Cheerleading 101- Do I Need An Interior Designer?

HOW TO NAIL YOUR NEXT HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

“Do I need a designer…. with all the ideas and resources available to me online and with social media..I should be able to do this myself!”

Except… you only have so many hours in a day, have other responsibilities and people you’d like to spend time with.  You are likely logging many hours saving photos and ideas from sources like Pinterest.  Right now you may have a phone full of photos and a long wish list.  Some projects you have implemented either didn’t turn out like you envisioned or look just like someone else’s!  So do you need a designer?

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The “Cottage” Estate At Little Hills

Stone Steps, Wood Decorative Glass Entry Door, Black Canvas Awning

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE A HOUSE  TOO MUCH?

“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.

Little Hills Is One Of These Properties. 

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Looking For Love In All The Wrong “Storage” Places

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE WE MAKE WHEN PLANNING STORAGE SYSTEMS

How many times a day do we all look at an area in our homes and think there must be a better way to “store our stuff”!  We’ve tried so many different approaches and only end up bending, reaching and moving other things out of the way to get to what we need.  Sound familiar?

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When Good People Hire Bad Contractors

(3) SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE HIRED THE WRONG CONTRACTOR…EVEN IF IT WAS YOURSELF!

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Does anyone remember the old commercial on TV where the contractor drives up to a house and switches his car sign to say “Today We Do Windows”?  Because that’s what the customer was buying…not because he was an expert in windows.  I don’t remember all the details, but the message has stayed with me for years…work with reputable people!

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Don’t Mess With A Mama Bear

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INTERIOR DESIGN ISN’T ALWAYS PRETTY AND YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW WHO TO TRUST

In our design firm, we are surrounded with clients who are as passionate about their homes as we are.  They have confidence in us that we will not only prepare concept plans and specifications perfect for their project, but we will advise them when choosing the individuals who will be responsible to implement these plans.  Our team of real estate agents, builders, developers, project managers, sub contractors and vendors all can’t wait to be part of our projects.  We count on each other to perform at our best for our clients.  Our day to day, tried and true systems are in place.  Sure, we get grumpy sometimes from sheer exhaustion or frustrated like in any other business.  However, rarely does something “bug” us…as in linger and get stuck in our brains.  We are in the business of problem solving and what might undo someone in another industry rolls off us like the proverbial water off the duck’s back.

EXCEPT WHEN SOMETHING DIRECTLY AFFECTS OUR CLIENTS AND MAY CAUSE THEM A SLEEPLESS NIGHT

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What If…..Sunday

SPRING FEVER -TIME TO BUY A NEW CAR OR A NEW HOUSE

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My husband pretty much is the same no matter what the season.  He is always the optimist, the life of the party, the glue that holds friends and family together.  Spring time is not that much different…EXCEPT for cars and houses.  His eternal search for the next chapter in our lives kicks into higher gear (another pun intended).

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When Is A House Not A Home…

White Brick Front Porch, Gas Lanterns, Boxwood Planters At Entry, Plank Window Shutters, Double Door Entry, Rockers On The Porch
via Better Homes & Gardens

As Soon As It Goes To Market

The minute you consider placing your home on the market is when it needs to become a house again.  It was just a house when you purchased or built it.  It was a business transaction, and a very important one in your life.  After the purchase is when this mere piece of architecture became your home, filled to the brim with your memories and your personalities.  When you decide to pass this house onto someone else, you must look at it as a business transaction, a very large one that you want to be successful.  You are not selling your memories.  They get to go with you.  Continue reading “When Is A House Not A Home…”

Take Another Look

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The number one comment we hear during and after a project from so many of our clients is, “I would have never thought of that!”  We are so very thankful that you depend on us to “think like that”  but we can’t take all the credit.

 The best designers, the ones that can walk in a room or look at a photo, and immediately know what to do…are the ones with a built-in sixth sense.  It’s in our genes.  Perhaps an extra chromosome or some strange combo of DNA.  When you’ve got this, it is both a blessing and a curse.  We are obsessed with details and know these details make the difference in every project.

Capturing them all on our own is not always good.  It’s like watching someone else’s vacation photos….if you were not there they are not as mind-boggling!  We know we need help to channel this energy or we’d never be able to sleep at night.

Enter the Professional Photographer

They see things in a different light.

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Photo by Damsel in Dior

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Peas in a Pod

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Kristen and I are part of a tremendous team that we have the opportunity to work with on a regular basis.  Our teams, both in Venice, Fl and  in Louisville, KY consist of progressive realtors, innovative trades people and quality resources.  Recently, we participated in a round table discussion on how our team works together to provide our clients a complete service when they are considering the sale or purchase of a home.   Grab your favorite beverage, turn up the sound on your device and tune in.  We are very happy to be a part of such wonderful teams!

 

Podcast with Eric Seltz

http://ericjseltz.com/

Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

Louisville, KY

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Here are some quick before and after photos of a project we collaborated  on.  What a pleasure our client is to work with.  She lovingly updated her parents home, top to bottom, to make it her own and ready for the next generation.

Kitchen Before

What a fantastic room full of memories!

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Kitchen After 

Ready to make new memories!

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These guys are pretty happy with the renovation!

Thanks to them and their Mom for asking us to be part of such an meaningful project.

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