If you have been considering purchasing a second home you are not alone. The demand for second homes in drive-to destinations is surging. With the YOLO (you only live once) mindset on the rise and the ability for many to work remotely increased, second home purchases are at an all time high. With my own second home purchase, as well as those of many of my clients, I thought it might be timely to discuss how our team approaches designing second homes differently than primary residences. Here I have outlined four key considerations:
1. Have Fun & Take More Risks
A second home can be one of the best places to showcase your personality. Many of my clients want these homes to feel a bit more whimsical and casual. This might be the ideal place to experiment with those colors and patterns that you’ve been afraid to try at home. Because vacations are for disconnecting and affording a change of scenery, make this home feel different than your primary residence.
2. Incorporate Luxury & Comfort
Install the best that you can afford! Your vacation getaway should cater to all the senses and especially to comfort. Purchase high quality mattresses and upholstered pieces so that you and your guests feel like you are staying in a luxury resort. Plush towels and the softest sheets and blankets add to this luxurious experience and can be achieved without breaking the bank by watching out for sales and discounts. This home should be your safe haven! If the space is not as nice or nicer than your primary residence, why go?
My go- to linen line would hands down be Matouk Luxury Linens. Matouk is known for being luxurious, durable & affordable. Their duvet covers & quilts are machine washable, making it great for turning linens after hosting guests.
3. Embrace the Views & Seek Inspiration from your Surroundings
Let the location influence your design without dictating it! Incorporating pieces from local artisans as well as materials from nature can help to make this home feel different from your primary residence. However, I often caution clients to not go overboard with seashells, pinecones, antlers, etc. as this can give your home a cluttered “Disneyland” feel and detract from the overall sophistication and design.
4. Purchase Multi- Purpose Furnishings
Because second homes are often smaller than primary residences, it is important to source furnishings that serve dual purposes. Consider storage ottomans that can also serve as a place to sit or writing desks that serve as a bedside table as well as a place to work. Maximizing every square inch of your home with these functional furnishings can really pay off with added enjoyment and utilization.
With a number of these design projects on our current roster, I have enjoyed the opportunity of spending time in nearby lake homes, beach homes and mountain homes. This has not only afforded me a break from my regular work routine but has allowed me to get to know these clients better. I believe this “second home buying” trend will not decline anytime soon so will look forward to many more of these fun projects.