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Trying to Make Your House Perfect For The Holidays? You Might Want to Start Now 

Understanding Way Interiors Design's Timeline to a Stress-Free Home Transformation

As summer winds down and department stores are barely even pulling out Halloween decorations, you might roll your eyes at the thought of preparing anything for the Holiday season already. But, when it comes to your home, and the decision to make thoughtful design choices in time for that joyful (if-stressful) time of year, it’s actually exactly the right time to make moves.


Wendy Racer of Way Interiors Design advises folks looking to transform a space (or a whole floor) to begin the process in the late summer, to leave the necessary time for your designer to give you the look that matches your aesthetics, budget, and lifestyle.

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  • Photos Courtesy of Dawn Sela Photography

"There is a specific timeframe that a lot of clients don't think about and don't know about—because why would you?” Racer says. “Christmas is far away in everybody else's mind. Except the stores are preparing, which means we need to prepare.”


And she strives to make the most out of that time; Racer’s firm has a 15-step process that she swears by to make sure her clients can get everything they want without any of the extreme home make-over stress.

click to enlarge PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAWN SELA PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photos Courtesy of Dawn Sela Photography

"We start with the initial consultation and then we sit down and go through exactly what the rooms are that you need, every single thing that you're getting rid of and what you're keeping, and then what your style is, what your budget is," Racer says. "And we go over all those little things in our initial consultations."


By the time the presentation is finished—which transparently outlines pricing, contractors, furniture, fixtures, and just about anything else that will go in the space—you’re already well on your way into the fall and Wendy is hard at work collecting the pieces of your future home.

click to enlarge PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAWN SELA PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photos Courtesy of Dawn Sela Photography

"I present to my clients a 100 percent complete project, based off of what we've talked about. So, say it's one room or say it's the entire floor: I give them a completely finished presentation,” Racer says. “So that's the fabric on the sofa. That is the flooring, if there's flooring that needs to be changed, and that's the lighting. But that can also mean a 10 to 12 week lead-time for a sofa, especially a custom sofa, and everything else I'm holding back on until I need to order them. And a lot of people think that things don't take this long.”


Part of the appeal of this structured timeline and complete installation is the chance to have an exciting, but stress-free “HGTV reveal” moment with a client. After all, it can be incredibly nerve-wracking to see new pieces slowly make their way into your home without having all the other materials assembled—it’s like having only a few pieces of an intricate puzzle.

click to enlarge PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAWN SELA PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photos Courtesy of Dawn Sela Photography

“When you get it all piece by piece, you can't see the full picture. It's like a thousand times more stressful,” Racer says. “When you wait for everything, it's all put together and it's just done for you. And you can walk through the space and say ‘Oh, I get it now. I was contemplating this, I wasn't sure, but now I see it. Now it's here and this is perfect.’”


Interested in transforming your home before the holidays? Reach out to Way Interiors Design for more information.
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