Years ago, you would walk around a sofa store and try out the sofas that you are drawn to, sit …
How are we going to fit the in-laws in comfortably or your brother or Great Aunty Jean who checks every area for dust? Don’t worry, there are plenty of ideas and top tips to help you cope with this Xmas phobia! The feeling of dread looming at the lack of time left and the preparations ahead!
Firstly and it’s the obvious one! De-clutter! Go through all of the rooms, children’s rooms if you have them and go through the drawers and remove clothing that doesn’t fit anymore or pyjama’s that look like ankle bashers! Be brutal and have a good clear out! Get rid of the lotions etc that you still haven’t used from Great Aunt Jean’s visit last year!
Simple changes to a room where guests will be sleeping? Simply paint, update furniture that isn’t overly expensive. A new rug can change a room significantly and update bedside lamps too! New pendant light?
By doing this you have made a quick update or simply in the picture on the right you have decluttered and added white chairs instead of cream. Stained the table so it looks light and airy. These are really reasonable ways of updating what you have already and utilizing it!
Clean bathrooms and make sure you have easy wipes to hand as there will be high traffic and you’ll find you need to keep on top of the cleanliness!
You can use these in all of your rooms from your bedrooms to lounge and office! They help store items you need but don’t really wish to display. From paperwork to toys! The list is endless as to what you can use them for. A coffee table is a great way to use one! It does two jobs! You can have your drinks on there and a couple of books or magazines whilst hiding all of that clutter.
They had no intention of staying but somehow its worked out you need to use the guest room or make one up. Keep calm! Make sure you have clean sets of spare bedding, duvets and pillows. If you don’t have a guest room, invest in a blow up bed and pump so you can fit guests in to your home. Invest in some reasonable duvets and pillows and you can’t go wrong!
This is the fun part and if you’ve done the above and decluttered you should follow suit with the decorations! Sometimes less is more! You can decorate most of the house using really unusual pieces that add understated wow power!
Simplistic, gorgeous decorations! The green pearl cross, Birch light Trees and Star Jute Sack all from: http://www.rocketstgeorge.co.uk
I love these trees that come in bright or neautral colours that add a touch of fun! All available from: http://www.rocketstgeorge.co.uk
The beautiful Eucalyptus and winterberry garland and the white silver birch available from: http://www.thewhitecompany.com
These are so stunning and understated. Once you’ve had a good clear out of all of the rooms take a look at your Xmas decs and look to accessorise with them! Have some fun with using decorations you may not have used before. You can still keep your scheme traditional without it being garish. Go shopping for decorations like you are shopping for accessories for your home and you won’t go too wrong!
Above all – Enjoy planning! Do it in stages so you don’t feel overwhelmed get a pad and write down what you want to achieve in each room and set about it in stages.
Enjoy your Chrismas, guests and your home with new decs! Plenty of good food and wine! Have a wonderful time!
A good interior designer will bring a huge amount to the table from; where you need to start. Colours that work and why, furniture suggestions, spatial planning, soft furnishings, window treatments and accessories to name but a few! Troublesome rooms, inspiration at a time you feel like throwing that interior magazine away that you thought would save the day! When you feel overwhelmed with what is available and don’t know where to start little own finish!
A good designer will always listen to you and your thoughts about what you wish to achieve. At the same time it is really important that you listen to your designer when they explain why something will or won’t work!
I will always do my best to bring out of my client who says “I have no idea what I want but if you show me I will”.
Often most clients do have a good idea of what they like and dislike and by asking specific questions, I am able to get a clear idea from the client which way we need to proceed.
Sometimes a client will say “I know what I want but I can’t put it in to action” or sometimes my clients need confirmation that they are on the right path!
A good interior designer will show you how to put these ideas in to practice if you are looking for concept design only. Or if you’re looking for a designer to run a full project design. This is where your designer will get as much information from you as possible, measure all of the rooms that you wish to have designed. They look at spatial planning, what will work and fit the space. They will show you different finishes from flooring to paint and soft furnishings. They will come up with ideas for those tricky windows!
Interior designers are always trying to save their client’s time and money through not making costly mistakes. They will set a timetable of work and order so nobody who isn’t meant to be there is on site. They will make sure that the correct order of work is adhered to. Liase with all of the contractors and will always either have a great team of tradesman or subcontractors that they work with. They have a vast base of contacts that can make things happen where not thought possible!
Your designer will work through all the stages of work with you. If you are making changes that need to be completed at the beginning, for example any structural work to be done, knocking down walls, making the floors level, chasing electrical wires, changing sockets, adding new ones, switches, plastering etc. Lighting is crucial to address at the beginning and should never be an after thought. The layout for the lighting should be completed at the beginning of the design. Then they will discuss the timeline with you for decorating, flooring, ordering goods, lighting, artwork & accessories.
All of the above take time and planning! TV shows that give the impression the above work can be being carried out in a few days or a week are not realistic and all of the above takes time and planning. Using a designer to keep track of all of the above is a huge weight off of my client’s minds. They are kept up to date without the stress of making sure which tradesman should be there and when. Items those are faulty and need to be returned and replaced. I always allow a contingency budget for any project. Unforeseen problems are dealt with quickly and this leads to the client enjoying the design process and their experience.
Once all of the above is implemented then the furniture items can be put in place, lighting and accessories to finish off the scheme. This is when the whole process comes together and you will see the scheme that you have dreamed of! Sit back and enjoy your beautiful home! This is what makes designers happy! The tangible feeling that their client loves their new scheme/home.