Picture Perfect Home II

Though our partners may not want to hear it, sometimes fresh flowers or a few new decorative baskets just don’t cut it! We need new furniture, a full kitchen renovation, and even then, we are barely making a dent. So where do I start? What’s a worthy investment? How long will this all take?

When the time comes to really invest in designing your dream home, it can seem overwhelming. The numbers add up fast and there are so many decisions to make…as a working mom, who has this kind of time? If you’re a busy mom with a lot on your plate, I highly recommend working with an interior designer.

Designing a house, or even one room, can be a lot of work; so, even if you have a good eye for design, don’t be afraid to ask for help! A lot of women want to design their own homes, and you should know that hiring a designer doesn’t take you, or your sense of style, out of the equation. You will still be the ultimate decision maker, and the end result will still feel like you… only this way, you save yourself time and avoid the heavy lifting.

A high price tag can be another big reason people avoid hiring designers, but I encourage you to do your research before jumping to any conclusions. As trade professionals, designers have access to many more resources than average consumers, and they are often extended discounted prices that can really help your bottom line. The bottom line of what I’m saying here? Don’t automatically assume that hiring an interior designer is out of your reach if this is something that interests you.

Of course, hiring an interior designer isn’t for everyone, and that is okay, too!

Whether you are the kind of mom who prefers to work alongside a designer or do it all on your own, it’s important to walk into the process with a good sense of what you want, need, and simply can’t live without. Like I said before, things add up fast! That’s why, for today’s post, I am sharing a few of my favorite, investment-worthy items that I believe should be on every working mom’s radar!

 

SMART TECHNOLOGY:

For new moms looking to make a smart investment, check out the glider chairs at Oilo Studio. For just a little bit extra, you can get yourself a chair with an inconspicuous USB port. With this clever add-on, you can conveniently charge your cell phone (or re-charge that baby monitor that simply refuses to hold a charge), without disturbing your little one who just fell asleep in your arms. After all, being a working mom is all about multitasking!

https://www.oilostudio.com/collections/furniture/products/power-recline-and-usb-port

TIME-SAVING APPLIANCES:

There is nothing worse than fingerprints all over your beautiful kitchen appliances. For moms in the market for a chic new refrigerator unit, check out LG’s Black Stainless-Steel Fridge with a Print Proof finish! It’s not only gorgeous, it’s an absolute game changer! Though it may be a big investment upfront, it will ultimately save you lots of time cleaning that frequently-touched refrigerator door, making it totally worth it!

https://www.lg.com/us/refrigerators/lg-LSFXC2496D-door-in-door

FORGIVING UPHOLSTERY:

Move over dark gray, light and creamy colors are making an upholstery comeback.  No longer do you need to be terrified of investing in a white sofa or chair. Thanks to performance fabrics, getting stains out of upholstery pieces just became that much easier! These tightly-woven fabrics carry properties that make it easier to clean up spills. They are also less likely to pill (fuzz) or fade over time. So, when the time comes to invest in a new sofa, chair, or any type of upholstery piece your kiddo may get his jelly-covered little hands on, look no further than performance grade fabrics.

Even better, you don’t have to work with an interior designer to get your hands on these types of fabrics. Places like Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Serena & Lily, and Room and Board all offer these performance grade options. Also good for dog lovers and the mom who spills the occasional glass of red wine!

https://www.roomandboard.com/catalog/living/sofas-and-loveseats/braden-sofa

A higher price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a superior product, but when it comes to the interior design industry, you almost always get what you pay for. That said, determine what’s important to you and do your best to keep those things in mind as you start making decisions on big ticket items. My motto: save where you can and splurge when warranted. Sometimes a little convenience is well worth the price tag!