Rooms Renewed with what you own
..with any style,
..within any budget,
..whether you own or rent,
..if you're moving or staying for years to come,
..in any space that is full or empty of furniture.
Your preferences are respected at every step in the process and you learn the reasons why changes are recommended.
There are no surprises in terms of cost—the price is determined up-front before the consultation begins. The flat rate for a Room Refinement™ is based on the size of the room.
My service works with any room. Makeover your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, den, living room, dining room, home-office or hall.
We will discuss how you use the space, your priorities, and how long you intend to live in your home. I will analyze the room and explain common decorating mistakes. You'll learn what you're doing right and what needs improvement.
"I love how Joan worked with me to redecorate my living and dining rooms. We rearranged my furniture to create a more comfortable conversation area and showcase my original art. Joan carefully explained the reasons for the changes she recommended and left a detailed description of what to look for in terms of new purchases. That gave me the confidence to select a beautiful rug on my own—it looks great. I appreciate that I can hire Joan on an hourly basis too. Sometimes I just like to get a fresh perspective on my decorating ideas."
— H. Walker, Toronto
I'll make recommendations on appropriate improvements to increase the value of your home given the length of time you plan to stay there. If you are planning to move in the near future, I'll focus on instant, inexpensive ways to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Furniture can be re-arranged right away, if necessary, to make the room more comfortable and address any decorating mistakes. We will use your existing furnishings, perhaps borrowing from other rooms, to save you money.
I will create a personalized written design plan and give it to you that same day. I'll itemize recommendations for new purchases as well as list suggested improvements. You'll be all set to implement them when time and budget allow.
A Room Refinement™ typically takes 1 1/2 to 3 hours per room. An entire house can usually be done in one day.
If you are planning to move, I can visit both your new home and your current home with you for a small additional charge per room. I'll also work from floor plans and photos.
You will know what to pack and what to purchase for your new home. You'll be ready to give the movers instructions on where to place your furnishings.
Are you a Realtor with a home that isn't showing well? Or are you a homeowner in the process of selling? This service is perfect for showcasing a home's best features, using what the homeowner already has.
Resale-Ready™ Refinement includes a checklist with quick and inexpensive suggestions geared toward a fast sale. (This service is included free with every Room Refinement™ on a per-room basis.)
Don't need a complete Room Refinement™? You may be interested in other decorating services available at an hourly rate. There is no personalized written design plan.
Art and Accessory Refinement™
Not sure about how to hang your art or display your treasured collections? Or do you just want to update your home? I can help you put the finishing touches on your décor by hanging art, rearranging the contents of bookcases and china cabinets, and accessorizing table tops etc.
If you are happy with your rooms but would like advice about what specific paint colours and finishes to use, Colour Refinement™ could be for you. I'll work with you to select paint colours that enhance your furnishings, bring together colour schemes and create the atmosphere that you are looking for.
This service can be purchased as a supplement to the Room Refinement™ (which covers general paint colours and finishes). It can also be purchased by the hour for as many rooms as needed.
If you would like some assistance with selecting finishes or purchasing new furnishings, I can shop with you or for you at retail and trade-only establishments.