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Design is all in the detail. A lot of what I provide is helping to determine where my clients can get the most bang for their buck. For example, if an end table is needed but it is off in a corner, I might recommend we spend a little more on the lamp, that can be seen, and less on the actual table. But then there are those times where having something unique can really make a room.
We just don’t give enough attention to end tables and therefore this blog shall be ode to the end table.
I was early for an appointment last week so I decided to stop in and check out the consignment store, It’s New To Me at 7719 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78757. I found some goodies!
I considered not sharing this next one because I love it so much and either want it for myself (and I totally can’t use it) or want to use it for a client. But here ya go…
This is another one I considered not sharing because I’m on the look out for the perfect dresser to convert into a bathroom vanity. I might still go pick this one up for myself.
If you decide to go and pick any of these items up, please let me know what you end up doing with them!
As I’m walking through my home, admiring my new counter tops and sinks (pics to come soon), I start looking at all of the projects that are still left. I say to myself, “Why can’t every square inch of my home be just the way I want it? I then determine it can and it WILL! But I can’t do everything all at once. Neither time nor money will allow. But then I’m reminded that everything in life happens in phases and my house is no different. I’m working through the phases.
What phase are you at? Because if you’re not, you should!
Austin Interior Design
This weekend I met with a client, from California, who was in town to look at houses. This particular house is in a great area and priced well below market but is in need of some desperate updates. In today’s competitive market, it’s soooooo important for your houses to be updated and staged, if you can. I can imagine it is pretty overwhelming for the sellers of this home, thinking about all of the updates that need to be made, but it’s just as daunting to a potential buyer.
Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, please consider making some of these same updates. There are things you can do, in phases, that will not only make your house look nicer, but will add to the bottom line.
#1: Update your doorknobs and hinges. No one wants brass. No one. There are resources online where you can buy affordable door knobs/levers. Some of my favorites are http://overstock.com, http://dynastyhardware.com and http://cabinethardwareexpo.com. As a matter of fact, I just ordered new door knobs for my upstairs today. Here’s what I chose:
#2: Consider painting your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Very few people I know love their yellow, oak cabinets. If you can’t afford to replace them, paint them! That’s what we did!! For around $100 in materials, you can instantly update your kitchen.
#3: Counter tops. I will admit that counter tops are on the pricey side. It doesn’t matter what material, they’re gonna cost ya. But it matters ya’ll. Here is a before and after of a job I recently did. This homeowner will undoubtedly get her money back from this update when she decides to sell! We painted the cabinets, added hardware, installed solid surface counter tops (around $40 a foot installed), and replaced outdated lighting.
#4: Update your window treatments. The house we visited on Saturday still had the original mini blinds that were discolored and bent. Even with them pulled all the way up, I still saw $$$$. Speaking of window treatments, check out what we had in our dining room when we bought our house!
We didn’t spend a ton of money to get this look. Since privacy isn’t an issue for us, in the back, we bought outdoor, bamboo shades from Home Depot. Each blind was about $50 and we used pre-made, silk drapes from JCPenney. Total for this window treatment project was around $300.
#5: Light fixtures and fans. I know I’ve said this before but NO ONE wants brass. You can go to Home Depot and purchase relatively inexpensive light fixtures to replace stuff like this:
OK, that’s it for now. Make a plan to do some of this in phases and it won’t break the bank. Besides, you’re worth it!
Adentro Designs has been working on several kitchen and bathroom remodels and as I’m sifting through all of the beautiful materials, it’s really encouraged us to get our own bathroom redo in motion. **After pics to come soon, I hope!
As I’m looking for the perfect light fixtures for clients (and myself), tile, shower curtains, etc., I came across some things that have really inspired me.
Everything for my sons’ bathroom redo has been been ordered and as soon as I can encourage the dear husband to start the floor tile, we’ll be in good shape. Just as a sneak peak, here are the materials we’ve ordered!
I will tell you, I used paint we already had, to save money, and I’m not completely happy with my paint job for this room but it took so long, I don’t plan on changing it! Here’s hoping it all works out! Stay tuned…