Home Redesigning Tips with Living the Dream’s Helen Sekulovski

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Milton Blinds had the pleasure of getting to know and indirectly working with Helen Sekulovski of Living The Dream Interiors last year through the United Way Holiday House Tour, an event where local Milton Homes were professionally decorated for ticket buyers to journey through and get inspired for the season!

Helen showcased her work in one of Milton blinds customer’s homes and took decorating for the holidays to a whole other level! Her attention to detail and talent for transforming spaces was very moving.

Milton Blinds then invited Helen to a blog interview where we could ask some trendy questions for posting on our resource platforms for our customer’s to gain insight and knowledge on home design, paint colour, things to know, room layout and where to start, along with the impact of window coverings in home design.

Living The Dream Interiors provides clients with varying budgets the opportunity to change or improve their existing space with affordable solutions.

We hope you enjoy this read and shop local for any of your home redesign needs!

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Q: What are your services?
A: My services include in-home consultations, wall colour consultations, completing functional floor plans, provide lighting, window treatments, personal shopping, accessorizing, personal delivery of some items to clients home, professional installation of art, window treatments, lighting, shelving, and television mounting but not limited to. *Restrictions apply as per individual client project.

Q: What is a functional floor plan?
A: A functional floor plan is a customized plan that reflects the needs and wishes of the client. Before a floor plan can be created, consultation must take place in order to assess the needs of the client. Whether it’s storage, ample seating, television watching, access to internet and cable, etc. Therefore, once the needs are explained I create a functional floor plan that essential meets the needs of the client’s wishes incorporating proper scale and proportion of pieces. When we talk about functional, we think of scale, proportion, traffic flow, conversation ability, proper lighting, and placement but not limited to.

Q: What are the 5 things that are key to designing a room?
A: 1. Clients must be ready for change and prepared physically and emotionally to invest in a budget they feel comfortable with to make changes.
2. Clients should understand that magazine pictures of rooms should be used as inspiration and that their space is their own unique space with different lighting, space, and details.
3. A well-designed room really must incorporate proper lighting, area rug, essential furniture or case good pieces, window treatments, and accessories but not limited to.
4. A well-designed room really must reflect the client’s lifestyle and needs. Consideration of the client having young children, pets and entertaining is essential in choosing safe and proper finishes.
5. Setting realistic budget expectations that include costs for delivery, tax and contractor installation. Often clients will forget about those details and should be factored into budget.

Q: Why is paint colour so important?
A: Paint colour is a very subjective opinion. Some people have deep-rooted aversions to a colour that stems from an early age. Colour can be a very personal and emotional response psychologically. Once I assess the concerns, we move onto colour options. The colour is a backdrop to your room. It’s the canvas. Colour also changes dramatically in a different light, when it’s propped up against certain colours, or when you introduce new accessories if you’re switching up items. Clients must be prepared for this. Therefore, the colour of a room first must resonate with the client, then the existing finishes (ex. kitchen cabinets) must be considered before choosing the right colour.

Q: How do you change the layout of a room?
A: First, I always ask the client how they want the room to function. This will dictate my placement of furniture. Is it a play area? Television watching? Dining? I look at the number of pieces that are existing in the room and if I’m working on living space, I consider creating a space that contributes to the conversation. Often furniture is pushed up against the walls and seating is sporadic and not cohesive. I’ll move larger pieces first raft service the function of the room first then repurpose other pieces to create function.

Q: What is required from a client to start redesigning a room?
A: A client must absolutely be emotionally ready for change. The client must feel comfortable and accepting of their decorator to be a steward of their money. A client must be flexible with communication (texting) when I’m out shopping for key pieces that are non-refundable. A client is prepared to invest with a deposit to start purchasing items but not limited to.

Q: What are simple decorating ideas for when on a budget?
A: This answer really depends on which room your completing. Choosing retailers such as HomeSense, Structure, Winners, for example, are very good options for furniture and accessories because they are cost-efficient. If you’re a do-it-yourself person, I suggest you roll up your sleeves and paint your room yourself or re-upholster dining chairs, sand and paint a piece of existing furniture to the purpose it. Saving money on labour can afford you to invest in other items to complete your room.

Q: How is Houzz a good resource tool for a home redesign?
A: Often a client will not be able to articulate their tastes or vision. Looking through Houzz allows the client to pull inspirational pictures that reflect their vision and is an excellent tool to show a decorator. From there the decorator can zero in on the vision and extrapolate key ideas the client is drawn to.

Q: How does the proper window coverings complete the look of a newly redesigned room?
A: Window treatments are essential to completing a room design. Not only are window coverings aesthetically pleasing but they absolutely provide a functional purpose. Privacy, light control, heat control, etc. Windows can often be a focal point in a room as well and should always be dressed accordingly. At night if the windows are bare, it could feel cold, unwelcoming and as though you’re looking through a fishbowl. In my opinion, a client should budget for window treatments before they consider accessorizing the room with pillows and small accessories. Start with larger investments and work your way down to the small details if on a strict budget.

Q: What do people commonly forget when designing a room?
A: People commonly forget delivery costs, tax, installer fee (art, lighting, windows), 6-12 week turn-around time for manufacturing sofas or sectionals, they forget that crystal fixtures collect a lot of dust and are not prepared to maintain this, they forget how intricate installing media components can be and the costs involved, they almost always forget proper lighting and window treatments, they forget that some fabrics and finishes are not practical to their lifestyle (i.e. glass, mirrored surface, open-weave fabric) this leads to stains, tears, fingerprints, pulls, etc.

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