This month, Design 101 has been all about Decorative Budgets.  We’ve talked about how to write a budget and develop a decorating plan.  By now you might be wondering when the fun begins!  Good news – it’s time to implement your plan.

Implement Your Decorating Plan



Tips to help your vision become a reality:

  1. Sell, donate, or move furniture and accessories that won’t fit into your new design vision.  It will feel refreshing to start decorating with a clean slate.
  2. Refer to your Decorating Timeline to decide where to start.  Remember that if you are refinishing walls, ceilings, or floors, you will want to address those areas before moving in new furniture.
  3. Update your Decorative Budget Spreadsheet. You can add additional columns for product description and delivery dates to keep tracks of orders.  In addition, update costs as you make purchases so you can stay on track with your budget.
  4. Start slowly.  We like to start with the larger pieces of furniture – seating, tables, beds, etc.  That way you can reevaluate your vision for accessories if necessary.
  5. Check return policies before purchasing.
  6. If you feel overwhelmed, consider reaching out for professional help.
  7. Remember that good design takes time!



  1. Even as experts in the field, we’ve never had a project where there weren’t a few surprises.  Below are tips to help you with unexpected situations.
  2. Things cost more than expected. Price increases on products are not unheard of.  It happens.  Or you may have predicted pricing incorrectly.  It’s ok, you can find other areas within your budget to cut costs to balance things out. You can also find an alternative option that fits within your budget.
  3. Manufacturing damage and defects. You don’t have to accept a damaged item or something that is made incorrectly.  Work with your salesperson or the company to find a solution to replace the item or receive a discount (a reason to shop at stores with great customer service!)
  4. Shipping damage.  These days furniture and accessories are shipped all over the world, leaving them susceptible to shipping damages. Try working with your salesperson or the company to find a solution for replacement on damaged items.
  5. Items are on Backorder and backordered again.  When this happens, keep in mind our rule about good design taking time.  If your furniture is backordered, it is usually worth the wait!


Going over budget:

If you go over budget, you have a few options to get back on track.

  1. Put your design project on hold or break it up into phases.  As we mentioned last week, you don’t have to do everything at once.  Do what you can and then wait on the rest until you can afford it.
  2. Revisit your Decorating Plan to reevaluate priorities.
  3. Think about alternative options.  You may be in love with a certain piece of furniture, but it’s not worth breaking the bank over.  There is likely something else out there that you will love just as much.  You can also search for reproductions or used furniture (we love Ebay!) as alternatives to buying new.

Happy Decorating.


Next Up:  Where to spend and where to save!