Now that you've had extra time around the house to purge the clutter during the Covid19 lock down, you're probably tired of looking at the same walls and dream about adding some style to your space.
Several of my clients were anxious to transform their space during quarantine and we did remote consultations via Facetime and Zoom. Even before Covid hit, I've provided many remote color consultations and design services nationwide from Phoenix to Fargo.
One interesting remote design project was for clients in Sweden, who were turning their historic Denver landmark into an AirBnB. I helped them with space planning, lighting, paint colors, furniture and art sourcing and selection, and installation coordination and final styling. The home was originally owned by Buffalo Bills' sister and where he ultimately took his final breath. It was fun to research and add touches of the history in the home. Even though the clients were an ocean away, they were involved in the process and thrilled with the results!
Click to see the before and after pictures here.
Remote color consulting and interior design services
Imagine building a new home, three states away with so many details to attend to. When it came to design choices and materials, my clients Jan & Mark relied on me to guide the vision and source products to create a custom home beyond boring builder grade.
Searching for an "interior designer near me", look no further.
Thanks to technology and a process built on communication, client service and creative design, we start with a phone conversation about your challenges, design goals, style preferences and your lifestyle. I'll ask you to send me a few pics and we'll set up a time to have a virtual consultation.
If you're having trouble choosing paint colors, we look at swatches together and create your custom color plan and palette. I'll work with you to identify undertones that are compatible with your flooring, trim, existing hard surfaces and furnishings. I'll make recommendations to bring out the features of your architecture and create flow from room to room.
TIP: Buy paint samples, paint them on foam core and move them around your space during different times of day and lighting conditions.
Remodeling and redecorating projects are more involved than a color consultation, but many choices in materials, fixtures and furnishings are done via email and digital concept boards that we review together.
Staging and Design Services for Realtors
Staging and space planning can be done remotely as well. Some clients need help rearranging their existing furniture and we can create a new look and flow that will make you feel like you are living in a fresh new house! If you are considering selling your home, you'll get top dollar with professional staging recommendations.
Need some curb appeal? Your outdoor spaces add value to your life and your property. Let's create a vision and make a plan. Even if you are a do-it-yourselfer, having a trained eye can help you to stay on course to create an inviting home. Exterior color is an important decision, so if you are ready for new landscaping, roofing, siding or paint, let's talk. I want to help you protect your investment.
Of course I always love meeting people in their homes, but I'm also effective at working with you remotely, as much of my work for larger projects is done via photos, emails, and phone calls anyway.
Most of the stores are open now, so you can actually lounge on the sofa before you buy it. Samples and swatches are easier to obtain and contractors are ready to roll.
So what's stopping you?
Let's Get 'Er Done!
This 60 year old ranch has had wallpaper in the kitchen since the beginning of time. When I moved in I knew this was going to be a project. I was encouraged when the top layer came off easily, but the liner was glued on tight. After some trial and error, using steam and various toxic products, I would steam, scrape and peel, still leaving behind a sticky gluey mess. I decided to work with more natural products like baking soda & vinegar to get the paste off. It was very tedious and time consuming. This was going to be an extra tough job.
I had to find a better way...
This is a messy job. I found that old Amazon boxes worked better than ruining my drop cloths to absorb the water and paste and could be easily moved as I worked around the room. You have to be careful using steam as to avoid saturating the drywall too much.
Finally, I stumbled upon the tip of using FABRIC SOFTENER. Whaaaat? Certainly more pleasant than DEP or industrial chemicals. I put it in a spray bottle, steamed the area, squirted on the fabric softener, let it sit a while a then worked with the steamer and a wide putty knife to scrap the gooey paste off the wall. It worked like Magic!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO STRIP WALLPAPER
Cardboard floor protection
Fabric Softener in a spray bottle
Wide putty knife
Old rags or newspaper to clean the goo off of the putty knife
Scotchbright Scrubbing pad
TSP or Spic & Span (use rubber gloves)
A bucket or two
WASH BEFORE PAINTING
Once you have the glue scrapped off, you'll want to wash the walls with Spic and Span, TSP, or baking soda to get the residue off so the primer/paint will adhere. I used a blue scotch bright pad and gently scrubbed, and follow up with another spic and span wash with a clean cloth. I touch each area while it is still damp to see if its sticky and go over it again, until it is clean.
MORE TIPS To Make Wallpaper Removal Faster.
Work a small area at a time. The process will go much faster with 2 or 3 people. One to steam, one to scrape and one to freshen the buckets and provide refreshments.
Make sure the walls are completely dry before priming. I wait 48 hours.
Avoid plumbing problems, beware of dumping gluey water down the drain.
From start to finish, this small kitchen took well over 60 (wo)man hours, so plan accordingly.
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