Holidays are on the way!

Well, the cool weather finally arrived in “hot” old Houston. We get real excited when we get to pull the sweaters out, even if it’s only for a day. It’s the best way for getting you in the mood for holiday thinking. Those types of thoughts usually have you scanning the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Your keen “entertaining eye” will begin assessing what needs sprucing up for when family and friends come to call. You might scramble to try to find your designer or decorator’s cell number, to put a push on all those get ideas she had back in June or you may head down to the paint store for some inspiration. Either way, something is going to change!

This is a pre-holiday project we did for a client. We took the room from off white cabinets to a distressed green finish and a black worn finish on the island. These updated finishes not only create a great holiday look but are a pleasure throughout the year. (Interior Designer: Janet Gust, Faux Finishes: Anything But Plain)

Just a few tips:

  1. Is this a spruce-up or a re-do? A spruce up may take a few hours or a few days. A re-do or remodel, depending on the project, can on for a few weeks or stretch way past the holidays. It’s a busy time of year for remodelers, so plan ahead. Try to be realistic in your expectations. Use the best people you can afford. It can all be done but maybe not in the timeline you expected. (I say this on behalf of “trades” everywhere!)
  2. Tackle one area at a time. Once you come up with a concept and colors and some nice inspirational pictures for the main area you can add in other rooms. You just need a starting point, right?
  3. One room should make design and color sense with the surrounding rooms. If the living room is traditional in the style of furnishings it may make it too jarring for the senses to have a contemporary dining room nearby. Maybe using just a few contemporary items in the dining room can give it a more updated look without disrupting the “flow”. If French Blue is the prominent color in the living room, make sure to repeat the color in rooms close by, even if you use it only as an accent color.
  4. Sometimes when we attempt to redecorate we can feel that our good taste and style is on the line, especially with the snarky relatives, but it’s more about making your living spaces comfortable for you and giving it a nice facelift. The relatives may come for a few hours but you have to live there. If chartreuses is your favorite color and it makes you smile every time you see it. Use it. Maybe not a whole wall but in pillows or drapes. If Grandma’s couch is the piece of furniture that makes you “feel” at home, recover it or re-purpose it and use it! You can develop a beautiful room around any color and just about any piece of furniture.
  5. Enjoy the process. I can hear the soft roar of “Yeah, sure. What is she, crazy?” Remember, your house is really all about you! Have fun!