What’s Your Style?

What’s Your Style?

  • 101694126.jpg.rendition.largest[1] 101694145.jpg.rendition.largest[1]102043205.jpg.rendition.largest[1]         What’s your design personality? Tobi Fairley’s views on style were simplified. She divided style selections into 4 groups, each group containing several more. By defining which style group you are in it will make it easier for you to purchase furnishings for your home. Often we enjoy several styles but it might be best to stick to 1 or 2 styles. Yes, you can do all four together but it takes a little more talent to achieve a finished look that is cohesive and not distracting. Try using these ideas in your own homes. What style personality are you?

A. Classic Traditionalist: can be formal or casual. Enjoys classic furniture shapes- sofa and chairs have skirts. Heritage pieces- such as china, knick-knack’s,  room can tell a story. Layering of fabrics. Darker wood tones. This can include: Farmhouse, Shaker, Cottage, Shabby Chic, French Country, English and more.

B. Cool Urban: modern, sleek in scale, shape and form. Streamlined without ornamentation; urban or cosmopolitan, current/trendy; materials are metal, glass; medium toned woods. This includes: Mid-Century modern, Scandinavian, Graphic, Organic forms, Edgy styles.

C. Artistic Traveler: A collected look, BoHo, Trend but not Trendy, Global, Layered, Exotic, Textured & rich, layered, patterned textiles, overdyed rugs, strong pigments. This includes items from travels, different cultures, any sort of style. Can be eclectic but is more global.

D. Sophisticated Stylista: Luxe, drama, fashionable, chic, glamorous, Gold finishes, mirrors, bone inlay, tufting, animal print, lacquer, Lucite, crystals. This style embraces scale- such as an overscale headboard and trends- such as quatrefoil architecture. This includes: Art Deco, Hollywood styles.

Mixing: Usually we tend to like 2 styles or more. When you mix have a point of reference such as color. Think of how the room should flow and function. Pick pieces that inspire you and if they are unique not too chaotic. Make some decisions about the style you want to interpret and decide when even though you like a piece “it just isn’t going to work” in this setting. (It’s like shopping for clothes- not everything we like goes together.)

Try this by deconstructing a room and then replacing items with your new choice in the style that fits you! Are you an A/B, a B/C, a D/A or an C/B? As always, call if you need help. Have fun!

Refreshing Your Home


                                    REFRESHING YOUR HOME FOR 2014


Here we are on the eve of a New Year and I thought it would be good to list the top 5 things I would do and that you can do to “Refresh” your home and make it sparkle or if you are thinking of selling these tips will help too. Most of these tasks are for a DIY’er especially if you are handy with tools, if not try painting and cleaning. Here are the 5 areas to focus on.

  1. Kitchen: If you have a laminate counter use a degreaser to clean the surface, if its granite clean and reseal. Shine the sink with a cleaner approved for the type of surface you have. If it’s not an undermount and it is past its prime consider installing a new sink in the same size so no other changes need to be made. The faucet can be replaced and a nice new higher arched style in chrome will brighten the counter, such as this Kohler-Cruette faucet. Stainless appliances can be polished to remove dull spots. Many appliance stores, such as Albert Lee, carry good products for cleaning. Painting can be done to freshen the walls and hide any grease and grime accumulated.  Product
  2. Bathrooms: Install a new modern light over the vanity and get rid of the outdated light bar. It might require some patching and painting but it is worth the effort. Change the faucet and keep the sink unless you really need a new countertop then an undermount sink can be added. If the room is small and the floor faded and worn it is fairly easy to install a new vinyl floor and is inexpensive, you do have to pull the toilet for this. You can also update the toilet by adding a new seat, some are self closing now. Again painting the walls makes a huge difference.
  3. Storage: Look at all those places in your home that are cluttered and see if there is a simple solution to organize the items. In the closet there are multiple types of closet storage systems. You can purchase through a hardware store or have it installed through a closet company, such as Organized Spaces. There are many metal shelf systems that you can use in the garage, available from Costco, Sam’s or a hardware store. We purchased some tall white cabinets with doors to hide the items from McClendon’s. Check under the stairs too and see what works best for storage there. Clean closets and toy areas to organize your favorite possessions. 
  4. Lighting: Good lighting makes a space really come alive so if you need to add can lighting to a bedroom or family room it can brighten the space. This might require a licensed electrician though. You can change out your lamps, get taller lamps, about 28-33”, and use white shades to allow the light to fan out, these are better for reading by beds and end tables. Also start learning about the types of bulbs available, new law requires the 40 and 60 watt bulbs to stop being produced this year. Now CFL’s, LED’s and Halogen will replace them.
  5. Spruce Up from the Outside in: When weather permits it is time to paint the front door and make it sparkle by adding new door hardware and a kick plate. Clean the entry porch and add colorful pots for future flowers. Add a new doormat. Make your home inviting at the entry. This is especially important if you plan on selling your home.*Just wanted to add that painting is listed more than once as it is the easiest, least expensive thing you can do to change or refresh a room.I hope these suggestions get your mind thinking about what you want to accomplish to “refresh” your home at the start of this year. Keep it simple, plan on one space at a time and don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed.                      You can do it! As always if you need help just give me a call.
Creating a Budget

Creating a Budget

Here we are coming to the last days of summer. I hope yours was enjoyable. We should still be able to count on some lingering summer weather to finish up our outside projects and fun. As September approaches and we go back inside it is time to think about projects that can be done before the holidays. Refreshing our spaces does not require custom ordering but if you are considering anything like new cabinets, furniture or draperies most of these items requires a 6-10 week lead time.

It seems like the biggest question my clients have is how to calculate a budget for their project.  What I try to do when we meet is go over the list of needs and then assign a dollar amount to it. For example a living room is going to need at least 2 chairs, a sofa, coffee table or ottoman, 1-2 end tables, extra’s are a TV cabinet, a rug and so on.

Step One: To create your budget, make a list of everything that is needed; don’t forget the small stuff like area rugs, lamps, artwork and some accessories.

Then assign an amount in a range of prices: sofa $1500-3000, chair $500-1500 and so on. You will want to spend the most money on the big ticket items and long lasting pieces. You can add in a lump sum for the accessories and lamps, ect as those can be added into the room slowly.

Step Two: Do some homework. Shop at retail stores or online and get a good idea of what your dollars will buy for certain items. Remember to always compare “apples to apples” an IKEA sofa will be less than a Lee sofa.

Step 3: Factor in some extra dollars for the unexpected. There will things like paint and wallpaper or millwork, either a repair is needed or some details added.

Step 4: Time- how much time will all this take and what is it worth to you. Do you want to do all the legwork or have someone help you?

This process works for rooms in a house but is more difficult with a kitchen or bath. But you can still get a good idea of costs by shopping for appliances, cabinets and hard surfaces. To calculate tile or granite costs add up the square foot price (Length x Width) it at least will give you an idea of whether you will do granite or laminate. It is difficult to know what labor costs will be without selecting some products and getting an estimate. But hopefully when someone comes to do a consultation, you won’t be completely unaware of what the costs will be. I have had people who want to spend $10,000-15,000 on a kitchen remodel when you can hardly do a basic kitchen for less than $25,000-30,000. I’ve also had a client tell me they wanted to do an entire room and window treatments for a $5000 budget. There is a lot you can do for a low budget but you can’t complete an entire room, maybe just buy some quality items that you can add onto later.Design-Photo's-188

I hope this will help you start to look at budgeting for your projects and if you need a little help just call and I can get you started.