10. What advice do you give to people who want a new look for their homes but don’t know where to start?
Russell: Start looking through design magazines, and get a feel for what you like and also for what you don’t like.
Nelson: (Write) a list of the areas you have concerns about, then prioritize either by: 1-Ability to make changes; 2-Perceived cost; or 3-Areas of the home. Then call a professional to help continue to sort it out.
Davidson-Blades: When you live with your things for a long time, you tend to not notice them anymore. A fresh set of eyes can help update a room without spending a dime on new things.
Dominick: Start with one key statement piece and build from there.
Kastelitz: We begin with a leading pattern. If it’s a home with hard wood floors, and they need area rugs, we start there. If it’s a room with neutral carpet, we start with a chair or artwork, something with a number of colors in it. We take that leading pattern and build from it.
~ Anika Hanisch is a freelance writer and coauthor who lives in Bozeman, Montana. She regards springtime as mud season and therefore a very good excuse to stay indoors re-arranging her furniture. And her bookshelves. Maybe install some modular shelving in the linen closet. On second thought, it would be much more fun to finish that winter reading list that piled up while she was out skiing...