When it comes to decorating and renovating, a friend with an interior decorator’s eye to detail is an asset. We all need someone to tell us like it is. People who don’t have such a friend can hire one.
Nadine Harrison-Beange is a Sudbury interior decorator who acts as a coach for people who are redecorating or renovating their homes.
The process can be stressful. It helps to have someone to lean on. She listens and helps clients make decisions.
Harrison-Beange, whose company is called Grand Entrance Interior Decorating & Design, can provide a little advice on room accessories or handle the hundreds of details to manage a renovation project. She charges from $125 to $200 for a two-hour walk-through consultation.
It can be difficult for some clients to describe their personal sense of style and taste. Occasionally Harrison-Beange takes clients shopping so she can determine what they like and don’t like.
She also specializes in staging services. Not only can she help people love their homes, she can help others love them too, she says.
Home staging is about merchandising a home’s assets to potential buyers and it is a growing trend in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver.
A staging professional sees the home through buyers’ eyes and offers recommendations to make the home more appealing to a wider array of prospective buyers, Harrison-Beange says. Recently she did such a good job of staging a home, the owners decided they didn’t want to sell it.
She advises clients to stash clutter and remove personal photographs and all those “dust collectors.” She can suggest ways to arrange furniture to give a room a focal point.
She can also recommend window treatments and neutral wall colours to make a room appear larger and brighter. Painting walls can increase the sale price by several thousand dollars or more, she says.
Staging consultations for an average home start at about $400.
Harrison-Beange has diplomas in graphic art and design, and interior decorating. She is an accredited member of Canadian Decorators’ Association. By attending educational seminars and trade shows, she says she is constantly refreshing her ideas to bring her clients fresh new concepts in design and decors, all in a way to express their personalities.