Avoid costly renovating mistakes

Avoid costly renovating mistakes by taking time to plan and get educated. Have you ever bought a piece of furniture only to later feel that the comfort, size, or style was completely wrong? Hiring a designer can SAVE you (necessary plug!)  This may be a costly mistake but one that will  pass fairly quickly. Now, what if you knocked down a wall or had tile installed and the color was all wrong? That’s one you may have to live with longer… or permanently if you’ve opened up a space you now regret.

Ask yourself LOTS OF QUESTIONS. How do you want the space to function? How do you want to move throughout the space? What does the home lack for your lifestyle? What will you miss if you remove that closet or select a pedestal sink with no storage? Where’s your stuff going to hide?

Consider the entire home even if you are changing a smaller space.

Before you make a big change to your space find out if it’s good for the value of the house. Ask a really good local realtor that knows your hood.

In my own home I chose to take a large formal living room and turn it into a small study in order to gain closet space in the master bedroom. (This picture was take when I was first unpacking)

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I absolutely love this space-the detail, richness, and size make it usable and very inviting. In addition, I now have ample storage for my things in the master.

 

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Don’t make costly mistakes. Know what things cost and ask experts. I’d love to help with your renovation rescue. There are so many options out there that selecting can be overwhelming. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com and follow me on Instagram at JulieMInteriors. Go to JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com for more

 

 

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Decorating dilemmas

Decorating dilemmas do not have to keep you from pushing forward with your space.

I have openings in February for both e-Design and 3-hour consultations to tackle your area of need–and get you feeling great! Stop pinning ideas that don’t become reality. I’d love to help.

 

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Decorating and design inspiration

Decorating and design inspiration comes from seeing what you see.

On a recent trip to Rosemary Beach, Fl I was walking with my son and asked him “what are you doing?” he replied, “seeing what I see.” That is precisely the simplest way I can put it-See what you see.

Take notice of the details of what is capturing your attention or driving an emotion.

It’s the emotion we get when we see something we like that inspires and connects us–and that’s what you listen to.

Whether you are embarking on a full renovation or simply selecting paint colors (though I know that alone can be a daunting task) take time to see what you see.

You don’t have to go on a trip to the beach to get inspired. Walk your own neighborhood or be a tourist in your own city. Take pictures of what you notice and make a mental note of how it makes you feel.

I’m most inspired when I am at a beach. The colors, the sounds, the feel, the calm–and of course a break from the day to day. I get such clarity in thought and that impacts everything. The pure white shells I collected remind me of pure, simplistic beauty. Things don’t have to be much more than that.

Beach Inspiration

 

The color combination of the sand, ocean, and sky is one I’ve brought into my own home. Soft, soothing, and calming.

 

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I love design, architect, color, and the impact of lighting. Though I notice the big picture it is the details that make the whole so interesting. Take a look at these details and color combinations!

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How do you translate what you see to your own home? If the pattern on the garage door or brick catches your attention maybe you can use the look on flooring, tile layout, patio decking…

 

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This window adds such a simplistic wow factor.

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I spend time in fabric stores, reading design books and websites, and browsing design centers to gain daily inspiration and creative ideas but the great outdoors is where I get clarity.  Walking and seeing what I see- that’s where you begin.

I’d love to help you create your vision so that you can feel great in your space. eDesign services and consultations are a great place to start! email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

 

 

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Building a House

Building a house and a business while settling two children following a big move- one word, overwhelming. I had good intentions that I would share the journey of our renovation every step of the way. That was before I felt pulled in too many directions-a thing called life. I had to make the decision to focus on my family and our future home and focus less on computer work or re-starting my design business. No, I didn’t stop sharing completely but I chose to utilize Instagram (@JulieMInteriors) more and more–which I love.  Designing our home was a labor of love and the final result is something we are very proud of.

It’s a New Year and I’m pushing forward with drive and determination. I am empowered and want to empower others.

The renovation process and the after shots will be shared as well as the honest obstacles and not so fun aspects of doing a big project. The Simply Savvy blog will continue to include design inspirations, tips, behind the scene moments, and so much more.

Through it all we spent a lot of time enjoying this!

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This is just one space that I’ll be sharing…

 

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My design services are changing on my website. Please be patient with me while I accomplish the not-so-fun task of updating my web pages. Email me for service inquiries Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com. I’d love to help you Love the Space You’re In!

 

 

 

 

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Kitchens and Bathrooms: Design Details

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important design decisions you will make when you build or renovate a home. These fixed elements can define much of your trim/woodwork color throughout your space. It is imperative that you decide on these spaces in the early stages of your project. Custom cabinetry takes time (in our case 10 weeks) and needs to be designed and ordered early on.

I’ve decided on a white kitchen and a white master bath. White is timeless, classic, fresh, and soothing and will flow well with the adjoining rooms.

First, here’s a reminder of the previous kitchen. Isn’t it FANTASTIC! We’ve removed walls and now have a large kitchen, walk-in pantry, breakfast nook and desk area that is all open to the family room. So exciting. (These BEFORE pictures were taken by the local super talented Photographer Christina Wedge)

 

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BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

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I’m now deciding on the perfect white for the marble bathroom as well as the cabinet white and countertop options for the kitchen- marble yes or marble no?? A lot is happening as you can see. Be sure to keep following here and on Instagram @JulieMInteriors #followmyrenovation.

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Design and Renovate: A Serene Study

Design and renovate your small space without overthinking decorating ‘rules’.  A space that is already small is an opportunity! I can’t make the space bigger but I can make it scrumptious and cozy. The home we are renovating has a formal living room that we  made smaller in order to increase the master closet (girl needs a closet!).

I’m considering a deep navy space with white trim and white ceiling.

 

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Thoughts? Would you surround yourself in blue?

I’d love to help you in your space! Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com for inquiries.

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Design and Renovate: A Lighting Plan

As we design and renovate our home it is essential that I stay a step ahead of the builder’s schedule. One of the most time consuming areas to consider in the design process is the lighting plan. You need to determine the locations and numbers of recessed lights, sconces, mounted lights, switches, outlets, dimmers…so that the electrician can get to work before the walls or ceilings are closed up. Determining the lighting plan is not easy and it ‘s not fun.

Sourcing the exact style of lighting could come later but I’ve already begun to play–and made a few decisions. I’m more of a I like it lets do this now type of person.

I am staying with the same finish in the main living spaces-polished nickel. You can see these areas from other rooms; therefor, I am mindful of the relationship they should have in order to get the look I want in the space. Here’s where I’m heading:

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These are the jewels of the home! #followmyrenovation on Instagram (JulieMInteriors) too!

I’d love to help you in your space. See my services here. Love the Space You’re In!

 

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Design and Renovate: Making this House Our Home

Renovating and designing our house means making big changes to the floor plan.  This 1970′s house has some nice features; such as, 10ft ceilings and a wide hallway on the first floor; however, there is much not working for us. The existing house has two master bedrooms, a two story family room, and too many walls for our way of life.

We made a big decision to close the second story of the family room and create a playroom/media room. The upstairs master is now going to become two boy bedrooms and baths. No small reno project here!

See if you can make out the plan in these images (not great).

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The formal living room (typical in a 70′s house) is going to shift to make room for my (hers) master closet. We’re also adding a hallway guest powder bath, moved the guest bedroom bath, and raised all headers with wider openings too.

The first floor will be opened up with a larger kitchen, new mudroom with bath, and expanded laundry room. Active boys get dirty fast so having a stop, drop, and wash location was a must!

Big changes will make this house our home.

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Design and Renovate: My House Decision Time

It’s major design and renovate decision time. Our house renovation is not a year-long  project (good gosh I hope not!) so we have to be steps ahead of the builder with our choices ready to order and ready to install. For instance, I’ve selected all the faucets for the bathrooms ( in my head) and need to order. The real reason for knowing this detail is because the plumber needs to know what values, left or right drain, …. while the new walls get framed. More on this thought process later.

Today, I’m thinking of the whole house aesthetic. Again, the entire design picture should be determined in order to pick out the fixed finishes and details that create a consistent feel throughout the house.

I want our home to be fresh with a neutral backdrop and infused with color moments. I love white. I love dark, contrasting flooring with white. I love the fun you can have with white.

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House Beautiful recently shared their White Room Designs post and it just confirms why I love white.

So now you know that I love white and you can assume that is the direction I’m going in my home. Not sterile and cold white but fresh, classic, warm, and layered whites–and grays!

Tell me what you think about white. I’d love your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

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A Bathroom Design That’s Timeless

A bathroom design that is classic, timeless, and so very luxurious.

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