Narrow down the choices:
First thing we did was to focus on just one room at a time. That kept a simple goal, with clear objectives and fewer distractions. We started with the Living Room. Then we asked “Diane” to see the files she had been keeping of all the things she had found and liked over the years. As we began to sift through it, we made piles of all the similar styles and designs, and had her weed out the ones she no longer liked, or didn’t really go with the main ones she preferred. As we filtered the stacks, it became clear what she liked, and from there we easily moved onto the next step.
Focus on Needs, then fill in the Fun:
While there are some innovative and beautiful designs out there in magazines, stores and the internet, not all will work for your particular lifestyle. In this step of the process, we determined her needs for the room, and then evaluated how the pieces of furniture fit into that need. For example, she wanted a WOW factor for the living room because it was the main room you walked into, but also needed it to fit everyone comfortably when they entertained and had family gatherings. We built a floor plan that fit the functional needs of the family, then filled it with fun and beautiful furnishings, fabrics and even a stunning birdcage for her pet parrot.
Make an Informed Decision:
Studies have shown that in addition to being overwhelmed with choices, we are also brought to a standstill when we are scared of making the wrong choice. In the furniture world, that is amplified due to the higher cost of a potential mistake. Working with a professional who works in the field everyday can put those fears to rest. We pride ourselves on having over 600 lines of furniture to choose from, but we know exactly which lines will work for our clients. What price point they are in, durability, fabric choices, delivery schedules and many other factors. We worked closely with “Diane”, guiding her through choices for the room that worked within her budget, lifestyle and other needs. She was able to be creative as we kept her focused on the plan we had all established.
Involve ALL the decision makers:
I cannot stress enough that when you are making important decisions that affect many people, you MUST involve them in key points of the decision making process. So many times we get partners (whether married or not) that say their other half doesn’t care about what they do….only to find out they DO care….and trouble ensues. The anxiety of carrying the weight of all the decision making power can cause many problems. We understand that putting together a room or a house takes many hours, but there are key places we need input from key partners. In this case, we had “Diane” and her husband come up with an overall budget they wanted to invest in for the room, then asked him to visit our store to see key points: the designs of the room and the fabric / wood selections, and to seat test the chair that would be his and approve of the overall price of the room. The kids were invited to weigh in on the room as well, coming up with some good points to consider. With the entire family being involved in the main decisions, “Diane” did not have the feeling of facing the firing squad if they didn’t like everything she had done.
After working on her own for so many years and getting nowhere fast, Diane had begun the process with a bit of trepidation, but as we guided her through all the options and decisions, her anxiety was turned to excitement as the rooms came together.