New Year Design Resolutions

Happy New Year! The New Year always brings fresh ideas, an urge for change, and new needs. Most of us make resolutions in January to change or improve on an area in our lives. I am a believer that our homes affect the way we live. Similar to our lives, our homes are always in need of improvement. Whether you need a complete renovation or just bored with your sofa, making changes and improvements to our homes AKA the place we spend the majority of our time is important.

 NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

Make Small Improvements. 

The thought of fixing our homes to our standards can get overwhelmingly discouraging. We feel that we need thousands of dollars to renovate (which is the case at times) but sometimes we can start with doing cosmetic changes and start small. Here are some examples of small improvements that can make a big impact.

  • painting the walls and/or doors
  • adding accent pillows to the sofa
  • draping a new accent throw to your chair
  • adding artwork to your walls
  • create a gallery wall
  • incorporate an area rug under your dining table
  • changing your bedding
  • adding new drapery to your windows
  • upgrading a new ceiling light fixture
  • changing the hardware in your kitchen or bathroom (such as faucets, cabinet knobs/pulls, etc.)
 add accent pillows to your sofa

add accent pillows to your sofa

Budget for the Big Projects.

If you have a "big" project that is on your wish list like a new kitchen, building an addition, a bathroom renovation, or a bedroom remodel start budgeting early. While you are saving for your project, start developing your style by flipping through magazines, pinning on Pinterest, or assembling boards on Houzz. Once you've collected your style ideas have a personal Inspiration Board created for you with furnishings, lighting, flooring, color, and finish options. This will help you to envision the design concept for your project. 

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What's your New Year design resolution? This year are you planning to make small improvements OR budget for a big project? Be sure to share your resolutions in the comments. 

À la prochaine,

 
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Refresh Your Space With These Spring & Summer Paint Colors

Spring is finally here and it's time to refresh, spruce up, and brighten up your palette! If you are scratching your head around one particular room and don't know how to give it a little change, try upgrading the paint color on the walls and ceiling. 

Sometimes all your room needs is a redesign of the space. Painting is the fastest and most cost effective way to makeover a room without changing the furniture. It has the power to change the tone and mood of your space. Selecting the RIGHT paint color for your room is the biggest challenge my clients have. If you are looking to refresh your room try one of these colors this spring and summer to create an inviting space that you and your guests will enjoy.

 My top Paint Color Picks for this Spring and Summer. 

My top Paint Color Picks for this Spring and Summer. 

If you would like to freshen the look of your room this spring but don't know what color would work best for your space, I recommend starting with my online Color Suggestions service to save you time, energy and headache. CLICK HERE.

Comment below with your favorite Spring/Summer paint color choices. Can't wait to see them!

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No. 1 Reason Why You Should Invest in Your Powder Room

Powder Room...It may be one of the smallest rooms in your home but it's one of the few rooms that get the most attention. Think about it, when guests come to your home there is usually a large percent chance they will ask to use the restroom. Therefore, make sure you are investing in the design of your powder room. 

 I used a grass cloth wallpaper in half of the space to add texture. I switched the pedestal sink for a vanity sink with a raised bowl for a spa experience.

I used a grass cloth wallpaper in half of the space to add texture. I switched the pedestal sink for a vanity sink with a raised bowl for a spa experience.

No. 1 Reason - Guests always use the powder room.

The powder room isn't for you, it's for your guests. Even if it's the size of a tiny closet, it cannot be forgotten or an afterthought. The design & decor of your powder room should be the cherry on top! This is the room that you really want your guests to say "WOW"! Take a chance and be daring in your powder design. 

If your home tells a story, your powder room has to be part of the story. It needs to reflect the overall style of your home. If you have a new construction home with builder grade or contractor grade finishes you may want to consider upgrading all the finishes at one time or one by one. When it comes to designing a small space like a powder room the smallest detail matters, from the flooring choice to the mirror style to even the sink and door hardware choices. 

"The importance is in the details." -Russ Cooper

If your powder room is not inviting, aesthetically pleasing, or outdated it may be time to think about upgrading the design. Are you overwhelmed with the thought of selecting from the hundreds and thousands of options? Where do you start--- I'm here to help you. Let's work hand in hand to create a powder room that is not only functional but will impress your guests. Let's include you powder room into the story of your home. LET'S START!

Here's to gorgeous powder rooms!

 

 

 

When To Redesign Your Space

Are you struggling with when to start a new project in your home or when to redesign your space? Did you just move and trying to decide what pieces of furniture and accessories to keep and what to purchase? Here are some suggestions on when and where to start.

Make a List.

Start with looking around your space in it’s current state and make a list of what you don’t like. Looking at your list will help you decide what to keep and what to say goodbye to. For example, if you are tired of how your living room looks because it’s been 10 years since you changed the colors and furnishings, start with updating your accessories. Switching out artwork or table accents can freshen up your space. 

 Freshen up with new wall decor.

Freshen up with new wall decor.

Say Goodbye.

Locate the items on your list that have seen better days. Often times we hold on to things because we are comfortable with the “things” we have. Part with the things that do not have sentimental value and that no longer serve their purpose. This will bring new energy to the space and make room for updated, functional, and NEW items.

Hire a Professional.

Hiring a professional interior designer can save time, energy, and money. If you're not ready to start from scratch or start on a project at all, consider having an Inspiration Board designed for you. An Inspiration Board will give you an idea of what would look great in your space and give you ideas of paint colors, furniture options, table styles, and proper wall decor. 

 Inspiration Board with decorating ideas

Inspiration Board with decorating ideas

It doesn't have to take much, but once you redesign your space it will feel like a completely new room that you will bring new energy to. Ready to get started with just some decorating ideas? Tell me more about your space in the comments below. Get started HERE.

Happy Redesigning!

 
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