New Lights for Our Bedroom

I’ve been so incredibly excited to do some updating in our bedroom. We have plans for our headboard but due to work schedules and other repairs, we haven’t had gotten around to it. We will, I promise, and you’ll be the first to see pictures.

One thing that’s been bugging me is the lighting situation in our bedroom. We have an ugly ceiling fan/light that will be going soon, very soon (more on that later) but we need something besides the piddly lamps, that I’ve had just laying around, for our bedside tables. Normal table lamps would be ginormous in that room and and with the shades, they wouldn’t be the right scale for our little bedside tables. I’ve had my eye on wall lamps for a while to save space because we really don’t have a ton of it in this room. But I haven’t been able to find any that I LOVE and are in our price range.

On a random Home Depot trip, we ran into these guys, and there were exactly 2 left for under $40/piece (sorry, I can’t find the link online, you may be able to find them at your local HD).

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They’re not conventional bedside lamps but they work great for the room and small space that we have. I also love that they would fit well in any room so I’m not tied to use them only for the bedroom.

I’ve seen these everywhere in gold and brass, but we have a gold mirror that is about to go over the headboard, and it would be too much.  I like the look of mixed metals so I think these will look fine with the gold; I will probably have to forgo the nailhead trim I had in mind for the headboard though.

Overhead I’m thinking of something simple in color but a little funky. I’ve had my eye on this one from Ikea:

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I’m still thinking about it, and will probably change my mind a few times before we actually purchase one. I do love the price…

Speaking of lighting and changing my mind, we DID purchase a light to replace the ceiling fan in our living room.

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I originally wanted a flush mount light to not distract too much from the gallery wall and shelves, but because this one is glass and has simple lines, I didn’t think it was too much for the room. An absent ceiling fan and a freshly painted ceiling makes for a very happy girl. We are just about done painting (for now)…

What is Edesign?

I often receive questions about my Edesign service, what it is, how it works and who it’s for. So today I’m going into a little more detail about this service and hopefully answer some questions you may have!

What is it?

Edesign is a new approach to interior designing. It makes hiring a professional interior designer an affordable option, not an expensive luxury.

Traditionally, interior designers physically visited a home, asked questions to understand their lifestyle and decor preferences, took measurements, snapped photos and then came back to the clients home with a proposed design weeks later. Once the plan is approved (immediately or after revisions) the designer then would work with the client to install the design in their home. The designer hires contractors and painters if necessary, purchases and arranges furniture and accessories, etc. This is still done by most interior designers but the process takes time and can sometimes be expensive (think: travel time, contractors, movers, staff to install, etc).

Edesign does all of this electronically. Instead of the designer visiting your home to ask questions and gather information, the client fills out an online questionnaire, takes measurements, and sends photos to the designer. The designer then takes all of the client’s information and comes up with a custom design for them. The proposed design is sent to the client electronically and it is up to the client to purchase the items and arrange the room according to the proposed plan. They can either follow the plan exactly, or use it as a guideline to shop on their own.

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Who is it for?

The great thing about Edesign, is it’s completely flexible to fit your needs. Generally, Edesign is for someone who appreciates beautiful decor but doesn’t have the time or desire to go out and search for the perfect pieces to put a room together. It can be for someone who has a room that they are stumped on how to decorate, lay out furniture, or just need a new set of professional eyes for ideas.

I also often receive clients who just don’t know where to start, whether they need all new furniture, or they want to keep their existing furniture, and want a new look by adding or changing accessories.

What if I don’t live in Virginia?

No problem! Edesign is done via email, so as long as you’re in the United States, physical distance isn’t an issue. All items for purchase are available online or at national stores.

What if I just need a few new items, like a sofa or a rug?

Edesign is a perfect solution! You probably wouldn’t hire someone to come to your home to help find just one piece of furniture for your room, but it’s great to have a professional opinion and access to designer resources. With Edesign, you can send in your photos, measurements, and answer a few questions online. I’ll then do the shopping for you and send you a few options with purchasing information.

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What if I need help with just my furniture layout?

I can do that too! Send me a few photos, measurements of your room and furniture you’d like included in the design. I’ll then send you a few layouts to choose from, with notes and instructions.

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What if I don’t like some of the items in the design plan?

Designing your home is very personal, so my goal is to get as much information as possible from you, to interpret your style and preferences, and then design a room that fits you. If there are items in the plan that you don’t care for, no problem. I include 1 round of revisions with all of my designs.

How does the pricing work?

Interior design is in no way a one size fits all service. Every home is different, every taste is different, and every need is different. I typically charge a flat fee which is determined by the room (s) and design needs. Once we agree upon the work to be done and the price, I’ll get to work on the design plan. Aside from an included revision, if anything is added down the road, I charge an hourly fee that will be communicated prior.

Have more questions?

If you have more questions or want to find out if Edesign is something that would be a fit for you and your home, contact me! I’m happy to discuss your needs and provide a no obligation estimate.

*I also provide in home consultations for local clients within two hours of Richmond, VA*

 

 

Updates

Hey ya’ll! Hope you’re having a great week so far! Unfortunately we haven’t been able to do many updates around our home lately. I take that back, we haven’t been able to do any FUN updates lately. Instead, this is what we’ve been up to…

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That, my friends, is our roof.

Our next door neighbor thought that the neighborhood raccoon was cute and decided to feed it. In case you didn’t know, you’re not supposed to do that; and now we have a roof that looks like this, in many spots. So instead of updating the inside of our house, we’ve been dealing with (and paying for) this. I mean, I guess a roof is more important than a new headboard. Lovely home ownership.

I HAVE been updating my site….have you noticed?! What do you think of my new header?

Since starting this blog (and my business), I’ve been struggling with the look and feel. I want it to portray my style and personality as much as possible: conservative with a little bit of bold, quirkiness. I also love simplicity….and TEAL! So my original header and logo had a cool graphic design, simple fonts, and teal. But now I’m learning that the teal was bugging me because I was tied to it with everything. And because I’m OCD sometimes, I need everything to go together, including my website.

So I’ve said goodbye to the teal, not to say I don’t still love it, but I needed something more neutral that will compliment any design, or webpage that my logo is on.

 

I’d love your feedback! Don’t worry, I don’t plan to change it up around here every few months; I think I’ve finally settled into a basic design that is very versatile. I kind of had to take the approach I take with decorating when something is off, just start removing things!