Real Estate and Design Tips
When I first started watching HGTV, the makeover design shows seemed to have a common thread. The designers would ask the home owner questions regarding their needs and style preferences, and then transform their space while they were away. The reveal day would show homeowners gasping and exclaiming, "Is this my house?" It makes for great TV and I know many homeowners would love that opportunity. For me, it was hard to put myself in that scenario. I loved what the designers did with the space, but I would want to pick out the flooring, curtains, pillows and place the accessories around the room. I would feel like I missed out on all the fun and pride of my input on the final product. What if there was a show that offered advice on style, flooring, color schemes, etc and together we transformed the space. I even came up the show title, 'Design Assist.'
Fast forward to 6 months ago when I started research on careers in interior decorating. I came across a word, Redesign. Of course the definition of redesign via google is to 'design again in a different way,' but what does it mean in regards to interior decorating.
Take for instance the kitchen in this photo.
This kitchen is builder grade, linoleum floor, no back splash, upgraded cabinets still in good condition. The potential to completely reinvent the space is certainly there, but many homeowners can not take that step unless they won a makeover by a TV show;)
A small upgrade or redesign is a great first step. Hardwood floors were added, and so was a back slash. To enhance the natural light a softer color was added to the walls. The eating area was given proper storage for removing clutter from the kitchen table and floors. Restructure of seating and wall decor for a functional but upgraded look to accommodate the new design style was achieved. The next step would be to upgrade the appliances and counter tops. Something that can be redesigned at a later date.
Using pieces in the space, adding simple upgrades and reconfiguration of layout for design and function, this kitchen was given a Redesign.
Redesign starts with defining your style, which is the most important step and a topic all of its own, it can also keep you from making costly design mistakes. A professional can assist with this process, once your style has been defined you can use that knowledge to reflect every design decision and purchase throughout your home.
Redesign can work with what you currently have in your home. Awkward layout, lack of function, and undefined style can limit the potential of your home. A professional can look at your space and rearrange a layout to add function and style. When your not looking for a complete room take over, just a design assist, consider Redesign. ~gina t. graham
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