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Why you should use this asset…
Steps for Maximizing your Decor Asset’s Help
1. Bring in measurements of the area.
2. Bring in a well-lit photo of the space.
3. Limit yourself to one area at a time.
4. Be ready to describe the vibe
5. Have a color direction
Before rushing out to complete your decorating task, make sure you have sat down and deciphered the general color scheme of the space, especially the absolutely not colors.
6. Take a picture of any items you want to incorporate
If there is something special that you must have incorporated in the space, make sure to have those pictures on hand as well. When I went in to finish my mantel, I knew I wanted to incorporate our CIZ scrabble tiles.
Now, I did check with the fella who helped me to see if he thought they could be incorporated on the mantel. Because he agreed, it was easier for him to put something together having seen the piece that already existed on the mantel. Had he not agreed and depending on how attached I was to that item going in that space, I would have asked for his opinion on how to incorporate it.
7. Ask styling questions
Once I gave the vision, colors, and picture of my space and what I was trying to accomplish, my decor asset took about 5-10 minutes to browse the store in search of what would work for me. When he brought it back, I wanted to make sure I knew the best way to arrange the pieces because my mantel was not very deep. I really liked the layered look, but it was almost impossible with the shallowness of the mantel ledge. We set up a mock depth on one of the tables and began to play around with the arrangement. As he arranged, I made comments and inputs and he adjusted as necessary while also giving me some good tips for when I went home.
The picture above has the items he came up with plus a few I added for the winter season.
8. If you don’t like a piece they pulled out, tell them.
Last, but not least, don’t be afraid to tell the truth. In my experience, each decor enthusiast has been truly a nice person and had enjoyed every minute of play time they got to spend with me. They are there to guide you in making your decisions and create the best look for your home, but you are still the one going to have to look at it day in and day out, so it should feel right.
Some gentle ways to give feedback would include things such as, “I like this, but don’t love it” or “This piece is gorgeous, but not really my style overall.” What ever you say or do, just remember, it’s your money and your house, so be honest and share the feedback.
Alright, now it’s your turn… Have you tried using your best decor asset? If so, let me know where you went and your experience. If you haven’t, do you have any reservations about this decorating method?