Top Five Design R’s for the New Year

Can you believe that tomorrow will actually be New Year’s Eve!? WHERE did 2010 go?! It’s hard to fathom that next month my little design blog will celebrate its one year birthday! WOW!

We all know how New Year’s resolutions go….

At the end of December, we wholeheartedly announce our goals with vigor and enthusiasm, vowing to stick to each and every one of them. By February, the newness of the goals has worn off, and we are no longer quite as excited about that 5am gym routine or the commitment to cleaning out every box in the attic and garage. By March, we want to forget we ever even made New Year’s resolutions, and by April, we HAVE forgotten them! In September, the first grumblings of an updated “to do” list can be heard, only to be followed by the statement, “I will start on that right after the holidays.”. AAANNNDDD….. there begins the cycle of New Year’s resolutions once again. Laugh if you must, but I think almost all of us can agree that we have fallen victim to this routine at one point or another.

If you are reading this blog, it is highly likely that you are interested in interior design. If so, you may find that your New Year’s resolutions often include home improvements and/or enhancements. Unfortunately, the hectic pace of life and a lack of concrete planning  may prevent us from reaching these goals. To avoid this frustration and help with formulating a realistic “to do” list for your home improvements, I have come up with my TOP FIVE DESIGN R’s FOR THE NEW YEAR. The best way, of course, to reach ALL of your interior design goals – in short order – is to hire a professional to handle the project for you. However, if you plan to do it yourself, or you simply need to streamline your thought processes, here is a good place to begin….


Okay, granted, our closets may not ever look like Mariah Carey's closet, but hey, a girl can dream, right?


One of the best ways to begin changing your home interiors is to reorganize what is already there. In doing so, you will be able to evaluate more clearly what you are actually working with. For instance, you may find that you do not need to purchase a new bedroom armoire or add additional kitchen cabinets if you simply reduce the volume of “stuff” in your existing space. Helpful reorganizing projects may include cleaning out bedroom closets, making a mail center for the cluttered  table by the front door, or throwing away all Tupperware pieces that no longer have matching lids.   Remember that getting rid of the old and useless will only create space for the upgraded and improved!


As many of you may already know, I am a huge proponent of eco-friendly interior design. Part of that perspective includes re-purposing existing design pieces in fresh ways to avoid waste. Examples may include recycling an antique storage chest in the attic into an interesting coffee table for the living room. How about fashioning a bench from tree parts removed from the yard (I recently had some design clients do this very thing!)?!  In other words, try thinking “outside of the box” when it comes to traditional objects and furniture pieces. Come up with creative ways to meet your design needs with pre-existing elements.

This headboard is made from a re-purposed mantel! Photo from Coastal Living.


It is easy to look at an old cabinet or chair and think, “Out with the old, in with the new!”. While there is certainly a time and place for throwing things out and starting fresh, why not first consider the option of refinishing or recovering existing pieces? Not only is this an eco-friendly alternative, but it is also a cost-effective one. In addition, refinishing an old piece and/or choosing new cushion fabric will contribute to a warm and more personalized custom look in your space.

This lovely old table adds warmth and charm to this kitchen. Photo from Veranda.


Once you have determined which design components can and cannot be salvaged, it is time to begin your list of items that need to be replaced in your home. Prioritize them in order of importance. For instance, if you absolutely cringe in trepidation every time you sit on your wobbly living room sofa, or if you want to “accidentally” throw your purse at the vase in the foyer that you received as a wedding gift, it is probably a good indicator that those things should be replaced. Focus on those items first – and make a budget for them! – before becoming distracted by other design projects that may sway your attention.


One of my first steps when designing a home for a new clients is to evaluate what they already have. Often, adding a few new accessories and reconfiguring the existing elements of a room is all that is needed to update the look. I highly recommend hiring a trusted interior design professional to assist with this task. In the end, you will likely save yourself a great deal of time and money by utilizing a designer’s trained eye to shift the locations of your pre-existing interiors.

Be sure to check back in tomorrow for my Fab Friday post, where I will announce a brand new GIVEAWAY PRIZE related to YOUR New Year’s design resolutions!

NOW, GO HAVE AN  “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!


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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and is located at 7751 North Kings Hwy.