Are you looking to upgrade the look of your home before the holidays, but aren’t sure where you should save money, and where you should spend this fall? TV host and design expert, Jennifer Farrell of Own’s Home Made Simple and Jennifer Farrell Designs joined me for an interview recently to discuss the best place to start when tackling upgrades and renovations in the home, and how to save money when doing so!
Candace Rose: Where is the best place to start when tackling upgrades and renovations in your home?
Jennifer Farrell: “Well, start by making a priority list, so you can really decide where you want to go with your home improvement. A list can help you get organized in a way that you can say here’s where I want to spend versus here’s where I want to save. Home improvement and redecorating can get expensive, so you want to make sure your dollars are going to last. My suggestion is save money on the smaller items that you may want to change more often – things like pillows and throws, curtains, lamps and other accessories.
But spend your money on items that need to last – appliances, flooring, countertops and especially faucets and plumbing fixtures. The National Kitchen and Bath Association did a survey that says right now for the first time, transitional style is the most popular design for kitchens and baths. It’s the Etch kitchen faucet from Moen which features a unique transitional style. The handle base and spout are adorned with these facets that give it a very high end look, plus Moen’s reflex technology allows the pulldown wand to self retract, which means using and storing the hose is effortless. The spot resist stainless finish means no fingerprints.”
Candace Rose: Are there any other places that we can save in the home?
Jennifer Farrell: “Well, lighting is a key element of home design, but it’s also a great place to save money. Our old bulbs (the incandescent ones) use so much energy, so replace them with low energy LED light bulbs, particularly as these winter months are approaching, and our bills always end up rising. The Philips slim style BR30 LED light bulb – I love this because not only can it save you money, but it has this beautiful interesting shape and style and offers the same high quality light as an incandescent, but at a fraction of the energy usage. Plus, the bulbs can last over 20 years which means you can leave the ladder in the closet because you won’t be changing your bulbs very often. They’re about $13 to $15, which is a great price to save so much money on energy.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Jennifer Farrell: “Well, here’s one that doesn’t cost a dime – take a look at your room from the doorway and see how furniture greets you as you walk in the space. I like to rearrange furniture sometimes in a way that’s more welcoming so that it greets your guests that come into the room. And of course great lighting can highlight your beautiful new floor plan.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Jennifer Farrell: “Well, be sure to follow me on Facebook at Jennifer Farrell Designs, and on Twitter @JFarrellDesigns. Plus, you can go online to check out more great ideas for design and innovation from Moen and Philips.”