Most every household has at least one pet – whether it be a dog, cat, or even a guinea pig. I would venture to say that most of us treat them just like family. And just like we would baby-proof our home for our children, we should pet-proof our home for our furry family members 🙂
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.
DO Find furniture pieces that do “double duty”.
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!
DO Utilize a closet for office storage.
Build shelving (or purchase ready-made pieces from an organization store) to accommodate your bulky office equipment such as printers, fax machines, etc. This will free up much needed work space on your desk.
DON’T Neglect your Kitchen Pantry.
Inventory the entire contents and categorize them (boxes, paper goods, pasta, etc.). Throw away anything old, give away anything your family won’t use. Purchase plastic containers and place like item in them. Use turn tables for cans and bottles.
DO Tackle the garage.
The garage is always the last place we feel the need to organize. Large plastic bins will be your best friend – these are much more durable than boxes for items such as holiday décor. Trash or donate anything you haven’t used in some time. Install built-in or modular storage if you can. Remember – make the most of the vertical wall space and overhead space with shelving!
DON’T Forget about the main living area.
These well-used rooms tend to collect the most clutter. Use decorative baskets to store items such as papers, magazines, and remotes so you can keep flat surfaces clean and clear. Purchase furniture that does “double duty” such as using a storage ottoman for your coffee table. If you tend to collect a lot of photo frames, try making a wall collage instead of cluttering-up your tables.
Shopping for new furniture and decorative items can be a fun, but daunting, task!
DO Have one dramatic element that commands your immediate attention.
This could be an architectural element (such as a fireplace) or a unique piece of furniture.
DON’T Place all your furniture against the wall.
Experiment with angles and avoid the urge to line everything up on a right angle.
DON’T Forget to take a look around your home before you shop. Inventory your existing items with an open mind.
A night stand in the Guest Room might make the perfect end table in the Living Room. The artwork over your bed might look fabulous in the Kitchen. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, or room, as the case may be.
DO Group objects by similarities.
For example: color, shape, and motif.
DON’T Overdo the accessorizing.
Too many items will start to appear cluttered and overwhelming. Remember, “Less is More”.
DO Lay out the arrangement of the artwork on the floor before hanging it on the wall.
DON’T Hang artwork more than 6”-9” above furniture pieces.
This will allow your artwork to visually coordinate with your furniture pieces.
DO Unify a mixture of art themes by coordinating framing styles.
DON’T select artwork solely based on the colors in your room – select artwork you will LOVE to look at each and every day.