Hey everybody ,here with another installation of our inspire to style renovation series. update we've been having so much fun revealing one room at a time thank you. so much for all the support and feedback. by the way but I also love that we're. able to combine these reveals with valuable tips that are relevant to those rooms so that each episode is a little.
bit more valuable to you than just your standard before and after reveal so. today we're gonna have a little fun. talking about the jewelry of your home. the hardware and the lighting and if you stick around to the end you will see the reveal of one of the most controversial rooms in this entire house. I thought it would make sense to talk about lighting and hardware together. because to me these two product. categories have two things in common.
first both of these elements are an opportunity for you to bring your own. style to your space and second in my opinion these two elements are best. shopped locally because you need to get scale and proportion right I know that. there's a temptation to shop for these things online because who doesn't like shopping from the convenience of their home and let's be honest of everything. you're gonna shop for for this house. this is probably the only thing that you. have access to directly online that you. think you don't need to see in person.
before you make the selection now I'm sure you've heard the mantra shop local. before but here's why it really makes. sense when you're talking about lighting and hardware how do you know how well a lighting piece is made unless you can see the finish in person how do you know. how heavy and substantial a hardware. pieces unless you can pick it up and. hold it this is the value of walking. into a local shop seam touching and feeling for yourself before you fork. over your own hard-earned cash and in keeping with the whole seek wise counsel.
tip your local specialists will have an understanding of the lead times for any of the products that you'd like to choose and there may even be the option. in your local shop to change the finish. of pieces that are ordered it so let's. talk about the prep work you'll need to do to make sure that your time with your lighting or hardware specialist is most effective.
the first thing you want to do is set an appointment don't just drop in on these. people they may be busy with other customers and then you'll have to wait. or fumble around the store on your own. call in and make an appointment so that. your specialist can dedicate his or her. time only to you and trust me making. these selections takes longer than you. think so give yourself enough time for these appointments second bring a copy of your floor plans drawings or any. photos you have your existing home.
number three take some time to do some research before you walk into the shop. have an idea of the general style and maybe even the color you're looking for and this will go a long way to helping. your specialists narrow down your. options finally know your budget and when I say know your budget know your budget for the entire category when I think about hardware I'm not only thinking about cabin Hardware I'm thinking about do I need new interior. door hardware exterior hardware so when you walk into your appointment with your specialists you want to be able to give them a full line-item budget for whatever scope you are covering with that meeting there are many layers to the hardware and lining selection. process but here's the one thing you should know you probably should be making these selections late earlier in the process than you think .
then i talked about how early in the. process we developed our lighting plan and how we were able to walk through the. house with our electrician to mark out. where boxes should be installed before. we even did any of the new drywall work. so how do we get this right for our project well Lea channelled our inner. Martha Stewart our project manager. designer Kristen spent many days in our office happily working on her little DIY. craft project she took all the spec guides for all the light fixtures we had selected for that house and she created models that were made to scale so that we could bring them to the house walk through with our electrician and actually hang up and placed these both fixtures so that he could make sure that.
he was installing the boxes and running in the appropriate places I think we even saved a couple of those models as like souvenirs good job Kristin you can do something like this too it may not be. as elaborate as what Kristin did but you can surely take something that is close. to the scale and size of the fixture. that you want to add to your house. especially when you think about pendants. over an island or a big fixture in the dining room or breakfast room and in order to make sure that you're getting something big enough or small enough to fit in that space appropriately hanging. a model up stepping back and looking at. it is a super smart and inexpensive wa. to do this before placing that order.
here's your final design tip for today. hardware and lighting can be expensive. but these are definitely not areas you want to cheap out on if you want to give. your home the luxury look and feel find quality options that are moderately. priced to use in most of the areas of the home and then choose moments where you can do something a little special. and a little bit more expensive so. here's one of the rooms in our house. that not only had the biggest. transformation but it was also the most. controversial change we made in this. entire project .
so what do you think about the new surgery was it the right move I happen to think it was but I'd love to hear your opinion do you think it was worth. sacrificing the powder room to create this beautiful new surgery let us know. in the comments and I have a little. treat for you so you guys have been missing seeing the kids . tell cuz you make little comments every. now and then like where are the kids let me just tell you school work and life. have been kind of kicking our butts. lately but we have carved out some time to get the kids in front of the camera. and we thought it would be really fun to let them walk through the reveals of each of the spaces in our house you do not want to miss these bonus.