Planning Ahead for a Decorative Update for the Holidays


The holiday season is only a few short months away.

Yikes! While you may not want to think about that yet, now is the time to act if you envision your guests seated at a beautiful new dining table in your freshly painted, restyled dining room on Thanksgiving Day or enjoying the cozy new atmosphere of your updated family room at Christmas or your winter holidays. Many homeowners with the best of intentions—prompted by the cool, crisp autumn air—start their redecorating projects a bit late, setting themselves up for disappointment when the delivery and completion schedule doesn’t meet their hoped-for deadline.

Consider lead times

The truth is most redecorating projects, depending on the details, can take up to 10 weeks or more. If you only start thinking about a redecorating project on October 1, you could wind up taking delivery of that new dining table the week after your big Thanksgiving get-together. If you want to enjoy your new room for the holidays, I recommend you start redecorating in September, if not sooner.

Lead times on custom items such as furniture and window treatments can be 6 to 8 weeks, more if something is on back order. My wonderful painter/wallpaper contractor gets to my customers quickly, but realistically, he needs a 4-week window. Carpet installation can require around 8 weeks or so. If your project involves electrical or drywall changes, expect a similar time frame.

Many times, one piece of a project depends on another to finish first, and contractors often fall prey to the “while you’re here” dilemma. Say you hire my painter for your family room, but as you see the fresh new color go up, you decide to ask him to add the dining room and kitchen “while he is there.” It only makes sense, right? All his tools are already there, what’s another day or two?  This happens with electricians, plumbers, and contractors of all types. I plan those possibilities into my projects and so should you.

Save time & money

People are busy today. Having a plan to follow saves hours of shopping, pricing, and trial and error that otherwise occurs without one. Whether I am working with a “do-it-yourselfer” or not, all my customers get a written design plan as part of our comprehensive consultation, which includes suggestions of décor items from furniture to paint colors to accessories.

“DIYs” can purchase the items on their own, as time and budget allow, because I include pictures of the actual items, available suppliers, and estimated costs. (I find that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is a very true statement in my business.) Since I know the size of the room, I can recommend things that will be in good proportion to the space as well as existing items. For full-service clients, I coordinate the purchase and delivery of what is chosen from the design plan. Either way, having a plan in place—one that coordinates style, color, size, proportion, balance, accessorizing, and more—ensures your decorating dollars are spent wisely.

Helpful tips for your room redo

Perhaps you’ve been inspired by a piece of artwork; maybe your child is taking the big step from baby to big girl (or boy) beds; the kids are moving into their “tween” years; or your empty nest is ready for a fresh update but you’re not sure how to start. There are a number of things besides style to take into account when developing your plan.

Do you have aging parents who should be accommodated with a safer design? Do you entertain frequent and multiple guests and kids in your family room? Consider your priorities for the room, how it will be used, and by whom. Then make decisions accordingly.

Since money is always a concern, consider your budget first and share it with suppliers so you stay within it. This will save time, too. For example, when planning for drapes, Roman shades, and other window treatments, if made aware in advance, I can suggest fabrics and hardware choices that are within your limit, preventing delays. Also, as a direct consultant for Carole Fabrics, I am able to offer attractive pricing, specials, and discounts on these custom window fashions (see coupon below).

To quote Norman Vincent Peale, “Plan your work, then work your plan!” Want to enjoy an updated decor with friends and family this holiday season? Let’s get started today!

Patty Kendall is the owner of Creative Décor – Interior Refining & Decorating and is a gold-level certified member of The Interior Redecorators Network . Creative Decor offers great value for style-conscious homeowners and business owners who want a comfortable, functional, and fashionable home or office. Creating great rooms with what you already have and design planning for what you need, Creative Decor works with you to achieve that finished look! From one-day room makeovers to a full-service redo, it has flexible options for you, including sourcing for all your decorating needs. Call (215) 353-8544.

Patty is also a design consultant for Carole Fabrics (a Hunter Douglas owned company) offering beautiful window treatments including draperies, swags, valances, Roman shades, and more.

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