What is E-Design and Is It Right for You?

Have you heard about e-design, online interior design, virtual interiors? Hopefully if you are at our blog you know that it's a service that we offer, but what exactly is it & is it right for you and your home?  Today we are chatting about how e-design is a great way of getting a professional design service for those who don't have the time or money to hire a traditional designer. 

I don't know about you, but I didn't grow up with a lot of money.  Hiring an interior designer was something that never crossed my parent's mind.  They were too busy raising my brother & I, running us around to our different activities & running their own business.  However, our home was beautiful.  My mom was always moving furniture & shopping our house before that was even a thing.  She took their limited budget and created a safe haven for everyone who entered.  I love my childhood home.  

When I started this business I took classes & joined groups with others in the industry to learn as much as I could.  However, any time any of the other designers mentioned trade only furniture & mark ups would make my skin crawl.  I want my designs to not be limited to those with unlimited budgets, but I want to be accessible to everyone no matter the budget.  Asking someone to pay $200 for one pillow isn't my thing, because, to be honest, I think of my own home. My kids would destroy a $200 pillow, not on purpose of course, but because we live here & I allow them to drink in our living room & yea, life happens.  Being comfortable in your home to me means not having to worry about overly expensive things being messed up when we have friends over. 

Edesign is a way to get a professional and polished design to anyone, anywhere and at any budget and having this as one of our services was a no brainer to me, because it allows me to help others create the home of their dreams no matter how much money they have to spend. 

So what is edesign/online design/virtual design and how does it work?  Don't fret, I'm breaking everything down for you so you can decide if this service is something that can take advantage of. 

E-DESIGN CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

E-design is done all virtually, so if you aren't local to the Houston area, no biggie, we can still provide services to you through emails and video calls. You'll receive your design boards online, as well as your shopping list.  You literally don't have to leave your home to have a beautiful functional space for you and your family. 

Communication throughout the e-design process is super flexible too.  We may send you your designs while you are sitting in a morning meeting or during a playdate. No problem if you can't get back to us until your little one is down for a nap or once you get home from work. This is part of the beauty of e-design. 

Traditional designers typically work 9-5, but you might too.  And with kids & their crazy schedules, friends & family time, gym time, or running your own business doesn't allow for you time to meet with a designer. I get it.  I totally do. 

Edesign is perfect for the mom who has one million things on her mind or the person with the already full schedule & coming up with a plan for her home design isn't at the top of that list. It's a way to get a professional polished look in your home without ever leaving home, you can stay in your pjs if you'd like.

YOU GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DECORATE YOUR SPACE THROUGH E-DESIGN!

There really isn’t much you can’t buy online these days, and that’s the beauty of virtual design. When considering an online interior designer/decorator, look at what they deliver in their packages- not all design services are equal!

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For us, we always provide:

1. A Welcome Packet with a questionnaire and Photo & Measurement Guide.

2. A video meeting to talk through your questionnaire and start brainstorming about your new space. 

3. Two design boards for each space that are

sent to you in your Client Portal.

4. Shopping list with everything you need to buy your furniture & accessories. 

5. A floor plan so you know exactly where to place your new items. 

6. Detailed instructions so you know where to place accessories and hang any artwork.

7. A Design Box shipped directly to your front door with the full design plan plus any material or paint samples that you need for your space. 

7. A final video call to answer any of your questions.  

YOU GET TO BE INVOLVED IN THE E-DESIGN PROCESS! 

Traditional interior designers offer a ton of full-service features, including measuring your space, taking pictures, interviewing you regarding your taste and needs, purchasing all items for you, and overseeing the final install.

E-Design designers can’t do all of this for you because we don’t go to your home. This means you will be more involved in the process--don't worry.  We walk you through everything! 

You will typically need to measure your space, take photographs, and answer a questionnaire to get the job started. After all of your items have been selected, you will then need to order your pieces and install them yourself or hire a handyman.

After you purchase your e-design package, you will receive a welcome packet with all of the questions you need to answer and a guide to measuring and photographing your space. My clients have never had a hard time getting me the info because we walk them through ever step!

When you receive your final design package, you will get a detailed shopping list with link, making the ordering process easy- and you can order whatever you like, whenever you like. You can wait for a sale, order in stages, or order all at once. 

We also include a video call after the delivery of your design package so we can talk about anything you want- questions regarding styling with your new accessories, questions about placement of furniture, tips for hanging that gallery wall. I told you, we had you covered!  

E-DESIGN IS COST EFFECTIVE!

Interior designers have a bad rep for being a luxury service & high priced. Traditional interior design does take more hours to complete on the designer’s part because they offer a wider range of services.

There are also designers out there that will simply not work with lower budgets because there won’t be enough money for them to get a big enough cut.

So what e-design design lacks in the full-service department, it makes up for in price.

IS E-DESIGN RIGHT FOR YOU?  IF SO, I'D LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR PROJECT! 

Still not sure this is the way to get some design help? Let me give you a bit more help!

E-DESIGN IS PERFECT FOR YOU IF....

You are too busy to blink- you just want someone you trust to put a room together based on your needs and personality.

One of my clients was working to get her amazing food product on the shelves at H-E-B, running her business, and adjusting to being a new mom. And when she found me, her & her husband, who also owned his own business, just bought a new house that needed to be updated. They had no time for scheduled meetings, so our e-design worked perfectly for their crazy schedules. They purchased a selections package from us & we picked everything out for their remodel--from flooring to counters, hardware, plumbing fixtures, paint colors & wallpaper. We even offered up a layout remodel from the original kitchen for them. 

You are comfortable ordering furniture online.

I know the best of the best manufacturers and recommend them to my clients all the time! That said, sometimes we need to get more budget friendly pieces, and I know where to go for those, too. Helping my clients determine where to spend the bulk of their budget for maximum impact and quality versus where to save is one of my favorite parts of this job!

You work a traditional schedule and can’t meet for meetings easily during weekdays.

Local designers have a set schedule which is typically Monday-Friday 9-5,  and this doesn’t work with everyone’s schedule. But with online interior design services, there are no official meetings unless necessary, which is super super rare. My clients email me and check on the project in their client portal whenever their schedules allow.

You are okay with hanging art and drapes yourself or are willing to find a handyman to do it for you.

Now no interior designer should be hanging your drapes anyway, unless they’re a licensed contractor. However, normally a local interior designer has a slew of subcontractors and handymen that they can recommend for you. I, however, don’t live in everyone’s area, so my clients either do it themselves or find someone to hire.

The same goes with wallpaper and upholstery. While I can order wallpaper and fabric for you, you’ll need to find someone to hang the paper or reupholster any pieces. Unless you’re in the Houston area- then I always share the my favorite upholsters, drapery lady & handymen that I use in my home! And since so many of my clients are in this area, they love it!

You want to have the one-on-one help from a designer and know it doesn’t matter if you ever meet face-to-face.

Sometimes DIY isn’t in the cards, especially if you’re busy or you want a particular style. And sometimes you just need to help of a designer to tell you what accessories to purchase and where to put them, what length drapes to order and how high and wide they should be hung, and what size, material, and style area rug will work best for the space. Because if you didn’t need this help you would have done it by now!

You want to order pieces in stages so it makes sense for your budget.

Some of my clients buy everything at once. Sometimes they buy in stages. It all depends on what their budget & schedules will allow.

As soon as you approve your design boards, you can start shopping. Or you can buy the most important pieces first and hold off on the accessories to get the room functional as soon as possible. You go at your pace! 

So, what do you think-is edesign right for you or do you think you need a traditional designer for your project?  If you think you are up for edesign project---we'd love to be considered for your project. 

Must Haves: Mirrors

Mirror, mirror on the wall--today we are sharing some of our favorite mirrors for your home.  Whether you need one for an empty wall or mantel or if you want to replace your builder grade bathroom mirror, we've got them all for you! 

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How to Pick Paint Colors

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Choosing a paint color can be so daunting.  Mainly because there are only 750 billion different choices. Who knew there were 175 different shades of white? Well there are & finding the perfect color for your space can be hard, but with my help, you’ll have the best paint for your space in no time.  

Consider Your Room.

What color is the floor?  If you have a dark floor, you aren’t going to want dark walls. If your floors are beige, a bright gray probably isn’t going to look so great in the space, but a light greige would be the perfect fit.  Just because your floors are builder beige doesn’t mean you can’t have a great paint color.  Many clients think that they have to change their entire space to make the paint color work, but that’s not the truth.  Make the paint color work for your space. When we renovated our home we left the ugly floors in the powder & guest bathrooms.  It wasn’t in our budget to renovate those areas, but I chose a paint color that would work with the floors, and to be honest I don’t even notice the ugly floor anymore. How much natural light does the room get? If your room gets a lot of natural light-fabulous.  Any color you put on the wall will look lighter.  If your room doesn’t get a lot of natural light then whatever color you put on the wall is going to appear darker, so a lighter shade will work best. 

Get Samples.

Don’t simple trust the small swatches from the hardware store (or even on your computer screen), you’ve got to get the actual paint on the walls to make a choice. Find a couple of swatches that you like & get those, but also maybe get a shade lighter or darker, depending on the look you are going for. 

Put Em Up.

Once you get the samples home, get them up on the wall.  And not just on one wall.  Do large 24”x24” squares of each color on each wall in the room you are wanting to paint. Be sure to label them. Side note—don’t invite anyone over because they are going to think you are a little crazy with paint all over the place.  Also, if you are painting trim & cabinets in the room, be sure to put the color of those next to the new colors so you can see how they look together.  

Live With It.

Live with the samples up on the wall for a couple of days.  Watch each color as the natural light in the room changes. I learned this the hard way.  I was so excited when we started repainting our house.  I had the perfect gray picked out….or at least I thought.  Once the paint went up in our dining room it was blue.  Yes blue, not gray.  I hated it.  So back to the drawing board I went. I ended up getting 15 different samples of gray paint to find the perfect gray after that.  So seriously, watch the paint—-morning, noon & evening.  See how the light reflects off the paint.  Then choose your favorite. 

Now if you are wanting to paint all of your home the same color, then you’ll need to put your top choices up in each room (24”x 24” swatches on every wall in the room, just like before) to make sure they look the same & that you like them in all the rooms. 

Not sure where to start?  Download my all time favorite Sherwin Williams neutrals below. Grab these samples & get them up on your walls.  I’m sure that one of them will be the perfect choice in your home.

Dining Rooms Done Right

Hey yall!  I am so excited to start a new year long series here on the blog.  Every month, I will be featuring rooms that have been "done right". I'll share what I love about each space here.  To start the series off, we are focusing on dining rooms, because who doesn't love a beautiful dining room? 

I cannot get enough of this gorgeous space from The Lilypad Cottage.  I love the rustic wood of the table, the white oak flooring,  the white chairs & how it's all balanced out with the iron of the light fixture.  The basket of herbs add the perfect amount of texture & coziness to the space.   

The next dining room is from Trinity at Circa 34.  Her space was featured in Southern Living & it's perfection.  All of the vintage & antique pieces, the beadboard on the ceiling & shiplap on the walls. I don't even mind the deer mounted in the dining room.  I love that she hasn't over done the space.  Many times I find that people just go over the top with their antique collections & try to cram them all in one space, which makes it not welcoming.  Trinity has nailed it in her dining room. 

I'm normally not one to like a white table, as I prefer natural wood, but this antiqued table from Zevy Joy is beautiful.  I love how she has paired the bench with the wicker head chairs & the iron light fixture give this space the perfect balance.  And her table setting is on point.  I love that the greenery is light & airy, but not overwhelming.  It adds the perfect texture to the space. 

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What's not to love in this next space by Jenna Sue Designs?  The light fixture, the rustic table, black chairs, paired with the softness of the lace table runner.   I love the simplicity of the brass candlesticks & the hyrdrangea arrangement. 

Becki Owens has hit it out of the park with the design of this dining room.  I LOVE the bold modern pendants, the oversized sliding paned doors, paired with the natural wood table.  It makes what could be a very sterile looking space very warm & cozy.  This is perfection for a modern dining space. 

Next month I'll be sharing gallery walls.  Want to see your gallery wall featured?  Tag us on Instagram & use the hashtag #SFDlovesgallerywallsdoneright .

Must Haves: Lighting

I always get asked about easy ways to update a space without breaking the bank.  Lighting is one of the many ways to easily update your space, and I think you'd be surprised at how affordable new lighting can be.  Today we are sharing some of our favorite lights that will help you refresh your space without costing you thousands. 

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Take down those builder fixtures, donate your lamps from 1990 & update your space with a new light.  I promise, you won't regret it!