Year-the traditional time to take stock and make resolutions. In some
countries, the first day of the new year is devoted to cleaning and
clearing the house of debris, airing it out and "setting it right". I like
the idea of symbolically ridding one's home of the "bad" in order to make
room for the "good".
Whether it is our homes or our lives that
need "setting right", this is your opportunity to to start the year off in
the right direction.
Happy New Year!
||Free Project Planner
The holidays are over but here is a "gift" for those of you who are
thinking about remodeling a kitchen or bath in the near future. Metro
Washington Home Improvement Magazine,
(wwww.metrodchomeimprovement.com), offers a guide to planning your perfect
space. Click on the link below to download your project planner.
||No Guilt Hot Beverages
Take a break with these lower calorie, warming winter beverage ideas
suggested by registered dietitians on iVillage.com:
Warm-Me-Up Beverages by Lynn Grieger
1. Mix 1/2 package of sugar-free hot chocolate and 1 teaspoon
of instant decaf coffee with hot water in a coffee mug (28 calories).
-Sandy Livingston, RD
2. Mix an entire package of sugar-free hot
chocolate with coffee instead of water (56 calories). -Marni Stevens, MS,
3. Add 1 tablespoon of chocolate Ovaltine powder and 1 tablespoon of
nonfat French vanilla creamer to a mug of steaming-hot coffee (180
calories). -Cristen Harris, MS, RD
||Saving Those Beautiful Holiday Cards
I have received so
many beautiful holiday cards over the years and have found different ways
to use them. In my craftier past I decoupaged the illustrations to glass
balls, small glass or wooden plaques (to use as ornaments) and to planters
or containers for floral arrangements. My sister and I even made layered
3D ornaments one year when several of the same cards were received. ( I
still have them. They remind me a little of stained glass when the tree
lights are behind them.)
elements from the cards can be used to create place cards and embellish
napkin rings and votive candle holders. Create your own holiday storage
boxes by decoupaging designs onto plain craft board or other boxes. Or
simply frame your favorites to hang on your tree or cluster in an
arrangement on a table.
If you have a interesting way to use your favorite holiday cards and
would like to share your idea, please email me and I will include it in
next month's issue.
While your last trip is still fresh in your mind, plan what to pack for
the next trip.
List items you usually need or pack for trips. With
adjustments for the type of trip/time of year you will see patterns of the
things you Always, Sometimes and possibly Never need.
You'll also see where you tend to over or under pack.
organizer allows you to pre-pack the things you always need. Hang it in a
closet where you can add to it as you prepare for traveling. Then fold or
roll it up to pack in your bag. Hang it up when you reach your hotel and
your clothes and accessories are easy to access and repack. No more
digging around in your bags for the things you need.
furnish hairdryers and irons, making travel size versions unnecessary. If
you aren't choosy about your shampoo and conditioner use the complimentary
product provided which will eliminate even more travel weight and give you
a bit more space in your luggage.
Don't pre-pack makeup, perfumes
or medications unless you travel very frequently. All will suffer from
long term storage. Avoid full size containers of anything unless
necessary. Smaller plastic bottles, jars and zip bags save space and
eliminate excess weight, as well as comply with airline regulations for
Just as we repurpose in redesign, packing dual
purpose clothing for travel saves space and weight. A light weight,
wrinkle shedding all weather coat with a zip-out lining is one
If your luggage has seen better days and you need
replacements, take the time to compare brands and features for those that
fit way you pack and travel. Check the empty weight of the piece,
its overall size and how easy it is to maneuver with weight
Finally, make lists of what you need to pack, highlight
those you tend to forget and tape it inside your bags. You will thank
yourself each time you prepare for your next trip.
~ Pam Faulkner,
Faulkner House Interior Redesign
||Winter Weather Accessories-Boot Trays
As I am writing
this our first season's snow is slowly melting. Will we have a mild or
wild winter? The only certainty is that you want to prevent shoes from
tracking in debris right at the door.
Boot trays come in many
styles and are the easiest way to contain dripping boots and shoes. Placed
right inside your entry next to a chair or ottoman, it indicates to those
entering your home that you wish them to remove their shoes. If you are
selling your house this can be the key to keeping your floors and carpets
Basic plastic boot trays for as little as $8 can be found
in hardware stores, Linens N Things, The Container Store and Plow and
Hearth. More decorative styles like the embossed steel tray shown are
available online through catalogs such as Grandin Road, Lillian Vernon and
||Cell Phones for Soldiers
If you received a
new phone for Christmas or know someone who did and would like to donate
your old phone to a good cause, consider Cell Phones for Soldiers.
AT&T is now offering all 1,800 company-owned wireless store locations
across the country as drop-off sites to help recycle used cell phones for
the program, through July 2008. Click on the link below to read more on
the project and to find out how you may help.
||Post Holiday Decorating Blues
The holidays are
over and the decorations are packed away. Rooms may look a little bare,
particularly if you removed furniture or accessories to accommodate the
seasonal change. Now is the time to take stock and maybe make changes to
your everyday decor. Instead of putting everything back exactly where is
was, try a fresh approach. Enter the concepts of interior
redesign-different combinations can give your spaces a new look and feel,
quickly and affordably.
I always advise
taking notes about things you see that you would like to change. Take
photos, too. Then as you reassemble your rooms you will have a better idea
of the changes you may want to make.
For more information on how
you can freshen or even recreate you rooms, contact me at, 703-689-9886 or by email at FaulknerRedesign@aol.com.
||Staging During the Winter Months
Staging can be as
simple as de-cluttering or as involved as hiring outside contractors to do
remodeling projects around the house, but throw winter snow, ice, and cold
into the mix and you have a whole new set of issues to deal with. Don't
let winter get in the way of selling your home. Follow these few simple
tips to make sure your home continues to show well.
- Keep all walkways and stairways shoveled and de- iced so potential
homebuyers can safely get inside. Keep the driveway plowed for the same
reason and to show how accessible your home is.
- Make sure gutters are secure and remove any icicles hanging over
- Put a decorative doormat just inside the door to protect floors and
carpeting. (Also try shoe trays; see above)
- Make the entryway welcoming. Use a bench or coat rack to give guests
a place to put their outerwear. Hang a mirror to reflect light and add a
plant or floral arrangement for softness and color.
- Bake cookies or simmer potpourri just before a showing for a warm
and welcoming feeling.
- Make up the beds with layers of bedding and pillows for a cozy and
- Consider having a fire in the fireplace for ambiance only if it will
- Make sure your holiday decorations are put away but consider keeping
some seasonal greens, berries and a few white lights for a festive
Anything you can
do to give potential buyers that "winter wonderland" or "home for the
holidays" feeling will help them to visualize just how great it would be
to live in your home.~ Lori Brasseur
||Heated Door and Stair Mats
In addition to the
shoe and boot trays, door and stair mats are a must to have during the
winter not only to cut down on tracked-in messes but for safety. Heated
door mats and stair mats/treads are new to me. Why hasn't someone come up
with these before? No mat does any good under inches of snow which is what
happens when we get a day of continuous snow or sleet. What a great thing
not to have to clear off your front porch or stoop constantly. I'm going
to suggest all of my staging clients look into these products!
more information click on the link below. Also look at heated doormats and
stair treads at www.hammacher.com
||Difficult Rooms? You Aren't Alone!
Home Depot's Style Ideas magazine did a survey * of its readers about their most
difficult rooms to decorate:
- 40% said the kitchen was the most difficult
- 33% said the living room
- 26% said the master bedroom
- 18% said the master bathroom
- 13% said the dining room
So if one of your New Year's resolutions is to finally do something
about your rooms, take heart. You are not alone. You also have an interior
redesigner who can take your rooms from functional to fantastic in as
little as a day. Why wait? Let's get started!
*Did you notice that
the figures add up to more that 100%? Hmmm...
||Chaos Control Classes
Are you ready to
get organized for the new year? Have you read books and tried various
systems but nothing works for very long? You need help getting organized-
and my Chaos Control Classes will help you cut through the clutter to find
a method for getting your disorganization under control for
Whether you have run out of room to store seasonal
decorations, your closets are a storage joke, your basement could be an
archeological digging site or you are drowning in un-filed papers, we can
get you back on track. More in depth and hands-on than a Redesign Party,
the class shows you how to conquer clutter, purge your closets, store your
possessions and create custom filing systems that make sense to you-and
that you will really use.
Like Redesign Parties, the class comes to
you! Hosting a class for you and your friends couldn't be easier or more
convenient. Each class is designed to address your particular needs and
comes with a guide full of organizing ideas, tips and sources to make this
your most organized year ever.
How can you get
"in the know"? Call or email me now for information about Chaos Control
Classes at 703-689-9886, FaulknerRedesign@aol.com, or
simply click on the link below.
Class availability is limited so
please reserve yours early!
||About The Redesigner's Notebook
Redesigner's Notebook's first issue was e-mailed in April 2005. It is
devoted to tips and articles on interior redesign, decorating,
entertaining, organizing, real estate staging and related subjects, and
has and will include contributions from members of the Interior Redesign
Industry Specialists association, I.R.I.S., some of whom are listed
If you have an interest or question that you would like to
see addressed, or a community event that you would like to see included
that relates to the subjects listed above, please contact me. Your
comments and suggestions are always appreciated.
Please feel free
to forward this newsletter along to your friends (see the handy link at
the bottom of the newsletter) or refer them to our web site for current
and archived issues.
~ Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House Interior
Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House, Oak Hill,
Interior Redesign Industry
Barbi Ford, Roomspinners, Covington,
Juliana Hind, Roomspinners, Maple Valley,
Lori Brasseur, L B Designs,Salisbury,
Irene Woodworth, One Day Redesigns,