You are going to love today’s post from my friend Karen Davis, interior designer and author of the blog The Adventures of Marker Girl. Karen has great tips for you when planning the design of your home and how to create FUNCTIONAL design that looks great too. Hope you enjoy this treat for the weekend!!
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Designed on a Deadline for the Busy Mom!
Karen Davis – Karen Davis Design
Thank you Denise for allowing me the opportunity to post on your Blog… Denise’s approach to design with her Designed on a Deadline service is just amazing!
My approach to design is all about designing the home around the family’s lifestyle. But for many the fast and busy pace of having a family can leave us with little time to really decorate that home we dream of and want for ourselves. I hear all too often… I just don’t have time and wouldn’t even know where to start….
Here is my answer to you who are saying this very thing…
It is all in the planning and starting with furniture is the key to success. When working on a decorating project I always start with furniture first as it is the foundation of the room. It is also the most limiting in choices of colors, finishes and styles.
Shopping before planning can lead to costly mistakes such as furniture being too large and not fitting in the room. This can get you very frustrated even before you begin. Creating a floor plan for furniture placement is how I start every project I work on. The floor plan is crucial for making the right purchases and creating a home that functions to fit your lifestyle and needs.
Now that you have your plan/layout and know what will fit, it is time to shop for those pieces and pick the right styles and fabrics to start the overall look of the room. Create a list of retailers that sell their own furniture or local furniture stores that carry vendors you prefer. Look online to see what is available first then plan out your shopping day/s. Find one salesperson to work with; don’t jump from person to person in a store.
*Tip – If you are really on Deadline of 30 days or less, the piece you see on the floor in most retail stores is usually stocked in the warehouse for direct shipping. If you want a different fabric these are usually special order taking from 60 -90 days. Always ask what the time frame is and when you are ordering a different fabric always check to see if it is in stock. Any piece that is said to be out of stock and being shipped from out of the country generally isn’t guaranteed since there is not a lot of control with customs.
Once these main pieces are in place you have a foundation and can move on to rugs, windows, paint, lighting and accessories. Take each area one at a time. That’s the way to keep focused and finally have that finished home you have being dreaming of…
To find out more about my system check out my Decorating Details E-book for more tips, ideas and solutions like these at www.karendavisdesignonline.com/ …