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  • Love At First Sight (Yes It Is Possible For A Finished Home Improvement Project – Even When The Odds Are Stacked Against You)

    Renovation love is in the air

    My husband Simon and I are compatible on many levels (business, finance, children, & politics), and are also tolerant of our differences and interests. (I promise this is not a chocolate box story)… 

    However, this is Simon’s 2nd marriage, and there are many differences (according to him and the Private Investigator 

    I paid to confirm all of this) between ‘her’ and me…

    Now, before I go completely off-topic (and you’re probably wondering where this is heading already!), most importantly, there are the similarities that bind Simon and me together.

    So, what on earth has this to do with interior design and your home? Interestingly, like humans;

    • * colours resonant[1] with us, and
    • * affect our mood and emotions;
    • * design styles are personal and revealing about oneself,

    but this can be easily masked by trends and how we think the world should ‘see us’, or who we should be ‘seen with’…

    The problem with “love at first sight” is it is actually ‘lust’, and history has proven with an ever-increasing number of relationship breakups – living with someone because of their skin-deep looks does not necessarily stand the test of time

    Interior design is very similar to the world we live in now – a sea of photos showing incredible home interiors, across many different styles, 10 million+ colour variants, endless patterns & texture choices to choose from, let alone styles of furniture, rugs, wallpapers, light fittings etc…  They are readily available… Do you swipe left or right when choosing them?

    And here lies the problem, ‘lust’ kicks in so fast it can take us quickly… or the perceived opinions of our friends, family or neighbours are given too much weight when we decide which style or colours or ‘look’ we think the room in our home should have, just like that trophy wife, or that hunky guy we are attracted to at work, the gym, or your girlfriend’s partner you are magnetically attracted to…

    Divorce only cost my husband ~$50,000 back in the 90s, thankfully no children were involved, and they parted amicably. 

    However, that room makeover you are about to start can be just as costly, and embarrassing if it just doesn’t ‘gel’ with you and anyone else who shares your home with you. In fact – every time you walk into that room you think “something’s not quite right with this space.” 

    The average room makeover ranges from $10,000 to $70,000. Two recent independent research studies [2] found that after 4-6 months of completing a room makeover, 42.3% to 51% of the homeowners were NOT satisfied with the result. 

    They wished they had “not allowed the [professional] designer to heavily influence their decisions on [Z] [3]

    Or, if they DIYed the room makeover, they “kicked themselves for choosing [X] instead of [Y][4]

    Why? Because the homeowner was not fully aware of their personal design style, when knowing this part of YOU prior to doing a home improvement project is critical in today’s modern world.

    This is why I changed from designing homes and interiors as a qualified architect & interior designer, to now 100% focusing on helping homeowners and design professional clients by Creating Design Clarity – “I create design clarity in a homeowner’s mind, by unlocking their unique colour and design style.”

    The process is fun and well worth doing prior to using a professional designer or making DIY decisions yourself. (You don’t use me as your designer – I am your coach or mentor to unlock YOU!)

    With a ~50% dissatisfaction in a finished room makeover, you are gambling the entire home improvement project budget of anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000+ of your hard-earned [5], money.

    Assuming you avoid those 50-50 coin-flip ‘odds’, the next gotcha is that 12.4% to 29.6% of home improvement projects have rework hidden in plain sight

    This equates to anywhere from $1,240 to $2,960 on a relatively inexpensive $10,000 bathroom renovation …through to $6,200 to $14,800,600 on a $50,000 kitchen or minor structural renovation, because;

    • * You chose the wrong colour and had to repaint…
    • * You had to return a piece of furniture / light fitting / accessories because ___(feel free to fill in the blank). Does it still look right now?
    • * Miscommunication between you and the designer; their preferred design style potentially clashing with yours
    • * ‘Internal miscommunication’ between your ‘natural’ design style, and the one you have attempted to superimpose on yourself…
    • * You now can’t afford to make the right changes (if you only knew exactly what they were), and now live with an unsatisfactory result

    How can you avoid a situation that occurs 50% of every renovation?

    In my husband’s case, he went to a marriage counsellor and read some books along with some navel-gazing. He realised it wasn’t “her fault” and thus armed with a better understanding of himself, he then found an awesome partner the 2nd time round – didn’t he make a great choice! 🙂

    Now imagine you doing the same for your home; it could be one room, the entire interior or a built from scratch… What would that new look feel like to you?

    My Creating Design Clarity Toolbox® has an easy to follow, fun, step-by-step online course you and your partner complete together in the comfort of your home via your phone, tablet, or laptop (Any device that you can go online with).

    Within the Ultimate Design Brief course within the toolbox, you and I unlock your deep-rooted and unique design style(s). Using my worksheets and exercises you document what you and your partner uncover about yourselves, blend, and understand each other’s styles, and then use it as a compass to guide you both as a DIY warrior(s), or, simply give it to your chosen design professional to ensure a match between the finished look and feel of the room(s), and YOU (both)

    Harmony, long-lasting satisfaction and minimal to zero re-work is the outcome. All for a fraction of the price of rework, or having to live with complete dissatisfaction and the unpleasant feeling of “something’s not quite right.”  Click here to save money, increase satisfaction and ensure your home space is the envy of others while bringing endless joy to you.

    May you also have love at first sight when you and your partner see your finished home improvement project completed!

    1. [1.] Colour is a form of visible light. It’s electromagnetic energy and each colour has a different wavelength. Colour has the power to affect our emotional state, mental focus, inner balance, and physical health. The intentional use of colour has been studied for decades and it has a huge variety of applications. More on the science in another blog!
    2. [2] 2019 & 2020 Endless Definition NZ
    3. [3]  & [4] A common theme in the feedback quoted by over 1000+ surveyed homeowners by Endless Definition 2019-2020
    4. [5] Or debt – whatever way you look at it – it is going to cost you by restricting you in some way, shape or form!

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