Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Gathering the Facts for your Project- Budget

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You've decided you're ready to redecorate a space...
The next step is figuring out your budget.  It’s so easy to say “oh, I don’t know”.  Or “I’ll spend whatever it takes to get the room done”.  While shopping at the mall or online for a new outfit, you know which retailers to focus on because you are keenly aware of how much you are willing to spend for certain clothing items.  The same will be true when you begin shopping for home furnishings and accessories.  The stores and websites you buy from will be determined by your budget.

You MUST know your financial parameters in order to accurately spend for the space.  I tell clients, “we can spend $800 on a new sofa, or $8000- where do you want to land in that range??”.  This usually evokes a response.  Push yourself to answer this question honestly as it is the key to starting the process on the right foot.  There is no shame in any size budget.  I’ve worked with folks who have $300 to spend on only accessories for a room, and others who have $30,000 to redo their space from top to bottom.  Everyone will have a different budget, and there are plenty of stores that offer items within your price-range.   If you aren't sure where to start when planning a budget, do some online research to see what price ranges of furnishings are out there.  You will quickly be able to determine where you are comfortable spending-wise.  

The upholstery pieces you purchase will take up the bulk of your money.  They will get a lot of us over the years, so you want to make sure they are sturdy and of good quality.  Your casegood pieces (side tables, coffee tables, bookcases, etc) will be the next most expensive category.  If your budget is getting tight, you can afford to lessen the quality of these items since you and your guests won't be sitting on them.

Extra tip- I recommend leaving some cushion room within your budget to allow for unexpected expenses.  You never know what might come up once you start redoing things.

Stay tuned for next week's topic: TIMELINE

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Gathering the facts for your project- The Questions that Serve as your Guide

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Before beginning a new project in your home, you have to understand the parameters of the project.  Giving forethought to your project allows your decision- making through the process to be a little easier.  When my team meets with clients for the first time, we ask a myriad of questions.  Their answers to these questions shape how the project will move forward.  We learn so much about a client through their answers, and then are able to use that information to help them in the best way.   Over the course of the next month, we are going to delve into these questions so you are prepared for your next home project.  Each week we will focus on a different question and how to answer it. 

Here's a high level overview of what we will cover:
-What is the budget?
-What is your timeline?
-How is the space used?
-What patterns and colors appeal to you?  

On the surface, these seem like easy questions to answer.  But, when you sit down and start to think them over, they become more difficult.  A lot of factors can weigh into your decision. This can be especially true if you share your home with someone.  Couples often have a hard time agreeing on budget, and style.   My goal is to help you answer these questions so you can use them as your guide for your project.

Check back next week as we jump into everyone's favorite topic: BUDGET!



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Celebrate Your Independence from Costly Decor: Great Items to Buy in July

Believe it or not July is the best time to buy home decor! One reason for this is that stores are eager to move items that are on the floor so they are having tons of sales this month to encourage people to buy! Summer is the least popular buying season so retailers have plenty of sales to combat this. Below are some great decor items to buy this month!
Window Treatments
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Window treatments can sometimes be the last thing you think of when decorating your space. You may look around and think why do I really need them? Good question! Window treatments do an amazing job of softening your whole space as well as serving a purpose of light control as well as privacy. This is why window treatments are a great item to go ahead and purchase this month when you come across one of the MANY sales!
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Area Rugs
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Area rugs are another great item to purchase this month. We suggest this because they can be a pricey investment depending on the type and size you choose. While they can be a bit costly, they can absolutely transform a space and bring it all together. This is another item that does a great job of softening your room which is always nice. 
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Purchasing art for your home is such a personal experience. We truly believe that you should fall in love with the art you buy because it is such a personal choice that is unique to you and your personality. That being said, art that you love may not always be the top on your priority list when it comes to your decor. This is another way you can take advantage of summer sales and buy that piece you've been eyeing! wayfair.com is one of our favorite places to find affordable and stylish art.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Table Trends for Outdoors

Farmhouse Style

As I am sure most of you already know, farmhouse style has completely taken over the mainstream decor world. What more perfect place to utilize this pretty trend than in your outdoor table? Farmhouse tables fit right in with the outdoor setting and most are already distressed, so a little wear here and there won't hurt a thing!
Two-tone Tables

Another big trend we are seeing in tables both indoors and out are two toned tables. This simply means the table base is a different color or finish than the table top. One of the most popular color duos we are seeing are tables with either white or cream bases with a natural wood top. This has become so popular because getting that bright pop of white or cream on the bottom makes a beautiful statement and you also don't have to worry about keeping a white table top clean. 

Bar Height

Finally, bar height tables are hugely popular in outdoor dining! This is a great way to bring in a height variation to your outdoor space, especially if you also have a lounge area outdoors as well.  This breaks up the monotony of having all of your furniture at the same height. This can also give a more casual feel to the space which is always welcome when we are talking patios!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Seating Trends for Patios



When it comes to choosing seating for your patio, the options are endless. One of the trends in patio seating right now is the use of poufs. These are fabric ottomans or stools that are a little less structured than the average. They are great because you can use them as both seats or footstools. You would need to choose poufs that are made with outdoor fabric so they can withstand the elements. This is a fun place to add a great pop of color or pattern to your space!




For those who need to seat as many as possible on their patio, sectionals are a fantastic option. They allow for maximum seating quantities which is ideal for those with large families or those who entertain frequently. These photos show great examples of outdoor sectional options.


Adirondack Chairs


This oldie but goodie is a classic option for your patio. Adirondack chairs are great, affordable options for seating. They come in all different materials and colors to fit any style! With their great price point, you may be able to swing purchasing more of them than you would a different more expensive chair style. Dress them up with fun, colorful cushions or keep them simple and clean - they are comfortable either way!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lighting Trends for Patios

String Lights


Outdoor lighting can do wonders to create warmth and ambiance to your space. One of the simplest and most affordable additions you can make to your patio are string lights. Edison bulb string lights are hugely popular right now and can also add a nice vintage feel. 




Lanterns are another great option for patio lighting. There are many different ways to incorporate lanterns into your lighting plan. LED candles or mini sting lights (aka fairy lights) make for great filler options. Lanterns work well when placed together in groups made up of different sizes. You can also hang your lanterns which is a fun option!


Ceiling Fixtures


Ceiling light fixtures aren't just for indoors! As long as your patio is well shielded from the elements, you can bring beautiful, statement making pieces to your patio. Outdoor ceiling fans can also be a hugely functional as well as a nice statement on their own. Other popular ceiling fixtures include lantern or cage style lights.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How to Use Rugs Outside and What Type to Look for

Don't be Afraid to go Bright and Bold


When it comes to outdoor decor, the brighter the better! If you are drawn toward these colors but are hesitant to use them inside, here is your chance. These bright, bold colors reflect what you see in nature like flowers, grass and the sky. The above photo shows a great example of a bright, fun outdoor rug!

Durability is Key


Selecting an outdoor rug that is durable needs to be top priority. It may seem like a good idea to have a rug with an all white background after seeing it in a magazine, but once you have it outside for a few weeks you will quickly realize it may not have been the best idea. Its also important to select a rug that is specifically made for outdoor use and includes mold and mildew resistant treatment and/or fade resistant treatment. 

Choose the Right Size for your Area 


Before purchasing a rug for your outdoor area, you want to make sure you get the appropriate size. Take a tape measure out to your seat grouping and test out the different size options for the rug you are interested in i.e. 5’x7’, 8’x10’, 9’x12’ etc. You want to make sure that all of the the front feet on all furniture are on the rug. You can also choose to have all feet on the rug as well. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

How to Use a Bar Cart

Bar carts are an attractive way to offer unique storage and display opportunities within the home.  They can house anything from decorative pieces to glassware that can’t be stored elsewhere, to linens in a guest bath.


Bar carts can be used to corral actual bar items (glassware, alcohol, and garnishes), or used as an occasional table in living space. We have even seen them creatively posed as guest room nightstands or bathroom etageres. The carts offer great versatility with the tiered shelving and are easy to move given their wheels. We use bar carts the most frequently as a console table to display books, photographs and decorative accessories.


 We like to find carts that have unique detailing such as a metal frame that mimics the appearance of bamboo.  This small detail adds sophistication to a simple piece. Mirrored shelves are another great detail. The mirrors reflect light and make everything on the shelf look sparkly and bright.


If you are placing drinks and glassware on the cart, be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand. We also recommend placing the cart in an area where a sink is easily accessible. This makes it easy to dump out any unwanted liquid before making a fresh beverage.