Category Archives: Move-In

DECORATING FOR GROWN-UPS

Growing up, you can hardly wait to be an adult.  After all, no one tells grown-ups what to do or how to do it, right?  Of course, once you get there, the reality is “adulting” isn’t everything you dreamed it would be.  And you realize, there are still plenty of people telling you what to do!  But, sometimes being told what to do, even as an adult, is a good thing.  Take decorating for grown-ups, for example.

FAMILY ROOM

We’ve been working with a younger couple who recently purchased a beautiful, new-construction home in the far-north Chicago, Sauganash neighborhood.  Essentially starting from scratch, these young professionals had moved from their downtown apartment into a much larger home to raise their growing family.  Decorating an entire 3,500 sq. ft., 3 bedroom-2.5 bath house while caring for twin, two-year-olds and a newborn and working full time would be enough to overwhelm anyone.  So, we were asked to come to the rescue and “tell them what to do” in order to create a home that was warm, inviting and, of course, family-friendly.

LIVING ROOM

Fortunately, with new construction, we didn’t need to waste a lot of time fixing other people’s problems.  However, we did want to upgrade a few of the “builder-quality” choices.  Over the course of numerous consultations and a joint shopping excursion, we selected new lighting, bathroom hardware & mirrors and enough furniture to finish filling every room in the home.  After that, we took over the rest sourcing every single detail down to the coasters for the family room table.

As with so many projects, after months of planning ordering and waiting, we were finally ready to put it all together.  Over the course of several days, our team gradually did what we do.  We tweaked the placement of furniture that had been delivered, installed soft window treatments where needed, hung artwork, added lighting, placed rugs and accessorized every room.

DINING & LIVING ROOM BEFORE

DINING & LIVING ROOM AFTER

LIVING & DINING ROOM BEFORE

LIVING & DINING ROOM AFTER

FAMILY ROOM BEFORE

FAMILY ROOM AFTER

BASEMENT BEFORE

BASEMENT AFTER

BASEMENT BEFORE

BASEMENT AFTER

MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE

MASTER BEDROOM AFTER

MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE

MASTER BEDROOM AFTER

GUEST BEDROOM BEFORE

GUEST BEDROOM AFTER

Obviously starting with very little, the Before & After transformations are nothing short of spectacular!  And, with most of the items delivered and work finished just before Christmas, our clients were able to show off & share their beautifully-decorated home for the first time with family and friends.

Working with this family, we helped expedite the decorating process and create spaces which might have taken months or years for them to complete on their own.  The end result is a home no longer needing attention.  Instead, our parents have more time to spend with their own kids who are ‘growing up’ very quickly too.

Of course, adulting certainly has its benefits.  And while you’re old enough to make your own decisions; in our crazy, busy lives, sometimes it’s just nice to have someone make them for you. So, if you’re a grown-up who might like being “told what to do” (in a good way) with your own home decor, give us a call.  You’ll be glad you did!

Happy Grown-Up Decorating from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433.

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MAKING A NEW HOUSE FEEL LIKE HOME

Having the opportunity to work with clients over a period of years gives a sense of continuity to what we do.  No only do we get to see how lives and homes evolve over time.  But we also get to know the family better.  That helps us fine tune a look that is even more reflective of who they are and what is important to them.

We had that opportunity last Fall when a family we’d helped with a redesign 6 years ago told us they were moving to a new, larger property.  Since we’d done such a great job helping them create a fresh new, look in their previous home, they knew we’d be able to help them settle in and make their new house feel like home as quickly as possible.  Our goal was to repurpose as much as we could from their previous home.  Then, we’d blend in the new things we needed to tie it all together.

Move-ins offer a unique opportunity to help clients see their “old” decor in a fresh, new way.  Obviously, some things from the previous home will work and some things won’t.  But, by using cherished furniture, art and accessories, a new house can feel like home much more quickly than starting from scratch.

We knew this larger house would need more to furnish and fill.  So, the buyers negotiated to purchase some of the like-new, custom furniture that was already in the home from the previous owner.  That saved a ton of money over buying new.  And it expedited the entire process since we didn’t have to wait for custom orders to be delivered.

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AFTER

We met with out clients a few times to come up with a game plan and shopping list.  A few of the rooms needed to be repainted.  So we selected colors more to the new family’s taste.  We also needed some new area rugs, a few new pieces of artwork, window treatments, throw pillows and accessories to make everything flow.  And while we were shopping, the new owners worked feverishly to get unpacked and settled so that we had everything unboxed and ready to place on the day of styling.

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DECORATING TIP:  No matter how well you’ve planned, it’s important to take time and live in your new home for a period of weeks or even months.  Learning how you and your family live in and use the spaces will help make better decorating choices when the time comes.

Anyway, after a few more weeks, our team arrived on site to fine tune furniture placement and finally layer in all the family’s cherished artwork and accessories which always help a house feel more like home.

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AFTER

Even though it was a new house for the family, once we were done, it felt familiar.  Repurposing, and restyling with many of their things, helped their new space feel like they’d lived there for years.

If you’re moving and starting fresh, that’s great.  But, by using cherished furniture, art and accessories, a new house can feel like home much more quickly than starting from scratch.

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AFTER

Happy Fresh Start Decorating from Decor Designs.  815-245-2433

 

 

 

 

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