Winter Project Planning & Ideas

We've got a month and a half left of Winter and it is currently snowing in Spokane! I was beginning to think that Spring was coming VERY early! Many of you may be itching to start your long-awaited home improvement and remodeling projects and wondering how the sporadic weather might affect it all. I got you! Here are my winter project suggestions. . .

My #1 that I cannot stress enough:

Start planning for the bigger projects. Designers take time to curate a design and contractors are often booked out months in advance. Start coordinating with professionals now for your larger projects so that everyone is ready when the time comes! This can be a fun process! Start researching designers in your area, finding those who specialize in the type of project you are looking to accomplish. Call around, browse their websites, and get in their queue for a consultation on your space.

In the Meantime, #2:

Use this time to catch up on the maintenance of your home. Consider this your early Spring cleaning.

a. Organizing and Decluttering - As tedious as it may sound, decluttering is a great way to reduce stress and make your home feel like new. And, just about everyone has decluttering they can do. So, binge watch some Marie Kondo and get to work! It will be totally worth it!

b. Replacing light bulbs with full-spectrum LED bulbs - In Spokane, Winter is dark. It gets dark (and I mean dark) around 4:30 pm and by the time 6:00 rolls around, it feels like midnight. For many of us, this can lower our energy levels. Replacing the bulbs in your home to full-spectrum LED lights not only saves on energy costs but mimics the sun, giving us more energy to have better days! I've done this in my own home and it makes all the difference! Note: I found some Daylight White Edison bulbs on Amazon for real cheap! I'm going to be using them in a fixture just like the one below in a current project!

c. Seal any openings and air leaks - Take this time to seal up your home, keeping the cold out as well as the bugs in months to come!

d. Add insulation to your home - In older homes especially, insulation may need to be replaced or added to. As rudimentary as it may sound, it will certainly help keep your home warm and energy bills down!

And what may be the most fun of all, #3:

Take on small aesthetic projects. This may be all you need!

a. Paint - a fresh coat of paint makes a world of difference and sometimes its exactly what your home needs! You can even have some fun with color, keeping in mind Pantone's Color of the Year!

b. Refurbish doors - I think doors are often forgotten about, but giving them a fresh new coat of paint or stain may help them to look brand new! Adding new hardware can make them look even better!

c. Add crown molding or wainscoting to walls - I'm a details person and I love moldings. They can take a home from standard to luxury. Find out what style your home is and gather inspiration pictures, then choose baseboards, crown, and wainscoting accordingly. Trust me, this is one of the best things you can do. I found this great guide to adding moldings to your home:

What are the next month and a half of Winter going to look like for me? Well, wedding planning for sure (my fiance and I just got engaged last week!), but I'm also going to try to squeeze in some DIY projects! This may or may not include building and installing a custom desk, hanging wallpaper, and if I'm feeling really ambitious, starting to reupholster a sofa. Stay tuned for videos and tutorials! And, remember, I am always a consultation away from helping you plan your last-minute winter projects! For some of you, all you need is a push in the right direction and a consultation with Jamie Nell Design gets you there. Happy planning!

With love always,

Jamie Nell