Color can make a world of difference. It can set a mood, make a room warmer or cooler, feel larger or smaller, camouflage undesirable architectural features, highlight a center of interest and truly transform an entire space.
While it may be too late to begin a major project since Memorial Day kicks off the summer season of entertaining, it’s not too late to make a plan, and there are still many quick fixes that can inspire you to change your ways. If you do something every day for 30 days, it becomes a habit. Start developing some good habits that reduce the chaos and stress in your life and you will enjoy your summer guilt-free.
Whether a large budget or small, fine furniture or not, accessories give a room personality and are the finishing touches that turn a furniture collection into a lovely and gracious home. Often, people don’t consider the cost for these finishing touches in their overall budget plan or think they are of minor importance, but nothing can be further from the truth. They must be chosen with care, for they will surely make the difference.
The wet April brought us spring in May (finally!) but Memorial Day, graduations, and Father’s Day signal oncoming summer. Did we blink away spring? The trend this year is to add living space to your home by moving out – out on the patio, that is. It’s not a new idea to add an outdoor kitchen to that old barbecue, but folks are doing more – much more for their summer entertaining (and possibly year round) space.
Budgets are necessary in decorating for the same reason they are necessary for life in general. If you want to know that you have enough money to complete the project, you need to know what each item of the project costs before you begin. This includes construction or renovation costs as well. Often that part of the project expends much more than anticipated, and too few funds are left for interior decorating. If you know in advance that you have exceeded your budget, you have an opportunity to make other choices to either balance your budget or agree to wait to complete your project when you can provide additional funds.
I recently was called to consult with a homeowner who had done a great deal of work on her existing home in the past. She had added a room to the side of her house to extend her kitchen area had built a new garage and claimed the former two-car garage for storage, bathroom, laundry and living space. Now she wanted to enlarge her master bedroom including new closets and bathroom.
By Natalie Weinstein, Allied ASID, IDS