Interim Decorating

Rushing to renovate often leads to taking generic “builder basic” recommendations from general contractors.  It may work, but is it what you really want?  While being all moved into a newly renovated house feels great, hasty decisions made during construction mean things will get overlooked, mistakes will be made, and the outcome may not be ideal.

Often times it is invaluable to live in your new home for a while before you renovate, even if you absolutely hate it and are desperate to “fix-er upper!”  Assuming you don’t have concrete ideas going in, give yourself plenty of time to ease into the space and see how you (…your family and your pets) live there.

Converting an as-is home into a dream home is complicated business.  While you may be quite clear on the major updates- like completely renovating the master bathroom, the minor things like where you want an extra bath robe hook may reveal themselves in time, or perhaps you’ll find you love eating outdoors in summer and realize you would love easier access from the kitchen to the BBQ.  Not every design decision is obvious upon move-in.

In the meantime, load up a Pinterest board with inspiration, then seek design assistance if compiling those ideas into a concrete plan seems overwhelming.

Inspiration Page

In fact, hiring a designer is always helpful for speeding up the design & decorating process as we are here to guide you in crafting your vision, and navigating you through the limitless number of possibilities.

During this interim period, don’t spend too much on anything you’re not certain will survive the renovation, but also don’t starve yourselves of what would make your space work, perhaps swap out old faucets and fixtures with new ones you love, or buy some new patio furniture and outdoor lighting.

Don’t neglect the easy magic of fresh paint, a good deep clean, and an uncluttered house!  Settle into your home with your things but don’t necessarily unpack every single item.  Determine what you need, what is useful, and what is beautiful…and then determine what exactly you want!

Interim decorating is for renters too.  Certainly, you’ll want to limit investing in other people’s investment, but don’t deny yourself a pleasant home!  Maximize the fun updates that you can take with you when you go; layer large area rugs over ugly floors, perhaps swap out dated lighting fixtures or hardware (hang on to the old ones to them swap back upon move-out), or if the architectural elements aren’t very interesting paint them to make them more special.  Consider painting the trim and doors a vibrant fun color.  Another dramatic short-term option is temporary wall-coverings like this beauty from Tempaper Designs.

Whatever your housing situation is, you’re always safe if you follow the Golden Rule-




Summer Clothes For Your Home

Your home wants summer clothes too! Just because you don’t necessarily own waterfront property or a summer cottage, doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your home and dwell in the coming long summer days.  Here are some simple summer spruce ups for less than you spend on Christmas decor.

Fold and stow away the heavy stuff just as you would stow your sweaters for winter.

  • Swap out bedding & blankets– think lightweight cotton throw not luxe faux fur blanket.
  • Roll up the heavy rugs for summer. Choose natural fiber rugs like sisal or jute, or just go bare!
  • Similarly, for window treatments, consider swapping out heavy drapery for natural woven shades or simple sheers. Let there be light!
  • A white slip-cover for the sofa may sound like a splurge, but depending on what you choose these can run less than $100.

Rattan chairs have become immensely popular year round and now come in all sorts of fabulous shapes and sizes.  They work well both indoors and out.  This high back patio chair is darling!

Crank open the weather loving umbrellas!  Indestructible Sunbrella fabric now comes in plenty of summery options like mint, blueberry and pink lemonade.  Coordinate it with piped outdoor pillows. Sunbrella resists fading and mildew so you can enjoy for many summers to come.

Another option synonymous with good weather is the classic yellow & white stripe fabric; besides canopies, it’s lovely on throw pillows and seat cushions.

Bring some greenery inside by putting a flower box of lavender in the window and filling a vase with fragrant white summer lilies.

String a few strands of weatherproof bistro lights for inviting alfresco dining!

No picnic table is complete without gingham– the ultimate summer fabric!

Or re-dress an entire table for less than a tank of gas with these Opalhouse beauties from Target (they really are ingenious at luring us in for the impulse buy, aren’t they!?!)

Put a fresh batch of lemonade (or margaritas) in a beautiful pitcher to liven up your table.  Also when dressing the table, never forget your classic unscented white candles- loads of them!

Need a fresh coat of paint? These cool summertime favorites are always in season- Benjamin Moore- Glass Slipper or Sherwin Williams- Sea Salt.

Give in to your patriotic side and show off some Americana, because no one does summer better than the good old USA!


Tips for Maximizing Sale Price (or Simply Tarting Up)

If you close your eyes and imagine walking through a model home, you’re probably envisioning a whistle clean, attractively furnished and thoughtfully accessorized house. Now look around your own home. Hopefully, it is pleasantly tidy yet thoroughly loved and lived in. Perhaps it is packed to the gills and could use some Ajax. Whatever the condition, there is likely room for improvement! Every homeowner wants to impress buyers, garner the best offers and reap top dollar from their sale but most don’t necessarily want to hire an expensive staging company, rent furniture and evacuate their belongings. You can achieve much of that staged and perfect look, while still living comfortably “on set.” Here are a few tips that anyone can employ.


Unless you are a pro at spartan living this is one of the most important steps. Besides creating the illusion of more square footage, “clearing the decks” (including the closets, pantry & garage) creates more highly desirable storage space. If your stuff is piled up in corners or spilling out of closet doors it signals to the buyer that there is not ample storage in the home.

I highly suggest employing the KonMari method. Spend an evening binge-watching Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix and get to it! Summarily, her method spells out the following:

Organize your belongings by category – 1.) Clothes 2.) Books* 3.) Papers 4.) Komono (miscellaneous stuff) 5.) Sentimental**

Remove all items that don’t “Spark Joy.” First, remember to thank them for their service, literally say, “Goodbye,” and donate them (or trash).

Quick KonMari guide here-

*I don’t necessarily agree with the mass purging of “Books” and I personally horde many in the attic a.) because I love them and b.) they’re great on bookshelves (!) and table-top vignettes.

**“Sentimental” may overwhelm you if you’re already in an emotional state about selling a home, so perhaps save this step and store these items until after the move.


Consider storing all religious relics, personal photographs, kid’s artwork and bric a brac. People want to picture themselves in your home and your stuff is a distraction (in addition to making your home seem smaller). Once you have reduced the overall volume of items, your home will appear more airy and more spacious. The focus will return to the great flow and away from the personal possessions inside the home.


Now for the most obvious piece of advice – clean clean clean!!! Spend a weekend deep cleaning (or better yet hire professional cleaners to do it in a matter of hours) and clean every square inch of your home, including the windows, the garage, and the inside of the cabinets (people will open them).


Re-paint your home if necessary. There’s more mass appeal in a pleasant neutral color throughout then a specific room by room color scheme.

Check out these winners!

Benjamin Moore- Balboa Mist, Gray Wisp, Revere Pewter

Behr- Vintage Linen, Perfect Taupe, Seagull Grey, Shoreline

Sherwin Williams- Eider White, Agreeable Grey & Alabaster

Always paint a swatch on your walls!  The internet photo, paint chip and wall sample often look vastly different in your space’s unique light.


DIY or HIRE- oil the door and window hinges, fix loose handles and knobs, re-grout the tub, remove that dated wallpaper border, consider replacing old fashioned looking light fixtures or extremely old faucets.


Consider replacing extremely worn carpeting. Often buyers prefer to choose their own new flooring, so you can potentially save here by starting with a deep clean and seeing if that doesn’t alleviate the eyesore.


Welcome to your house! Make sure all the plants are alive and thriving, cut the grass, pull the weeds! Shine (and repaint if necessary) the front door then crown it with a wreath! Place a fragrant bouquet in the entryway to set a lovely tone.

Pamela Day Designs - Interior Designer - Foyer


Well placed accessories can work magic. A few smartly arranged vignettes might help sell your home!


Lighting is inviting! Darkened rooms not so much.


BAD SMELLS- Do your absolute best to reduce odors. Our strongest sense tied to memory is smell, so make sure when people walk through the door they are not assaulted by the unpleasant odor of pets, smoking or cooking. Never cook curry, garlic or onions the night before showing your home. Think about taking Fido out for a walk during showings.

GOOD SMELLS– Realtors are always enticing buyers with warmly baked cookies fresh from the oven because it conjures a nostalgia for home. Some other universally good smells include lime, cinnamon, orange, peppermint, and of course- nothing!

FLOWERS– Add them! Super easy and so important. Don’t go crazy arrangement-wise, but don’t be shy with placement!

FENG SHUI– Put away the knife block (it’s bad Feng Shui) and hide the Kleenex box (because no one wants to see it).

CLEAN AGAIN!- Keep it up through the whole process.

These few ideas alone can magically transform a home for a quick and profitable sale.

Need more help? Hire an interior “re”designer by the hour. We can make suggestions for furniture placement to maximize flow and impact, and help you create a cohesive design statement using only your existing furniture and accessories. Table top vignettes are my specialty!