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Years ago, when I was taking my Redesign classes, we were each asked to decorate an empty fireplace mantle in a clients home. When it was my turn, I was paralyzed with fear. I whispered to Ann (Anderson) that I couldn’t do it. The house was not my style of decorating, and, naively at the time, I thought that every piece had to be perfect (my idea of perfection, not theirs). She whispered back to me “It’s not about you. Stop thinking. Just do it.”

Once I had recovered from the shock of being told it wasn’t all about me, I knew she was right. We all have different ideas of perfection, it’s what we do with those ideas that matter. The other thing I learned that day was to  “Just do it!”  A mantra that now carries me through life, teaching me to analyze the important, but not to hesitate with the easy or obvious. 

Which is where Interior Redesign comes in. Unless you are painting a room, or knocking down a wall, most decisions can be reversed within a few hours. Looking at a room, fully dressed (both you and the room should be fully dressed, it’s easier that way) it is almost impossible to understand how it will look with a different floor plan.

Even if a designer can “see” it in their head, it is often difficult to explain, and sometimes, well-thought-out ideas may change once the room is emptied. It is far easier to begin moving things around, it gives you a better sense of how the room should be. Often the plan changes; the symmetry may be wrong, or the floor plan impractical. If that happens, just keep moving. Play with the furniture. Try every conceivable idea. Don’t stop and theorize about why you should, or shouldn’t, do something. It’s furniture, it’s moveable. Just do it!

(By the way, I wish I could say that I designed the above room, but I didn’t. I love the eccentric calmness that manages to combine several functions into one space. Beautiful and practical)

Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/   Thanks to  www.dreamhome-design.blogspot.com for the great photograph.

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Finally! It’s spring! At least that’s what the calendar tells us, but that really depends on the part of the country you are in. Where I am it’s still cool and damp – and flowering trees and shrubs are just showing their buds. So what can we do if we want color from natural blooms, but they just aren’t there yet?

First, we can always force certain blooms. This works best with spring flowering shrubs such as azaleas, rhodendendrons, and forsythias. And it’s quite simple! As the buds appear, snip off long stems, put into a pretty vase (a colored bottle works nicely because it’s tall), fill with water, and wait a few days.  I know the waiting can be difficult…..but I promise, you’ll have these blooms much sooner than those on the shrub! 

Of course, you can always purchase spring blooms (think tulips and daffodils) from the supermarket.  Put a bunch in a short vase and you’ll definitely have a touch of spring – and spring color!  Better yet, put individual stems in small vases (again, bottles are a nice alternative) and cluster on the dining room table for a nice centerpiece.  And when dinner is done, you can place the individual vases around the house for a nice surprise touch of spring.  Place one in the powder room, by the bathtub, by the side of your bed, next to the telephone in the kitchen – anywhere you can think that will make you smile when you see it.

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