▪ written by Jamil Isimbabi

The Journey To Your Dream Home: 5 Things To Keep in Mind

Have you ever thought about the art of designing homes and how it can impact our daily lives? As someone who has spent almost as much time interacting with users of spaces as I’ve spent designing projects, I’ve learnt some valuable lessons along the way that have not only made me a better designer but have also transformed the way I think about creating spaces.

So, whether you’re a fellow design enthusiast or simply curious about the process, get ready to discover five of the insights that have made all the difference in my career. Let’s dive in!

  1. The Value of Curb Appeal

  2. The Value of Functionality

  3. The Importance of Flow

  4. The value of Balance

  5. The value of Personalization

1. The Value of Curb Appeal

Because your home is your first impression to the rest of the world, you should take care of it. Curb appeal is essential, and it should always be considered when designing your home.

illustration of the Curb appeal point

Consider this: if your house doesn’t look good from the outside, people will assume it looks bad on the inside as well. That is not what you want.

So, how can you ensure that your home has good curb appeal? Everything begins with landscaping. You must ensure that you use plants and flowers that will bloom all year long, and that you keep everything in good condition

Another thing you can do is ensure that your home is well-lit. You want it to appear warm and inviting rather than dark and frightening. Include porch lights, landscape lighting, and even doorbell lights. It will make a significant difference.

2. The Value of Functionality

You may not believe there is much to designing a home, but it is far more complicated than you may believe. It’s not just about making a room look nice. You must consider the functionality of the space as well as how the people who live there will use it.

It is critical to consider these factors when designing a home because you want to ensure that the space is usable for the people who will live there.

3. The Importance of Flow

When you’re designing a home, it’s important to think about the flow of the space. You want it to be comfortable and functional for the people who are going to be living there.

Here are some tips for creating a great flow:

  • Make sure the paths are clear and easy to follow.

  • Take note of how the space is used. You want to design areas that are both functional and visually appealing.

  • Consider how the house will be used. Is it intended for a family or a single person? What are their requirements?

  • Create zones dedicated to specific activities. This will contribute to the home feeling more organized and functional.

  • Don’t overlook the details. Lighting and accessories, for example, can make a significant difference in the overall look and feel of a space.

4. The value of Balance

When it comes to home design, balance is essential. You need to find the right mix of furnishings and accents that will create a sense of harmony in the space. Too much of anything can be harmful, and this is especially true when it comes to decorating your home. Filling every room with furniture will make it feel cramped and suffocating. However, going too minimalist will result in a cold, uninviting space.

It takes time and experimentation to find the right balance, but once you do, your home will feel like a true reflection of you.

5. The value of Personalization

You may not realize it, but I’m somewhat of an expert in the field of home design. I’ve been designing houses for years and have learned a few things along the way. One of the most important things I’ve learned is how important it is to personalize your home. That is, make it reflect your distinct personality. The way you live in your home should reflect your personality.

This is something that’s often overlooked by homeowners who are eager to jump on the latest trend.  When you personalize your home, it becomes a place that’s truly special and reflects who you are as a person.


Designing homes is much more than just creating beautiful spaces. It’s about understanding how people interact with their surroundings and how to enhance their daily lives through design. From the importance of functionality to the power of color and texture, these five valuable lessons have truly transformed the way I approach my work. So, whether you’re designing your own home or working with clients, remember to keep these lessons in mind and watch your designs come to life in ways you never thought possible. So, what are you holding out for? Begin designing!

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