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Don't Forego a Set Budget on a Whim

This blog details more of what we discussed in the previous blog.

A test of willpower! I know in the excitement itís easy to fall in love with a $15,000 carpet. However, when the budget for the room is set at $20,000. It doesnít leave much room for anything else. Maybe some bean bag chairs and a lava lamp!

  • Set a budget and stick with it.
  • List everything you want to accomplish right down to the paint.
  • Put a $ value next to the item and then go shopping to see how accurate and realistic you are.
  • You may have to scale back on some things to invest in other areas.

For example, I recommend spending more money on a sofa for the family room than on the carpet. You want comfort and durability in a sofa as this is where you hang out. And I can promise you one of the kids/husband/dog will do something on the carpet in the first week - so keep the price down and donít sweat it.

List items in priority. Do you simply need to freshen up the room or do you want a complete overhaul. Draperies and toss cushions with a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference to a tired room.

Example project #1 is a large Traditional family room.

INSPIRATION: DRAPERY FABRIC! REMINGTON COL. MINK

YOU HAVE YOUR INSPIRATION, NOW SELECT A CARPET. HERE WE HAVE CHOSEN AN OATMEAL COLOURED WOOL TO WORK WITH THE BACKGROUND FABRIC OF THE DRAPERY.

NEXT CHOOSE YOUR SOFA, CHAIRS AND FABRIC. WE'VE CHOSEN NEUTRAL COLOURS THAT WE WON'T TIRE OF EASILY. THE ONE POP OF COLOUR IS ON THE BENCH. THE BIGGEST PORTION OF YOUR BUDGET SHOULD BE IN THIS AREA TO ENSURE YOU HAVE QUALITY AND COMFORT FOR YEARS TO COME.

DRAPERY PANELS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN, SO NOW WE HAVE ADDED TOSS PILLOWS TO COORDINATE.

LAY OUT YOUR FABRIC SAMPLES AND FURNITURE PHOTOS TO SEE HOW IT'S COMING ALONG. ARE YOU STAYING ON BUDGET?

TIME TO SELECT A PAINT COLOUR WHILE YOU HAVE ALL YOUR FABRIC SAMPLES SPREAD OUT. BOOK YOUR PAINTER TO ENSURE HE IS FINISHED BEFORE YOUR NEW FURNITURE ARRIVES.

MEASURE YOUR SPACE FOR THE SIZE OF COFFEE TABLE AND END TABLES. GO SHOPPING AND BRING BACK DIMENSIONS AND PHOTOS. ONCE YOU HAVE MADE YOUR SELECTION, YOU WILL KNOW WHAT SIZE YOUR TABLE LAMPS OR FLOOR LAMPS SHOULD BE.

YOU HAVE ALL THE MAJOR PIECES AND NOW YOU CAN ACCESSORIZE!


Example project #2 is a large formal Transitional Living Room

Inspiration: Striped Wool Carpet

The beautiful wool rug that was chosen as inspiration for this room allowed the client to indulge in texture: blue velvet sofa, heavy cream linen on the two chairs and bench. Linen was also selected for the draperies in our Lino, col. Oyster.

Pops of yellow fabrics, bright artwork and gold accessories added to the elegant feel of this room. All the same rules apply when budgeting for clients.




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