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Speed Decorating: Book Review

I recently had the chance to peek through a copy of Jill Vegas’ Speed Decorating:  A Pro Stagers Tips and Trade Secrets for a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less

As a professional designer, I thought she had some great tips and tricks for quick and easy updates to anyone’s home.  She offers some fresh ideas, including some wonderful thoughts for do-it-yourselfers.

One idea I especially liked was Ms. Vegas’ suggestion to keep a Design Notebook about your home.  As you evaluate your needs for each room in your home (she offers suggestions on how and what to evaluate), keep a notebook and pencil handy.  Jot down notes on what items you need to purchase for each room and what projects need to be done.  Details are key; write down sizes, colors and other items of importance, so you know exactly what you are shopping for.

Although, most likely, all of your “to-do” list will not be accomplished immediately, it provides a master plan for your home.  As time and budget allow, you will have your plan in place, and won’t flounder aimlessly wondering what to do next. 

Additionally, when you are out shopping, keeping your Notebook handy will allow you to snatch up bargains when you see them – and to know what will work in your home!  No more buying an accessory, only to find out it is too large, too small or not the right color.  I think this idea is helpful for any homeowner; what do you think?

I thought the book was well laid-out, making it easy to read and easy to skim pages for the facts.  If you have read this book, I would love to hear your comments.

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How-To Articles

In an effort to help do-it-yourselfers with their home design projects, I recently started writing How-To articles for the E-How website. Of course, you will find other fun ideas thrown in, too, but many of my articles are about home improvement or decorating ideas. You can see them here.  I would love for you to rate the articles and comment – either here or at the E-How website.  Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed – that way, you will be notified when I write a new article.  Hopefully, I can inspire you to try a new project!

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Did You Know…

interior designers are available to help you on your do-it-yourself project? We realize that not everyone needs full service interior design – where we coordinate the installation, product ordering and project management for you. Perhaps you just need a little help in knowing where to start. What paint colors should you choose? What about furniture arrangement? What about designing that new tile backsplash for your kitchen? Give us a call! A few hours of design time can save you lots of money and time in the end; having to repaint the entire basement because you hate the color is not going to make your husband a happy man. We can save you that aggravation; we can provide a simple consultation, or we can also provide product and/or installation services. Whatever portion of your project you need help with, we are happy to be there for you.  Have you ever used an interior designer and were so happy you did?  Or, did you regret NOT using a designer on your last project?  We would love to hear your design project stories – leave a comment here!   We hope to hear from you soon!

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