Last week our design firm hosted, or were part of, three open house marketing events. Each of these took place after our normal 10 hour days of seeing clients, meeting with contractors, implementing projects and completing installations. Mr. LBD, aka Mr. Social, even traveled to join in all the activities. Needless to say, yours truly needed a few days of decompressing.
Mr. LBD has wanted to convert a church into our home on several occasions. He has even seriously looked at two I can remember that were vast caverns of space complete with enough Sunday school rooms to be a hotel. Except for picturing the baptismal tank as the most wonderful home spa, I just couldn’t warm up to the idea. (pun intended) In addition, I have memories of serving a hundred hungry men “prayer pancake breakfast” far to often in a dark church kitchen to imagine a kitchen like that as our own.
The spring real estate season is fast approaching and your buyer is scrolling thru listings right now. Yes, this is often the best time to place a house on the market. However, it can also be the most competitive time and your home has to appeal to a buyer quickly. Real estate agents have a standard list of what to do to prepare a home for sale. Our design firm has assisted clients buying, and selling, homes for too many years to count. Join us, this Friday, as we show you our Favorite way to market a home!
We’ve all had several years of being heavily introduced to the concept of Minimalism. It’s hard to surf the internet, read a magazine, or even watch some of the HGTV shows without hearing the word tossed around. As always when an idea is promoted, there are people who write “how to” books on the subject. Nearly everyone thinks they “need this” in their lives now. What exactly does it mean to have a minimalistic decor? “Are we ready to embrace it?”
Monday we showed you four homes that all have something in common. Something free that makes every interior the best it can be. Did you figure out what we are talking about? It’s in traditional design and in modern design. Farmhouse to Jetson decor. Your home and ours.
Designers are just like everyone else. At some point, we buy our first house. Mr. LBD Junior and I just starting to think about what we want to do to our first home before we move in. Like many others, painting is on our list!
Even If You Don’t Have The Architecture And The Budget You Think You Need
We all do it. We zip through Pinterest, Instagram and places like Houzz, and find rooms we love. Entire houses in fact. We save the photos and may even start dissecting and researching to see how to make these visions come to life in our home. Before long we hit a snag. For starters, the architecture in the rooms we love is the exact opposite of ours. Or the first piece of furniture we price is what we hoped to spend on the entire space. Perhaps the paint color on the walls, so recently finished you can still smell paint, came out different from in the photo you used as your inspiration. Sound familiar? Designing a home, your home, does not have to be like this. Designers don’t necessarily have a bag of secrets but we do follow one rule on nearly every project….
“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Our design firm is “old”. Years ago a very young feature writer called us “an established design firm with years of experience”. What this really means to us is that we have built relationships that are important to us. We continue to be blessed with clients who allow us to come into their homes and become part of their families. We have as many memories of their homes as they do. When it’s time to pass “our” home onto the next family it can be bittersweet.