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.

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Video Ideas for Interior Decorating Big Sky MT

I feel the best way to keep up with new and exciting Interior Decorating ideas is watching shows, talking to people, reading and going to shows. Here are a few videos with my thoughts after each one. The beauty about an Interior Designer is that none of us are going to agree with each other 100% of the time! I know Big Sky MT Interior Decorating styles and others outside the area don’t know what the trends are in our Montana mountain town. What styles are bringing top dollar and what skilled labor and the harsh weather can do to some of these trends! Here is our first video: Top 10 Design Trends Of 2016

My thoughts are:

#10-I love the hard lines for the right place and design. I would limit it to some of the statement pieces. You just need to be careful and not overdue. New concepts can be fun and exciting. They just need to fit!

#9-Retro is in and we have used it on several Interior Decorating Big Sky MT projects. We are using it a lot between art and furnishings! We love games such as Foosball or Old Pinball Machines and we mixing in Big Sectional Sofas.

#8-Natural Fibers are a big part of what we do here in Big Sky. Seagrass or Jute rugs. Artwork or furniture using reclaimed wood. Exteriors and finishes using stone and wood finishes. The new and exciting things for 2016 are mixing in color on there natural fiber pieces. I am very excited about doing this in 2016!

#6-Love space savers and things that help in organization!

#5-Simple is in! It is me with accents! You come to Big Sky to get away from your busy life and you need a Big Sky Interior Decorator that understands that and gives you a soothing home!

#4-Love glass in the kitchen! Let your dishes be art!

#3-Again you come to Big Sky MT to relax. Pretty and practical helps soothe you!

#1-Maybe. This would work in some of our Interior Decorating Big Sky MT styles but not all! Love the design just would depend on the project. With a number of Modern Interior Decorating projects coming up for us in 2016 you will definitely see us use this design idea!

Next on the video is: Tiny Cabins in the Woods by Grig Stamate. I think this is very appropriate for Interior Decorating Big Sky MT ideas because a number of homes have or are considering guest cabins or cottages.

Home sizes are trending smaller and this gives you some good ideas on weekend cabins in the woods. These, of course, are perfect guest cabins for larger homes. My thoughts on making these small cabins bigger or living bigger are having lofts, bunk beds, porches, natural wood burning stoves, and I love the flower boxes! I would try and always use as much reclaimed materials in the project and I love how some of these small cabins are using bright colors for trim! I want to give full credit to Grig’s blog: howtobuildahouseblog.com

So those are 2 videos I thought you might find interesting and hopefully entertaining! If you want to see some Big Sky MT Interior Decorating of small cabins try here or you can view some of our recent projects here! You can also visit our Pinterest page, Houzz page or Facebook page to get some other ideas from us here at Tatom Design!

If you have an upcoming Interior Design project or are building a home and need help in creating a family vacation home you can’t wait to get to, please Contact us!

 

 

 

What Styles of Interior Decorating do you do?

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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!

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Big Sky MT Interior Designer – My Tastes vs Your Tastes – You Win!

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My Interior Design Tastes vs Your Interior Design Tastes-You Win! – Big Sky MT Interior Designer

I’m going to start writing blog posts on some of the most common questions clients ask before hiring an Interior Designer. These are questions that come up across the board no matter the size of house, budget, style, location, etc…Let’s take Big Sky, MT where I live and do Interior Design, as an example. Big Sky is a ski resort with a wide variance of developments. You can have very large homes in super high end developments such as: Spanish Peaks, Yellowstone Club and Moonlight Basin. Then, on the other end, we have more modest homes in the meadow and mountains surrounding Big Sky. Big Sky Resort was started in the early 70’s, so you are looking at many homes and developments that are 30+ years old. So, you have many homes that need updating to maximize their Big Sky, MT Real Estate values. If you are going to be successful as a Big Sky MT Interior Designer, you have to be adaptable. You better be able to do Rustic, Rustic Modern, Ski Chalet, Cabin look, Modern, European, Lodge and whatever else clients want. It is enjoyable to decorate in different styles and keeps me excited and energized!

Which gets me to the title of this post. When I decorate am I decorating for my tastes or yours? First of all, I am not decorating for my portfolio or to please myself. I please the client first and get my satisfaction out of bringing their tastes together to make a home they can love and enjoy. So how do I learn your tastes? There are a number of ways! We do a lot of talking! The more, the better! This is easy for me because I love to talk and make new friends! We use to show pictures out of magazines to find someone’s Interior Decorating likes and styles. I still have piles of them! Now, I can send you to my Pinterest, Houzz, or Webpage. You pin or like my ideas or share your ideas. We can even have a private page that just you and me and maybe a friend that knows your tastes can visit and make notes and comments. This leads to a discussion where we start to get to know each other(remember friends). If you are in Big Sky, we go see houses I have decorated and go shopping together for an afternoon. When the buying starts I send pictures at first asking for feedback. Do you like this? What do you think of this? I have done over 100 projects between Montana and Texas so the system works. Most, all the items I purchase are returnable and we usually will return a couple of things that don’t fit your idea of the house.

This whole process is to try and get inside your head a bit from a Big Sky MT Interior Designer standpoint. A good Interior Designer picks up on the little things and comments you make such as: Love this, To die For, I’d Marry That, Gotta have that, Yes, and all the other funny things I’ve heard through the years. This process is all about us having fun while turning your Big Sky, MT home into something you love!

Feel free to visit my Houzz, Pinterest or Facebook page or look at our Portfolio section to see some of the recent projects we have had the honor of doing! If you have a need for a Big Sky MT Interior Designer and have a project please feel free to call or email me. It’s easy, I live in this beautiful place! Contact me.

If you liked this article, you might find this one on What size Interior Design budgets we deal with here.

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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.

 

 

 

Can your Interior Designer help you make Money on Redoing a House?

Can you increase the value of a home by freshening, redesigning or changing the Interior Design before putting it on the market? As an Interior Designer in Big Sky we can only speak about SW Montana and from previous experience in Dallas, Tx but we definitely have seen it pay off time and again.

Let me ask you this. If you go into a home that has tastes that are several decades old versus a home that is up to date and furnished well, which are you going to drive a harder bargain for. One appeals to you and the other you know you will need to spend money to get it to the level you want. I know there are many factors that affect this decision such as location, needs, etc…but all things being equal putting a house on the market that is updated and shows well brings more money and sells it sooner than the other end of the spectrum. Over the last 18 months we have been asked by several realtors in Big Sky to freshen up a house that has been on the market for a while. Every time the Big Sky house sold quickly after putting it back on the market with the sell price being fairly close to the listing price. Coincidence? We don’t believe so! A redesign of at least part of the house gives buyers a vision and reduces some unknowns that affect home value. You certainly have to spend your money wisely but doing one or two rooms can change how buyers view the home.

The biggest rooms to consider are kitchen, den, master and master bathroom. Is it foolproof? No, but our experience is if you have two homes of comparable size and locale and one shows good taste in design and one does not it becomes easier for most buyers to trust what they see versus what they may not be able to picture.

Many times adding one accent or changing a few things that are out of date gives you an advantage over the rest of the competition in the market. At Tatom Design, we aren’t Realtors. They are the experts. We can only go by what we are being asked to do and what we have seen happen after helping a home become more desirable.

If you have a home in Big Sky or are looking at purchasing one and looking for Interior Design help, please feel free to email or call us to discuss your project! We would love to help! Also, please visit our Facebook page and give us a Like if you like what you see. You can also follow us on Twitter under @TatomDesign!

Big Sky MT Redo

So like last year we chose to purchase a foreclosure on a home in Big Sky, MT. This was another solid boned house that needed some tender loving care. We didn’t gut it like the last home but we did just about everything else we could do! Hardwoods, tile throughout, new fireplace, new front deck, new porch, a window seat in the master, etc…I think you get the picture! It is just freshly on the market with professional photos. Big Sky MT Redo(s) are about updating the home, and getting it on the market for the summer sale season. You can look at our Portfolio page here for the writeup on the Big Sky MT Redo.

You can see it on our Facebook page here: Tatom Design Big Sky Redo or you can go see the listing and the professional photos

here:

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I am going to try and put up some before and after photos in the next few days. It has been a real challenge doing the redo while still having a full load of clients projects! I wouldn’t have it any other way! We very much like the different projects we do. From new construction, to freshening a house either for the client’s own use or to help maximize sale price. Helping developers plan their look or staging houses for builders for quick sale! Decorating Christmas trees for Celebrities or large developments we enjoy the different projects that we get involved in. They keep each day new and fresh! Things never get boring here at Tatom Design and Big Sky is growing fast but is still a diamond in the rough!