• April 18, 2016

Book Launch – The Art of Luxury Downsizing

I’ve been busily working on an exciting project for the last year, my first book “The Art of Luxury Downsizing”. I have always wanted to publish a book that spoke about my love and passion for interiors, but during the process it has evolved to become a reference guide for all areas related to downsizing for a bigger life.

Over the past 13 years, I have been able to analyze my client’s needs and more often than not, they’ve required assistance in key areas such as editing their possessions, blending old and new pieces together and freshening up or change spaces to adapt to their new living circumstances. By doing all of this simultaneously, not only does the client save on time and money but there are fewer items to make the transition from the family home to the new apartment or townhouse.

The talk of downsizing has gained momentum, as more and more people realize that it’s not a road to a retirement village, it’s the opportunity to move into the next phase of their lives and have some freedom to enjoy living. So whether you decide to re-function or downsize it’s the time to assess where you are now and where you are going.

I find so many of my clients are tied up with work and other commitments, that they may have lost their affinity with their passions and collections or are unable to display them. One of my main goals is to re-ignite those lost interests and bring them to the fore, whether it be turning an unused space into a drawing room or displaying items to enjoy.

Not only did I want to provide an insider’s view to designing sumptuous spaces, I also wanted to address the emotional issues faced when moving including, the stress and concerns involved as well as the trepidation of leaving behind the known. Any change can be unnerving, but being able to imagine the wonderful possibilities ahead of the home you’ve always wanted, does sound appealing. Where are you at in your life and what type of a space do you want? Whether this is moving to a slick apartment that you can lock up and go travelling or utilizing your space to accommodate family and friends who come to stay, the options are all yours.

I also wanted to look deeper into areas that can seem complicated and too hard to implement, such as home automation and security, sustainability and environmental impact and future proofing. I think it’s important to take all factors into consideration, as they are here to make life easier and can be tailored to your interests, needs and requirements.

For those who have never used an interior designer before, never fear we are here to make the process an enjoyable one, and end up with a result you will be happy with in the years to come. The best results surface when the working relationship between a client and a designer is based on communication and trust. The most important thing to remember is that it’s your home and we are here to make your vision come to life.

We are just about to start shooting photographs for the book, so can’t wait to start styling and announce further details about the launch and publication date. Stay tuned!

Kym Lackmann

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