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