of living in it and/or owning it for more than 5 years, I say this in the gentlest of ways…..  Who CARES what the next guy wants or might want to buy.  Live in YOUR home, do what YOU want and most importantly make it function for YOU and YOUR needs. Create your "picket fence" home, whatever that means for you...

On the flip side if you are just buying a home to flip it then just whatever, I don’t really care cause you will be shopping at one of those big box I don’t care if it falls apart after I sell it stores. {If you are one of “them” I suggest you just breeze thru the pictures and ignore the content}

Ok so here is the deal, if you are buying a home, buy it for you and stop worrying about “them”.  Doesn’t it make more sense to live in a home that functions for you and meets your needs, rather than working around some silly thing that “they” say you are suppose to do or have.  A perfect example of this is the infamous “Garden Tub”.

I can’t tell you how many times when I ask my clients if they use it, their response is most often no.  Or after they move in they realize it is just a tub, not a spa bath that heats the water and doesn’t take all day to fill and once it is full the water is cold.  So either put in a true tub that functions for you or why aren’t you getting rid of it and maximizing the space in your bathroom…can you say walk in shower with dual heads people!

I am just saying that if you look around your home there  is so much wasted space with things such as garden tubs that never get used that “they” have dictated what “is” and what “isn’t” a priority.

Design your home to meet "YOUR" needs, not what "they" say. 


  1. I hear you! I share the same experience when I'm helping clients choose color for their home and we get to the room that 'may' be a nursery someday. Well it's not a nursery today, tomorrow or even next week so lets pick a color for it today. If you have a baby by the end of the year, one gallon of paint will transform this room in just one afternoon.

    I love your style of writing - very conversational, like mine. Come take a look Carmen. Great blog - I'm following :-)

  2. Agreed Carmen!This mind set is not just in Florida - that "renovate for them" is an epidemic. Good design is good design. If you make a home into a place that is beautiful, comfortable and convenient - well, what more could anyone ask for? And besides, "we" are not "them". We will never be able to predict the taste of some mystery person who may or may not buy our home in 5 to 10 years. Let's face it. Half the time we can't predict our spouse - let alone a stranger!

    Your home is a big investment - and it is your sanctuary. Enjoy it.

  3. Hey Donna,
    I know, right? Thank you so much for the comment and those extra rooms in peoples homes that they don't use....don't get me started on the guest bedroom that sits empty 90% of the year...LOL. Hugs to you,thank you for the follow and I will check your page also...

    1. I actually use my guest room a lot - it's the dining room that's a totally waste however - I just turned the adjacent room into a bar so we are actually using the DR now to showcase our snacks.

      You're a fun blogger! I'll be visiting a lot :-)

    2. Donna ~ Love it Snack showcase...well at least you are using the space...thanks ;-)) (Oh and I refuse to have the "don't touch" towels in my bathroom ~ who started that?)

  4. Roberta - Epidemic is the perfect word to describe this phenomenon that traps people into worrying about what "they" think is or isn't. And agree good design is good design when executed correctly.
    Thank you so much for the comment...

  5. Excellent Carmen. I may be moving to a loft; while it will be spacious, the bathe and kitchen area need to be functional as well as pleasing to the eye...so not a lot of extraneous glam items!

    ....I wanted you to know...I am featuring Anita Rivera,Designer and Paper Artist with Castles Crowns & Cottages, & her Giveaway on my site!

    Art by Karena

  6. Hey Karena - living in small spaces can be a challenge but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style...it really is as you say all about the function...High Five and thanks so much for the comment to my blog...Carmen