Kitchen in Big Sky, MT

Interior Decorator Big Sky MT – Discussion On Saving On Countertops

Kitchen in Big Sky, MT

 

This is one of those topics that comes up being an Interior Decorator Big Sky MT. Whether it is a new build or a remodel this can be one of the most discussed and debated parts of the kitchen or bathroom decors and can definitely affect the overall budget. What kind of material, cost, color, seams all enter into the discussion. There are several things that I have found as an Interior Decorator that can help keep costs as reasonable as possible. First of all being in Big Sky, Montana you have less vendors to choose from. We just don’t live in a big town. All Interior Decorators in Big Sky MT are going to go to Bozeman. Our choice of suppliers has greatly improved over the years I have been doing this but our population still is very small compared to larger cities so, of course, we have less choices. Not bad choices just less choices.

Here are the things I have learned being an Interior Decorator Big Sky MT:

-On granite ask about remnants and extra large slabs. This can even be true on other materials. Many times companies have left over product from a project that might work well for a bath room countertop or a smaller kitchen countertop. On the larger slabs if you have a large area some times you can keep from going to a 2nd slab. Slabs are broken sometimes on larger slabs and can be cut to fit smaller projects. You have to be open to doing this but if your counter is cut from a larger remnant or larger broken piece and it doesn’t affect any part of the look of your counter, it is worth considering for some of my clients. Savings can be 30-50% under the right situation and it becomes a win-win for everyone.

-Get multiple quotes from different suppliers. Each has different product and materials so prices are going to vary. It also introduces you to more salesman. Salesman can be the key if you build a rapport with them quickly. They might know of a sale coming up, a remnant, excess inventory or a slab they are trying to move for whatever reason. Sometimes, they are also given margin room that they can give you a % off the listed price. A good friendly relationship can get you quantity discounts as well. If you go have discussions with several salesman in town and have them all working for you many times you will get a call on a special deal. I may have an advantage in being and Interior Decorator Big Sky MT and they know that but having a good relationship with several salesman someone is going to offer you a good deal. Everyone likes working with someone they like and I am a big believer that is how you can drive your best bargain.

-Keep an open mind. Sometimes there might be a slab that is excess inventory or has not sold for whatever reason. Maybe the slab has been there for a while or they ordered too much of the same lot run. Maybe the slab is thinner than a normal slab. The normal slab is 3″ thick but the trend to save money is going to 2″ on counters besides the kitchen. You might need to consider paint color changes in a room and if you had a paint color you were deciding between and you can get a great deal on a counter top that you might have to go with your 2nd choice paint, it might be considering. As an Interior Decorator in Big Sky MT sometimes things get expensive and if we had a close second on paint choice and we can save good money, I need to present you that choice for you to make.

-Be a friend to everyone at the yard. You will be surprised what someone will tell you if you are nice, ask an opinion and listen. People in the back know a lot about the product. They might be an installer, do the cutting or move product and they might be able to tell you to check on this product or give you a heads up on a product they would steer away from. Granite shops are known to have varied opinions that they will share with you while the salesman runs and gets a call or talks to someone else. You are an information gatherer from anyone that is willing to share information. When you go from one place to another share the information you gathered and then see what the opinions of more experts want to share with you.

-Edges and finishes cost money. It is a simple fact that if something has to be done to your slab for your liking it is going to cost money 99 times out of 100. If you want a Beveled, Cove, Dupont or Ogee edge compared to the edge that comes from the mill you should expect to pay extra. These are all edges that time will be spent on very expensive machines to give you the desired edge contour that you want and you will be billed a very healthy rate to get the custom edges. The same thing goes for finishes. If you want a leathered finish, a certain sheen or shine that is not from the mill you are going back on a machine to get the desired effect. That machine and person that runs it doesn’t work for free. The only exception is getting lucky with a remnant which I have done a number of times. In fact, as a Interior Decorator Big Sky MT, I have people that will call me when such pieces come up. It works incredibly well if you have the right project.

-Find a handyman to do the demo of pulling old counters off, sheetrock if necessary, disposing of the trash. You can save money by doing that with a handyman. Make sure they understand the specs and what is being done. That is a big part of my job as an Interior Decorator Big Sky MT is putting the right people together and making sure they understand what the other sub needs. Most countertop people in Bozeman don’t even do both but in the few cases I know of, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars.

-Find a handyman to do the plumbing of putting a sink in. There are a number of types of sinks and ways to put them in with countertops. Some countertop companies do light plumbing but many times a good handyman can save you hundreds here as well.

-Use other less expensive materials to break up the size you need of more expensive materials. We like to use butcher block, concrete and any other complimentary products on wings of a slab to cut down on the square footage for say high end granite. For instance, many times it adds to a kitchen to have some butcher block. If it saves money, as well, that makes it all the better.

If you found this article helpful you should give our Blog a look. If you would like to take a look at some of our recent projects take a look at our Portfolio page. You can, also, find us on Pinterest , Houzz and Facebook. If you have an upcoming project and need a Interior Decorator located in Big Sky MT please give us a Ring!

 

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Interior Design Blog Montana – The Things We Get to See!

Lone Mountain Sunset in Big Sky, MT

Lone Mountain Sunset in Big Sky, MT

 

I call Big Sky, MT home. I love it! I am an Interior Designer and get the opportunity to work on some of the most beautiful homes in the country but the things I see and the people I meet are some of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I decided to share some of these experiences with you by doing a Interior Design Blog Montana theme. It is not all about interior design. I try and share some of the pics of what we get to see everyday. Both in scenery and wildlife! This is a picture that I took one evening when the clouds moved in as the sun was going down. You will find grizzly bear pictures, elk and fly fishing pictures also in the blog. After all, what is a Interior Design Blog Montana theme without some beautiful wildlife and scenery mixed in!

Our Big Sky, MT is in a unique part of the country. Located 45 minutes north of the NW entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky is the largest ski acreage in North America. Bet you didn’t know that! Our lift lines are non existent. Christmas time you might have to wait 5 minutes. Big Sky has grown dramatically in the last 15 years but is still a very small town most of the time of the year.

Big Sky is blanketed in snow 6 months out of the year and sometimes longer. Today’s date is March 25th and we have had 14″ of snow in the last 72 hours. It is beautiful, although, at this point we are ready to start seeing some flowers and we are still 2 months out before we start seeing them. The beauty of this time of the year is very soon it will be muddy and yucky with the town deserted but the wildlife and fishing opportunities become tremendous over the next month. See here for my last years early trip into Yellowstone in April. April and early May are your big opportunities to see Grizzlies and controversial Wolves in the Park. You have to deal with very few people and you will find the Park Rangers much more relaxed this time of year. You will also have the opportunity to see Bison calves. They are very cute just be careful about Mama! The fly fishing opportunities also abound this time of year before runoff. Trout are starting to get more active and it is the Rainbows turn to spawn in the spring, while the Browns get to follow and nibble on eggs. You have better opportunities for bigger and more plentiful fish this time of year than you do when there are almost as many fisherman as fish during the summer!

Of course with an Interior Design Blog Montana theme we will also talk about Interior Design and what is happening in Big Sky and Montana in general. We will show you some of our interior design projects and some of our remodels and new construction. Bottomline you never know what we will talk about or too in our Interior Design Blog Montana!

So, while most of you are starting to see spring flowers we are still blanketed in the white stuff but don’t feel sorry for us because this is a special time of the year to be in Big Sky, MT believe it or not. If you are curious about our other posts please check out our Blog and if you want to see some of our latest projects take a look at our Portfolio. You can also check us out on Pinterest, Facebook and Houzz.

My favorite Interior Design Blogs

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I thought you might like to see what Interior Design Blogs I like to read. Creative people need to keep their juices flowing which means looking for ideas. I want to see what people are doing in other parts of the country and the latest trends. This almost always gives you an idea or a new resource that can make a home and save clients money!

Here in no particular order are my Favorite Interior Design Blogs:

Mountain Living Blog  This is, of course, closer to what I do everyday style wise. It shows quite a few Colorado Ski Resorts but every once in a while Big Sky Montana gets to jump in there! I find it very interesting for the Interior Decorating part but it also shows Real Estate values quite a bit. Big Sky Montana is still very undervalued while giving you more of everything Colorado has to offer. Yes, I’m biased.

Joanna’s Blog Joanna Gaines of Chip and Joanna fame. You can take a girl out of Texas but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl! I was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M so you know I have to love these two. Joanna is incredibly talented and does a very good job of doing great Interior Decorating while watching over her clients money.

Good Bones Great Pieces These two ladies are both authors and Interior Designers. So you get several perspectives as well as getting to go shopping with them. They also share resources so sometimes you pick up a source you might not have known about.

Montana Prairie Tales This blog is small town Montana. Joellyn lived in the big city and escaped like my husband(Buzz)and I did. Her interior design jobs are smaller because of being in rural Montana but she is talented.

Now you have a few blogs to go read if you love interior design blogs and are looking for some ideas and of course don’t forget we are always adding content to our blog! You can also check us out on Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook. If you want to see some of our recent projects check out our Portfolio page and, of course, if you want to discuss an upcoming project please Contact us!

Interior Designer Big Sky MT -Do you work outside of Big Sky?

Cozy bedroom in Mountain home in Big Sky, MT.

One of the questions that I receive from Realtors, Builders and other potential clients is do you ever work outside of Big Sky MT? Of course! If you want to know about out of state, I have done projects in Texas and South Carolina. Most are talking local and I have done multiple projects in Bozeman and West Yellowstone. I travel anywhere within Montana and have travelled elsewhere. Once a client has a certain comfort level it is easy to do another home for them or their primary residence. I adapt to any theme or design quickly. I attribute that, to doing jobs in Dallas where Mountain Home is not high on the list of decorating themes to consider and the extensive time I have spent in areas such as Seaside, Florida and other beach areas. Being an Interior Designer Big Sky MT the area I would travel would certainly include these areas: Bozeman(of course), Ennis, Livingston, Big Timber, Manhattan, Three Forks and then Island Park, Idaho. The developments I have worked with in Big Sky are Spanish Peaks, Moonlight Basin, Big Sky Resort and all over Big Sky proper. If you live and work as an Interior Designer in Big Sky Montana, you are going to travel.

I’m known for being able to pull off an Interior Design job quicker than most designers.  In fact, close to half my Interior Decorating business is quick turn projects. So, I can travel anywhere and between on site and Internet I can do a design job very quickly. It might include an onsite visit with measuring, getting a feel for the client and house and then shipping in items and time on site to bring it all together. In Montana, you need to be able to do things remotely and then pull it all together if needed in just a few trips to minimize cost while creating a home that pleases the client!

What is key is the organization of ordering and delivery in a more rural setting. It brings me back to my former career of having to pull a number of media and print projects together and making it all come together within a timeframe. I did this for Fortune 500 companies under very tight time and budget constraints while sourcing products both internationally and domestic. It is very similar to the organization of construction, painter, appliances, furniture, etc..takes a special talent to communicate, organize and have everyone get along, while keeping the end goal in mind! Especially, as it gets close to transition times from construction wrapping up, cleaning of the house and furnishings starting to be delivered, placed and the final touches. There are a lot of moving parts!

So, if you are looking for an Interior Designer Big Sky MT located in SW Montana we may very well be the designer you are looking for! Feel free to look at our Portfolio page to see some of our recent projects. We can adapt to most any style! You can also check us out on Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook. If you like what you see, feel free to Contact us.

What Styles of Interior Decorating do you do?

Big Sky MT Interior Decorator

This question is one that potential clients seem to be concerned about. They might have a certain style they like and are worried about that style differing from an Interior Decorators likes or personal tastes. Living in Big Sky, MT everyone thinks the traditional rustic mountain home is what everyone gets here from Interior Decorators. I can only speak for myself but I enjoy different styles and learning the tastes of clients and creating a home that fits their tastes within a timeframe and budget! I have done rustic, cabin, modern rustic, modern, lodges and chalet. I enjoy each style and it is more about creating something for a client that they love than what style might be my favorite.  I, also, have seen styles change over time. Styles that use to be popular and in have changed over the last few years. Big Sky MT was actually started in the 70‘s and over the years you see a number of styles being built so I have to be adaptable and be able to fit the style to the house and the client.

It starts with learning your tastes. We can do that with sharing pictures. I do this through personal pictures, magazines, Pinterest or Houzz pages. You also get to view our Portfolio page to give feedback on what you like and don’t like. Through this process we learn each other’s likes and personalities and start building a team to create the home you want and love. I then start sending you pictures and discussing budget and scope of project. We might tackle the whole project at once or choose to do it in stages. With it being Big Sky MT many times we have to work around rentals, holidays and special family time. This is something we do everyday and are accustomed to being flexible to your needs and uses of your Mountain Home! The pictures and feedback you give are very important in developing the plan for your home. Colors, textures, grains, finishes are all things that we are looking for feedback on. As a Big Sky MT Interior Decorator, you have to be adaptable to numerous styles and put the customers tastes first. It is something I enjoy doing everyday while living in the beautiful place that we call Big Sky!

If you have an Interior Design project you have coming up please feel free to give us a call or email to discuss no matter what stage you are at! Also, feel free to look at any of our pages above to help you see some of our recent projects!

Rustic Montana Home

Interior Decorator Big Sky MT-Furniture Discussion

Rustic Montana Home

Can I Use Furniture I Already Have? 

I have many questions that come up repeatedly when talking to prospective clients about doing the Interior decorating for their Big Sky, MT home. The question of whether I can use furniture or art in the house or brought from the client’s home. My job is not to spend your money to fulfill my dreams or to put the project into my portfolio. There are numerous projects where I have done the interior decorating here in Big Sky, MT and used pieces that are already in the home. As long as the piece looks good I love saving money for everyone involved. In fact, you will learn there is nothing that pleases me like a good deal!!! You might have a couch, dining room table or any of a number of pieces that might fit in the design. Maybe we stay with the dining room table and get new updated chairs or vice versa. Big Sky, MT can be an expensive place for a second home and sometimes budgets can get a little tight after paying for the home. So we look at the overall theme and if we can use present pieces or pieces from home and still have a professional looking interior decorated home, we do it! You don’t have to tell your friends that if you don’t want to. Mums the word from me and I feel like that is part of my talent! I think it is very important for me to note, I am interested in you being pleased both in the looks and what everything costs.

How we do this is after deciding the theme, we see what fits. Ideally, you don’t want the existing furniture to drive the decor. We have done it that way and it has worked for the most part but that is not the ideal situation. You don’t want to force the interior decorating in your mountain home in Big Sky. It should fit. If it doesn’t fit, I have connections where I can sell your furniture to offset budget costs if you would like. So you can send me photos of pieces and we make mutual decisions on whether something might work. What you will find is I like deals and spend your money like it is my own. Very carefully!

Should you have an Interior Design project coming up in Big Sky Montana please feel free to get in touch with us so we can discuss your Big Sky, MT dream home. You can also check us out on Houzz or Pinterest to see some of our collection of projects or ideas that we will use to help determine your tastes and likes. You can also find us on Facebook or check out our Portfolio page. I love Interior Decorating in Big Sky, MT! One of the most beautiful places in the world!

Big Sky Montana Ski Home

Big Sky Montana Ski Home

This is a recent job we did for a wonderful family that is now enjoying the beauties of Big Sky. Located close to the slopes, they wanted a warm, inviting place for family and friends to enjoy and relax after skiing. They are also very good fly fishermen and enjoy the wonderful rivers of Montana! This is a gorgeous Big Sky Montana Ski Home. Where else? Of course, Big Sky, Montana!

Feel free to check out some of our other recent projects at our Portfolio page. We can, also, be found on Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook. If you have or are looking at a Big Sky Montana ski home and need an Interior Designer that lives in Big Sky please feel free to call or email so we can discuss your project! Contact us!

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As a Big Sky Interior Designer, where do you purchase furniture, rugs and accessories?

I am a professional shopper. I have been all my professional career. From Word Records where I had to source creative and cutting edge marketing ideas and products to The Odee Company where I sourced products for customers from all over the world to Tatom Design, my reason for being put on this earth is to shop! To find the best product at the best price is one of my biggest thrills! It was easier when I decorated homes in Dallas, of course. I had thousands of options to shop. Becoming a Big Sky Interior Designer and has helped me continue to find unique sourcing avenues for what I need to furnish my clients homes. After a whole career of shopping for clients, developing skills in negotiations and having numerous sources for any one product I am able to give great value to my clients.

I use any avenue to source furnishings for clients. I use the internet, travel to Bozeman and Billings, attend auctions, go to Market in Dallas and Las Vegas take trips to Santa Fe and Denver and use my Dallas connections to make sure that clients have the best possible trends and fashions to furnish their mountain homes. I have contacts with reps all over the country from the East Coast to the West Coast to make sure I have numerous options to show clients. My contacts source rugs, furniture, lighting, accessories, fixtures, etc…It is a busy life but I enjoy it! My husband thinks I’m a little crazy but what does he know!

My shopping allows me to have numerous options and angles on how to furnish homes from high end luxury homes, to rustic ski homes, to quaint cabins. I can be hanging moose heads and old ship lap to overseeing installation of the finest marble or granite countertops in the same day.

I love being a Big Sky Interior Designer with all the varieties of Mountain Interior Design. Getting involved in different facets from construction to Interior Design to a Redesign or freshening up a Mountain Home keeps the creative juices flowing. Should you have a future or present project you would like to talk about, I would love a chance to discuss it with you and get the opportunity to get to know you. Please feel free to call or email!

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Being a Big Sky MT Interior Designer is no easy task when it just starts snowing!

So I thought I would give you my do good public service announcement for Big Sky. In my job as a Big Sky MT interior designer I get to drive a great many miles! Roads are very slick in the early season! I went to Bozeman and counted 6 cars off the road in the Canyon and many more in Bozeman! Not sure why it is so much slicker in the early part of the year until things get more solid. We have that thick, sticky snow that turns to an icy slippery mess. Even with snow tires and studs it seems to be difficult driving out there. If you are in a rental car go ahead and irritate some of us locals and drive way below the speed limit. Just use pullouts to let everyone pass! You can always view the scenery during the pullouts. Remember you came here to slow down and enjoy the scenery so just incorporate that in to your safe driving!

It gets this way the first 2 or 3 weeks of snow season and then returns in the late season. I look forward to roads getting packed and temperatures dropping to where the snow has more traction. This goes without saying but the downhills and the turns are what you should watch for at this time of the year. One of these pics is from our driveway which is an adventure this time of the year! Put in 4 wheel low, down shift to first gear and hold on for the ride!

If you are coming in December you should be fine and driving should be much improved for snow driving. If you can say that!

We are very busy at this time of the year with double digit projects going on most of which needs to be done by Christmas or before. Being a Big Sky MT Interior Designer revolves around these times of the year so we will be on the road with you so be careful and have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

Don’t forget to come visit our webpage often, we will have some updated portfolio pictures coming soon from some of our projects! Also, please drop by and visit our Facebook page and give us a like! You can also find us on Twitter and Pinterest! If you want to see some of our projects please check out our Portfolio!

If you have a project you would like to discuss, that is what we live for! Give us a call or email and we would love to chat!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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What does Interior Design in Big Sky Encompass?

Sometimes we get asked what Interior Design services we help clients with on their homes here in Big Sky. The answer is in some ways all of the above. For most clients, this is their 2nd home. That means they may not be on site at all times during a build or redesign project. This can mean that we may be involved in the construction phase. We have many Builders and Architects in Big Sky that are incredibly capable artisans, that have great tastes and do a fantastic job. Clients sometimes feel that if we are going to be furnishing it that we should be involved at an early phase in picking finishes or the look. The weather can also affect interior design in Big Sky on how you furnish a home, colors, etc…Sometimes the homeowner may want help in a certain area of the home or may want a female opinion on paint colors, carpet, tile, etc… It gives them another eye to help make sure that the home fits together and has the right look and feel for the client.

Some clients bring us in to furnish the home after it is built. This starts with us having conversations and showing pictures and previous projects to get a feel for their tastes and likes. We then start showing furniture, accessories while shopping with them or send them pictures for them to approve. Furniture, etc.. starts getting delivered and we are able to show a room in the finished stage. There are always a few items we change out at that time but you start getting close to knowing what a clients likes and dislikes are. As more rooms are furnished you can start seeing the house take shape and the overall thought process of the interior design. This is the majority of what we do.

Some clients bring us in to redo a home either as a renovation construction wise or interior design wise. This can involve adding square footage, redoing a kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Of course, this leads to picking tile, carpet, new paint, new finishes, appliances, moving or knocking out walls or any of a number of other things. It also usually involves new furniture and lighting, art and accessories. This can add substantial value to your home if done right. Some clients do this right before putting the house on the market with one of the great Realtors we have in Big Sky. Many times the Realtor gives solid ideas on what is the best way to increase the value of the home.

Since this is a big 2nd home rental market sometimes we are brought in by a Vacation Rental Management company or homeowner to help increase the amount of rental income a home can bring in. The Vacation Rental Management companies have great knowledge of how to increase rental income and what clients are looking for in a rental. For instance, if you can reconfigure a room to where the home can sleep more people that can open up more potential rental candidates. Couple that with the fact that if you have a very good Interior Design job and you have a real edge over other Big Sky properties. If your potential vacation renters are looking through the possibilities, sleeping more people in a good location in a well furnished house is a real advantage.

Finally, every once in a while we find a property that we will purchase ourselves and redo. Our factors we consider are location, undervalued home with great bones that just might need a little TLC. This involves a pretty intense 1-4 months for transforming a home into something that should sell for top dollar in the market. We have a surprise on one of our redos that we will be announcing in the upcoming months! So keep looking back for new and exciting news!

Please feel free to visit our Facebook page and if you want to follow some projects give us a Like! If you liked this article about interior design in Big Sky, you can also find us on Twitter or our Houzz page. Click on any of the Social Media icons to access them. In the mean time if you have a present or future project in Big Sky that needs Interior Design help please feel free to email us or give us a ring. We would love to help you and make a new friend!

 

This is Lone Peak which is our focal mountain for Big Sky, MT.

This is Lone Peak which is our focal mountain for Big Sky, MT.