Mid Century Modern Madness 2

Mid Century Modern Madness 2

We continue to object to that trendy catalog look that says “look at how modern this room is.” Don’t fall for it! Here’s some iconic modern pieces, some of which haven’t changed much in 50 years, that we’re now thrilled to offer from Thayer Coggin. You reupholster this level of furniture in 15-20 years and it becomes a cherished part of your family. Buy less, buy better!

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How DIY Are You, Really? Reality Check?

How DIY Are You, Really? Reality Check?

In my perfect DIY fantasy world, I would grow all my own food. I love the idea of starting a compost pile, starting plants from seed and enjoying the fruits of my own labor. Someday in retirement, I may get to that goal.

In the meantime, as a small business owner and designer, my day is filled meeting deadlines, marketing, approving paint samples, selecting fabrics, etc. You know the drill! Oh and I love playing the piano too and give some concerts here and there. And did I mention I love cooking meals from scratch?

pallet-coffee-table-with-drawersIn a perfect world, there would be time to do everything I love but in reality. some hard choices need to be made.

The DIY industry knows I would love to make everything in my home: “Create Your Own Coffee Table From Recycled Pallets”

Or, “Reupholster Your Sofa,” the headlines shout. I really want to do everything they say I can do.

This exact issue came up at a design meeting last week. The husband is an excellent contractor who works on some of the most luxurious residences in the Midwest. But here’s the rub: they’ve been living 17 years wanting to change things, but never seem to get beyond the “wish” phase. 17 years! They were paralyzed with too many ideas, what they needed was a clear vision, a timetable, and a priority list.

We presented them with some design boards, came up with a paint palette, and most importantly, we gave them a clear, step-by-step solution: 1. Select and order a few new pieces of furniture (he could have made them, but come on, 17 years!). 2. Paint the room with our agreed upon chosen colors (he still can paint himself). 3. Install the new lighting fixtures. and 4. and hang the window treatments. Done! It really was that simple. Once that’s done, we’ll be off to the next room, but only when the prior project is completed.

So this is why you hire a designer, even if you fancy yourself a DIY aficionado. How much time do you really have?

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