Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
"Dear Karen, We have lived in our home for over 25 years and are ready to downsize. We have a lot of decisions to make about what to keep and what to get rid of. We've also talked to a few realtors and know we have to freshen it up before we sell if we want to get top dollar. Can you help us prepare our home for sale without judging our style or breaking the bank?"
"We had good intentions and started on a few updates but just got overwhelmed!"
This was a real couple with a real lovely family. The children were finished with school and moving out and getting married and starting families.....someplace where it was warmer and without the gray winter perma-cloud we experience here in Northern Indiana. . What they needed wasn't a scolding about their extra stuff or a lecture about how their 1980's style would affect the next potential home buyers - I'm not here to shame your game -. what they needed was a strategy and a plan. And that's what I gave them. Starting with how to properly layout their furniture in their own space.
Then I went room by room - starting with the entry, and gave them a solid plan for updating their space using mostly what they already had.
During the design clarity session, called a Downsizing Design Consultation, she showed me original artwork she had stored in her closet (I always find the best stuff in my client's closets - stuff with a history and stuff with meaning). We used it as a point of emphasis above in the entry.
Just look at that master bedroom before and after....I'd say, they were quick learners (or maybe they had a good coach?)!!!
Then, where needed, I helped her select the correct paint color and flooring to ensure the spaces would flow throughout the home.
An Extra bedroom used as a craft room was returned to it's original purpose because bedrooms add more value to the home dawling (never be afraid to ask me why)!!
And clutter was corralled and controlled. Hey don't judge--you know we've all been there!
Furniture was carefully edited--and beds made.
I helped my client create beautiful spaces using mostly what they already had. And if an item needed to be purchased, they knew what to purchase, where and how.
When a client asks for this help with the intention of staying, it is called 'redesign'
When a client asks for this help with the intention of selling, it is called 'staging'.
Either way, it is the same process of making intentional design decisions with the client's goals in mind. I always begin with an assessment of what the client already owns and then apply design principles of scale, color, emphasis and proportion. It is much like a rubrics cube and there is a lot of back and forth that happens before the best solution is discovered.
And....small, inexpensive changes using this method result in a more beautiful, balanced space that result in a faster sale with less bickering and price negotiations.
Just look at that happy family! Aren't they beautiful!
This home sold for top dollar, 90% quicker than other houses at the same price point in a depressed economy - but here's the part I love the most....the client thanked me for helping them enjoy their home again after living there for 25 years. She said my plan helped take the overwhelm out of downsizing and selling her home and that they were looking forward to their next adventure with God!
Here's the strategy I used to help them reach their goals - but there is no magic formula or one size fits all in interior design so if you are using a strategy that isn't getting you where you want to go, contact me for an evaluation and a new strategy.
Did you find this informational helpful? That's the whole purpose!
Do you have questions about staging, downsizing or another interior design project?
Contact me today to schedule a brief telephone chat! I know you are overwhelmed so I'll set your mind at ease by sharing a funny interior design story relevant to your project (I once had an intern tell me I should write a book) and we'll go from there!
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She had Alzheimer's disease and never realized her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world?. So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)