Interior Decorating

Love it or List it by U&I

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Interior Decorating, interior design, Interior Redesign, Landscape Design, staging | 0 comments

Love it or List it by U&I

Love it or List it project: Our new clients called Judy Boone Realty regarding the decision to list their home or fix it up.  Judy called U&I Home Decorating and Staging because she knows we specialize in several options for staging and remodeling. We discussed options and budget with the client and they decided to go with remodeling to a certain point and then decide if they were going to List it or Love it. Plans began in Oct. 2012, finalized in Dec. 2012 and began in Jan. 2013.  Several completions points where made in the remodeling projects along the way to create a listing option for the client or a re-evaluation point for them. At each point they wanted U&I to continue. THEY LOVE IT.  With the help of our supporting sub contractors, U&I have given the client a beautiful home on their waterfront property to love for many years to come. Projects completed for the client consists of a new HVAC system with all duct work complete with gas lines, weather proofing all over, new siding and gutters, new windows, new kitchen with an open wall concept, custom table top built into cabinetry, custom radiator covers, new flooring throughout downstairs in wood and porcelain tile, new leather furnishings, lighting, art work, accessories, Karastan wool rugs, ancient marble wall color from Sherwin Williams, new Kettle sun room furnishings, Bali faux wood blinds throughout, all new closet system shelving, upholstered dining chairs in a Ikat fabric from Second Yard with matching pillows for sofa, new ceilings, a makeover to the both bathrooms; the downstairs a complete remodel, and a clean up and face lift to the landscaping; which is still in progress. Thank you Judy Boone of Judy Boone Realty for offering U&I the role creating a complete new living environment for the happy owners. U&I like to support LOCAL Hampton Roads employment,  and offer our thanks to all of our supporting Sub Contractors: Construction with Robert Bates Construction with Bobby Bates, Larry Dudack and Michael, PSD with Shawn Ford, Mike Jagow, Mickey and Cindy with MC Bryd Flooring, Dixon Paints with Jason and the Boys, Tile work with Alan Gaskins and Chris, Electrical with Wade Casto and Floyd, WT Anderson (gutters), Sea-thru Windows, Decorum furniture, Mark Gonsenhauser (Diane Samareh), HVAC Warehouse, Lowes, Home Depot, Second Yard, Innerspace Closets, Boo butcher block, The Kellisons for miscellanous labor, and my wonderful and supporting husband Christopher Lutz for all sorts of areas in this process. Thank You Ladies and Gents for all that you have contributed to this project and bringing my Design to life for the client. Deborah Lutz, Owner Before U&I Home Decorating and Staging                         After U&I Home Decorating and Staging Here is a link to the after photos in a...

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Who says white is boring?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Interior Decorating, interior design | 0 comments

Who says white is boring?

Who ever said white is boring, has never thought of it as a background for all other colors. My completed project in Newport News is a success.  The client wanted everything modern and slick with color added through furniture, art and accessories….. She wanted to surprise her son with a makeover for his new condo. We met in November while she was visiting Virginia, to discuss design and budget. I sent many suggestions from November to January until we had it complete, down to the light fixtures all being changed out with new modern style shades. January to March was filled with on-line shopping, e-mails and phone calls.  U&I Home Decorating and Staging had everything delivered to their office and stored all the items awaiting the day of install in March. My client is thrilled and I couldn’t be happier for her and her son.  I think we all need a Mama like her don’t you...

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The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Home Staging, Interior Decorating, interior design, Landscape Design, redesign | 1 comment

The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator

The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator….. When people ask me what I do I will say “I’m an Interior Decorator”   “I’m a Landscape Designer” I also do Home Staging with Custom Art thrown in              I hear “How exciting, I always wanted to do that for a career” It is a rewarding career choice for me and I have to change constantly to stay up with all the new styles and ideas. Which I like that about my job. There are some aspects of my job that people do not know and that is the Project Management side.    It is tedious, meticulous, constant, 24-7, hands on, different types of sub-contractors in one day, several location and car travel daily. Changes to the designs never fail. It’s good thing that I am the Decorating Designer on the job to quickly approve the changes and keep the ball rolling. The job sites must be touched in some way each day via hands on visit or phone calls to Subs, making sure everyone is showing up for work and if they are not call them to find why when and where????? I have great set of guys that Sub Contract for me (I refer to them as THE BOYS) and even then there are always delays that can not be helped from UNFORESEENS (always).  Schedules get pushed back, jobs then get pushed back, and before you know it one small cabinet not being hinged correctly has put a kink in the whole month’s schedule. BUT that is why clients hire me….I am paid to be the calm one that presents to them solutions instead of problems, answers instead of questions, time schedules instead of delays…it’s what I do and I love it. To my own demise at times being up all hours of the night figuring out jobs and what else needs to be done that may have slipped by me. I am a huge note taker and have sticky notes everywhere, voice mails to myself to stay on top. All in all it is about the client and I do my very best to give them their home back as soon as possible. All polished and new just as they imagined it           Sometimes that is not the easiest part of my job…but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Loving’ my career choice and I’m getting paid to do what I love!!!!  Dream big and work hard…that is the way to have success in your life....

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15 excellent secrets to Staging from HGTV link

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Interior Decorating, staging, Uncategorized | 3 comments

http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/15-secrets-to-selling-your-home/pictures/index.html This link has excellent photos and tips to getting your home ready for the market. You can’t go wrong of course by simply de cluttering your rooms…there is a lot to be said for neat and clean when it comes to staging. Fixing and repairing any old projects, and simply giving a fresh coat of paint….3 simple things to give your home a quick facelift….check out the HGTV link for lots of great information on getting your home...

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U&I Home Decorating and Staging Mini Mag

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Interior Decorating, interior design, special events, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Here at U&I Home Decorating and Staging we are gearing up for a fabulous few months of decorating and celebrating.  We have put together a Holiday Mini Mag for you to enjoy filled with helpful tips and hints.  Enjoy...

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Staging Consult

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Interior Decorating, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Staging Consult yesterday with a wonderful family. They have such beautiful antiques that are going to be sold in an Estate Sale soon to follow. The most important thing is to get the house painted, curb appeal, organized, and staged for the open house….lots of work to do and it’s a great idea to get other professionals involved when you have so much to do. Paying someone to do the painting is a huge worry off of your list and they can get in and get out…while you work storing items that won’t be sold, and organizing the ones that will in another area than the staging area. Taking a home from 1980 to 2012 requires work, so roll up your sleeves and let’s get busy. First chore call painter!...

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