I believe that when someone walks into your home, they should instantly get a sense of who you are and what matters most to you. Real Estate, Construction and Interior Design are all just pieces of the puzzle when you’re creating a home that you love. I created Main Line Haven as a way to offer inspiration, services and resources to help people create their own haven.
With my name being Haven, I wonder if I was destined to love all things home. I started out in real estate, and after marrying my husband, Patrick, who owns a construction company, our careers began to merge. Our joint love for renovation and remodeling, combined our knowledge in Real Estate, Construction, and Interior Design destined us for a life of ALL THINGS HOME.
Real Estate, Construction, and Interior Design belong together, and they build upon each other. I recognized that my knowledge in each subject makes me better in the other. This realization, is why I created Main Line Haven. I wanted to find a way to offer my help to show others how to create a home that you love. To take what can be an expensive, confusing process and break down the home buying/selling, construction, and decorating elements. First you have to find a home, then you improve a home and then you decorate a home which work out to be my three steps for creating your own haven. For each of the 3 steps, I can offer advice and provide resources. I also show how I have lived out this process and how my husband and I created a home that we continue to update and continue to love. My hope is that through this website, you are inspired to do the same!
My home is not only where a majority of life unfolds, but it is also a way that I can share who I am with others. Home is important to me. Having moved around a lot while I was growing up, I wanted to put down roots. Patrick and I took our time looking for a home around the Main Line since we planned this as our “forever home”. We also wanted a property that we could renovate and make our own over time.
When Patrick and I walked into our current house, we looked at each other right away and said, “I think we can make this work”. We’ve been busy ever since. I was able to negotiate a great price on this property because it was outdated, dark and had issues most people probably couldn’t see past.
Our home is where we choose to indulge, and I’m lucky that Patrick is able and willing to work on our home. Since we were able to buy a house below market value, we believe our improvements have increased the value of our home. That being said, when we decide to move forward with a home project we consider more than just an increase in value. It’s more about creating a home that we love and one that works for our family. If our renovations increase the value of our home in the process, of course, that’s great, too.
The reality is though, the renovations that we make today, may one day be outdated. Interior style is like fashion, always changing, always evolving. What’s IN today may be OUT tomorrow. As much as I love something today, one day I can imagine wanting to change it. I may not have the same love for my bird wallpaper in my powder room 10 years from now.
This is why I suggest taking your time with your home. Steady improvements overtime will keep you loving your home. It will also help you avoid time stamping your home with an obvious time-period of when all the improvements were made. I suggest first making a plan for your home and take steps to start the project you want to complete the most. It is pretty common for Patrick’s clients to tell me how they wished they had not waited so long to complete their renovation project. They love to share how much joy their new kitchen or bath brings to their family.
We bought our house in November 2013. I would say that we probably won’t ever be “done” with our home. We are consistently working on projects. Next up is a basement remodel and outside patio and deck space. A new kitchen is also coming within the next few years. To keep up with all things home along the Main Line, make sure you subscribe to our site today.