From the KHI Retail Studio – Home for the Holidays Part I
It’s beginning to look a lot like…
In the south, holidays are a BIG deal in terms of design. I would even go as far as to say we are just about ready to go into “full holiday swing” at Knotting Hill Interiors with clients coming in to begin planning now their home transformations. There are actually many different phases for your home to go through to get “holiday ready” and this blog series, Home for the Holidays will focus on how to get through the holidays step by step and look absolutely fabulous by the time you are ready to trim the tree.
Over the years, I have really gotten this down to an art – so trust me when we say that these are the phases you should consider when planning to get your home “holiday ready.”
September – Consider your options.
What rooms will this affect? When it comes to holidays the main thing most of our clients are considering is making sure the rooms in their home for entertaining are ready for guests and family. That mostly includes your foyer, living room, dining room and possibly your guest bedrooms, especially if you have children or other family coming home for the holidays.
Begin looking at your space – Are you going to need to purchase any pieces of furniture like a buffet or extra chairs? What kind of re-arranging will you need to do and should you go ahead and do that now so you can live in the space for a little while and see if it needs anything?
Make a list for each room – If you know you are going to need new throw pillows for the sofa, new hardware for the curtains and a new tree skirt in the living room – just go ahead and write those down. Don’t worry yet about what it all needs to look like or colors (that is next!) but you can create a file folder for each room – or perhaps a Pinterest Board as I am sure Kimberly would do – put your lists in there and include pictures from magazine or print outs from Pinterest or other websites of looks you love so you can bring them into the store and we will have a starting place to begin working.
Decide on a holiday color palette – You may want to go with one color palette for your entire holiday look, or create a unique one for each room. I work with many clients who love to put up several trees in their home. Each tree is themed differently with a completely different style and color palette – so naturally the choices we make for that room must support the tree, which is the WOW of the space.
It can seem overwhelming to think about starting to decorate your home in September, but I promise you it will be even more crazy if you wait until November when you have apple pies and turkey to think about as well! Decorating your home in phases will save you time, money (because you won’t be susceptible to impulse buys – each decision will be well planned and thought out) and keep you enjoying what is most important during this time of year – friends and family!
My next two blog posts will focus what comes next while doing your decorating! If you can’t wait until then, just give us a call at the store and we would be happy to help you!