By: Amanda Medlen Most people would say, “You’re an interior designer?! Your house MUST be gorgeous!” Or, “Don’t you get a bunch of free samples and/or discounts with products, materials, furniture and finishes?” Well, while somewhat true, I am speaking of more of the mind set or set of skills that are developed through education, practice and even inherent skills that some have possessed from very early in their lives. There have been numerous instances, both in and outside of work, where my interior design/space planning mentality has come in to practice. Sometimes these instances even seem to be without thought and almost instinctual. One of the most notable (and often times handy!) is locating a restroom in public spaces. You laugh but “when you gotta go, you GOTTA go! Ha! Even in a new space that I have never been to before, I can often times, stop, take a look around and “hunt” one down in a timely matter just based upon where other adjacent spaces are located within my field of site. VERY helpful! My family and friends seem to ask me where things are located a lot of time before even grabbing a server or building attendant. Most recently though, I have enjoyed the ability to see space for not only what it is but what it could be. The potential of a space is what really gets me excited. Just recently, and rather quickly, my husband and I have been on a mission to find a new home for our family of four. While our current home is very nice, our children are growing up and our home seems to be shrinking! We visited several homes (12-14) and found a lot of nicely finished ones BUT they either had way too much space or just not enough rooms (sound familiar?! And then we found one that ‘was JUST right!’). Some homes even had odd layouts and no apparent flow to their spaces. While doable and fixable, these could end up in very costly future renovations….well, at least to get it where we would like it to be. To make a long story, short, we found a gem of a property. Great neighborhood, quiet park like setting and fantastic location. It has been on and off the market for nearly a year and is a one owner home. Not sure why it hadn’t sold sooner (maybe others couldn’t look past the kitchen and bathroom updates, most notably). We feel so incredibly blessed to find this “forever home” and that we can slowly add our own touches to make it our own. Who knows, I may be blogging about some of these renovations in later (much later) blogs!