Pro-Tip Tuesday: Finish What You Start

Happy almost-fall!  Some of the Workroom members did a fun design Q&A over at Design Within Reach a few weeks ago.  Workroom member April Aduddell of April Interiors had a tip I thought I’d share.

Finish One Thing

A beautiful entry hall by April Interiors.

A beautiful entry hall by April Interiors.

While April was not looking RIGHT at me when she shared this wisdom, she might as well have been. If you’re like me, you paint the kitchen walls, then get a new hall rug, then try to make a new light fixture for the dining room (well, in this case hopefully you aren’t like me…).

The problem with piecemeal is that you never have the satisfaction of having one space done.  For example, my lovely apple-green kitchen walls are highlighting the hideous, falling off, cracked-grout granite tiles that we were unwise enough to put on the counters.  So I still hate the kitchen.  If I had saved up the money that I had spent on all my little “improvements” in other rooms, then I could actually have the kitchen finished and enjoy it.

April suggests that you start with an overall plan (with or without professional help, although I always recommend it), then pick a project that fits your budget.  A powder room update can be pretty inexpensive, or the entry hall.  Your guests will be so dazzled by the entry hall that they won’t notice the crappy kitchen counters.

Thanks for sharing April, and I promise to pick one project to finish this fall!

See more of April’s work here:



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