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Refurbishing Rooms at Lavender House B&B

By: Brenda Franklin

Colours, fabrics, textures – and combining them to make a harmonious, soothing comfortable interior – made me realize, once again, the joy of using an interior decorator. Importantly, a decorator who understands my style, budget and the time constraints getting work done in a Bed and Breakfast establishment.

There are many good reasons to use an interior decorator, but here are 5 that stand out -

1. Time Saving:  After an initial one hour consultation on site, there was just one trip to a fabric house, together with the decorator and, much like a good artist putting paint beautifully on a canvas, fabrics were "pulled" from all corners of the shop.   Within an hour, beautiful, different themes had been created for each bedroom.

2. Cost Saving:   The decorator knew that the fabric house we used was having their annual sale and, as a result, all the fabrics we used were secured at a fraction of the normal cost.

3. Sharing Trade Secrets: My decorator put me in touch with excellent upholsterers, blind makers, soft furnishing manufacturers, some of whom collected and returned items on the same day!

4. Colour Choice:   Not only for fabrics but also for the wall colour.    Working with paint on a daily basis, my decorator knows which neutrals work well in natural and artificial light.   I loved her choice immediately and so we skipped the endless "test patches" and just got on with the job!

5. Finishing Touches: Those wonderful tips just to finish things off …   "Paint just that one bedside cabinet red", my decorator suggested. I did and it delights and brings the room to life!    

So, come and enjoy the fruits of this March/April 2016 Lavender House B&B creative project.    We love the refurbishment and hope you will too!

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