Our Top 10 Renovation AND Decoration Mistakes To Avoid

This is a enjoyment piece I wrote for Cup of Jo to endorse my book before it arrived out. The natural way (and to no one’s surprise), I overwrote it. Ha. So this is the extended version with a bunch of attractive shots from the book. Love!

Following decades of documenting my design jobs on the world-wide-web for the earth to check out, criticize, and with any luck , enjoy, in 2018 I found myself at the time once more crying in the shower (as working moms do), particularly frustrated with the household renovation/remodeling process. I wished so badly that there was a book entire of beautiful rooms and real life anecdotes to enable educate and guidance me by way of this inevitably really annoying system. I was so ill of experience dumb, becoming mansplained by my contractor, and doubting my just about every decision. I had so significantly of the information and facts and experienced been crafting about it for a long time on the blog site, but I preferred it all (additionally much more) to be in One particular Book. I pitched the book the up coming day and 4 shorter (!!) yrs later it is listed here now, in the globe. Whilst the environment modified dramatically because that tearful shower working day (2020 was like, “HA I’ll give you anything to cry about”) the info in this e book has become even additional and far more suitable as so several individuals, trapped indoors, required to make their households a minor bit superior. The New Design and style Procedures, is a guidebook through the renovation and decoration course of action, from my perspective, with my own blunders and anecdotes and loaded with 330 internet pages of lovely images from 28 distinctive creative properties in every design. It is whole of everything from “kitchen design and style rules”, “bathroom can make to avoid”, “how substantial ought to you actually hang art” to “how do you make a builder quality residence have appeal?” My purpose was to assistance individuals learn the principles of style and design so they can creatively crack them, thus producing a choice, not a oversight. So that is my pitch for the book and it is not just for people of us privileged ample to be in a position to rework – it’s for those people who really like to beautify, design and style, or Do it yourself (or just stare at fairly images like what you are going to see in this put up). I hope you take pleasure in and extra importantly learn something to support you in your next design and style job and shed significantly less shower tears 🙂

Steer clear of “Builder Grade” Everything (Here’s How To Insert Some Attraction)

style and design by corre maritime | styled by velinda hellen | photograph by sara ligorria-tramp

You are NOT by itself if you are living in a builder-grade residence. Have hope that there are techniques to incorporate the appeal that might be missing. This kitchen by Corre Marie (which I do not believe was builder-grade), exhibits terrific examples of what you could to do incorporate charm with simple materials and some substantial-influence choices. The traces of it are simple – U-shaped shaker cabinetry with butcher block top, painted in a bold colour that packs a large punch (and is entirely doable to do in an reasonably priced way). The subway tile is inexpensive and typical but provides so a lot outdated-globe character. The shelf brackets, pendants, and rug are style features that are easy means to swap out for much more just one-of-a-form antique parts like these. Heck, how she hung a painting and leaned that mirror on the tile generates so much fascination. And interest = attraction, even if it is additional soon after the house is crafted.

Steer clear of The “Too Modest Rug”

style by dee murphy | styled by velinda hellen | photograph by sara ligorria-tramp

The “too compact rug” is these kinds of a frequent blunder to make – you are not by itself. But it’s pretty recognizable and can throw off the full area. In this dwelling room, Dee Murphy not only followed the policies (by acquiring at minimum the entrance two legs of all the furnishings on the rug) but she layered the classic rug More than a simpler sisal rug to ground the dialogue region even extra. Excellent shift. We wrote a lot more about living home guidelines in this article and I also did a tremendous dated but nevertheless pleasurable video about rug size listed here.

Really don’t Chase Every single Pattern When It Comes To Everlasting Finishes

style and design by ben medansky | styled by velinda hellen and erik kenneth staalberg | photograph by sara ligorria-tramp

You can certainly nevertheless adhere to new trendy structure strategies and deliver them into your house, but it’s safest to do what Ben Mendansky did with the mild fixtures in this article. Y’all, he ombre’d the yellow from light-weight to dark. Certainly, get threats! Just be genuinely, genuinely mindful leaning really hard into trends in your long term finishes like tile, flooring, home windows, or architectural specifics. If you sense anxious as I frequently do, then assume about having your pitfalls in lighting, household furniture, and decor (things that do not need demo and choosing out to transform).

Never Have Far too Significantly Furnishings, Even If You Have The Space

design by rosa beltran | styled by velinda hellen | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

It is easy to clutter up a room (I utilised to have hoarding tendencies so I get it) but try to remember that there is one thing truly lovely about destructive house and getting much less. Sure, you want plenty of furniture for a space to purpose and to seat absolutely everyone adequately, but a space like Rosa Beltran‘s beautiful den has ample with the sofa – and owning considerably less truly showed off the other things she DID have – i.e. that amazing floral sample and that herringbone brick floor.

Never Strip Out Character In Classic Households

structure by victoria sass of prospect refuge studio | styled by velinda hellen and erik kenneth staalberg | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

For people of us blessed sufficient to live in older, vintage households, you may well be tempted to begin fresh new if you are reworking (and you may not have the gorgeous unique paneling that Victoria Sass did – lucky girl). Possibly some features really feel genuinely standard (like a white brick fire) or a tiny awkward (like unwanted broom closets or niches). But think Tricky about getting rid of them. Like persons, sometimes individuals uncomfortable moments, age spots, and quirks are what you are going to come to enjoy about your property simply because they are exclusive to YOU. And demo-ing something previous and significant quality just for the sake of “new” and “better” is tough on the planet, so truly consider about it right before you do 🙂

Know Your Fixtures Ahead of You Chose The Height Placement

style by christa martin | styled by velinda hellen and erik kenneth staalberg | picture by sara ligorria-tramp

Hopefully, you only have to master this the moment (or if you study the e book – stay clear of this and other problems completely). If you are performing a larger sized transform you might be redoing the electrical and plumbing, and the new prepare for what is “inside the walls” occurs early on in the method. You may well feel “two sconces there” and “a wall mount faucet here” is great enough, but the specifics of the fixture typically will improve the top and area. For occasion, if Christa Martin experienced not needed a vessel sink in the rest room earlier mentioned, then her wall mount faucets would have been way too significant for an below-mount sink, or if she experienced wished sconces in which the stems curved up 10 inches then that junction box would have had to transfer down (or the sconce modified). Even if you never have the exact specs, just know the design of the fixture to get as close as possible to steer clear of breaking through fresh new drywall.

Really don’t Dangle Curtains Also Significant Off The Ground

layout by rosa beltran | styled by velinda hellen | photograph by sara ligorria-tramp

Superior drinking water curtains can make a room search a little foolish, but most major box stores only inventory specified length readymade curtains (84″ is virtually Normally too short, FYI). Normally dimensions up (90-96″ generally works for 8-9′ ceilings) so it hangs extended more than enough to touch or almost contact the ground. You can dangle the rod in the vicinity of the ceiling (or midway amongst window and ceiling like in this scenario, not at the top of the window), but often check out to get as close to the flooring as you can. We have a entertaining graph and far more pics in this submit. Also, make sure you note THERE IS A BUNNY ON THE Bed!!!!!

Never Demo Your Area/Dwelling Without A Prepare

style and design by christa martin | styled by velinda hellen and erik kenneth staalberg | photograph by sara ligorria-tramp

This is just a normal warning that the remodeling method has a whole lot of moving pieces and is entire of delays that are out of your control. If you really don’t have a workforce in area, a reasonably sound approach, permits, and even supplies purchased right before you demo you may well conclusion up living in design for a great deal, substantially longer. At times your contractor will have to do exploratory function to figure out what is load-bearing, etcetera, but prior to you make your property or room entirely unlivable, have your gamers in put and a common system. I’m in the center of a renovation ideal now and have confidence in me, your persistence will be tried out more than and about and about 🙂 At the conclude of it all, you may well have a kitchen like this 1 by Christa Martin, but try out to do as a lot prep function at the beginning as doable.

Differ The Art Configuration On Just about every Wall

artwork path by emily henderson | design and style and styling aid by emily bowser and julie rose | photo by sara ligorria-tramp

This is a terrific styling idea/formula that I have utilised in almost every place (together with this one that my EHD crew did in Atlanta). What you want to stay clear of is every single wall obtaining one particular related piece of artwork, hung at the similar peak. Alternatively feel about doing what we did here – mixing a gallery wall, mirror, shelves, leaning artwork, diptychs, or one substantial-scale piece of art. Even if you like a a lot more small uncomplicated style and design (which I do) you want to change the mediums or scale of the art so it does not feel redundant and to give every single piece its have ability and instant.

Really do not Ignore What You May perhaps Presently Have

style and design by sara ruffin costello | styled by velinda hellen and erik kenneth staalberg | picture by sara ligorria-tramp

I assume in this environment of all the things at our fingertips (good day, world wide web searching) it’s tempting to get rid of a thing previous and switch it with the newer, young (and probably more cost-effective) model. But right before you do, look at your previously loved items with new eyes. If you adore the shape and design but not the color or material you could do what Sara Ruffin Costello did and reupholster a vintage wingback in that crazy statement patterned fabric. If the above place tempts you a bit, know that the rest of her outstanding residence in New Orleans is peppered through the guide and knocks me down every time I see her creative imagination. That eco-friendly paint, the floor tile, the door! She is unbelievable.

Pay attention, you will make errors in the renovation or decoration process, we all do. It’s aspect of the artistic course of action. But, I hope this guide can support you keep away from as many as probable and unleash your creativeness. And if you really like the type of structure data in this post and if the shots of these houses sparked pleasure in your design gut, then I hope you will like the ebook mainly because It’s whole of 330 webpages of it 🙂

Opening Impression Credits: Design by Corbett Tuck | Styled by Velinda HellenErik Kenneth StaalbergEmily Edith Bowser, and Julie Rose | Picture by Sara Ligorria-Tramp