Headache Saving Advice For Anyone Starting An Interior Design Project

Renovating, remodeling or even just tackling a small interior design project can be overwhelming. Interior design projects require a ton of footwork. It is easy to forget where you saw what after you have been to a million stores or on a zillion websites. Also, throughout all of the design stages, planning, selecting, and scheduling, there is an enormous amount of paperwork accumulated. If you are not organized, you will spend a good chunk of time retracing steps and flipping through papers hunting for the information that you need.

My advice is to figure out how you will keep yourself organized before you start. This advice may seem like common sense, but even the most organized person can have difficulties controlling the paperwork clutter that renovating and remodeling can generate. And for those who are not innately orderly, it can be extremely stressful and headache producing.


Being Organized is Key

Develop a system to organize all of your documents and samples that works well for you. Your “system” will help you during your project as well as down the road when you are trying to recall the paint color you used or perhaps to locate warranty information. Once you get in the habit of keeping notes and putting papers all in one place, you will feel more in control of your design project and less overwhelmed.


How I Stay Organized

A three-ring binder works perfectly for me. The binder’s sole purpose is to keep everything in one place. I like the flexibility of being able to add and remove pages as my projects evolve. The fact that everything is contained and I can’t lose pages gives me peace of mind. I use dividers and label the tabs according to the project. Plastic envelopes and sheet protectors are great to store samples of fabric, wallpaper and paint colors.

binder for Interior design project

The sections I use in my binder for single room projects are typically:

  • Inspiration photos and research: pictures collected or information on products being considered
  • Sketches and floor-plans: all design plans. Lighting plan, tile layout plan, furniture floor plan, wall elevations, window treatment sketches etc.
  • Color Palette: paint colors, wood stains, fabric choices.
  • Shopping list and selection sheets: all product specification information
  • Project management: to do list, calendar, contractor phone numbers, and contracts
  • User manuals, receipts and warranty information

Large projects I categorize by room as well as using some of the sections listed above. The way you set up your binder is whatever works for you and the specific design project.


Printable Forms For Interior Design Projects

In addition to my three-ring binder, I have created forms and checklists that I use for my Interior Design Business to keep my client’s projects organized. The forms keep important information easy to find and also keeps me from forgetting any details. You can access and print many of them from the “Printables” page on Design2bhappy.com.

The “Printables” page has forms for Kitchen Design Projects, Bathroom Design Projects, Paint Selection, Project Management and Decorating Projects. I have forms and checklists for everything. I will be adding more to my “Printables” page, so check back from time to time.


Last month was very busy for many of us.  If you didn’t get a chance to read up on this year design trends, here is a link to a summary.  Coming soon In no particular order: Paint myths, Up-cycling with Chalk Paint, More Advice for Remodels and Renovations, What not to do in your Living Room, Designer’s Favorite Things in their Homes and much more!

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Happy New Year!

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Just a quick post to say Happy New Year. Wishing you and your family beautiful moments, memories to treasure, and blessings that fill your heart.

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2019 has been great. We talked about decorating, color, 2020 design trends, shopping tips, holiday decorating, working with a designer, and clutter. We covered so much but I am just getting started.

Coming in 2020: In no particular order: Paint myths, Up-cycling with Chalk Paint, Advice for Remodels and Renovations, What not to do in your Living Room, Designer’s Favorite Things in their Homes and much more!

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Holiday Decorating and Traditions

ornaments made from golf balls

How is your holiday decorating going this year? Do you have any decorating traditions that you look forward to every year? I have a few favorite things that I do that get me in the holiday spirit.


Holiday Decorating and Remembering Christmas Past

Christmas decorations
One basket for Christmas past and another for Christmas present

I have always saved the photo Christmas cards that I received. A few years back, I started putting them out in a basket in my living room, so when time allowed, or when company was over, they could be thumbed through and enjoyed. Having them out has sparked conversations, usually sharing memories of the loved ones in the photograph. Looking through old photo cards has become something I look forward to every year.


Thinking of friends, family and life’s special moments

Holiday decorating with handmade ornaments
Holiday decorating with handmade ornaments
Holiday decorating with handmade ornaments

I never played into the idea of themed Christmas trees or worrying about if it matched my living room. My tree is a mishmash, and I prefer it that way. Every ornament on the tree means something to me. Some ornaments were gifts that make me think about the person who gave them to me. Others commemorate something monumental in my family’s history like first home, babies, and vacations. Some were handmade. I still have the paper ornaments my daughter’s made in kindergarten. I enjoy the memories each one brings as I hang them on the tree.


Holiday Decorating and Small little details

I have a pair of lighted trees in pots on my porch. I love decorating them for all of the seasons. It is a silly little thing that makes me happy. The trees unadorned are terrible looking. They starts to perk up when I add ornaments to them. But they come to life when I start adding some natural elements from my yard. I add in greenery from boxwoods, evergreens, and holly bushes. I add pine-cones, dried flower buds, and berries from trees and anything I find that is pretty. The creative process makes me as happy as the finished product.

Christmas dinner table seating favors

I love taking out my Christmas china and setting the table but the highlight for me is making place setting favors for my family. I am not sure what I will make this year. But here are some pictures of what I have made in the past.

These were easy to make but I had to recruit help because they were extremely time consuming. I used gigantic pinecones and hot glued them into a candle votive holder. Then painted and decorated them.

Santa on sled, made from chocolate and candy canes

These Santa sleds were pretty easy to make. Here is a link with the directions if you feel inspired https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/santas-candy-sleighs/12276749-0163-4074-8e3d-361e56b76b80 .

Cork reindeer ornament

The cork reindeers were also not difficult to make. Here is a link for directions. https://visualheart.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/how-to-make-a-wine-cork-reindeer/

The best was the year I made golf ball snowman ornaments. I made them in the likeness of each of my family members. When it came time to sit at the table, they had to find the snowman that looked like them to find their seat. It was a big hit, and I don’t think I will ever top that. These were inspired by snowmen ornaments that I saw on pinterest but I put my own spin on them. https://www.allfreechristmascrafts.com/Snowman-Christmas-Crafts/Golf-Ball-Snowman-Ornament/

Ornaments made from golf balls
My Snowman Family

I better get crafting if I want to have favors for my Christmas table this year.

Please share a tradition

These are just a few of the holiday decorating traditions that I look forward to each year. I would love to hear what traditions you have. Please share by leaving a reply at the bottom of this page.

We are always so busy this time of year. Here are links to my last couple of posts in case you missed them: Sherwin Williams Color Forecast for 2020 is a Homerun, What to expect in luxury home decor fabrics for 2020 from the Robert Allen and Duralee Group, and 2020 furniture trends presented by Seigerman’s furniture . If you enjoy keeping up on trends and can use some ideas for making your home perfect for you, please subscribe.

2020 Furniture Trends Presented by Seigerman's Furniture and Design Center

Seigerman’s Furniture Showroom

What 2020 furniture trends can we expect? I headed to Seigerman’s Furniture and Design Center in Farmingdale to find out! Seigerman’s is a fantastic furniture store that also has a design center for trade professionals. It has quickly become one of my favorite places to bring my clients. They hosted an event showcasing a few manufacturers and summarizing the trends they saw at the Highpoint Market. The presentations were informative and enjoyable. I was so happy that I was invited and able to be there.

To the Trade Design Center Upstairs at Seigerman’s
A Fantastic Resource for Interior Designers

Design Trends Have Shifted

This year we will see a significant shift in furniture design trends. 2020 will guide us away from the straight-line, minimalist trends that we have been seeing and reintroduce curves and embellishments.


One of the 2020 furniture trends you will see is curved furniture

Curved furniture in living room showing 2020 furniture trends
Furniture with curves are a trend for 2020

Curvy is in! Curves can be found in crescent-shaped sofas, barrel-shaped chairs, rounded headboards. But not only upholstery is getting curvy. Case-goods trends show a shift from straight lines too. Bombay chests make a reappearance. Did you know Bombay means curved in French?

designer bedroom with upholstered headboard
Curves are a furniture trend for 2020

You will see metal details on furniture as another one of the 2020 furniture trends

John-Richard Cabinets
Metal accents on furniture are a trend for 2020

Furniture trends follow fashion trends, and it is so evident in the addition of metal details. We have been seeing metal on heels of shoes for a while now. Metal details transferring over to furniture is AMAZING! Such a smart and classy look which dresses up everything from bed frames, upholstery to case goods. Most of the time, the metal shown is gold. You will see in occasional tables as well. Gold is classic and here to stay.   


In 2020 you will see mottled furniture as a furniture trend

Mottled Credenza
Mottled Credenza shown at market by Artistica

When I think of mottled, I always think of car interiors, and never in a pleasing way. However, after seeing it on occasional tables, dressers, and credenzas, I have a new appreciation. It adds texture, depth, and interest! I can’t believe I LOVE it!


In 2020 you will see marbleized furniture as a furniture trend

coffee table with marble top.
Marble top coffee table.

Marbleized furniture is a nod towards traditional and classic design. Expect to see it on dresser tops and occasional tables.


Another trend for furniture in 2020 is acrylic furniture

Acrylic Furniture by Bernhardt
Acrylic Furniture by Bernhardt

Acrylic furniture is chic and can work in virtually any room. Since it adds very little visual weight, it allows other design elements to be the star, while taking on a functional role.


In 2020 you will see swivel chairs

Table and chairs
Swivel chairs by Design Master

I have always been a fan of the swivel. Who doesn’t love its flexibility? Also, they are usually extremely comfortable chairs.  Swivel chairs will be popular for dining and accent chairs.


In 2020 you will see shaped ottomans as a trend

liviing room white and teal
A furniture trend for 2020 is shaped ottomans

Round, square, and hexagon-shaped ottomans are hot in 2020. Clustering a few together is also a trend to expect.


In 2020 you will see over-sized hardware trending

living room display by John-Richard
Geode hardware on cabinet

Much more attention has been given to cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. In fact, hardware has become a defining design element. In 2020 expect to see over-sized hardware with a significant impact on its furniture piece.

Universal furniture cabinets and dressers
Hardware that makes a statement is a trend for 2020

Seigermans did a great job presenting these design trends to the trade. If you have not been to their furniture and interior design center, treat yourself and stop in. Everything shown in these pictures is available there. Also, the showroom is full of breathtaking displays, and the customer service is unsurpassed.


I hope you found the time to read my posts: Sherwin Williams Color Forecast for 2020 is a Homerun, What to expect in luxury home decor fabrics for 2020 from the Robert Allen and Duralee Group, and The Gary Mead Gallery. If you enjoy keeping up on trends and can use some ideas for making your home perfect for you, please subscribe.