Many times we are invited out to someone’s home to give them design advice. In the course of the last 14 years, I can say that we have seen nearly everything. From beautiful large homes to simple track homes. One thing they all have in common is: people wanting to create a comfortable, beautiful living space that reflects their personality….within a certain budget. But what is a good price? What should someone spend on a bedroom? Living room? What is the magic number?
Putting the pieces together[/caption] When putting together a room design, we always have to keep in mind what our customer wants to invest in that room. When creating a budget, keep in mind, it is more than just price that needs to be considered. There is the quality of the merchandise, the ability to customize it according to your needs, where it is made, how it is made, what is your time frame for the project to be completed – and probably most of all, what level of customer service do you need? In our experience, we find that many people go way over their initial budget not because they fall in love with expensive items, but because they keep making mistakes. They purchase a sofa that doesn’t fit in the room, or buy pieces that don’t end up going together very well, and lastly, they forget to budget for accessories, which is what personalizes and finishes a room. So, in the end, they keep trying to cover their mistakes with more bad choices, and then finally give up and never have the room they really want.