When we lived in Puerto Rico we occupied a small one bedroom, one bathroom apartment on the beach that my fiancé bought in his twenties. The building was worn out and weathered from the sea, but our apartment was simple, with white walls. After some minor updates, we decided to decorate the space with minimalist abstract art, neutral furniture and white pieces that kept the space feeling calm and light.
Our goal was to sell the apartment or convert into an airbnb after we left, but then Hurricane Maria hit. Fortunately for us, nothing inside the apartment was damaged except our windows blew out.
A few months after the hurricane we put our apartment on the market for sale. Our agent showed the apartment to a handful of buyers and it sold in 2 weeks…with all the furniture and art…and no windows.
The interior design, art and layout persevered. The buyer entered our apartment and felt an immediate rush of calm, which was our intention.
And this is why a well-designed space matters. A home should feel comforting and calm amidst the chaos of the world.