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March 18, 2020

Staying Close to Your Cornerstone Home: How to Create Welcoming Spaces and Retreats

Knowing we have a home to walk into each day is an amazing blessing that fulfills a powerful cornerstone as we cultivate a life of fulfillment.  Your home should be your safe place. Your retreat.  A place where you can shut off from the rest of the world and have some peace and quiet.  

Why are welcoming spaces and retreats so popular these days? Maybe it’s because they offer a chance for sanctuary- time and a space to be totally you.  And you deserve this. You’ve worked hard and now is your time for you. A home where your soul is fed with calm and positive energy. And what better place to find multiple welcoming spaces and retreats then right in your new Cornerstone home.

Cornerstone Homes, the experts in 55+ living, create thoughtfully designed homes with your lifestyle in mind.  In addition to quality building products and processes, every single detail is designed to make sure our homes live like you want to live and provide a variety of spaces and retreats to fit your needs.   Whether you are seeking that private getaway space,  hosting neighbors in the afternoon,  having your grandchildren over for a weekend visit, or grabbing some vitamin D on your lounge chair, a few little touches in these special  areas of your home will make it all the more welcoming and fulfilling.  As pops of color and life bloom all around your active adult community this spring, get inspired to add a bit of that vibrant energy to the inside of your home!   Here are a few ideas to enjoy these spaces in a Cornerstone home.

Create a Welcoming and Cozy Space

Foyer.

Foyer: There’s nothing like a first impression. When you or your guests walk into your home, greet them with a potted plant, a sweet and simple addition to your foyer.   Let’s face it, Mother Nature always catches the eye. If you like bigger pieces of decor, try a unique storage bench that you can accessorize with bright pillows, picture frames, flowers, plants, a lamp, and so much more.  Bottom line, this space should scream, “Welcome!” 

Kitchen: Ah, the kitchen. Probably the favorite room in the house or the room which shares the top favorite with the living room. In a new Cornerstone home, the sophisticated open style kitchen is ideal for those who desire a fluid living space between the kitchen and living room or dining areas.   An open kitchen layout that flows from multiple rooms such as the dining area to the living room is ideal for entertaining and being a part of all the conversations.  

Kitchen.

Make your kitchen your sous chef - make everything that you need accessible and eliminate the rest. Ample cupboard space is a luxury, so utilize it and rid yourself of anything else you don’t use. Apart from displaying your favorite flowers in colorful vases, a few simples pieces of decor to freshen up your kitchen include colorful new glassware on display, a fun floral tablescape for dinner parties, an adorable, Easter-themed beverage bar (which your grandchildren will love), or even bright and colorful new placemats or tablecloths.

Bonus space.

Bonus and Flex Spaces: Many of our floor plans come with flex options such as a sunroom or den, lower levels and upstairs bonus spaces.  No matter how you desire to use your bonus space, from reading and enjoying coffee in the morning to a home office, yoga area, or hobby room, you can brighten up this space with cool pampas grass, floral-themed artwork or photography, a bright furniture piece (try yellow or mint), a creative flower display with dyed eggs in a jar (how cute?), or a beautifully bright throw rug 

Master Bedroom: Our retreat where we let all of our defenses down each and every night. We all know the power of a good night’s sleep so invest in yourselves when it comes to your boudoir. Save up for the bed linens you really want and remind yourself that you are worth it. Because when you slip into your bed between those 500 thread-count cotton sheets, you will thank yourself. You will walk into your master bedroom and immediately feel all the stresses and worry of your day lifted.  

Master Bathroom: The one room in the house in which you can always be alone.  If you’re feeling frazzled or simply need time to ponder and muse, take yourself and your thoughts for a long soak or a nice long shower in your spa-like bathroom. Bathing is a meditative experience that cleanses mind as much as body.

Candlelight gives a soft and flattering glow and why not set the mood with some soothing music. Turn your bath time into a relaxing ritual. It’s a great time to give yourself some kind and compassionate self-talk, or simply let your mind wander.  This is your time, your personal space.

Outdoor Living Space:  Last but not least, your private outdoor living space.  The “cornerstone” of your home, your peaceful and private outdoor living area is where you can enjoy the beauty of spring in style. It’s time to sit back, relax, and let the warm breeze wash over you as you do all the things you love.  Whether you’re a fan of early morning coffee get-togethers, afternoon happy hours, or evening hang-outs under the stars, there are so many ways to spruce up your space — try a unique way to display string lights, a decoupage Easter egg garland, an Easter egg flower box, or a gorgeous, flower-filled ladder.  Plant a mini herb garden.   Find a simple, but basic patio set with table and chairs, accessorizing with outdoor pillows that may speak to your style.  Create a space that you not only enjoy in the mornings as you savor your breakfast and hot tea, but your guests will as well when you have them over for a dinner party al fresco.

Cornerstone homes have many welcoming spaces and retreats. Creating a home that is yours and harmoniously functions while bringing you joy and peace is important to your overall well being.  If nothing else, just give yourself the gift of time.  Find that favorite spot in your house, be it your bedroom or your kitchen, and give yourself time simply to be. Allow the peace to fall upon you and give your home and soul the chance to work together.  Welcome home to a Cornerstone Home.  

The Cornerstone Insider.

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