Custom Home Furnishings—Why they’re worth the wait

Whatever your current home improvement project is, you will find numerous– sometimes an overwhelming amount–of choices in home furnishing items. While the local stores will have ready-made, or ready-to-assemble/install items, these may not have the look or quality that you’d prefer. After all, you probably don’t plan to do this project over again for quite awhile, so you want it to last and look good for a long time.
So, you might begin to consider ordering custom-made items. While you’ll notice a cost difference and a longer lead time, what you might not be aware of is exactly what you’re going to get. Take custom window treatments for example. You will be able to order them in any design you like, with the fabric color and texture that you love, and any trimmings wherever you want them. In addition, they will fit your windows and room perfectly, and function how you need them to. They will look like quality window treatments because they are. And you will be able to enjoy them for many years.
Now, let’s talk about the time it takes to get them from the time you put your order in. While computers have spoiled us a bit, and made things easier, they unfortunately haven’t sped up lead times of custom home décor pieces that much. First, as in the case of window treatments for example, your materials need to be ordered, processed and shipped to the workroom. Once your order and materials reach the workroom, it get’s put in “line” and will have to wait until current orders are complete. Then, your order will be laid out, cut and put together by professionals who do their best to move things along, without sacrificing the quality of their work. Then there’s packing, labeling, shipping, and finally, installation. This entire process takes at minimum four weeks, and that’s pushing it. I once had a client order a made-to-order hand knotted rug from Pakistan. It took roughly eight months to get the rug, but when you consider what went into that entire production process, eight months is actually not that bad. The rug was absolutely gorgeous, and exactly what my client wanted.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that while 6-8 weeks, or even 6-8 months may seem like a really long time to wait, trust me, it is totally worth it. You will enjoy your quality, one-of-a-kind, made just for you, item for years to come.

Another Staging Success

I recently helped my client stage her house in order to get it in its best selling shape.  She just informed me today that it sold in under two weeks, and for the price they wanted.  I couldn’t be more pleased for them!  Now they can relax somewhat and focus on moving to their new house.

What we did was simple.  We walked through the house, and I told her how she could make things look better by editing, moving or adding certain things.  The house was in good shape, and they didn’t have a whole lot of time to spend fixing it up, so we stuck with the basics.  The best “quick” advice I can give if you’re planning on selling your home, is to walk through it and look at it as though you are a prospective buyer.  Rooms should be simple and uncluttered, without looking too sparse and cold.  My second piece of advice: hire a professional designer or stager to help you.  The money you spend getting their advice and sprucing up your home is well worth it!

Chalkboard Paint in any color

Part of my job is to keep up with the latest products in design and I will occasionally try to post them when I think people might benefit from knowing about them as well.  While chalkboard paint has been around for awhile, it’s nice to know that now you can get it in any color you want.  You could paint an entire wall of your kids’ playroom with it, and let them be mural artists!   My client would write down grocery items, then take a picture of it with her phone.  There are endless possibilities, so check out the link if you’re interested: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/chalkboard-paint-in-any-color