2017 is going to be a big year of changes here at StoneGable! We are at the tail end of gutting and making over every room in our home. It’s been a long 5 years of projects and I can almost see the light at the end of the decorating tunnel. By no means are we done! If you are a homeowner and even more so a home decorator are we really ever done? But the major renovations are coming to a close. In all of our renovations and decorating I’ve learned A LOT! So, today I’d like to share some important steps for undertaking any decorating project big or small. These steps will go a long way to make your project successful.
Don’t think these steps are only for big projects like putting in a new bathroom or buying a whole room full of furniture. Most of us don’t do that often. These steps are for when we want to buy an accent chair or a dining room table or even when we want to buy a new pair of drapes.
I recently purchased a new duvet cover and some pillows for a bed and went through these easy steps.
Going through these steps will help you make the right choices within your budget!
Bobby and I have a philosophy about spending. We don’t like credit! We save and then buy. I actually have a house budget. That includes home repairs, upkeep, makeovers, and decorating.
It’s wise to put money aside for home needs.
We all make impulse buys, but I’m much happier with items I put in my home if I research it first. Researching big projects are a must, but don’t pass over this step even if your project is small.
I recently updated curtains in our Gable guest bedroom and perused many home decorating sites to get a feel for what is current, price points, fabrics, return policies and what I would need to hang them.
Pinterest for me is a must! I like to see how real home decorators use products and work on makeovers in their homes. I get the best ideas there!
This step does go hand in hand with “research”. I put Pinterest in a category of its own because of the value it lends to a project.
MAP IT OUT
Make sure you have and carry with you all the measurements you need for a home project you are working on. I’m talking from experience.
When I added a chair to my family room awhile back “mapping it out” made all the difference. I measured the available space and from that decided that the chair had to be quite petite. It took me awhile to find the chair with the right dimensions that I felt worked in my family room.
When working on bigger projects I like to use graph paper and literally map out and measure the entire space. We are just about to begin our master bedroom and the first thing we will do is measure our entire room. Every wall, door, window and opening and lay it out on graph paper.
It makes the job of choosing rugs, curtains, and furnishing so much easier!
KNOW WHAT YOU PURCHASE
When it comes time to make purchases for your projects, know exactly what you will be buying. If at all possible go to a brick and mortar store to see it in “real life”. What you see in a magazine, blog or online might look differently to you up close and personal!
Saying that, more and more people are buying online (and I do it all the time) so it’s extra important to follow the suggestions below!
If a future purchase has fabric and you are buying online get a sample! If you are picking out a wall color you will want lots of paint chip choices. When it comes to paint I like to see it on my walls. I usually buy sample pots of paint and label patch of color on my walls.
I have a decorator friend that collects gorgeous samples and puts them all together before buying a single thing! I started following her lead. We went to the beach for a little girl’s getaway this summer and she brought her swatches and paint colors. We had a blast one overcast day playing with them at the pool!
Make sure to know things like how a piece is constructed, the guarantee, if it is returnable, if there is any kind of manufacturer defect policy. Also, read reviews if you the company you are buying from has an online presence. Work with companies that have good customer service reviews.
If you are shopping online know the shipping costs involved.
All these things will help you if something would go awry.
EXPECT BUYER’S REMORSE
I’m surprised how many people, even if they plan home projects well, experience buyer’s remorse. Know that this is normal and don’t give into any unreasonable emotions!
When you have done your homework and your project is done or your furniture is at home in your house take time to step back and enjoy your hard work! We so often rush on to the next thing without finding the joy in a job well done! Say a mental, “GOOD JOB” to yourself!
Now it’s time to learn from your successes and disappointments.
After the fit and tears of a decorating mistake, it’s important to learn something. My biggest lessons were from decorating projects gone bad.
I hope you take this post to heart and it helps you make your home everything you want it to be!
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