5 Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Space

Kenneth Walter, Chicago Interior Designers, Gray & Walter Interior Design

I have noticed the temperature in Chicago dropping a bit, I suppose this is inevitable. October is almost here after all. Many of us are thinking of ways to change our homes and apartments since the holidays will be here before we know it. I am always thrilled to see the difference a few enhancements can make. The interior design ideas I am suggesting can be very simple to somewhat complicated, so plan accordingly. No one enjoys being half done, especially if you have guests during the holidays. Here are a few thoughts for you.

Kenneth Walter, Chicago Interior Designers, Gray & Walter Interior Design

New Furniture:  Stating the obvious here, I find it so amusing how we all procrastinate. That said, if you need new furniture before the holidays it is not too late. Don’t put off the inevitable. I can assure you that prices will increase in the new year so this is the best time to purchase new furniture. I constantly hear horror stories from new clients about purchasing furniture from well known retailers. Did you know interior designers have access to high quality lines (made in America) that are less expensive and better made than many popular retailers?

Kenneth Walter, Chicago Interior Designers, Gray & Walter Interior Design

Clean up/create Guest Bedroom: Did you say you have guests staying with you over the holidays? Well fear not my little crocodile we better get cracking. Whether you have a few things or nothing at all there is plenty of time if you get motivated now. We have wonderful sources for bed linens by the way.

Kenneth Walter, Chicago Interior Designers, Gray & Walter Interior Design

Painting: Nothing transforms a room quicker than repainting it; whether the room needs a clean coat of paint or you want a new color. This is the simplest solution for maximum change and achieved fairly quickly. Whether you hire a painter (highly recommended) or do it yourself be sure to have everything buttoned up prior to pulling the trigger.

Kenneth Walter, Chicago Interior Designers, Gray & Walter Interior Design

Throws/Pillows:  Your space can really benefit from new pillows, a throw or both. I firmly believe a handsome  throw is essential with the upcoming cooler weather. It’s always fun to change things around during the change of seasons isn’t it?

Kenneth Walter, Chicago Interior Designers, Gray & Walter Interior Design

Accessories & Artwork: What are we all waiting for? I visit clients who have artwork stacked in closets and boxes of objects that could be displayed. If this is not the case for you it’s time to visit a showroom or gallery and pick up a few things. Beautiful things come in all price ranges so let’s get out there and find something wonderful!

Kenneth Walter, Chicago Interior Designers, Gray & Walter Interior Design

Pressed for time? I cannot stress enough how great these things are: fresh flowers, some candles, a new tablecloth or even a beautiful bowl of fruit. These little things can enhance your space in an afternoon prior to the arrival of your guests. It’s the little things that count and are the best. I’ll be curious to hear what you choose to do. Please give me a call if you need help or just want to chat. I’ll look forward to it!

Big Hugs,
-Ken

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  • rovayart
    October 2, 2016 at 4:12 am 

    Thank you Kenneth for such wonderful tips. You show how a home is a work in process. The designer in you seems to translate space into such great style. There are some striking solutions in your blog including the ‘accent’ pieces which add a touch of ‘Zen’ to the environment. Love it!

    • Jill Maremont
      October 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm 

      Thank you Rachel for your kind and most generous comments. It is obvious that you have a wonderful sensitivity to color, composition and style. Your artwork is fantastic. I am a big fan!

      • rovayart
        October 26, 2016 at 12:12 am 

        Hi Jill, apologies for my delayed acknowledgement of your very kind words, I really value and appreciate them. It’s great that Kenneth’s work connects people with similar passions!

        • kennethfawalter
          October 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm 

          Thank you Rachel for your most wonderful acknowledgement of my work. You are a dear to be such a supporter. I love your work and look forward to a future collaboration!

          • rovayart
            October 28, 2016 at 1:28 am 

            Dear Kenneth you are amazing at what you do and it’s a pleasure to get a glimpse into your fabulous work and your way of thinking.
            Thank you for your enthusiastic acknowledgement of my art work and likewise, looking forward to a future collaboration.

  • lerougeetlenoir.net
    October 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm 

    I absolutely love your passion and creativity, Kenneth. I’m definitely thinking of some new ways to make my space more interesting – decorating would work wonders. Always such a pleasure stopping by here!

    • kennethfawalter
      October 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm 

      Emily,
      You overwhelm me with your sweet kindness. I feel the same way when I stop by your Instagram feed or blog. You inspire me my dear! Have a beautiful weekend!

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