By Jeff Louderback
There’s no place like home. In 2020, the relevance of that phrase heightened; and it appears that will continue as the calendar has turned to a new year. Americans are spending more time in their homes than ever before, and that trend has influenced home renovations.
“Home is no longer a place where you return to relax after being away at the office all day. It now serves multiple purposes to multiple family members every day,” said Renee Beerck, owner of Centerville Design Associates (CDA). “The home is now an office, school, restaurant, cocktail bar and gym.”
Multi-use spaces are a necessity at a time that the home serves so many purposes. Lower levels are becoming learning areas that also accommodate entertainment. Spare bedrooms are being redesigned into offices that enhance productivity. Homeowners are even finding furniture and décor that serve numerous uses.
“How square footage is used is especially important now,” Renee added. “Clients who have wanted to make changes, but have hesitated in the past are now moving forward with those projects, to make their home even more of a sanctuary.”
According to a poll by Bank of America, 70% of Americans completed a home improvement project in 2020 and have plans for more in 2021.
People are opting for calm colors to create a tranquil space, Renee explained. Soft fabrics and more natural light are popular. All shades and tones of green, navy blue mixed with aqua, firebrick red and purple are welcoming colors. Steel gray is too, but only as an accent.
CDA is the Dayton area’s longest serving design firm. A full-service interior design company featured in national publications like House Beautiful and Housetrends, CDA is a one-stop operation, with a team of degreed interior designers and credentialed subcontractors.
One of the few interior design firms that can coordinate every element of the project in-house, CDA also has a showroom at 205 N. Main Street in Centerville, where visitors can purchase pieces from more than 250 furniture and accessory providers.
Renee, who earned her interior design degree from Sinclair Community College, is a longtime Centerville resident. Passionate about interior design since childhood, she decided to turn that interest into her life’s work, serving as a designer at CDA for two years before acquiring the business in 2010.
CDA creates 3-D visual drawings of layouts for clients, so they can see how their new furniture will look in the space. CDA’s subcontractors handle deconstruction and reconstruction in a timely manner, while the lead designer oversees the process.
“As interior designers, we look at our projects as works of art. We are devoted to creating a final product that our clients find comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing,” Renee said. “No two projects are the same, because everyone’s preferences are different. Listening to what our clients want and transforming ideas into a client’s sanctuary are what stir our creative inspiration.”
For more information about CDA, visit www.centervilledesignassociates.com. Visit the showroom at 205 N. Main Street in uptown Centerville.