December 2020

We are coming to a close to 2020 and I thought I would fill you in on everything business related that I have been working on, or that has notably happened since my last blog post….which was FOREVER ago. Needless to say this has been a crazy year for all of us! For me this year started out with many changes!

Before we get into the updates that 2020 had in store for me let me back up all the way to 2019 when I decided to change gears and work for a Architectural design firm. That’s right, I paused my kitchen and bath remodeling career for about 6 months and it was definitely a change of pace. I enjoyed the work very much, but being away from my kids full time really took a toll on me and in the back of my mind I knew that working there was going to eventually come to an end, I just didn’t know when or what I was going to be doing next.

I know this next part is going to sound crazy to some, but here it goes….The news of Kobe Bryant & his daughter Gianna passing so suddenly and tragically was a reminder to me that life is sooooo short, and we have no idea what tomorrow will bring. It really impacted me to make a drastic change. If my hearts desire was to work from home so my kids could grow up remembering that Mom was around even though she was working, then I had to make the changes necessary now, not “someday” and so I did.

February 2020 was when I started my own Interior design business and Maven Home Interiors was born! Hooray! Then as we all know March 2020 rolls around and the global pandemic is starting to become a reality here in the USA. Needless to say it’s been an emotional roller coaster for all of us!

This summer I hired an Interior Designer, whom is a friend of mine and I have known for years. It’s great to work collaboratively with another creative! The old saying that Two heads are better than one is so true and I believe working in a team really adds value to our clients.

So in addition to being a company with an expertise in Kitchen and Bathroom Design/Remodeling we are now set up to do whole house remodels, design the interior of new builds, and provide furnishings and accessories as well.

For 2021 we will be launching our website and one topic I would love to start blogging about is the behind the scenes of what goes into designing and remodeling. Maybe share some tips and tricks to what we do. Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in that.

We are so blessed and thankful for this year and all of the clients that we are working with and I am so looking forward to what 2021 will bring to the table.

Thank you for reading and stay safe!

-Rachel

10 Crucial Mistakes You Could be Making Before Remodeling Your Kitchen (Must Read!)

TIP #1: Know what You Need to Remodel

First thing’s first:

So you just binged watched an entire season of your favorite HGTV show and you feel so inspired you want gut your whole house. You jump onto Pinterest and start repinning like a madwoman. Creating new boards, pinning, repinning.

You’re lost in a total design frenzy!

“Let’s remodel the main living area!! While we’re at it, let’s remodel ALL of the bathrooms too!” 

Look – I love the enthusiasm, but hold on, let’s take a deep breath and think this through.

The truth is it’s important to start with just one room.

More often than not, remodeling one space of the house can cause a desire to tackle all of your wishlist at once. Now, if you have an unlimited budget and can afford to live off property for several months as the house is being gutted, then keep repinning and quit reading, because this tip is not for you.

However if you are like most people and do not have an endless budget and will be living in your home during the remodel, try focusing on one area of the house first.

This will streamline the process for you, the professional you are working with and really everyone involved. Your team can concentrate on bidding out all aspects of the priority area first. That way the designer/contractor can focus and put the time and energy where it should bspent first. If the numbers for the project come in lower than you expected – hooray!!

Go ahead and roll your scroll out and start on the next area you want to tackle! 

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