Should You Hire an Interior Designer or Do It Yourself…?

Should You Hire an Interior Designer or Do It Yourself…?

  If you haven’t worked with an interior designer before and you have a space you want to redo you may be wondering if you need a designer or can go it alone. When asked this, I tell people that there are some projects where it makes perfect sense to do it on your own, but other times, you should definitely get a professional designer on board. So how can you know when it’s in your best interest to hire someone and when you should go for your redesign on your own? Take a look at my newest Design Coach Tips Video and I’ll share the real-life pros and cons of working with a designer on a project.   Hopefully you got some clarity watching the video. Now take a look at this checklist to help you confirm you’re making the right choice. Check the answers that best reflect your situation.   I don’t need to hire an interior designer because: I’m a do-it-yourself kind of person – if I don’t know how to do it I’ll figure it out. I love the idea of being creative with my design and letting my personal artistic flair show. The money I’ll save on design fees are worth the extra time I’ll spend on the project. I’m ready to tackle the real life version (not the HGTV version) of a redecorating project. I’ve got the patience, time, good organization and planning skills to see this project to the end.   I do need to hire a designer because: I don’t have time to look for furniture, coordinate deliveries, install items, find and...

Getting the most from Pinterest in your next room makeover

Are you a Pinterest fan? What a great interior design tool – If you’re looking for inspiration when it’s time to redecorate or remodel your home it’s the first place many people turn to for ideas (Click here to follow me and check out some of my favorite Pinterest Boards.) I’d say at least 80% of my clients, who are coming to me for design help, already have a Pinterest board (or several) with design ideas that they know they like – which really helps when we’re working out the look and style of  their space. But while it’s a big help to know what you like, you also need to know how to translate that into your own space —  and that can be tricky. In this short video, I’ll share my tips on how to hear what your pins are REALLY telling you about your style,  and more importantly how to translate the look you love from your board, into a look that you love in your room. (And don’t forget to check the bottom of the post to see how to enter my September Giveaway) Here are my top 3 tips: 1. Distinguish what you are reacting to in the photo and whether it’s MOVEABLE. for example, if it’s the architecture or the sunlight, then enjoy the photo but move on, as those things can’t be moved into your space. 2. Use the pins to learn new terminology and descriptive words for searching online and on other sites. 3. Look for the colors, patterns and textures that repeat throughout your pins – these can be translated into color palettes and style directions for your...
3 Tools for Fearless Room Makeovers

3 Tools for Fearless Room Makeovers

Do you ever say, “I hate how my living room looks”? Most of us have space in our home we don’t love – maybe a bathroom, bedroom or entry. But instead doing something about it many of us just live with it because we’re afraid of making an expensive room makeovers mistakes. Or we worry that we’ll spend a lot of money and energy on it and it won’t come together. Redesigning your room doesn’t need to be intimidating. The key is to have a plan. Too many of us buy on impulse. Maybe we fall in love with something or run into a really great sale we just can’t pass up. Then we’re stuck with something that just doesn’t work. You need a plan that includes three design tools that can make you fearless and confident as you approach your room redo project. Watch this 3-minute video to learn what they are: So if you’ve ever felt afraid of spending big bucks on a piece of furniture or a room redesign and then not loving it, welcome to the club. We ALL feel that way, including me at times. What I’ve learned is how to deal with these problems through step-by-step processes, so I can minimize mistakes, take the fear out of getting started, and put the fun back in! My Design Coach Series programs teach you step-by-step systems and techniques that you can apply to YOUR design project. Click here to learn more and make sure to grab a copy of my free ebook – 10 Steps to Your Perfect Room...
4 Finishing Touches that Turn Functional into Fabulous!

4 Finishing Touches that Turn Functional into Fabulous!

Do you have an area of your home that you’ve put some effort into, but it still doesn’t quite have that polished look you were hoping for? It’s common to run out of steam at the end of a design project or makeover and be left with a nice room, but not a great room. Maybe what’s missing is a little flair or your own personal stamp? Here are four fabulous finishing touches that give your space extra pizzazz without driving you crazy in the process. 1. Use color to unify. Does your room look like it’s not very cohesive? Take a look at what you have in the space, and pick a secondary color or two to play with for your finishing touches. For example, a small patch of yellow on a rug or a touch of yellow on a painting can be picked up by a pillow. You can even introduce an accent color that doesn’t show up anywhere else! If you use these colors consistently in your pillows, art and accessories, you can’t go wrong. 2. Start with a clean slate, then add and edit. If you already have some items on the space you’re working on, such as a shelf, table or mantle, clear them off and place things in one at a time, creating small groups to start. You do not have to use everything! Translation – you should not use everything. Most of the time, a smaller, carefully curated collection of things makes a stronger design statement than having a whole lot of stuff – even if you feel it has a similar...
5 steps to Getting Started on your Room Redo

5 steps to Getting Started on your Room Redo

  5 Steps to Get Your Room Redo Off on the Right Foot When I begin a new endeavor, whether it’s setting up my website or running a 10k, I get a little overwhelmed in the beginning, especially if it’s out of my comfort zone. Somehow during those first steps, where I’m trying to figure out which direction I should go, I get stuck. And that can cause me to procrastinate, even though I know it should be a priority. For a lot of people redesigning a space in their home is not exactly in their comfort zone. Have you ever felt like you had a great idea for your room but you weren’t really sure where or how to begin? Has this led you to procrastinate? Isn’t it true that once you get started it gets so much easier? Let me share five first steps you can take to get your room redo off on the right foot:   Discover what you like. If you haven’t already, start browsing to see what design styles you like. Here are a few of my favorites for looking: http://www.remodelista.com/ http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/ http://www.mydomaine.com/section/home-decor http://houseandhome.com/ http://www.lonny.com/ and of course, pinterest and houzz!   Define what you like (with keywords). Take a very close look at what you like about the space that’s inspiring you. Get analytical about it and make sure that what attract you are not unattainable architectural features like high ceilings or giant steel windows. Here are the kinds of things to put on your list: the teal/orange color palette; the neutral color palette with a mix of natural materials like fur,...

How to Accessorize with Pillows without Blowing your Budget or Your Mind

Do you find yourself with dozens of unused pillows because after a few weeks on your coach or bed you decided they didn’t look quite right? Or maybe you’re too afraid to buy any pillows so your sofa looks barren.I don’t know what it is about pillows but they seem to create a design phobia for many. In fact, even though I should know better I found myself in a bit of a quandary when picking out pillows for my own sofa!Watch this five-minute video where I share the mistakes I made and how you can avoid them with a few simple design strategies… I was definitely making my pillow selection harder than I needed to!  Once I approached it the same way I do for my clients I was able to get the perfect combination. Here’s a recap of how to pick the perfect combination of pillows without losing your mind: If possible choose all of the pillows at once – this coordinated approach is more effective than a piecemeal effort. Bring a sample of your sofa fabric and other pillow covers with you to the store – this will help you select the right color and texture combination. Don’t be seduced by sales items – if you wouldn’t buy it full price then it’s not the pillow for you! Don’t get too “matchy-matchy” – vary with textures, colors and sizes. Do look for a repeating color or pattern that will create a cohesive look. Relax! They’re just pillows. It’s okay to buy a bit more than you need so you can play around with combinations at home....
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