Zillow Digs, Pinterest, Houzz…no end to inspiring websites for review when considering a remodel. Dream with caution: The reason some of these images are on these sites, is because they are exceptional. It is very easy to recreate a color, or mood, but please don’t be disappointed when you see the perfect throw on a chair, only to discover it was a hand woven in the 17th century, and costs thousands! Staging a room for a magazine or website, is absolutley not the same, as living within a budget. The country cozy setting below is easy enough to duplicate. The little kitchenette off the guest room is a luxurious addition. The house this cozy room lives in, is for sale in TX for over $1.7 million. We LOVE when people bring us pictures they found on line. It helps us narrow down all the choices.
Recently we’ve had a couple calls from customers who fell in love with something on Pinterest. We loved their ideas, and the inspiration piece. One thing the customer didn’t love, was the price tag. Custom comes at a price. The charming hex tile below was hand colored by Pratt and Larson. This simple design retails for approximately $116/sq foot. Sadly, once we fall in love with images, it’s hard to go back to the drawing board. Always be prepared to be realistic about your skills, and or budget. Beware current buzz words such as: Organic, Bespoke, Custom, Curated, Hand Crafted, One of a Kind. These are your clues to a hefty price tag. We want to help you create your dream space. Bringing ideas from websites is a great way to start focusing on your taste.
It is also good to know when to hire a professional. The other type call we get is from homeowners, and well intentioned handy people, who get in over their heads. YouTube is an endless source of ‘how to’ information. Doing some projects yourself can save thousands. Major improvements however, can go very wrong, very quickly. Please start small if you have never tackled something like setting tile. Often times, working with a local business can help you either with free professional advice, or flexible payment plans. We don’t want your dream to turn into a nightmare!