Last week, for Design 101, we kicked off a month all about Decorative Budgets.  While we know budgets aren't the funnest part of decorating, we hope you're starting to get a sense of how important it is to make smart investments in your home.  The great news is that you've done the hard bit, which is putting together all of those tedious spreadsheets.  Now the fun is about to begin!  What we need is a decorating plan!

Make a Decorating Plan



Step One: Ask for Help

We see a lot of clients who are overwhelmed by the idea of starting a decorating project.  Decorating is a lot of work, and without a plan it can seem like a daunting task.  You may or may know what you want, but you're unsure of how to turn your vision into a reality.  Consider asking for professional guidance!  At Regan Billingsley Interiors, we break down decorating into easy steps for our clients to help them understand and enjoy the process.  A simple plan consists of something like:

  1. Develop a Design Concept
  2. Create Furniture Plans
  3. Source, Purchase, and Install Furniture

Three steps sounds pretty easy, right?  That's because a good design professional has the expertise and sources to work through each step with you, making your  job a lot more enjoyable and stress-free.

If you're considering hiring an expert, but think it may not fit into your budget, you may want to reconsider.  It's very expensive to dive into decorating, realize you've made mistakes, and then try to fix them.  It's much more cost effective to hiring a professional from the beginning so you don't make mistakes.  Our policy, at Regan Billingsley Interiors, is to pass along our design discount to our clients, which can be anywhere from 10-40% off retail pricing.  This helps offset our design service fees!



Step Two: Create a Timeline

Keep in mind that not everything needs to happen at once.  Rather than feeling pressured to finish your home immediately, step back and take time to do it right.

  1. Come up with a long term plan, and break the design up into phases as money becomes available.  This will help you achieve the space you want, within your budget.
  2. As you start shopping, don't be offput by lead-times or items that are on backorder.  It's likely something you want won't be available right away.  But we think if you love something, it will be worth the wait to have it in your home.


Step Three: Set Some Rules

Below are some general rules to help you stay on budget.

  1. No Impulse Buying.  It's easy to get distracted when you're shopping.  There are so many amazing products out there?  Stay on track by carrying your Decorative Budget and Wish List with you.
  2. Don't get Sidetracked by Sales.  We love a discount as much as the next person, but be careful about buying something just because it's on sale.  Especially if it is final sale!  You don't want to take your new bed linens home, realize they don't work with the other items you've ordered, and then feel buyers regret because you can't return them.
  3. Be Honest with Yourself.  You may find yourself in love with a piece that is over your budget, but you've got to have it.  And you know you'll use it and love it.  Forever!  That's fine, you should love the pieces that make up your home.  But if you spend more on one thing, try saving on something else.  Otherwise, you will find yourself over budget.

Happy Planning.


Next Up:  If you found yourself with sticker shock, or frustrated with your budget constraints, don’t fret!  This month we’ll help you prioritize your project, implement your plan, and show you where to spend and where to save.