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New Year, new space…one at a time

New Year, new space…one at a time


After the holiday gluttony, it’s time to resettle into the year and take a stab at getting back into the groove of things. This often comes with a renewed energy and determination to make a change somewhere and for a lot of people, this comes in the form of something tangible in their home. Agreed, it’s a great time to do it, but let’s do it well. Just as our eyes can be bigger than our stomachs, the same can hold true for our resolutions – so let’s keep it realistic and achievable.

At Turnstyle, my philosophy has always been – phase it, phase it, phase it! I say this to every client I work with. Why? Because it’s more enjoyable that way. It’s more palatable and way easier to finish within a reasonable timeline so that you as a homeowner can ENJOY it. And that’s a pretty important part of a resolution – actually experiencing a finished result. So, here is my quick guide to determining where and how to get underway:

  1. Take a walk around your house and make note of areas that are bothering you. Jot down a line or two of what’s working and what’s not.

  2. Find a quiet spot to sit with coffee and your list and examine what you would ultimately like – namely, identify your ideal.

  3. Zero in on ONE room, yes, one room in particular that seems reasonable to tackle. Don’t try and do it all….remember, phase it, phase it, phase it!

  4. Next, get online and search for things you might like and start making a mood board. If you plan to use a designer, this is the time to poke around to find on whose aesthetic you feel aligned with.

  5. Take your mood board and prioritize what you can and cannot live without – this should coincide with some price checking and therefore some budget setting.

  6. Once you’ve determined what you think you can spend, give yourself a tiny little buffer for any unforeseens, or to-die-for must haves.

  7. Next, mark on your inspiration board what you know to be quality versus trend. This is important to help you really use your budget right AND will help remind you where to place your priority.

  8. Now that you have identified with specificity what you’d like to take on and what stylistically appeals to you, you can get into the nitty gritty of implementation or advising a professional* on what you are trying to communicate as your likes and dislikes.

*If you or someone you know is looking for design help, please touch base with us.

Much easier than getting to the gym!

What a Year! And what’s ahead | Highlights from an Austin Interior Designer

What a Year! And what’s ahead | Highlights from an Austin Interior Designer

Holiday happiness and quirky traditions

Holiday happiness and quirky traditions