Many people in our area are being forced to remodel their homes due to flooding related to hurricane Harvey.

If your home was flooded and you have to replace flooring, doors, cabinets, furniture, and more, make sure to create an overall cohesive design plan for your home before you start purchasing the exact same items that were previously in your home (unless you absolutely love everything that was in your home).

The flood was definitely not a good thing, however this is your opportunity to make your home into a cohesive reflection of your style and taste.

Here is a step by step guide to order to create an interior design plan, as well as a few professional designer tips and tricks.

How to create an overall interior design plan for your homephoto courtesy of kaboompics.com/photo/3131/album-of-design-material-samples

My parents recently moved over 1,000 miles away.  Sorting and packing everything in their home took months, since they lived in that home for over 40 years.

Their home was professionally decorated around 1990, so some of their home decor from that era was dated and did not make the trip.

Other items in their home were not very high quality and not worth the cost or effort of moving them.

Here is a list of their furniture and decor items purchased nearly 30 years ago that my parents decided to take with them.  Hopefully this list will help you determine what is timeless and a good investment when decorating your home.

 What Home Decor is Truly Timeless?photo courtesy of Didriks flickr.com/photos/dinnerseries/12840936814/

Like most decorative products, there is a wide range of prices for throw pillows.  

Sometimes throw pillows cost more because the manufacturer is very proud of their product. 

More often, the price of throw pillows is reflective of the quality of materials and workmanship. 

Depending on the quality you desire for the decor in your home (as well as your budget), you might prefer a $50 throw pillow, or you might opt to upgrade to a $250 throw pillow. 

Here is a list of the typical differences between a $50 throw pillow and a $250 throw pillow.

quality decorative pillows1photo courtesy of kaboompics.com/photo/4216/close-up-of-pillows-on-a-bed

When decorating your home, you should not ignore your light fixtures. 

Light fixtures can make or break a room's design - especially a very visible chandelier that hangs down from the ceiling. 

Whether your home is very dated with old ugly chandeliers, or it is a brand new home with super cheap generic chandeliers selected by the builder, you should consider upgrading your lighting to compliment your decor style.

A new reasonably priced stylish chandelier replacing an ugly, undersized, or basic chandelier in your home can increase the value of your home by 5 to 10 times the cost of the chandelier.

Luckily, there are many chandeliers that are very budget friendly.

 Designer chandeliers on a budget

Most of my clients this year want white quartz kitchen and bathroom countertops, however they don't realize that there are so many options. 

When selecting a white countertop, make sure you realize that just because there is "white" or "blanco" in the name of the color, doesn't mean that it is a true white. 

The image below shows just a few of the white options available. 

So, how do you select the best white quartz countertop for your home?

Comparison of White Quartz Countertops from Different Manufacturers - Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria

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