Fun Is Luxurious

Americans are spending more and more time at home, thanks to the rise of remote careers and the ability to order anything you could ever possibly want delivered straight to your door. And, if the American Time Use Study is to be believed, 96 percent of those people engage in some sort of leisure activity each and every day. Why not combine those two fun facts and make your home a hub for social diversions?

In our ongoing Dare to Live series, we invite you to create a home that sparks excitement, intrigue and adventure. In this installment, we’ll explore ways to celebrate your surroundings as a gathering place for entertainment and action.

Think of unused space in your home as an opportunity to play — quite literally, in this sense. Vintage arcade games enliven and elevate a basement into a favorite hangout of kids and adults alike — just get ready to be the most popular place in the neighborhood.

More of a Big Lebowski than a Pinball Wizard? Salvage yards often sell portions of bowling alleys of yore, which can be repurposed for the ultimate in pin-spiration.

A single Skee-Ball lane has the same freewheeling feel without taking up much space.

Your own personal skating rink or dance club are easier to achieve than you may think — a few layers of epoxy for the flooring, and you’ll be gliding and grooving in no time. DJ and skate rentals (unfortunately) not included.

Music moguls in the making can even install their own recording studio — DJ Khaled will need to make room for you at the Grammys.

If you’re more the outdoorsy type, bring nature to you by incorporating a sunroom or observatory where you can mingle with flora and fauna (without ever sacrificing your creature comforts).

Now that your home is an oasis of pleasure, you may need a way to exchange information with your family and friends that goes against the grain, as well. Transform an entryway or a mudroom into a communication hub with interactive message boards that impart a sense of playfulness in day-to-day connections.

The Inspired Interiors team believes that all of the areas of your home should serve a purpose … with plenty of room for fun. Connect with us to dream of ways to infuse joy into every day.

Collection Display Interior Design Ideas

A collection can be whatever you make it — from vinyl records to vintage clothing. It doesn’t have to be something formal or forced, but assembling timeless items does offer a snapshot of your life and what you consider valuable. Whether it’s comprised of inherited heirlooms or lovingly acquired purchases, a collection is a sweet homage to what you deem important.

In our ongoing Dare to Live series, we have been exploring ways in which interior design allows us to fully inhabit our surroundings and imbue our spaces with life. Here, we’ll discover how designing around dearly accumulated items can be a particularly rewarding pursuit.

We hold this axiom close to our hearts: Everyone needs a china collection. But not just any collection — why not amass a riotous mix of patterns and colors that transform a dining table into a canvas fit for a living, breathing painting? Parties have so much more pop when the decorations are built right in.

Speaking of tableware, a quirky collection of teapots, cups and saucers sets a whimsical tone for any afternoon tea party. With a selection to choose from, you can pick the pieces specifically for each guest, making for a memorable soiree that will have your attendees talking.

Doorknobs might not come immediately to mind when thinking about an appealing assemblage. We beg to differ. Think about what a doorknob represents: a passageway, a pause where time passes, decisions are made and people progress through their days, their lives. They’re also often beautiful pieces that look rather enticing when grouped together.

When was the last time you looked at the time (and we don’t mean on your phone screen)? Nothing beats the melodic tick-tock of a grandfather or cuckoo clock perfectly positioned in your home. It creates a different atmosphere and literally transports you through time.

Speaking of the entrancing power of sound, a vintage record player, turntable or Victrola offers the opportunity to listen to music as it was meant to be heard. Imagine playing some DeBussy while relaxing on the couch or — even better — in the bathtub.

What could be more personal than a display of love letters, carefully preserved and affectionately assembled? One of our favorite interior design projects was for a woman who had a compilation of correspondence from her grandfather to her grandmother while he was stationed overseas during wartime. This touching tribute is now a centerpiece of her home and a beguiling glimpse into her past.

On a much more boisterous note, a spare space-turned-home-arcade is a sure crowd pleaser. A vintage pinball machine, arcade-style video games, a pool table — these are all invitations to check out of everyday life and lose yourself in the sheer joy of fun and games.

We all have various items we adore to have in our home, and our team loves to let those collections take center stage. We can help you display and showcase your collections so that your surroundings show an appreciation for the past while creating a captivating present. Let’s connect!