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Interior Designer? You can afford it, really…

We hear it all the time, “I can’t afford a Designer” and it’s just not true.  It’s really not as elite as some think.  Don’t get me wrong, there are really high end Designers who specialize in specific styles and sizes of homes, but the majority of us just love what we do and want to help as many people as we can.  After all, we all deserve to have a beautiful, livable and comfortable home.  At Ellecor we work with people on all scales, budgets and styles.  We have simple meetings where we just choose some paint colors, some where we just rearrange everything you have to give it a facelift and some where we design, build and finish someone’s dream home.  The ticket there is that it is YOUR dream home, not ours.  Learning about our clients lifestyle, family life, likes and dislikes all plays into our plans and the eventual concept and feel of the finished space.  We live, work and play in our home and can understand the wildly different lifestyles we all live.  We are all busy, but we need a great space to finish the day in and start the next one feeling nice and refreshed.  Come see us about your next Design updates.

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Proud to be the St Jude Dream Home Designer

We are so excited to have spent the last several months working with Essick Builders, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and all the amazing donors to create a beautiful home for a great cause.  From exterior selections, flooring, paint cabinets and countertops and everything in between it has come together in short order and is stunning.  We finished up this week by furnishing the home with donations from FFO Home, Ellecor Design & Gifts and several local artists.  Stop in and check it out and purchase a ticket to win it!

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Interior Design Defined

There are a lot of people out there who aren’t really sure what all an Interior Designer can offer, and have the misconception that they can’t afford one anyway.  Please read this great post and find out the differences and the options available with an Interior Designer.  Note:  We offer Interior Design & Interior Decorating at Ellecor.

 

Interior Design VS Interior Decorating

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St Jude Dream Home

We are very excited to be the Designer of this years Springfield MO St Jude Dream Home Giveaway.  The home is being built by Essick Builders and a whole crew of donors and trade teams.  Thanks for all the donors who make this possible and help give back to the research and treatment they do at St Jude.  I am honored to be selecting all the finishes, fixtures, decor and furnishings for the house.

Tickets to win the home will be available in April and the drawing is this Summer.  Stay tuned!!

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Spring Fever

It’s that dull time of year between taking down the beautiful holiday decor and adding spring color.  Feeling underwhelmed by the feeling your home has?  Take the time to re organize and declutter.  Purge unwanted decor, old clothes and toys and be ready for Spring!!

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New Year Resolutions

We all make those silly New Years Resolutions but we want to help you keep yours this year.  Resolve to revamp and update your home with our help.  Instead of bringing in all that old decor after you take down the holiday decor, come in and start fresh with new home decor.  Resolve to love your home in 2017!!

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Remodeling Tips

Thinking about remodeling your home or just a room? Here are a few tips to follow when starting a remodel of any kind.

  1. Start with your budget.

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2. Next prioritize your want list.  A simple 1-100 will do.

3. Determine how your budget and priorities mesh.  You may be able to get everything, you may not.  But having these things in place will help you with the decision making process.

4. Hire an interior designer to help you ensure that everything you love harmonizes in your space.  They will simplify your options (wall color, trim profile, trim color, door hardware, cabinet hardware, electrical plan, and the list goes on).  The little things make all the difference in the finished product!!

Interior Design, Ellecor Design and Gifts

Design by Haden Long at Ellecor Design and Gifts

5. With big projects (more than a couple rooms) hire someone to manage the project for you.  Professionals have relationships with sub contractors which will save you time and money.  Choose wisely.  Make sure you trust them to accomplish your vision.
6. Focus on what’s important to you as the homeowner.  Things can get crazy during a remodel.  Opening a wall can turn into moving plumbing, electrical, or even restructuring/engineering time/costs.  You may find that the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.  So if you want to freshen up your 1st floor, focus on that.  Paint, trim, cabinetry, etc.  The icing on the cake, so to speak, may be opening the space.

7. When working on old homes with trim that you like and would like to keep;  be sure to save what you can.  Most manufacturers have changed profiles, even homes built in the 80’s, making matching your existing trim profile difficult/impossible or at there very least way more costly than you imagined/budgeted.

Interior Design, Ellecor Design and Gifts

Design by Haden Long at Ellecor Design and Gifts

8. Choose quality finishes.  Choose products that you like now (and hopefully in the near future).  And, always choose quality products!!!  You don’t have to buy the most expensive materials, but the cheapest is usually cheap for a reason.

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Don’t forget to enjoy the process.  Let’s be honest, living in a construction zone, may not be ideal.  It will be messy.  It will be loud.  It will be stinky.  But all your hard work is paying off in the space you’ve always dreamed of.  Take a deep breath.  It will get done.  It will be beautiful.

Brady Long
Owner/Project Manager
Ellecor Design and Gifts

 

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Spring is almost here!

Now is the time of year when we get the itch, the itch to get out and enjoy the nice weather.  However the warm days are few and far between.  Bring a little pop of spring inside your home to cheer yourself up and get through the last weeks of winter.  Here are some tips on freshening up for spring.

  1.  Bring in the FLORALS.  Try adding some foliage to your decor.  A vase with great stems on a coffee table or dining table can really cheer it up.
  2. Rearrange your furniture, it’s an inexpensive way to change up a room.
  3. Add some fun, light weight pillows with fresh color.
  4. Add a coat of paint or wallpaper to an accent wall or powder bath.
  5. Have fun!!

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To Market, to Market….

We are excited to head to market this month, during dull January, to get things brightened up for Spring and Summer.  Come see what we find that is new and exciting when we get back!.

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Restore it with Billy Goat Paint

Little Billy Goat Paint

DIY’ers rejoice! A 417-land shop is selling an easy-to-use paint that won’t get your goat.

Little Billy Goat Paint is the perfect tool to add to your remodeling and DIY projects arsenal.

Put down that sandpaper and step away from the primer. You don’t need them! What you do need is to head to Ellecor Design & Gifts (2144 E. Republic Rd., A100, Springfield, 417-720-2602, ellecordesign.com). While most of your shopping trips at this home decor store might have you dreaming about a new living room set or fantasizing about redoing that guest bedroom, this latest home remodel project is all DIY, and it starts with a can of Little Billy Goat Paint.

Finally released to the public in June, this paint/primer made its way to Ellecor in August, and owner Haden Long has already been busy painting chairs, tables, tin ceiling tiles, clocks and picture frames.

“We’ve had some of our clients redo furniture, and we have helped with those projects,” Long says. “Often, we would just use Sherwin Williams paint or whatever was available at home improvement stores. But this line looked so easy to use, and I thought it would be perfect to have in store for our DIY crowd.”

Priced at $32 a jar and with 16 colors to choose from, the Little Billy Goat Paints have become an instant hit. 

To show off the product, Long and her team set up painting demos at Farmers Park and are always ready to help answer questions at the store. With a matte finish that veers toward antique in style, these paints are easy to use. There is no sanding or priming needed. Just grab a paintbrush and get to work. 

“These are really a one-step restoration paint,” Long says. “We’ve even used it on highly varnished furniture, and you can’t even scratch it off with your fingernail.”

Don’t see the color you like? Mix in one of the glazes—black, brown or white—to deepen, whitewash or alter any of the colors. And for those who have sworn off painting after several failed attempts, there are even six colorful paint sticks you can play with. Long used the sticks to bedazzle a clock and a few picture frames. “These are basically crayons for adults,” she says. Coloring time has never been so much fun!

Five Fun Ways to Use Little Billy Goat Paint

1.    Repaint an old wooden dresser to match your new bedding.

2.    Don’t throw away that boring clock. Use the paint sticks to give it a new look and plenty of style.

3.    Instead of spending tons of money on a new dining room set, just paint the two end chairs to create a new focal point.

4.    Use the paint sticks to jazz up inexpensive picture frames for the winter season. While updating your decor, this can double as craft time with the kids.

5.    This paint can be used on almost any material, even that outdated bathroom tile. Now your Pinteresting has a purpose!

– See more at: http://www.417mag.com/417-Magazine/December-2015/Little-Billy-Goat-Paint/#sthash.yTBkdYam.dpuf

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