This past saturday I looked at apartments and happily found one. In each place, I tried to imagine how my belongings would look--where would my sofa go? Is there room for a desk? how should I arrange my artwork? The same things that everyone does when they walk into their perspective new home--unless they run, screaming. But before you ever go hunting, it's important to take the right tools with you. Because the search for a new home is a lot like dating; it's very easy to be blinded by pretty and end up with something that's not good for you.
One important tip is to measure the items in your current home that you know you want to take with you. Especially the big pieces. Planning to take your sectional sofa/big screen tv/king size bed? Maybe you love it so or just spent a good chunk of change on it? Well, better to know the exact dimensions. That way, when you're looking at a new place,you can be certain it can 1.be moved in and 2. fit in the space you think it could go.
There are very frequently a lot of compromises involved in searching for a new home. Here's just one small way to make smarter compromises.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.