Here in Yorkshire, the Grandad's Shed team and I are taking on a few larger projects. That means that instead of just focusing on one aspect in a room, like a piece of built in furniture or designing a single room, we're tackling each room from scratch. Decor, fabrics, curtains, blinds, furniture styling - I'm having so much fun!
After over two decades in the industry, it's safe to say I've picked up a good few tips for keeping on top of larger projects. We really put this to the test last year with our Cottage Renovation which you can find out more about in the Cottage Diaries here and here. Those blogs were some of your absolute favourites!
With our latest series of project diaries on the horizon, I wanted to go back to basics. So in this blog, I'm sharing my top 3 tips for tackling bigger interior projects.
1. Don't Underestimate Planning
All of our projects start the same way, no matter the size. This all-important phase is all about planning and getting laser focused on what you need and want out of your design.
Don't underestimate the importance of this step! You might be itching to get stuck in or skip this out entirely as it's a little time-consuming. Hold those horses! By taking time to prepare and create a clear vision in advance, you're helping yourself in the long run. Why? It minimises rushed decisions down the line as the project picks up lightning speed. It also means you can be as clear as possible with trades who can carry out your vision - without having to fill in blanks.
For us during our Vicki Kress Interiors Packages, this means scoping out a room or building. We dig deep into the aesthetic preferences and consider the functional requirements. From here we produce a mood board and, where required, a presentation. This means early on we know exactly how the room will look, from pieces of furniture to blind fabrics, wall colours to cushions.
Now the design is done it's about implementation - and not juggling the two together.
2. Create a Project Schedule
With bigger projects one thing is certain, you're going to have a lot of moving parts. From trades popping in, to deliveries - right through to the jobs you're taking on yourself. It's making our head spin just thinking about it.
Here's what we do. We create a project schedule to keep tabs on our own and other people's schedules. This way we know who's in the building when - and when we need to make sure someone is in to sort out deliveries. So, crack open your spreadsheet or get out the pens and paper. You're about to get super organised!
We love using a digital calendar or spreadsheet because, as the timeline shifts, you can easily edit and adapt with a couple of clicks.
3. Call in Support
Being a project manager and creative director can be full-on. Trust me, after over 20 years of doing just this, I certainly know!
Make sure you're taking time for non-project activity. A walk with a friend or a dinner with a family member can do wonders for your stress levels, helping to keep your creativity and positivity in check.
Friends and family can help in other ways than relaxation too. Whether it's cooking a meal or getting their hands dirty with the project itself, don't be afraid to ask for help.
Here at Grandad's Shed, we love supporting people like you who have projects and need a hand with their design. The service I offer is accessible and affordable to all and takes away the myths surrounding interior design. I have recently launched a bespoke interior design service, not only to meet growing demand for my design skills and experience but also to make good design accessible and affordable to all.
I'd love to team up! Please call Vicki Kress Interiors on 01759 306777 to arrange your Home Visit.
A Sneak Peek
I'll be sharing more of our latest project on the blog in the near future. Don't forget to sign up to my newsletter here to make sure you never miss an article.
In the meantime, here are a couple of snaps from the mood board to whet your appetite!