First Steps to Take Back Your Empty Nest’s Decor

Does your empty nest leave you feeling overwhelmed at the thought of re-decorating your home to reflect your current style? Your new lifestyle requires a review of your home’s functions, your preferred style and your budget. I’ve spent the last 11 years fine-tuning my design process so I can take my clients through the process of decorating their homes with ease. Don’t worry, I’ve outlined each step for you!

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There are many steps in the decorating process! It's understandable you may be overwhelmed and not know where to begin.

If you’ve ever wished you knew how to begin your next design project, you’re in luck because I’m sharing one step of my design process with you — it’s what I call the 3 pieces of the “design pie.” {This makes me think about pumpkin pie, my favorite pie!} These “pieces” guide every project I work on and I hope they will also provide you guidance as you consider a new home decorating project. 

{Durable materials and a fresh color palette brought function and style to life for our  MacClintock Drive  project. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

{Durable materials and a fresh color palette brought function and style to life for our MacClintock Drive project. Design by April Force Pardoe Interiors.}

Assess your needs, style & budget. 

These are the foundation of any good design project because all of your decisions and selections will be built on these three factors. Here’s how to work on each one when designing a room in your home.

  • How does your room need to function? Who uses it and how do they use it? Make a list of how you use the space, how you want to use the space and what you need to accomplish those activities. For example, if you like to read in your family room, you’ll likely need a comfortable chair, a light source and a table to rest a drink or book. Do you prefer a stationary seat with a foot stool? Without a foot stool? Maybe you love to read in a recliner? Or is a spot on the sofa an ideal reading spot for you? There’s no right or wrong answer, but be realistic about what you really need.

  • What do you love? Look through images of rooms online and in magazines. Collect pictures of spaces, colors and patterns on fabric that you love. Really love. What are the similarities among them? What colors are repeated? What furniture lines are repeated? Shapes, patterns, lighting — notice it all! This is your style. It doesn’t matter what you call it, just that you can identify and embrace it. Once you have an idea of your style use it to guide each choice. Love the color purple? Make sure you include it in your room somehow without worrying whether it’s trendy or not. This exercise is a great way to create a color palette for your room (2 - 3 colors you’ll use throughout the space) and let that guide your selections.

Pinterest is a great website for collecting images that inspire your style! Make notes about what you like (and don't like) about each image.

  • How much do you want to spend? If you’re not sure what furniture costs, visit furniture stores and look at prices of pieces you like. Talk to the sales people to find out how pieces are made so you understand the quality of different pieces. Look at pieces that have the quality you want. Look at lighting and accessories online or in stores. Take notes on the prices of items that you like so you can use those to create a room budget. Once you create furniture plans for your rooms (based the function list you created!), you’ll use these costs to develop a budget for the room.

If you’d like help with this foundation step, or with taking the next steps in the design process, my Video Strategy Session will take you through these steps with ease! Visit my services page to find out how this session can tackle your top 3 biggest design challenges in 90 minutes from the comfort of your own living room.