Archive for March, 2012

My Mom went shopping.

And like many people she found lots of choices. So I wasn’t surprised when she came back to me with two COMPLEATLY different bedding styles to inspire her bedroom makeover.

The first one had lots of colours, but it was VERY floral. My Mom chooses it because the colours were right, but the style wasn’t. This is a mistake a lot of people make. Colour is a VERY powerful driver, that’s why it is so heavily relied on in marketing (quick, what colour is a Coke…easy right!). So when we see the colours we are looking for, we buy! But colour isn’t always a good indication of style.

The second option was more my Mom’s style. A simple feather graphic embroidered into the comforter. I was impressed she went out of her comfort zone with the colour. It was a rich navy blue. Now we could start picking wall colours…

Well… we could have… but Mom needed to ask EVERYONE what they thought of her choices. Not surprisingly she got a lot of different opinions. It rattled her confidence in her choice. She has informed me she is going to take both bedding choices back to the store and start again.

Her mistake was asking too many people their option. You should only ask people who are directly affected by the decision, or those whose decorating style you like (i.e. a professional decorator, or you’re stylish BFF). So my Dad definitely deserves a say in how his bedroom looks, but her entire book-group (who will never see her bedroom) shouldn’t be asked for input.

Better luck next time Mom.

Working with Mom; My Most Challenging Client

When people ask me about clients that I’ve found challenging my Mom is the first person who come to mind. I love her, but for most of our lives the expert balance has been tipped in her favor (she really did know better than me when I was 16, but don’t tell her that). So now that I have acquired knowledge in an area outside of her expertise I think it’s hard for her to trust that I’m right. When I answer her decorating questions, she always gets a second opinion to test if I’m right. She was shocked when she went into her local Benjamin Moore store and they repeated the same advice I had given her!

Now she is redecorating her bedroom and has asked for my advice. I advised her to go shopping for some inspirational bedding. When re-designing your bedroom, it’s always best to start with the bedding. It’s easier to match the thousands of paint colours to your bedding than it is to choose a paint colour and then force it to work with the linen options in the stores. Trust me, I’ve tried!

Happy Shopping Mom!

When in doubt, call an expert! A colour consultation could be the answer you’re looking for.

As a colour consultant for Benjamin Moore Southpointe I’d be glad to come by your house to help you select the perfect colour for your painting project. It’s more affordable than most expect and includes up to an hour and half of my time. During this time I will help you decide on a colour pallet for your whole home. Furthermore, I often have ample time to answer other decorating concerns you have such as ideas for window treatments, furniture placement or flooring options.
By being in your house I can evaluate your home’s unique lighting, flooring and furnishings. This gives me a personalized perspective on your style and design goals, from which we can work to find the best colour solutions to create your dream space.
As part of the experience I will create a full write up. You will get a portfolio you will be able to use as a reference guide so you can decorate on your own timeline and at your own pace.
Call or email me today to find out more, or to book your appointment.
Stacey Severs
403.726.9161
southpointepaint@telus.net