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How to Get Your Design Project Started in 5 Easy Steps

by Suzanne M. Harvey


As you sit in your home and look around, you start to see projects that need done. Repairs to do and updates you want to make. But you are wondering where to start and how. You may be stuck in the overwhelm and never get a project off the ground. You can get your project started with 5 simple steps.

#1 – Pick the Space to Update

I know this seems too simple. My best advice is to select one space to update at a time. I usually recommend you start with a small room or a simple project. Maybe just updating the bedding in your kids room. Or maybe that powder room that is looking tired. If you keep that first project simple and small it give you a big sense of accomplishment and will give you the momentum to start tackling the big one! Now you are ready for step 2.

#2 – Set Your Budget

Next you have to know what you have or want to spend on the project before any planning can begin. Your home is your greatest investment and you want your updates to bring you a great return on the money spent. If you set your budget when you start you are less likely to blow it (although you will probably go over a bit – that average overage is about 10-15%). Then you can stay on or close to your budget! This will help you enjoy your space even more. And boost your confidence, making you excited to start the next one.


#3 – Start with the Biggest Purchase

Now you can start figuring out what to buy first. Which is the question I get the most often. Many people wonder if they should start with floor or cabinets or furniture? My best advice is to start with the element that will take the most money. Once you get started with the big items, it will also make your next design decision much easier. Also this will help you keep an eye on that budget (see #2).

#4 – Do Your Homework

Now you know what space you are going to work on, you may need to hire a professional to do some or all of the work. The first thing to do is research local contractors. Get referrals from friends or family that have used them. Then you will need to interview them before you hire them – don’t just take someone else’s word for it. Make sure it is someone that you are comfortable with & trust your gut. If you don’t have a great 1st impression in that initial meeting, move on. Once you get multiple estimates for the work, I recommend you toss the highest & lowest bid. Make your choice from your favorite whose price comes in somewhere in between.

#5 – Ask for Help

At this point, are you still not sure how to start? It is ok. Maybe it’s time to talk to an interior design professional. I provide a FREE call to discuss projects. It’s a great way for me to get to know you & for you to get to know me. After a brief discussion about your project we will have a better understanding of how I might be able to help. You may need a one time design consultation (in your home or virtually). You can now get moving forward with your project.

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