How exactly do you decorate during a pandemic? Not very easily, let me tell you. But everyone said, once the Covid shut down was over, business would boom in many industries, including interior decorating. And I’m really beginning to think there is some truth to those predictions! It’s been obvious from the numbers of people I see shopping for home decor and from the increase in inquiries and new projects we’ve started since the end of May.
Of course, that’s a good problem to have when you’ve been idled for more than two months as “non-essential”. For our abundantly patient clients who began their decorating projects prior to the stay-at-home orders, there hasn’t been anything to do but wait. And for those who are just starting, the realities of idled factories and disrupted supply chains is making decorating during a pandemic an ongoing challenge now and for the foreseeable future.
Now that things have largely reopened, it’s off to the races as we’ve been playing catch-up for our clients who started projects before March. And we’ve also been fielding a ton of new business from those who decided, after spending all that time at home, they need to something about their decor as well. We’ve accomplished a lot in the last month and a half! But there’s a heck of a lot more to do.
Here are some pics of projects we’ve finished over the last few weeks with a brief explanation of each set. A special thank you to all our wonderful families for letting us share photos of their transformations. Hope you enjoy!
As you can tell from some of these photos, with holiday decor still obvious in the Before shots, several of our recently-completed projects began right after the first of the year. Such was the case for this Family Room & Kitchen refresh we did for a wonderful family in Bloomingdale, IL. We had ordered new custom seating pieces in February and were on track for a late April install when Covid hit. So it was a relief for us all when the stay-at-home orders were finally relaxed and the new furniture arrived. I guess it’s still true that good things come to those who wait…
And the following pics are from a project in Palatine, IL where we helped a young, soon-to-be newlywed couple get off on the right foot in their first home together. We all know the stresses of getting married. (I can only imagine what a pandemic adds.) While merging households & lifestyles can be a big challenge for newlyweds, it was so much fun helping these “kids” get off to a great start!
The previous owners left an oversized and ornately carved coffee table the couple found when they moved in. Rather than throwing it in the trash, we suggested cleaning it up, cutting it in half and either mounting it on the wall as a foyer table or using it on the floor as a bench. One-of-a-kind foyer table wins!
People need to sell and move during a pandemic too. So, staging homes for sale has been just as important as decorating for those staying put. Here are some Before & After shots of a project in Prairie Grove, IL. Repurposing our clients furnishings and adding a few new punches of our own, we helped prepare this property to attract the largest possible pool of buyers. Staging can be a win-win if you do it early enough in the process. Why not enjoy the beautiful changes until your home sells?
Finally, we had fun putting some finishing touches on a gorgeous, custom home in Barrington, IL. With three young children, there’s hardly ever enough time in the day to focus on decorating. So, after being referred by a neighbor, we were excited to step in and help give the first floor of this home the added attention it needed taking it from “ok-for-now” to WOW!
So yes, decorating during a pandemic has proven to have its own unique set of challenges. Just like every other business, we’ve had to reinvent the way we work while continuing to provide our clients with the products and services they want and need during these unusual times.
I’m happy to report we are rising to the occasion. At the end of the day, it’s not IF we can do something but HOW we can do it! Whether consulting remotely, shopping online, or socially distancing in stores or homes, we are determined to continue making our mark when the world needs pretty more than ever!
Happy “Pandemic” Decorating from Decor Designs. 815-245-2433