A Design Plan is Essential to Your Decorating Success

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Have you ever been lost? I know I have.  I thought I knew where I was going. I set out, without a map, because, you know, I know where I’m headed. Right until I got myself lost…No Decorating Plan

Why didn’t I get a map? Oh yeah. I was smart enough to get there. What kind of idiot doesn’t know the way to _____? Or, more likely, I was in a hurry and too busy to prepare with a map. I was anxious to get there and skipped my preparation.

You can bet that the next time I set out to a new area I got myself some directions, both from the cell phone and a printed version, in case I had no cell coverage. Smarter the second time around.

Have  a Design Plan

Decorating without a plan is a lot like setting out without directions. You stop into a furniture store or on a website, maybe just to browse or get ideas. Then you start purchasing blindly. Like going without directions, you’ll end up lost, and with a hodge-podge of stuff that kind-of, sort-of works together. And probably a side helping of disappointment.

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We all make mistakes. The key is to learn from them. That’s why you will do better next time you decorate. You need a plan… a map. And the map starts with an honest inventory of your life. Decide what you need and want. Determine your {real} budget and if you can accomplish what you need and want within that budget. It seems so simple, doesn’t it? It is. The key is having the patience to do it right the first time.

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I’ll teach you to be your own client. Listen to yourself and your family and be honest about what works. What’s all this about honesty? Here is an example: I love velvet. It’s rich and luxurious. I have a penchant for glam design in my own home and velvet fits right in. I also have an adorable 60 lb dog, who is allowed all over the furniture. Velvet is an absolute magnet for fur. So, will I change the rules for the dog? No. Do I want to battle the fur on velvet? No. Is a velvet sofa a good choice for me? No. I’ll have to consider another option. Perhaps a velvet ottoman or pillows will be a more practical solution.

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Not planning and assessing your life and needs results in spending money on things that don’t work for you, or that you’ll have to replace sooner than you anticipated.

Let’s get started with your own design plan.  Below is a mini version of the design questionnaire I use with my clients before I start designing or decorating their homes.

  • How long do you plan to stay in this home? This helps you determine how much time and money you really want to put into a redesign. Will you be focused on your long-term comfort or resale value?
  • Who lives in your home and what are their ages? Do you have children that will be off to school soon or an elderly parent living with you and need to incorporate Ageing-in-Place principals?
  • Do you have pets? Think about the finishes you want to install in your home and whether they are adequate for those furry friends in your life.
  • Do you entertain quite a bit? Is your home functional for your entertaining needs?

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  • Write a list of your family’s regular activities. Does Bobby like to do puzzles in the living room, or does Missy like to paint in the kitchen? Defining where you need to make rooms dual purpose or where to relocate these activities help you determine how to best use your space.
  •  Is there enough storage space in your home?
  • What colors do you like? What colors do you dislike? What colors do your family members love and hate?
  • Does everyone in the house have the same design taste? If they are different, have you figured out how you are going to reconcile the differences?

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  • What style do you want for furniture and accessories? Modern, traditional, formal, casual… the list goes on.
  • What is the style of your current home? If your house is very Traditional, but you like Modern styles, how will you bridge the gap?
  • Do you have a favorite piece of furniture or artwork you absolutely love? This could be the perfect starting point for your design.
  • How much are you going to invest in this project? Add an extra 20% to that number to cover the incidentals that always pop up. Is this based on real prices or total guesswork? If you haven’t done the homework to see what items really cost, you may be unable to complete this project once you start or you may have to downgrade your selections.
  • Is anyone in your home a handy person? If so, you may be able to save yourself money if you can do things like painting yourself.

This list is not exhaustive. In fact, I have a 7 page questionnaire that I review with new clients. However, it will get you thinking honestly about your needs and wants in your home. This is the important first step before you make a single purchase.

Beautiful Habitat Wins at NKBA Peak Awards!

  |  in Awards, Beautiful Habitat, Before and After, Boulder, Colorado, contemporary, creative, kitchen, Kitchen Design, Small Spaces1 Comments

Tennille Wood takes home a 2014 Peak Award for Kitchen Design!

The NKBA Peak Award Gala was held last night (June 26, 2014) at the Mile High Station in Denver. Tennille Wood of Beautiful Habitat took home a peak award in the Small to Medium Kitchen category for a design  “Ascending Style and Inspiration.”

Award-winning Kitchen Design

The Winning Design

The winning kitchen design is part of a complete townhome gut and remodel in Boulder, Colorado. This 1300 sqft townhome was built in 1976. It was in “original” condition when purchased by the clients. That equated to a kitchen that was dark and dated, very small and with limited function.  The project goals were to create a light, bright, inviting kitchen and maximize functionality within the small footprint. The primary challenge in this kitchen was the lack of space; both storage and work space.  The original kitchen measured only 80 sqft and lacked flow and efficiency. Tennille set out to overcome these challenges, with a number of creative solutions.

Kitchen Before

Dark, dated kitchen before remodel

Kitchen After

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Several foundational changes were made in the new space. The interior wall was moved 4.5 inches to the left. This precious space allowed symmetry along the back wall where the range is located. This created enough space to move the refrigerator away from the range, thereby improving the work triangle and adding prep space between the refrigerator and range.  The soffit was removed, making the kitchen feel more spacious and allowed for taller wall cabinets and increased storage.

A peninsula was added, which extends down the hallway to create a beverage area. The result is a kitchen that feels doubled in size. The peninsula creates seating, along with much needed countertop work space. The bar area creates additional storage in base and wall cabinets. The glass fronted cabinets keep the former hallway feeling open and bright.

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Additional space increasing elements were incorporated. Frameless cabinets were chosen, which provide an average of 15% additional storage space over face-framed cabinets. Many of the cabinet dimensions were modified to squeeze every last quarter inch of space from this kitchen.

The Peak Awards

The Peak Awards honor those in Colorado who have achieved excellence in Kitchen & Bath Design. Recognizing talent, creativity, and commitment to design, the Peak Awards is a distinctive opportunity to highlight and acknowledge work that ascends style and inspiration.

The NKBA

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has been the premier association for kitchen and bath professionals working in North America since its founding in 1963. The Association has over 40,000 members in 11 industry segments throughout the U.S. and Canada

More Library Inspiration | Unusual Library Spaces

  |  in bath, Bathroom, Books, creative, Library, repurposeNo Comments

My last Library post was all about Double Duty rooms and how to create a library space within another room. Those were primarily in Family/Living Rooms, Dining Rooms and Bedrooms. In my look at Home Libraries, I’ve come across even more creative and adventurous types; avid readers who’ve carved a home library out of rather unusual spaces. Enjoy!

Hallways

Hallways are a great space to locate your library, particularly if you’ve got a wide area, or landing area. The walls of a hallway are an otherwise unused space, which make it a great spot to store your books. But don’t force it. If your hallway is too narrow, the library addition will feel cramped. Worse, you may damage the shelves, books or other objects trying to squeeze new furniture or other large items down your hallway library.

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Stairways and Landings

Stairways and landings make a great library. It’s a functional and interesting use of an otherwise empty pass-through space.

And it’s made even better if you have the luxury of a window and a window seat.

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I love the two libraries below. It is a creative use of stairwells.

I had a hallway/landing library in my old home. I had photos of this space, from about 7 years ago. I’ve searched my PC for those photos to share with you and I cannot find them. I think this is what happens when you change computers a few times…

Bathrooms (that’s right, I said bathroom libraries)

Perhaps the most unusual library space that I’ve come across is in the bathroom. What is even more surprising is that I found several of these bathroom libraries!

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If you don’t have a bathroom that lends intself to building bookcases into the wall, this bathtub may solve that for you. It’s a bathtub with it’s own bookcase builit into the side. Clever.

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 Do you have an unusual home library? Have you been inspired to create one?

Double Duty |Creating a Home Library in Another Room

  |  in Books, Dining, Library, Master Suite1 Comments

I recently posted an article about the future of home libraries in our digital age. This was sparked by my work on a home library interior design project. Much of the feedback I received was that the Beautiful Habitat readers wished they had a home library. You can have a library, even if your home wasn’t built with a dedicated library space. Make space for your home library in another room.

One of the easiest transformations is in the formal living room. As the formal living room is becoming a less used and less desired space in the modern American home, this is a great opportunity to create a home library. I did just that for a client recently.  My clients are not formal people, so a formal living room would have been an unused space. My clients were also downsizing. Wasting space in their new, smaller home, was not an option. They are avid readers and had a large book collection. A library was a far better use of the living room for the clients in this home.

We started with beautiful bookcases. Next came comfortable seating, arranged to take full advantage of the books and the cozy fireplace.Interior Designer Boulder, CO

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The room is a soaring two-story space. Adding colorful artwork not only adds more interest, but also helps to fill the tall space above the bookcases.

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A window seat offers another comfortable nook for reading.

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While this living room was redesigned to be a dedicated library, you certainly don’t have to go that far with it. You can add a library into a living room  or family room space with the addition of some lovely built-in bookcases. If you have a fireplace centered in the room, this is an easy addition. Now the room is dual purpose.

 

If you don’t have a formal living room to convert, there are still many opportunities for a library space. One clever option is to convert wall space in another frequently used room. The family room is a great option – you already spend quite a bit of time there and the seating is usually comfortable and inviting.

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Dining Rooms are another opportunity to create a home library. Like formal living rooms, dining rooms aren’t used as often as they once were. Going double duty by using the dining room as a library makes the space more functional and maximizes the square footage and purpose in your home.

Your dining room library can be one wall, or the whole room, depending your book collections to display.
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Bedrooms are another opportunity for a home library. Bedrooms, particularly the Master Suite, are far more used than a formal living room or dining room. This option is less about adding value to unused rooms in your home. Most people like to read in bed. Turning your bedroom into a double duty bedroom library adds an interesting feature, while also creating convenience in nighttime reading.
Adding a window seat and bookcases to an otherwise blank wall is always a nice touch. The window seat becomes a beautiful architectural feature. It also gives you a place to read other than the bed.
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The bed is already the focal point of a bedroom, but why not really emphasize it with a bookcase surround? This makes a dramatic statement, while also being functional.
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Have you carved out a home library space for yourself? Has this post inspired you to create one?
Form more library inspiration: Libraries

Love it or Leave it | Lacquered Wood Paneling in Bold Hues

  |  in Blue, Dining, Dramatic, family-friendly, Gray, green, Happy Colors, Home Office, Library, Love it or Leave It, orange, Wall Covering, wallsNo Comments

I’m seeing lacquered walls and wood paneling everywhere these days. The beauty of lacquered walls is that they fit equally well in modern and traditional room decor. Lacquering a serious library in a not-so-serious color can modernize and relax a space, making it more inviting a family friendly. On the other hand, lacquered rooms can create a traditional and sophisticated design.

Lacquered walls are definitley on trend right now and I want to know – do you love it or leave it?

While all lacquered spaces are hot right now, I’m seeing these rooms primarily in blue tones. Blue is hot, lacquer is hot… makes perfect sense to meld the two together.

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While blue seems to be popular everywhere, and especially in lacquered walls, I am also seeing lacquer in other bold colors with stunning results. Blue is a little more serious. The following rooms, however, and bold, relaxed and FUN.

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And finally a gray tone is a bit more calm, but still equally breathtaking in result.

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 What do you think of lacquered paneling in place of stained wood? Do you love it or would you leave it? Do you have wood paneling that you would lacquer? What color would you do?

I’ll admit, I absolutely love this look. We have a library space in our new home and I would love to lacquer the whole room. I’m not sure if I can squeeze that out of my remodel budget… Stay tuned for more on that.

Inspiring Images | Moscow, Russia

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If you’re new to Beautiful Habitat, my philosophy is that inspiration comes from the world around us, and sometimes unusual places. I am also an adventurer and habitual world traveler. That feeds my inspiration and creative well, both for my life and for the Interior Design Clients for whom I work. With that in mind, on to today’s post!

In 2009, we traveled to Russia… and I am just now sharing the photos with you. I found Russia, and particularly Moscow to be a beautiful, colorful city, full of inspiration. Growing up during the end of the cold war, I expected Moscow to be drab and “communist”. Without even realizing it, I had envisioned Moscow as a bunch of blah post-war concrete buildings.  Boy, was I wrong! I loved Moscow. It is a vibrant, colorful and inviting city.

The architecture is stunning, and has a rich history to tell. We were there in April, so unfortunately the parks were not in bloom.

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 St Basil’s Cathedral

Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in 1561. Legend says that Ivan was so amazed by its beauty that he had the architect blinded so he could not design another. (Making Ivan not exactly an ideal client).

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And cheesy tourist shot for you.

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I was fascinated by the beauty of the building architecture. The lines are beautiful.

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Moscow Metro

The Soviets called the metro and it’s stations “Palaces to the People”. Each station is different, but all beautiful and full of rich detail – marble, chandeliers, mosaics.  It doesn’t feel like you are underground.

My photos aren’t that great, but you can find amazing images all over the internet.

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There are remnants of Soviet propaganda throughout the metro stations in mosaics.

Lenin mosaic The only remaining public depiction of Stalin in a Metro mosaic CIMG6427

Previous World Travel-related Inspiring Images:

Budapest

Amsterdam

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Egypt

Nice, France | Antiques

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Chelsea Flower Show, London

Mexican Sunshine and Seas

French Stained Glass (Paris)

Spring Cleaning to Spring Decorating | Changing Your Energy

  |  in Accessories, arrangements, de-clutter, DIY, orange, pillows, repurpose, Seasonal, yellowNo Comments

I started this post before Spring was officially upon us. Now that Spring is here, it’s all the more relevant. Enjoy!

I’ve been feeling the pull of spring… and of spring cleaning. I’ve recently cleaned out my closet and the basement. I’ve started a new to do list with the many areas I’d like to tackle around the new home.

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This all got me thinking. What is it about spring that sparks this in us? Why do we feel called to “spring clean”? It’s all about changing our energy.
Decluttering, cleaning, organizing, refreshing; it all breathes new energy into our homes and we feel better for it. So dive into your spring cleaning and boost the energy level around your home. You may even be inspired to take your spring cleaning a step further with some spring decorating. Here are quick and easy ways to add spring to your decorating and change your home’s energy.

Add a New Color of Accessories

The two bedrooms below would’ve looked fine before, but the addition of a pillow in a bright complimentary color (yellow and orange respectively) works to change the energy of the spaces.

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In living rooms designs , you can make a new color work by adding it in at least 3 places. In the room below, we see emerald green evenly added throughout the room. To make your space look really polished, find a coordinating item the pulls in the old color and new color.

Move Things Around

Try a piece that you bought for the bedroom in the dining room or living room. Sometimes we are too stuck in a rut. Just moving things around can spruce up a space. If that item  doesn’t work in a different room, the change should at least get your creative juice flowing; changing your energy.

Try a New Lamp Shade

And if you really want to boost the energy, paint the lamp a new color inspired by bright spring tones.

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Those are easy an inexpensive tips to help add a Spring Time Energy to your home this month. If you are ready to change the energy more permanently, Beautiful Habitat can help you create a design plan. Contact Us today.

For more Spring Design and Decorating inspiration, check out the following posts:

Happy Spring!!!

Love it or Leave it| Sofa at the Foot of the Bed

  |  in arrangements, Beautiful Habitat, bedroom, furniture, Love it or Leave It, Master Suite, seating, TrendsNo Comments

The bench at the foot of the bed – it’s a staple in bedroom design, particularly in master bedrooms. It’s the perfect spot to put on your shoes, decorative bedcovers can be folded down onto the bench, it helps to fill the space in larger rooms. I’ve even been known to add a bench in rooms designed by Beautiful Habitat.

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Lately I’m seeing the bench replaced by sofas, settees and chairs – furniture pieces with backs.

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And then I started to see sofas morph into full seating areas such a this room below.

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What do you think of this trend? Love it – it’s an out of the box use of the space; it creates more function; it uses the space better? Or leave it – it closes off the room too much; it distracts from the bed; I’m not holding board meetings in my bedroom? What are your thoughts of sofas (or other furniture with backs) and seating areas at the foot of the bed?

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Seven Myths of Home Decor: Busted

  |  in Antiques, Ask the Designer, Ceiling, color, DIY, furniture, repurpose, Small Spaces, Tips, VintageNo Comments

I recently came across this info-graphic, busting seven myths of home decor. It’s a fun way to explore these myths. I agree with the breaking of each of these rules. In particular, I’m a big fan of busting Myth 7 (adding color to your ceiling). Or find tips on busting Myth 1 (mixing patterns)

Yorkshire Linen was kind enough to grant me permission to repost this infographic on the Beautiful Habitat blog for a fun Friday post. Enjoy and Happy Friday!

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5 Questions to Ask an Interior Designer Before You Hire

  |  in Ask the Designer, Colorado, Designers, Tips2 Comments

Are you considering hiring an Interior Designer to help you with a remodeling or decorating project? Here are 5 questions you should ask them.

Your relationship with your Interior Designer is an intimate one. We designers need to know a lot about you in order to be able to design your home to fit you perfectly. As part of the introduction process to new clients, I ask them A LOT of questions, surprisingly not about their home. Before we talk about the style of cabinets you want in your new kitchen or the colors you prefer in your dream master bedroom retreat, I want to know that we are going to work well together. How will we communicate? What if you and your spouse disagree; how do you handle it and what role will I play in seeking the resolution? Why do you want this project done? What will it mean to you when it is completed? What are your goals for your home? What makes you happy? These questions are just as important to me as your color and style preferences. They set the foundation for our process and relationship.

As a design client, you should also be asking questions of the interior designer that you choose for your project. Beyond samples of my work, I don’t get a lot of questions from design clients. Granted, there is a lot of information available via my website and other resources like LinkedIn, Thumbtack, and Houzz. However, I think that most interior design clients simply don’t know what they should be asking. Sometimes clients aren’t even 100% sure what a designer does. You just know that you need help and an interior designer should somehow get you to your final dream destination. As you consider and interview interior designers, below are 5 questions that you should ask of them and some keys to look for in their answers.

Q1 How do you communicate your design ideas to help me understand them?

Why this is important: If you are hiring an interior designer, it is likely because you can’t visualize a redesigned space and you are worried about moving forward without a plan. On the other hand, we as designers can visualize a space and know how the redesigned space will look. It is critically important that a good interior designer is able to fully communicate these design ideas to you in a way that you understand so you are comfortable with the redesigned space and plans before you spend any money.

What to look for: What drawing system(s) does the design firm use? Are they using software or pen and paper? Are the drawings fully color rendered with an accurate display of the actual materials that they are proposing? Software programs such as Sketch-up, Chief Architect, and Minutes Matter are essential in communicating the design plans to clients. Ask for examples of drawings from previous projects.

In addition to the drawings, a well-run design firm with have a system of communicating all of the actual products with you. You should always see samples of fabrics, tiles, cabinetry, etc., in person and in the actual space. But how does the designer keep these organized and accessible to you? Some design firms use software to group product photos and specifications together, other firms collect this information in files that the clients keep. Find out what your designer will do and determine if that system is the best fit for you. Ask for a demo and/or demo access to any project management software.

 Q2 Who else is on your team?

Why this is important: During the introduction and interview phase, you will likely be speaking exclusively with the Principal Designer of a firm. While interior designers certainly are talented, they don’t work in a vacuum and they aren’t capable of bringing a design to life on their own. The larger design team will include team members inside and outside of the design firm. Internal members may include a scheduler/expediter, other designers, etc. External members may include installers, crafts people and contractors.

What to look for: Who are the other players in your design project? Who will be your primary design contact? Will it be someone other than the Principal Designer or the person with whom you are meeting? Have the external resources been vetted by the designer? How long have they worked together?

Q3 When there are problems on the job, how do you resolve them?

Why this is important: There are always problems on a job. ALWAYS. Backordered or discontinued products, freight damage, wrong item has shipped, wrong quantitiy has shipped,unexpected issues during demolition or construction… the list of potential problems is long. Even the smallest design or decorating job will run into at least one issue. Be prepared in advance.

What to look for: Know how your designer prepares for and resolves these issues. It can make all the difference between a relatively smooth job, or a very bumpy job that runs over schedule.

Q4 How do you charge?

Why this is important: Interior Designers all charge a bit differently. Some charge by the hour, some include a mark-up on products, some charge a flat fee and often you will see a hybrid of 2 or more of the above. Unfortunately, it makes it very difficult to compare apples to apples. (Because Designers charge so differently, it is so important not to shop your Interior Designer on price alone. Look for the right fit, these questions should really help you to get there!)

What to look for: Does your designer clearly articulate how you will be charged? Are you comfortable with this method? There are pros and cons to each system. For example, charging hourly is the most flexible method for changes in the project scope and easiest to get started on a project quickly. However, the fees are not capped and could go beyond what you were expecting. Flat-fees give you a fixed amount up front so you can budget accordingly. However, it requires more time up front to define the exact project scope before the project begins. If you want to add a little something to the project, it requires a change order to add a design fee.

Q5 How will you manage my budget?

Why this is important: You have a certain amount to invest in your interior design, remodel or decorating project. It’s part of your designer’s job to maximize that budget in line with your wants and needs. How do they keep track of the funds? Will they offer you choices at different price levels?

What to look for: How will they track the budget? Is it done in a software program, an excel spreadsheet? Again, this is an area where there may be many different answers; you should look for the designer that makes you most comfortable with their answer and their systems.

 

How does Beautiful Habitat answer these questions? Read On.

Q1 How do you communicate your design ideas to help me understand them?

Beautiful Habitat uses different drawing programs based on the specific needs of the project. Drawings may be done in Sketchup, Minutes Matter or 20-20 Designs. Sketchup is a 3D program and preferred for remodeling projects, including kitchen or bath designs, space planning and furniture layout. Minutes Matter is the best program for designing window treatments and furniture pieces or arranging artwork groupings.

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Sample of a Sketchup drawing for a fireplace remodel with built-ins.

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Sample of a Minutes Matter drawing for custom window treatments.

Beautiful Habitat uses a program called Studio Webware to manage and communicate design projects. Clients have access to a “Client Portal”. All products and project drawings are loaded to the portal, where clients can access them anytime, add comments, “like” or “dislike” choices, view the budget, see all proposals and invoices, as well as pay invoices online. In addition, Beautiful Habitat creates a client binder which allows clients to keep hard copies of all drawings, product spec sheets and samples of fabrics, paint chips and other finishes. This is a tactile business and it’s important to touch and see the actual samples. The binders are also great for contractor meetings and confirmation of details at job sites.

Client Portal View

Q2 Who else is on your team?

Tennille Wood is the only Interior Designer at Beautiful Habitat and she is supported with help in administration, accounting and expediting. The Beautiful Habitat team is rounded out by some of the region’s top contractors, installers, craftspeople, drapery workers, cabinetry makers, and other specialists. We also have a strong relationship with showrooms and manufacturer representatives who help us to get the best service on products that are ordered.

Q3 When there are problems on the job, how do you resolve them?

After nearly a decade in the industry, we know that every job faces an unexpected challenge along the way. We’ve developed systems to handle some of the more common problems. This knowledge and experience helps us prepare to handle the other problems as they arise.

Tennille Wood is easy-going by nature, which helps in the management of design project issues. “If I don’t panic, it helps you not to panic.” In addition she says “When a problem is brought to me, I will produce at least 1 solution before presenting the problem to you. You’ve hired us to manage this project so you can focus on the things you enjoy. We’ll ensure that problems are handled with minimal disruption to you.”

 

Q4 How do you charge?

Our fees depend on the type of project, scope of work involved, level of service you request, and the location of the project if outside of the Denver metro area. Our services are calculated on a flat fee basis, which represents a reasonable assessment of the time, materials and resources it will take to professionally execute your job on time and on budget. This requires us to spend a lot more time up front, getting to know you, understand your pains, and the problems with your space.

 

Q5 How will you manage my budget?

Before we begin work, we ask a lot of questions about your investment amount. Not only the specific dollar amount you have to invest, but also your comfort levels within that amount. For example, if you have $15,000 to invest, are you comfortable with spending $8,000 on one piece? Would it make you nervous to have a piece that expensive? We discuss several of these comfort levels before any work begins.

Beautiful Habitat uses a program called Studio Webware to manage and communicate design projects. Studio Webware includes budgeting tools allowing us to allocate budget amounts to the total project and each individual piece within a project. Our clients can access and track this budget through their Client Portal at any time. If you choose to splurge on one piece, we will discuss adjustments to other pieces to bring the budget back in line.