||Makeover Video-from Cramped to Cozy
The last apartment for the Patrick Henry Family Shelter in Falls Church
was finished in record time last month.
This apartment, one of the
smallest in the building, was a challenge. Replacing the worn bulky
furniture with smaller scaled but sturdy chairs and a love seat made it
possible to rearrange the furniture so that a small desk area could be
Warm earth tones and accessories with a global feel
contributed to the cozy feeling. Once again, paint, paint supplies and
painting help came from Anthony Virgil, manager of Duron Paints in Falls
Church and painter Darryl Boone. Also a special thank you to Caryn
Carkhuff, the representative from Sherwin Williams, who put in an entire
day painting along with all of us. What a trouper!
reveal, the Shelter House staff was amazed at how the tiny space was
transformed. More than one commented on how each apartment had been given
a distinctly different look and feel, but that all appeared to be bigger!
The elements of design used in this space can be applied to any home. The
principles behind redesign, particularly using what you have as the
foundation of your design was applied here, with a twist. Some existing
furnishings weren't in the best condition and/or were too large to allow
the room to be truly functional. Finding free furnishings on Craig's List
or donations filled in for the usual option of "shopping" a client's home
for needed furnishings. Considering the time constraints for finding
pieces that would go together and being able to see the possibilities
shows that in even these extreme circumstances, redesign is truly the
answer to just about any decorating challenge!
The three apartment project has been a amazing experience. Click on the
link below for the 90 second before and after video.
Read on for
more about the project.
||IRIS Chapter Wins Volunteer Award
The IRIS National Capital Area Chapter received the 2009 Community
Partner Award from Shelter House for our Adopt an Apartment work on the
three apartment makeovers. In addition to that honor, Virginia Congressman
Gerald Connolly officially recognized Shelter House and the recipients of
the 2009 Shelter House, Inc. Volunteer Awards on the floor of the House of
Representatives. His remarks and the list of award recipients, including
the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists were printed in the
Congressional Record for Tuesday, June 9, 2009! We were thrilled with the
recognition and honored to be a part of the work that Shelter House is
doing for the homeless in our community.
||Keeping it Together Over the Summer
For myself and my organizing clients, I recommend the Know, No and Now approach to keeping on top of things, focused and
How much time you
have to devote to your projects
Time wasting /excuses when in "organizing
Need for the thing, project or activity?
Do it as it appears
Stay in the
present but learn from the past
Being organized is a continuing
process. Allow yourself time to create a system that works with your
lifestyle. Need help? I'm a phone call away-703-689- 9886.
Many travelers have fallen in love with paintings from a local artist,
hand made pieces of pottery, sculptures, rugs and more only to return home
to find that these treasures look out of place. Avoid buyer's remorse by
packing a swatch packet of your home's wall colors, fabrics, photos of
rooms that could use furnishings, and measurements of floor, wall and
display spaces in case that perfect piece appears. Take photos of your
item from different angles and inspect the piece for flaws or damage.
You'll have proof if the wrong item is sent or in case of shipping
Why not bring home something from this list? You'll have an
accent, a remembrance and a maybe a conversation starter.
- Candlesticks-classic shapes that can be dressed up or
- Serving trays-functional and decorative. Choose with
clean lines and minimal ornamentation for versatility
- Boxes and containers ring box size to trunks
- Vases and decorative bowls-for arrangements or as
- Small framed art, decorative plates or platters-use in
bookcases or as table top accessories
- Books-interesting reference books, favorite novels or
childhood books, coffee table books and those that are or look like
- Linens-tablecloths, napkins and runners in basic
colors and simple patterns that will blend with your color palette
- Pillows and throws-think color and texture and don't
- Architectural accents-corbels, finials, door locks,
keys and door knockers are examples of antique store, fair and flea
- Art glass and ornaments-a little goes a long way with
these pieces. Select timeless designs and colors to blend with different
||Faulkner House's 7th Anniversary Special
Seven years of being in a business that I love-how lucky is that? To
celebrate I'm saying Thank You to established clients with
special discounts and services. New clients will receive 10% off the
initial consultation fee.
The offer applies to services scheduled
in July and must be completed by August 31st. Some restrictions apply.
Call to find our more about my anniversary specials and how they can save
you time and money on any of the services I offer-including in home
classes! Appointments are subject to time availability so be sure to act
quickly before the summer, and this opportunity, slip by!
||Garage Makeovers-Tips and Videos
Quick test-is your car parked in the driveway because your garage is
too full of stuff? Summer is the perfect time to get the space in shape.
There are lots of options for storage and display but you need to know
what you have first. Pare down your possessions to those you really need
and use and you will be able to rid the space of clutter. Once you have
edited the contents of the garage you are ready to choose your storage
equipment. Visit your home improvement stores to see what is available or
Home Depot has a series of simple garage improvement
tip videos to inspire you (click on the link below).
If your tastes
and budget allow for upgrading there are many companies who do garage
makeovers with custom and semi-custom cabinets, shelves and wall systems.
I can help you organize your possessions and sort through your options to
make your garage attractive and functional within your budget. Call
703-689-9886 or email me now at firstname.lastname@example.org before the summer
||Mini Decorating Seminars-Redesign Parties
Whether you are addicted to HGTV and decorating shows or you feel
decorating challenged, attending my mini decorating seminars, Redesign
Parties, will clue you into design secrets, tips and techniques that
will jumpstart your redesign projects. The fun and informative 2 hour
programs are offered in real homes like yours. You will learn through
demonstrations and hands-on opportunities how easily a room can be
transformed from OK to Oh, WOW! using traditional design
principles and innovative techniques.
How can you get "in the know"? Call or email me now for information
about attending or hosting a Redesign Party at 703-689-9886 , FaulknerRedesign@aol.com or email@example.com