Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow which means many of us will be housebound and twiddling our thumbs. The Christmas tree is on its way out and the holiday decorations are being put away. So I say it's the PERFECT storm - an opportunity to redesign your home! Pick a corner, a table, a room, the whole downstairs! The world is your oyster and the best thing is that this activity is free but makes such a DIFFERENCE!
Here are three easy steps to tackling your redesign project!
1. Assess what you don't like about your space. Is it the way it feels? Is it the way it functions? Or are you just getting tired of things? Dig deep here and ask your family what their thoughts are. It's amazing what you find out when you ask your family members their opinions on things. And if you make it a group activity, everyone is part of the solution! If you're not sure what's wrong with the space, take some pictures. It'll make things more obvious to you.
2. Once you've established what's wrong with the space, it's time to tackle it. The first thing I do when redesigning a client's space is determine what the function of the space should be. Don't get pigeonholed into what a space is supposed to be. For example, if you don't use your dining room for eating, you could use it as a library or office. Or a play room for the kids.
3. Once the function of the space is determined, you can spring into action. Take an inventory of what works in the space and what doesn't. Shop your house to see what you can move around. Don't ignore your walls either. Sometimes the wrong piece of art on the wall is enough to make a space feel blah. Find something else to put there. Or sometimes less is more. Be a fierce editor! Also, look at scale. If a really small table is next to a big chair, it's not going to look right. Another common decorating hiccup is space flow. You want to make sure furniture is easy to get around. A quick way to make a big difference in a room is to re-work the bookcases. Sprinkle objects in with the books, along with a stack of games and there you have it - a whole new look!
One piece of advice - measure before you move!
One of my favorite redesigns was when I helped a client create a home office in her living room. We moved some chairs to another part of the room to make room for a desk under some windows. Then we took a bookcase from another part of the house and brought it into the space to store books and files. We brought in a spare Louis chair from her dining room to use as a desk chair. The finishing touch was a pair of lamps from her guest room that we placed on the desk. Voila - we added function to her otherwise rarely used living room.
I hate to say it, but sometimes your design dilemma is bigger than a one day project. But the good news is that I can help! I offer Design Therapy consultations where I help you figure out what's wrong with your space and what your next steps should be. It's amazing what we can hash out in a couple of hours!
I also offer Paint Color Consultations where I provide you with paint color suggestions for your space, taking into account your lighting, furnishings and how you want your space to feel.
Lastly, I offer Design Workshops on a regular basis where I provide you with tips and tricks to make your house into a home DIY style! The next workshop is on January 30th. Stay tuned for details!
I'll leave you with some image of some of my favorite rooms for inspiration!
What I love in this room is the simplicity but also the contrast in textures and dark and light.
Hello gallery wall! This is successful because even though the frames are all different, the composition is mostly black and white.
What I find inspiring in this room are the prints hanging vertically above the sofa, the cozy seating arrangement, the stacks of books and the vase filled with greenery.
This is one of my all time favorite bedrooms. The blue on the walls looks smashing with the orange. And notice how the side tables don't match but still look coordinated.
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