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October is National Kitchen and Bath Month. Now is the perfect time to think about those changes you’ve been wanting to make – especially since selling a home for most is not an option right now.
DO Determine your budget FIRST.
It’s pointless to get started on a project without knowing how much you can, or are willing, to spend. Your budget will help determine your ultimate choices on everything from the interior designer, to contractor, to the finishes in your new space.
DON’T Think you need to stick with the first bid you receive.
Try to get a least 2 or 3 bids so you know you’re getting a fair price.
DO Hire an Interior Designer.
We’re a little biased on this one 🙂 But our ultimate job is to coordinate everything for you – this includes all of the finishes for your Kitchen or Bath, as well as overseeing the work being performed. And we also take the pressure off of you 🙂
DON’T Go “high end” on everything necessarily.
There are ways to cut costs on certain elements, such as using manufactured stone instead of granite, that will give you an awesome look without breaking the bank.
10 ‘Lost’ auction items that will really tie the whole room together
Great tips from Oprah.com on becoming YOUR own designer!
DO Find furniture pieces that do “double duty”.
Yes, we live in the desert. And yes, we expect it to be hot in the summer. But, is it just me, or has this summer been more brutal than usual?!?
Here are some inexpensive ways to beat the heat!
A misting system is a perfect way to make your patio bearable during the Phoenix summer. This easy do-it-yourself kit is only $25.99 from Amazon.
Nothing says cold like a refreshing glass of Sangria. This beautiful 7-piece set is only $38.95.
I’m amazed that you can find a stylish fan for under $50. This one from Lowe’s comes in at only $44.97!Can’t get much colder than ice! I love the clean, simple lines of this ice bucket from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
And finally, if you can’t beat it – join it! Or at least you can pretend it’s winter with this firepit.
DO Think wallpaper again. We’ve come a long way since the 1970’s orange and avocado green mushroom-laden prints 🙂 There are tons of new and fresh wallpaper designs out there – from updated grass cloth to stunning beaded papers (via Maya Romanoff).
DON’T Use primary colors for your overall paint color. Unless you run a preschool out of your home that is. Choose an overall neutral, and accent certain walls with color.
DO Paint over that old paneling instead of completely removing it (which may be virtually impossible anyway). This will give your room a bright, new look instantly!
DON’T Try faux finishing yourself. Leave this to the true artists and professionals. It’s much harder than it looks – trust me!