Good Design Takes TIME!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Color, Furnishings, Space |

Originally published in Suburban Woman Northwest Suburbs

Originally published in Suburban Woman Northwest Suburbs

It’s Summertime—Is Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving?

Yes, that sounds like a strange question.  The kids just got out of school, there are vacations to take and barbecues to attend.  Probably the last things you want to think about are the winter holidays.  And, if your home is already furnished and decorated the way you want it to be for indoor entertaining, then you don’t have to think about them now.

However, if you are dissatisfied with the way your home looks and/or functions, and would like to freshen or redo or update it for the gathering(s) you plan to host this coming holiday season, NOW is the time to begin planning the improvements.  There are many reasons for this:

1) GOOD DESIGN OFTEN TAKES TIME.  Why do it in a state of panic when we can do it with less stress (and more enjoyment)?
2) It can take a while to find just the right fabric or trim for a particular piece of upholstered furniture or custom window treatment.  If stock is low at the warehouse, it will have to be back-ordered.  If the back-order is late coming in, we may have to choose a replacement that is less fabulous!
3) Fabrics are often shipped via UPS or other similar companies.  We all know how overloaded they can get during the holiday season.
4) Workrooms and tradespeople book up fast.  If we want window treatments fabricated or walls papered/painted/faux finished, we have to get on their schedules early.
5) Perhaps some remodeling or electrical work has to be done before the space is painted, or the window treatments are installed.
6) Due to heavy volume, Custom Furniture lead times are longer than usual.  Showrooms often post a list of the dates by which pieces must be ordered to guarantee delivery by a particular holiday.  Those deadlines may be in late September or Early October!

The dates of spring and summer events are not as “fixed” as those of many of the winter holidays.  However, weddings, graduations and other warm-weather celebrations call for similar amounts of planning, sourcing and lead time.  It’s a good idea to begin these Interior Design projects during the winter months, after the chaos of the holidays is behind you.  Spring and summer entertaining often takes place both indoors AND OUTDOORS, so why not work on Exterior Design, too?  Your outside paint scheme may need to be freshened.  Planning and/or furnishing a deck or patio requires a similar thought process to planning/furnishing a room.  If landscaping is needed, that has to be designed and scheduled.  Interior Inspiration can help you feel more “at home” OUTSIDE your home, too!

Wow!  This is a lot to think about, isn’t it?  Not to worry—if you have any questions related to design in or around your home, please e-mail them to me at or give me a call at 847-854-2966.  It’s never too early to start planning your next design project.  I look forward to hearing from you!