Happy New Year! It’s that time to make resolutions; open those new planners, set goals, and think about what we want to accomplish in 2019. The start of a New Year is an excellent time for change. When that ball drops at midnight in Times Square it’s as if a reset button got pushed. The saying “Out with the old and in with the new” is certainly fitting. Goal #1 Take down the Christmas tree and trimmings, it’s a New Year! Once Goal #1 is complete, take an inventory and re-evaluate your home décor. Just like the resolutions we make to improve ourselves, make a resolution to make the needed improvements for your home.
Does your home feel drab? Are you ready for a change in décor? Is your home inviting and current? Does your home fit your family’s needs? Is your home in need of an update in some areas? Are you thinking of selling soon? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” thenprepare to start the process of “out with the old and in with the new” in regards to your home interior decor.
Take an inventory. Decide which items are functional, useful and bring you joy in your home. For instance, did you buy that artwork at a great price, bring it home and hang it, but it never has fit the space or felt right? If you love it, maybe you just need the creative help of a Stager for the rightplacement. If you don’t love it, it ‘s probably time to sell or donate it.
Make three categories:
1. KEEP ~I love it
2. MAYBE ~ I like it, but need someone to help give me ideas where to place it
3. DONATE ~ I’m over it
Once you have that done, you are ready to create the new environment. Don’t let this overwhelmyou, break it down to one room at a time.
Plan. Which room or rooms would you like to tackle first? Set a course for what you would like to accomplish in each room. Start with the ceiling lighting and work your way down the walls (window treatments and wall décor), then furniture placement and accessories, and last the flooring (rugs etc.). Take time to think through what your home décor style is and how that will flow through the rest of your home.
Your plan may be to make only a few simple accessory changes, so don’t agonize over planning. Maybe you’d like to mix patterns and colors with a new comforter and pillows for your bed but get intimidated by the many choices. Or maybe you are stumped by how your great furniture should be arranged to fit your space and provide a good traffic flow. If so, one solution to save time and frustration is to consult with a Stager. A Stager will help guide you through the process and achieve your vision by focusing on the big picture of whatyou’d like to accomplish in your decorating and updating.
Goals. List your priorities. Answer the questions, what style and look am I trying to achieve and what do I want to accomplish in updating and/or changing the décor? Do you need to purchase new furniture or accessories? Does the wall color need a change? Are you looking to create more space for the family or establish an office area? Maybe the goal is to update the master bedroom, kitchen or a bath. Or you may have a simple goal to just decide how to rearrange the room for the new oversized TV you got for Christmas. It will need a large wall space and a new cabinet that fits accordingly.
Determine which area you want to start with, and then gather ideas and pictures to help you determine your taste, style and vision for the room that you want to accomplish. If you’re notready to take on the whole project at once, set smaller goals to establish the order of steps to be taken to complete the room.
For Example: What’s the plan? I want to update my kitchen.
Establish the goals and set a budget. Determine what aspects you can do and what you will need help finishing.
-I need a wall color change, new appliances, some kitchen chairs, updated cabinets (which I will paint), new cabinet hardware and updated light fixtures.
-First priority, choosing the wall color, because wall color sets the tone for everything else in the room.
-Next, choose a complimentary cabinet color, which also needs to blend with the countertops. Add new hardware to the cabinets to finish the update.
-Next, Purchase new appliances around a major sale event if possible
-Last, determine what lighting best suits the space and update the light fixtures
This process may take place over several weeks as each goal is accomplished and completed.
Here are a few Before and After photos to Inspire your next project:
Now that you have some ideas to guide you through the process, you are ready to begin your home interior changes. Work through the three areas above. Consider saving time and simplifying the process by recruiting the help of a Stager. You’ll find that a Professional Stager is an excellent resource that will guide you through the steps to create a home interior that reflects your vision, personality and family lifestyle. So box up the Christmas décor till next year and make a resolution to re-evaluate the old décor and make plans and set goals for the needed new décor and improvements in 2019.
Written by Lydia Goode for Michele Carpenter owner of Inspiring Homes Staging & Redesign.
If you would like more information about Home Staging or Redesign please contact Michele at 321- 806-6543.