Monthly Archives: September 2016

Get What You Really Want!

Staged Rec Room

Staged Rec Room

We are currently in the midst of doing some renovations in our own rec room. It is so much easier designing for others. I know what will look great instantly in another’s space. I always second guess myself when it’s for my own home/cottage/office. I have definitely been using my designers for second opinions! So thankful I have such talented girls! Biggest lesson I’ve learned over the last little while, is not to settle for less than what I really want.

I’m really pretty easy going in my own personal style and home design. I want it to be functional, neat and clean and have just a touch of flair! I like things in order, but I also like a little “POP” of something unique for interest. I have really stressed over the carpeting and paint and fireplace stone for our rec room. Finally had it all firmed up and then found out that the stone I wanted was back ordered. Sucks when this happens. We have the option to wait for it to come in – or to substitute something else. Guess, I will have to head down to the shop and see what else I may like or if we can determine a firm “back order” date.

I understand clients’ frustrations when we work so hard to put a look together only to find that something is discontinued. It’s happens no matter how hard we try to keep samples current! Reality is even when we are notified by the manufacturer, there are times clients already have those samples. It’s so hard to explain something is no longer available after they have their minds made up. However, we sometimes just have no choice. One thing I have learned is that it is best to make the selection in person! If possible, bring the samples into the room they will be installed. Check the lighting and shading at different times of the day. The same product can look different in the same space just with different natural light from daylight to evening. Make sure you like it at all times of the day before you proceed. If possible, have all the samples you plan on using together (like a color board) with paint, flooring, tile, cabinets, counters, etc.! It’s so much better to take your time making the “right” selection than to rush into something you do not like and then regret it. After all most renovations are not inexpensive so if you plan on spending the money – spend it on something you really love!

My most common words of wisdom are to focus on the most expensive items first. Things like flooring, cupboards, counters, tile – these are more limited in options than your paint colors or décor/accessories. Use the most expensive purchasers as the base of your color scheme and work from there. Make sure you love the items you will spend the most on, chances are you will be much less likely to change those items in a few years. However, things like paint and décor are easily changed for a fresh new look. There are literally hundreds of thousands of paint colors. We can find a paint color to go with pretty much anything! However, flooring, cabinets, counters and tile are all limited in their colors, styles and selections. So, choose the more limited items first. Make sure all aspects of the design blend well and then pick a paint color that will compliment your selections! It’s so much easier than trying to match flooring or furniture to a paint color! I know paint usually goes on first and most people choose materials in order that they are required. We work with you to ensure you make your choices in a cohesive manner that encompasses the complete design. This is the only way to really have a beautifully finished space that just flows! In fact, some may call it designer perfect!

So, take your time, pick your materials with care, and ask a designer for help if you need a second opinion! After all, it’s much easier to get a second opinion before anything is completed than to change something after its installed because it just doesn’t look right! Time spent in careful planning will ensure you get the space you really want and will love for years to come!



Summer Fun

Staged Living Room

Staged Living Room

Its hard to believe it’s September! Where did summer go? We are always very busy in summer but this year, we took on an extra project that ran us a bit ragged. We are in the final stages of renovating our new Home Staging and Design Showroom! All the staff for Maximum Impact Plus and Kat Reno are so excited! We are planning our Grand Opening for October. It will be such a treat to have everything in one location. We were fortunate to have a unit come available adjacent to our current warehouse location so we just doubled our space! We will be announcing our Grand Opening in October 2016!

There were a number of fabulous design and decorating projects we worked on this summer. A beautiful high-end bathroom renovation with a definite beach theme. It turned out perfectly beautiful and the owners were just thrilled. We also completed a backyard oasis that was featured in Home and Renovations Magazine. It had a multi-level deck; BBQ area; sunshade; stone patio; LED lights that “dance” to your favourite tunes; and of course, multiple sitting areas to enjoy all the wonderful views! Client was thrilled with the final product and has been enjoying her space daily! We have also completed a number of kitchen reno projects. There is something incredibly rewarding about helping families make the most of their space and increase the value of their homes! I always say we have the BEST careers possible!

We also had one of our stage jobs featured on Global TV morning show It was so exciting to walk through a stage job with a camera crew and explain the various aspects of a design and why it was planned down to the last detail to best showcase the space. Home Staging is so much more than just filling an empty space with furniture and accessories. We need to use the best furniture and accessories to best display how a space can be used. We must be sensitive to architectural details as well as overall style and character of a space. There is something so incredibly satisfying for our whole team when a space comes together just perfectly!! It’s so much better than just a job well done – it almost feels like a piece of art that we have all put our own personal touches on. Such a rewarding day at the “office”!

Our staging side has been going just crazy this summer. We have had a constant flow of stage jobs in and out. We even had a number of properties sell on the first day! Just LOVE IT when this happens! Earlier this summer we had our new summer stock arrive so we have thoroughly enjoyed designing new rooms with our fun and funky new furniture and accessories. There seem to be countless combinations of new “looks” for us to play with. With the new showroom space coming soon, we are looking forward to re-arranging our warehouse to make it even more functional and getting in some new exciting furniture.

We are really looking forward to going to the Furniture Show this fall. The plan is to have a revolving display of “staged rooms” in the showroom. Everything from a classic and traditional design to a modern contemporary fun and funky design. I can’t wait to see the spaces we feature in the showroom. It’s going to be so much fun!

Our Design and Decorating side has also grown substantially. Kat Reno now offers Durabilt Windows and Doors and Maximum Impact Plus has become a distributor for Hunter Douglas window coverings. For years, we have sub contracted out window coverings on our decorating projects. So, we are thrilled to be able to finally offer a complete design package. We start with the rough space, plan a functional floor plan, and design with flooring, cabinets, paint, etc. Our renovation experts from KAT Reno come in and bring the vision of our team and the client into reality and then we step back in to finish off the space with furniture, accessories and window coverings. It is truly a pleasure working with our clients from the initial planning phase right through to the last accessory and piece of artwork that has been completely custom designed for the client and their space.

I certainly have learned something this summer. It is very true that it is so much more difficult to design for yourself. Our showroom has been by far, the most challenging project for us. We have done multiple commercial spaces, so I know the drill. However, when doing it for yourself, you act as both client and designer. It is really hard to remember to ask ALL the appropriate questions at the right time! More than once I have awoken in the middle of the night thinking “oh NO….I forgot about…” It does not help that this is our busiest time of the year as well. I will be so happy when the showroom/offices are completed and we can settle in and just focus on business again. Hopefully getting back into some regular hours with the fall. Then again, we still have our rec room we have to complete so our daughter can teach piano one night a week. Lessons start soon so I guess we better get cracking on that project this coming week. We also received our new Durabuilt Windows this summer, so those must go in. I am so fussy about carrying product lines. I want to try them myself so I can make proper recommendations to clients based on experience! Guess we still have a bit of work over the next month before we can relax. Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing summer! Here’s wishing you all a fabulous new school/work year! Enjoy! Be Happy! Stay Healthy!