Being a wife, mom of 5 kiddos (+1 spoiled puppy) and business owner, requires a can do, superwoman, boss-like, I got this, kind of attitude. A fire inside of you that tells you, you got this and you will make it work.
I can’t tell you how much I apply this attitude in my construction projects – from meeting with my clients, overcoming design obstacles and creating a beautiful space on a budget.
Speaking of budgets, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of honoring my client’s budgets. They often shower me with praise for somehow managing to meet all their design expectations without overdrawing their checking account. Believe me, I know it’s fun to make it rain – but when it comes to remodeling your home, splurging on excessive items IS NOT a necessity and can totally be avoided.
So today I thought I’d share some successful “luxury looks” without the crazy price tag to match. I hope to inspire you if you’re working on your own reno project – or if you need tips (or an expert just to do it for you) I’m always just a phone call away!
Okay…now on to the good stuff!
Here’s the truth: Finishes are how you drive a budget. My clients work with me (and continue to come back and work with me again) because I’m a very good shopper. What do I mean by this? If my clients are doing concept to completion, and we are in the stage of piecing together the aesthetics of a room (like the end of an episode of Fixer Upper when Johanna Gaines makes everything beautiful) it’s THIS phase of the project that is often my favorite part. If my clients allow me to direct the finishes, I’m really good with being creative and making it work. I love sourcing quality products and finding good deals, without sacrificing quality or impactful design.
Okay, side note…(but hopefully will come full circle because you’ll better understand why I have this knack of being ultra resourceful):
Check out some fun projects/products featuring clever tricks to create a bad ass look for our clients without making a crazy dent in their wallet.
DIY Vanity with Calacatta Quartz
DIY Vanity – using leftover calacutta quartz from my kitchen renovation and 2×4 for a base. I could splurge on Arizona floor tile in the small space.
Rawr, Leopard Print is In
Picked up these leopard print chairs at a garage sale in Laguna Beach! Love them! Funky Fresh. Rawwwr!
Awesome “Amazon” Type of Hood
Why spend a ton of money on a kitchen hood when you can pick one up that looks like you did on Amazon. Full height backsplash tile by Jeffery Court Tile. Cabinet hardware, Amazon.
Mis Matched Ottomons for the Win
Picked up these two handmade no matchy matchy ottomans for my husband on Etsy. Such a great place to find one of a kind treasures. Tattoo by my boy Bradley at Dana Point Tattoo. Rug from Amazon Home – $20 dolla make you holla.
So, in summary – I don’t care who you are or what your style is. Traditional, contemporary, eclectic, or a little bit of everything. When it comes to a remodel, handling the way you shop your materials makes a HUGE impact on not just the aesthetics and the quality but also on the amount of work you can actually do. I want you to get the biggest bang for your buck. The very best value that doesn’t look like the very best value … shhhhh. Nobody has to know! Oh, and on the plus side ladies, your husband will LOOOOOOVE you. Oh, and like me too. So listen honey, it’s not just about who can swing a hammer and who has the lowest price on paper. It’s who you have CHEMISTRY with, who is the cutest (just kidding, not really I am serious), the best installation methods, and WHAT IS YOUR PROJECT GOING TO LOOK LIKE. And lastly, price. That should be last. Yes. Last.