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Why I went against one my biggest design principles

If it feels like it’s been a while since I’ve shared details about my home renovation, it’s because it’s starting to feel like the never-ending story.

As you might remember, we’ve been hit with many obstacles along the way. If you didn’t hear, our home was flooded (again) from those heavy May rains after just 2 years of renovating.

Needless to say, I was very saddened and overwhelmed to go through this process yet again.

Fast-forward to today and we are just now putting some of the finishing touches on our home and getting back to my favorite part: decorating.

As you know, my regular advice is to FOCUS on one room at a time and finish it before moving on to the next. In practice, that’s what I like to do. Not only does it give me a sense of progress and allow me to SEE my accomplishments, but nothing is more satisfying than crossing a room off my list of projects.

However, this time I need to make major progress on multiple rooms within a very short amount of time. So I’ve changed strategies and wanted to share this very helpful tip with you.

But first, a little background information…

I have 6 rooms that need all-new hardware, including the kitchen, laundry room, master bathroom, media room, and more. Each room has its own style, colors and finishes. While they all work together, they certainly have their own unique charms.

When you’re faced with the challenge of making massive progress on multiple rooms at once, here’s my tip that goes against the grain of my regular advice:

“Batch” your projects together.

So instead of focusing on everything needed to bring each room together, I focus on just one category or product. In this case, it’s hardware.

This means that although we are looking at 5-6 different designs, the only thing I’m looking for is the hardware selections for every room. And I’m looking for these hardware selections all at the same time.

Normally, I’m an advocate for single-room focus because I believe devoting your time, energy and resources to an entire room means you don’t waste time or create inefficiencies by bouncing back and forth between rooms. Every time you switch between projects, you have to re-familiarize yourself with the project.

However, in this case I use those same principles of focus (my time, energy and money) to create a focused outcome – get all my cabinet hardware!

I love all of these beautiful gold tones! How about you? 

Polished nickel and crystal are another one of my go-to combinations.

The key is to work on the SAME SELECTIONS, not a bunch of different categories like hardware, paint, tile, creamware, plates, benches and more. That is a big no, no that will quickly lead to frustration, overwhelm and confusion!

image via Pinterest

You can use this same approach when selecting fabrics. When you go to the fabric store, simply pull multiple samples for many different rooms. Just keep your focus and don’t forget that you’re only working on fabric.

Or you can decide to work solely on art walls, so you can devote your energy and resources towards visiting art galleries or collecting multiple piece of vintage art.

What do you think of this construction strategy? Does it appeal to you? Or do you prefer the “single-room focus” way of decorating and designing?

Let us know in the comments below!

Next week, I’ll share a bit more about the pieces I selected for our home update, so stay tuned!

Do you know someone who would love these tips? Don’t keep us a secret and share this with a friend, family member or co-worker today!



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