One of the biggest challenges to overcome when you are house hunting is a closed mind. It really helps to exercise your imagination and try to see the possibilities that exist for a home that’s design maybe hasn’t “stood the test of time”, or maybe lacks any design whatsoever. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a house that could just have one wall opened up between rooms to really reinvent the space and open the floor plan and clients just can’t see past what is there in front of them.
Don’t be afraid to do a little demo. Knock down a few walls, tear out and rebuild a bathroom.
There are many opportunities to find a house, that may have been sitting on the market for awhile that needs a little TLC, for a great price. Don’t settle, create exactly what you want.
Looking for some ideas? First it helps to really zone in on what the look and feeling for your home will be. A great architect once told me “Find one sentence that describes your home. When you look at an idea for your home, ask yourself ‘does that fit into the description?’. “ You will be surprised at how efficiently this little idea can helps you make a decision on a rug or piece of furniture.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the website Houzz.com, log on and tour the site. Whether it be lookbooks, room ideas, furniture or lighting ideas – this site has it all. You can create folders and get your thoughts organized. I like to organize by room. Create folders and start stashing away your favorite pictures – you may be surprised to review folders after browsing through thousands of pictures to see what keeps repeating itself in your saved items.
If you are more of a do it yourselfer Pinterest is always a great place to start a vision board. You will find that many of the home idea pictures click through to articles showing you how to achieve the final look. If it is shabby chic or European flair that you are in the market for there are a few great local resources such as Pigeon in the Parlor in Holly, the Iron Grate or Le Petite Maison in Fenton that will surely provide what you are looking for and more! Offering classes using chalk paint and ideas for repurposing items they are great resources for anyone wanting a few questions answered before jumping in with both feet.
Should you need full design services check out local favorites Kelly Younger and Rex Todd Designs, each offering different design sensibilities but both beautiful final products. Sometimes you just need a fresh set of eyes on your space to guide you to your ideal final space.
Happy House Hunting!
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