Hey there friends! I wanted to hop on and tell you a couple cool things. Firstly, our kitchen is starting to look and feel like a kitchen. It is still very much a construction zone. However, it’s functional and it’s starting to look pretty! We still have a lot to finish including tile, paint, drywall, hardware, flooring, and some electrical. I am hoping it will come together sooner as our days start getting longer and warmer.
With so many things needing to get done, it can be intimidating to even start a project. That’s why I wanted to give you some advice and real life experience on how I design a space for our home or a client.
When designing a space I tend to be a very visual person. I need to touch and feel the items before making a financial commitment… believe me it has saved us thousands! I highly recommend buying in person rather than online. However, I did find some AMAZING pieces online that will make the kitchen drool worthy… but they definitely were not our large ticket items.
My biggest tip for today is, get all your supplies together before you start and ask yourself some simple questions.
1. Do these colors compliment each other?
2. Will this make my room more cohesive?
3. Does it make me happy? (Include your better half in that too).
4. Will I still like this in 5 years?
5. Will this add financial value to the home?***
***Even though we plan to stay put for several years, we are always reminded that resale value matters not just for us but also for our community. That’s right folks, what your neighbors’ homes sell for will impact what yours will sell for, and vic versa. We believe we are doing justice to our friends and neighbors by being good stewards of our property!***
I thought it would be fun to show you a couple different ways I personally decide how I want to design a space. First, is my pre-purchase. Admittedly, I do much of this mentally. However, when you need a hand it’s always good to create what is called, a design board. Now, much of America uses Pinterest, as do I. And this is kind of like a Pinterest board only a little more formal. I use a program to make a collection of all my “ideas.” I make sure everything looks cohesive next to each other. Second, is the post-purchase but pre-use of anything you buy. This will allow for last minute mind changing if you decide your idea just isn’t what you thought. The first step though will hopefully save you from making costly mistakes.
The First Step.
(I included a thumbnail of my final choices for reference in the top, middle image.)
Now that all my ideas are on one simple page, I can decide if this is indeed what we want to purchase and use for the renovation project.
The Second Step:
Bring all your major items together and review your questions.
This is one example of how I take all my ideas and confirm if they go together before we do the tough work. Sometimes you just need to see how things flow together before you know you want to live with them.
I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek of our kitchen! We will be so excited when all the work is finished. The best part though is we are making this house ours. It finally is starting to feel like our home. We have a long way to go from finished but we are so excited for the journey. Make your day beautiful, friends. And for more inspiration be sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. There are so many new things planned as the seasons change.