A new survey by internet design powerhouse Houzz (and its more than four million unique monthly users) indicates that “improving the look and feel of their space” to be a hugely important driving force for a majority of homeowners today. And when we look at the publication of print and online publications, broadcast television and online shows as well as the huge growth in home values in most American markets it's easy to find this to be true. Of the homeowners surveyed, 72% state that in the next two years they plan to decorate or redecorate their home.
And who would not want to come home to a stylishly conceived, luxuriously executed and artfully accessorized place to hang your hat, not to mention, a super cool place to entertain friends, family and collections? Is it your dream for your home's interior to reflect the confidence, poise and style you find each month in your favorite shelter magazines? Well you are not alone. I think most that linger over compelling images in those four-color photo shoots, which fill every edition of print and online magazines, are longing for some of that magic to rub off on them, hoping some of that sparkly designer dust might bewitch their abode and rocket them into the decorating stratosphere.
Sadly it's not about a wiggling nose or wave of a wand. What's needed is some decorating heavy lifting. So here are my Top 5 Million Dollar Decorating Hacks:
– Hire The Best. One sure way to secure that 'magazine ready' look for your home is to hire one of the industry's top interior design professionals. The results just might land you and your home in one of those glossy magazines. But not to mention free so be prepared for substantial fees, large budgets and a ton of time. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.
– Hire Close to Home. Most every community has their own supply of local design and decorating talent. Do some homework and learn about the work being done in your own backyard. You may find a local pro who can deliver the type of work you have in mind. The fees and budget will be less than if you hired a big name firm but good quality work should not be out-of-the-question.
– Shop for Some Help. Many local and regional furniture stores have very helpful interior design staff ready to assist you with your home decorating needs. The services may be limited to furniture, art and accessories (as supplied by the store) with a bit of help with paint colors and rug or carpet selections. The end result can be satisfying just be careful your rooms do not end up looking like furniture showrooms.
– Find Help Online. A growing trend is for design services to be artfully packaged and delivered to homeowners on the internet. These remote-design firms offer packages of services (supported by your initiative) which can offer assistance in a number of areas. Colors, layout, material selections and product specification are generally part of the offerings with packages of ideas being delivered via email or the standard postal service. Depending on how these services are leverages results can range from a resounding success to a slow improvement?
– Learn and Do. A growing number of mid to upper level clients are turning to themselves to complement their decorating dreams. With the help of online training, some one-on-one decorating coaching and a large dose of “DIY” energy these homeowners are taking the helm of their own decorating projects and are saving big fees as they go. Whatever is spent on their personal training and coaching is more than off-set by their overall project savings. While not for the feint-of-heart this approach is perfect for anyone who's been through the decorating process and feels comfortable following the steps outlined by a training program or design coach.
Whatever path you take, here's to creating a more beautiful home!