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 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.

Beach inspiration


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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Style Refresh with West Elm

Take your space from dark and lacking personality to lively and energetic with a few style changes. Start with color changes, play with patterns, accents, textures, or update an entire style. Play with what you already have and fill in new items to enhance and update your look.

My time playing today was with West Elm and some of their items. Design boards are a great way to play with your style and visualize your space. So, style away! I used Olioboard below. You can follow my boards here.

I offer e-Design services if you’d like my help refreshing your space a little or a lot! See service details here or email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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6 Tips to Refresh a Drab Living Room

I’m delighted to have Emily from Zillow as a guest on the blog. Zillow has been my go-to site during our recent move and search for a home. If you are buying, selling, or simply want to know the market in your area then check out Zillow. See Zillow Digs for inspiration too!

Enjoy these tips by guest writer Emily Creswick:

Home styling is not typically a high priority for busy families. When schedules are packed, living in outdated or disorganized environments becomes the norm. In turn, this causes unnecessary clutter and household stress that can be avoided with a little effort toward interior design. Making small updates to high-traffic living spaces can dramatically change a home’s atmosphere and the moods of its residents.

Refreshing a drab living room creates a functional and inviting space where families and their visitors can relax and mingle. Even with limited budgets, it’s easy to make a positive impact. Check out these six tips to learn how.

1.      Define the Purpose

It’s common for a living room to become a dumping ground for kid’s belongings, gym bags, shoes and random items after the family comes home from school or work. This causes unnecessary clutter and takes up valuable living space. The first step to update an area is to define the purpose of the room and remove the items that don’t belong. When reducing the purpose from catch-all to family room, be sure to create new homes for the typical overflow items. For instance, add a table, cubbies or shoe rack to the entry hall. Once random clutter is removed it’s much easier to see the entire living space available.

2.      Aim for Open Layout

A common design mistake is to overcrowd the living room with furniture and accessories. Too many items results in clutter and confusion. To refresh, adopt the design notion of “less is more.” Assess whether furniture pieces are required or unnecessary. When it comes to accessories, keep it simple. Adding decorative mirrors and modern, oversized canvas prints on the walls are great ways to create open space while incorporating artistic decoration.

3.      Increase Storage

Storage is essential to keeping the living room tidy. Create dedicated storage spaces for items not in use, such as TV remotes, magazines and books. Lucite and acrylic trays are trendy and modern while functional as storage solutions. Include side tables with decorative coasters for safe placement of beverages when watching TV. Consider using a fashionable trunk with storage space for blankets instead of a coffee table. If the room doubles as a kid’s play area, invest in some durable and attractive baskets to store toys.

image from Zillow Digs

image from Zillow Digs

4.      Eliminate Outdated Pieces

If the living room has a lumpy couch, any faded, floral prints or sun damaged curtains, then it’s time for an update. Do-it-yourself re-upholstery projects are great for reinvigorating furniture while saving money. New curtains are a cost-effective purchase that instantly add vibrancy to a drab living room. If a larger budget allows, splurge on a comfy new couch or durable rug for the high-traffic area.

5.      Get Creative with Color

Painting a bold feature wall can be intimidating. Do some research on Zillow Digs to spark design inspiration. For a lively feel, choose a bold color. Select a muted or lighter color for a classic, softer look. Work in cushions and throws of similar hues for balance.

6.      Keep it Fresh

Rooms are more inviting when they smell fresh and clean. Adding scented candles is a great way to freshen up the room while adding style and ambiance. Another option is to use air-refreshing plugs that discreetly hide in wall outlets. For safety purposes, ensure candles and air fresheners are out of reach of little hands and pets.

A fresher and more inviting living room is only a few easy steps away. For more great style tips and solutions check out staged homes on Zillow.

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Home Decorating with E-Design: Giveaway

Is decorating your home one of your goals this year? Great! I’m delighted to offer an E-Design service for one Simply Savvy blog reader. You’ll provide pictures of the space and a description of what you’re looking for and I’ll create an inspiration board to get you started. If you want to see the potential of a space than E-Design is a great service option.

Here are just some of the reasons to choose E-Design:

  • You love the idea of hiring a professional but have limited access, a limited budget, or prefer to work on your own.
  • You are feeling stuck and need a visual idea of how to address a space.
  • You need inspiration and product ideas that you can easily follow.
  • You need the support of a professional.

e-design giveaway

I offer three package options with my E-Design services plus an a-la-carte option. The winner of this giveaway will receive the PLUS: Package 2 option which provides you with an inspiration board that includes the elements needed for a cohesive decorating solution.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post (see link above post, under title) or on the Facebook post for this giveaway as to what nook, corner, or room you would want help with. If you know of someone that could benefit from this share the post on Facebook or Twitter with them. Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, January 17th and shared on Facebook. I will contact the winner via email or direct message.


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