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How to Completely Revamp Your Home – Month by Month!

Revamp Your Home Month by Month

Ah, January… the beginning of a new year. A fresh start. A clean slate.

This is when most of us start thinking about resolutions and ways we’d like to improve various aspects of ourselves. So why not apply this philosophy to our environment too?

Revamp Your Home Month by Month

A beautiful house is practically therapeutic to come home to after a long day, but we know it’s difficult to find the time or funds to bring your visions to life. That’s where a little bit of broad planning comes into play. Multi-room undertakings work best if you space out your projects, so here’s an example of a year-long revamp delegation:

Revamp Your Home Month by Month
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Of course, these are just suggestions. If you know that your roof needs some repairing then you’ll want to improve your curb appeal earlier in the year so you can get the austin roofing contractors at the same time as the landscapers to make everything easier to manage. Omit rooms you don’t have, customize the projects to fit your home’s needs, cut the projects down to bimonthly, change the order around… the sky’s the limit, and it’s really all up to you! The main idea here is to break up a year’s worth of design projects into manageable time frames and individual budgets. You may find, for example, that you can actually afford that dream kitchen you’ve been thinking about for years, or that you can get a bespoke walk-in shower done for less than you thought, complete with frameless shower doors for that effortless feel. Once you have your basic budgets in place then you can start fine-tuning your design plan.

Revamp Your Home Month by Month
The GAHS Room Planner tool offers a bird’s eye perspective of your space’s layout

If you watch home makeover shows on TV, you know that one of the first things the designer does is draw up a scaled “aerial view” of the room. Knowing the exact amount of space you’re working with is crucial when selecting new pieces to add. You may find a coffee table you love, but if you don’t pay attention to the dimensions, you run the risk of it not fitting properly. We recommend taking advantage of our Room Planner tool. It allows you to create an online blueprint so you can arrange and rearrange furniture to your heart’s content! When it’s finished, you can share it with friends digitally or print it to take shopping with you.

Revamp Your Home Month by Month
A room being designed on
Revamp Your Home Month by Month
A 3D rendered snapshot of the above design

Another amazing tool we want to share is, and more specifically their 3D Roomplanner. This is a free service that lets you create your own interior designs with almost complete freedom. Their virtual library contains over 120,000 items, so you’re sure to find things that look similar to your existing decor – plus get ideas for new purchases you’d like to make in the future. When you’re finished designing, you can arrange a little blue “camera” (see above) to take a 3D rendered snapshot of the space.

Revamp Your Home Month by Month

Another great way to plan for your home revamp is to create a Pinterest board of inspiration. Having an overall vision in mind and a centralized place to compile your ideas will make sporadic shopping simple. (Get a load of that alliteration! ?) Just browse over time instead of visiting a couple stores and spending lots of money all at once. The decorating process is infinitely easier on your wallet – and more fun – if you give yourself the opportunity to happen upon things. You may find the perfect pieces in the most unexpected places!

Revamp Your Home Month by Month

Quick Tip: If you find an item on the GAHS website that you’d like to add to your Pinterest, just hover your mouse over the product photo. Pretty easy!

Revamp Your Home Month by Month

Share this post on social media if you found it helpful – maybe you can help a friend who made sprucing up their space a New Year’s resolution! You can also check out the GAHS Pinterest boards to steal some design inspiration for your 2016 home makeover.

Color Series

Color Series: Decorating with Rose Quartz & Serenity

The PANTONE® Color Institute recently announced their 2016 Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. (Yes, for the first time ever, two shades were chosen instead of just one! Who doesn’t love a two-for-one special?)

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Laurie Pressman, Vice-President of Pantone, describes Rose Quartz as “a warm and embracing gentle rose tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure” and Serenity as “a cool and tranquil blue which comforts with a calming effect.” Together, these shades are meant to evoke feelings of peace, order, and wellness.

From a decor standpoint, we immediately thought of children’s nurseries – and these cotton candy colors would certainly work perfectly for that. However, there are lots more “grown-up” ways to add Rose Quartz and Serenity into your home. These pastels look great paired with darker contrasting shades such as black, dark brown and gray. For an airier feel, go with a taupe or khaki and mix in shades of white or cream. You can even introduce some metallics like silver, gunmetal, or bronze.

Rose Quartz and Serenity also lend themselves well to texture and patterns, so don’t be afraid to mix your pink and blue artwork, tapestries, pillows, vases, storage cubes, throw blankets, and rugs. Whether you’re decking out your entire room in these shades or just peppering in accent pieces, here are some of our decor recommendations:

Rose Quartz & Serenity Collage

  1. Vaughan Bassett Transitions Upholstered Bed with Chocolate Bonded Leather
  2. Fusion Furniture Burgess Brigadier Settee
  3. Bassett Presidio Upholstered Bed
  4. Bassett Lauren Sofa
  5. Bassett Herringbone Blush Pillow
  6. Surya Abigail Rug
  7. Surya Alameda Rug
  8. Bassett Ferah Slate Blue Pillow
  9. Bassett Keaton Accent Chair

Let us know if you plan to incorporate Rose Quartz and/or Serenity into your home decor, and make sure to check out our Pinterest for additional design inspiration!