Dear Lord… I stumbled into this home tour the other night which was featured on Est Living (one of my favorite places for inspiration) and I had to collect myself up off the floor. Minimal meets masculine, simple meets layered, and just about everything good in between.
DIY is a lot of fun, and although I might constantly be posting on my instastory little projects that I am doing here and there that doesn’t mean it should be entirely spontaneous. I typically am the “run and gun” type where I get an idea, run to the hardware store and make it happen. BUT, that process doesn’t work for everyone and tbh usually isn’t the best use of time any way (learn from my mistakes people). You may have been thinking about the things which need fixing around your home for a long time or already have an ongoing list or pin board of all the things that you want to try, but that doesn’t mean you actually have a detailed plan for how you were going to tackle all of those individual tasks as a whole which is so important. And, after making quite a few mistakes and even more trips back to the hardware store to grab something mid-project that I forgot, I have realized that it’s so important that you take some time to do your research before tackling a home DIY project. So, in the name of saving you time, money, and potential DIY related headaches here are some of the things you need to do if you want to get the project right.
I am in Vegas this weekend speaking on “The Best of the West” panel at the Las Vegas Design Market (see here if you are going to be here or missed the info – come say HI!), but as I was flipping through a few magazines on the plane, and reading through some of the questions for the panel one of which is “what is your design process”, it got me thinking about how many people come to designers after they start a project and then half way through see that it is not going according to plan or how they originally imagined for the space. With the insane amount of design inspiration we have at the click of the button through, pinterest, instagram, or blogs, everyone and their dog seems to have the perfectly designed dream home already concepted up in their head, or thinks they have it in the bag (myself included at times). However, concept is much easier than design and implementation and it can be a challenge transferring those thoughts and making them a reality in your home, even for the most talented designers. Then later finding out that your original vision was lost in the chaos of renovations or changes. So here are a few of my tips for helping you get through the process.
Watch out Vegas. I am coming for you this weekend and I CAN’T WAIT.
I have done my fair share of time in vegas, but this time it is strictly business (not making any promises) as I am headed there to speak at the Las Vegas Design Show with a HANDFUL of extremely talented designers on the “Best of the West” panel. They recently asked me a few questions for a little feature which they have posted over on their website, so if you are into me, vegas, or some of my favorites places to shop and stay there, then definitely head on over to their site to read more. And if you are planning on heading to vegas this weekend for the market be sure to stop by and say hi at the panel which is on July 31, from 1:00 – 3:30pm (here are all the details). In the meantime, let’s do some shopping – I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorites below from some of the vendors that I will definitely not miss while I am there.
SOME OF MY FAVORITES
Mistakes are no fun. Expensive decorating mistakes are definitely no fun. So when oprah.com (yep, I freaked out too) reached out about pulling some of my biggest mistakes and fails together to help us all out from committing them over and over I of course said yes and took a little trip down memory lane to see which I had committed (oops) and which I keep constantly seeing. Here is what I came up with below as well as how to easily fix them, and be sure to head over to her site to read the entire story and see the pictures.