Being kind to ourselves and each other as we adapt to our new living situations is key to long term happiness. Each resident should embrace a sense of ownership and pride to truly feel at home in the one you’re building together. For one of Dwayne’s clients, that meant incorporating their vast collection of art, artifacts, and treasures from their worldly travels into a home that was both cohesive and celebrated their individuality. He accomplished this through dedicated spaces, the study of curiosities and Asian wing became living shrines to their shared memories. Try allocating space in the home for alone time that each partner can design with reckless abandon. Turn a spare bathroom into a spa oasis, an unfinished basement into a CrossFit-worthy gym, or a secluded corner into a reading nook. But with personal space comes responsibility. Make sure each dweller knows their territory comes with accountability for keeping it tidy!

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