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6 Truths about Online Interior Design

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6 Truths about Online Interior Design

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Have you looked at your home lately and wanted to change the way it looks, or even how it makes you feel? Do you feel overwhelmed with how to start? Then online interior design (also known as e-design) may be the next step for you. 

Through virtual connection, interior designers can help you create a beautiful space that connects your personal style with your lifestyle…and all without stepping a foot into your home. Wonder how that’s even possible? Then here are 6 truths about online interior design you may not have known:

1. An e-designer doesn’t have to be in your home to design 

How online interior design works

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With online interior design, we never step a foot into your home. Instead, we set up virtual meetings to review the details of your home and discuss the goals and aspirations of your place. 

Photographs, accurate measurements & good conversation is what support us in creating your space without physically being in it. With this information, e-designers can think spatially and help you envision what your new space will look like through diagrams, images, mood boards and floor plans. 

2. Online interior design is more accessible 

Unlike those interior design shows on TV, e-design is accessible to everyone, and where you live won’t affect your access to professional support and guidance. This works great for those living in remote communities, or are unable to be home for in-person meetings. 

E-designers can also work around your busy schedule by having our design consultations over the phone or video chat conferencing while you’re at home or work. As a result, the meetings move quickly and commuting time is cut out of the equation. You could even have the meeting in your pyjamas and no one would be the wiser!

3. E-design is more affordable

We believe everyone should have a home they love living in, and e-design can help make that happen at a fraction of the cost of full-service interior design.  Through online systems, virtual meetings and collaboration between the interior designer and client, a great design is within reach for more people than ever before.

Our e-design service package is a set-price, with no hidden fees. We have a payment schedule after your initial deposit, to equalize the payments over the design process. Additionally, Good Space Plans offers a money-back guarantee if you choose to cancel your Good Space Plan before our first designer meeting.

4. E-design removes any risk you make on DIY renovation

Have you ever bought a new piece of furniture, then discovered it didn’t fit in your building elevator? Or, have you ever brought home a new decor item, then realized it didn’t work in your room at all? Have you ever spent thousands of dollars on new flooring or countertops that didn’t actually serve your needs?

The truth is, planning is the biggest, most important part of renovating a home. It minimizes risk and better manages your budget. 

With online interior design, planning and risk management is done early on in the project. We provide accurate dimensions of your space and the furniture we select so everything fits to how you envision it. We also plan around your budget and share links to every item we recommend to meet your style preference.

And with our expert eye, we can help save you from making the wrong choice when purchasing items for your home (like purchasing furniture that won’t fit into your home). 

5. Online interior design can help change the way you feel about your space

Often homeowners will engage an online interior designer when they fall out of love with their space or if it no longer serves their functional needs. A successful design project is marked by falling in love with space again. It’s about changing the way you feel when you’re in your own home or office. 

To reach that goal, we create a collaborative e-design process where YOU become the centre of it all. Through our design process, we get to know your personal style and lifestyle to make your home or office reflect your own needs. The end result is a plan that’s perfectly suited to who you are and help you fall in love with your space again. 

6. E-Design gives you control of your project 

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Source: Coal Harbour, A Cozy Home.

We often cringe at those home shows on TV where the designer does one consultation and sends the homeowners away until the big reveal. The homeowners lose the benefits of collaboration and lose control of the project. 

However, with online interior design, YOU are the driver. We provide our expert consultation and explain the “why” behind every choice we recommend. You are engaged in every decision and ultimately decide on how much you spend and how you want the designs implemented. 

Through this type of collaboration, we get to see the sense of pride every homeowner experiences at the end of their project because they were part of the process from beginning to end. 

Getting started with Online Interior Design

We can simplify the online interior design process into 3 steps: 

  1. Together, we collaborate
  2. Then, our design team creates
  3. And, you make it come to life

At Good Space Plans Online, we address 5 key elements into every design: Function, Surfaces, Light, Goods, and You! “You” is at the centre of everything we do because your style and needs will be reflected in the items we recommend and the space around you. 

When you’re ready for us to get to know YOU, check out our custom Good Space Plans and choose the plan that meets your needs or contact us if you’d like to chat with one of our team members today. 

Spring cleaning Tips from the Home Experts

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Spring cleaning tips from the home experts

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Longer daylight hours are finally upon us and the sunshine is (hopefully) here to stay. But, those gorgeous warm rays are going to highlight all the dust and dirt in our homes! Time for some spring cleaning tips from the home expert team at Good Space Plans Online!

We’re going to share some of our favourite decluttering and spring cleaning tips, and how you can incorporate Spring 2020 home decor trends into your home. 

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Cleaning tips for Spring

Spring cleaning can seem like a gargantuan task so many of us avoid it! Like any big task, breaking it down into manageable chunks can make a huge difference and helps increase the likelihood that we’ll actually do it. 

Here are some of our favourite tips to make spring cleaning easier this year:

  • Declutter first: Decluttering your spaces can make a quick, noticeable difference. Seeing how much cleaner your home can be when you get rid of things you don’t need, can be a great motivator to keep tidying and cleaning! That’s why we always suggest decluttering as our first spring cleaning tip. 
  • Use a checklist: Do you love the satisfaction of crossing stuff off your to-do list? Then make a list of everything you want to clean and check it off as you go along. Here is a handy spring cleaning checklist you can start with. 
  • Break it up: If your list looks too daunting, break it into chunks. You could do a few tasks every day, do it one room at a time, or group similar cleaning tasks together. 
  • Work top to bottom: Try to clean higher areas first. This way if dust and debris fall down, you won’t have to re-clean areas you’ve already done!
  • Consider green: When possible, consider eco-friendly cleaners for your home. A steam cleaner is a great, chemical-free way to clean sofas and floors. 
  • Hire help: Who says you have to clean your own house! Hire a reputable cleaning company to clean the things you don’t want to!

When you finish any big cleaning job, reward yourself! Maybe you can go out for dinner (as a bonus this means no dirty dishes tonight). Break open a bottle of special wine. Book yourself in for a special spa treatment. But of course, the BEST reward is just walking around in a clean, clutter-free home!

And, now that your home has been tidied and cleaned, it’s time to bring the Spring inside your home. Next, we’ll look at what spring 2020 design trends we’re expecting.

Spring home decor trends for 2020

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Spring signifies rebirth and fresh starts and this year’s home decor trends are no exception. This session we’re expecting design trends that create new space for new energy and rebirth.

Here are some spring home decor trends from House Beautiful:

  • Pops of pink: Picking a bright accent colour is a great way to easily celebrate the season. This spring, we’re expecting pink to be a popular colour. It’s fresh, bright, and can be easily worked into your room as an accent pillow, throw, rug, or fun decor item. 
  • Pendant lights: Pendant lights have long been a popular home decor trend, but this season we’re going to see them in larger clusters. Perhaps you could add them around a traditional chandelier over your dining table. We’re also going to see more pendant lighting made from natural materials. 
  • Floral wallpaper and wall decals: We’re not talking tacky turn-of-the-century floral wallpaper, instead, look forward to larger floral patterns and designs. They are sure to become a great conversation piece at your next housewarming or party.
  • Neutral walls: If floral wallpaper is too loud for your style, then choose a neutral wall colour. It will stand the test of time and work with virtually any furniture and seasonal decor you bring into the room. 
  • Bird decor: Following in the natural and floral themes of Spring 2020, we’re expecting to see whimsical touches of bird-themed decor around the home. 
  • Rattan pieces: Furniture made from rattan palms add great natural-looking textures to your space. Look for Rattan furniture in either vintage or modern-looking designs based on your design style. 
  • Mixed metals: Don’t be afraid to mix different metal fixtures and hardware in your home. We’ve seen some great kitchens with miss-matched knobs and handles. To avoid too much chaos, pick either a finish, colour, or shape to be consistent, and then mix and match other qualities.

Sometimes after doing your spring cleaning, you may notice that it’s also time to buy new furniture for your home! 

We always love to support local and Canadian designers and manufacturers, so we recommend:

When you do choose to buy new furniture, be sure it can actually fit in your space. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had people come to us saying they bought a new sofa or dresser and couldn’t get it inside their home!

To avoid this, download our free guide to ensuring a smooth furniture delivery this spring. 

And if you need help to redesign and reimagine your new home spaces, contact us to book a Good Space Plan.

Essential spring moving tips for 2020

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Essential Spring Moving Tips for 2020

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If you are planning to move into a new home this spring or summer, now is the time to start preparing. Moving can be a challenging time with so much to do, so many vendors to coordinate, and so much cleaning and packing involved. 

Which is why we are going to share a few tips to make your spring move easier and avoid any costly moving mistakes:

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Tip #1: Start decluttering now

Even if you move later in the Spring or Summer, a good tip is to start decluttering and tidying right now as to not overwhelm yourself later. If you’re also selling your current home, your realtor is going to ask you to do this too – less stuff in the space shows off the great things about your home! 

Start decluttering and packing away items you don’t need now, so you can do it without the pressure of time leaning on you. 

Once you’ve cleaned, what do you do with everything you no longer need or want?

  • Recycle it: Take it to a recycling center to be safely recycled.
  • Upcycle it: Can you give that dresser a new coat of paint, or turn those old tires into garden planters instead of throwing them away? (hint: Pinterest is a great place to get upcycling inspiration).
  • Give it away: If your niece has been eyeing up that family heirloom and if you no longer have room for it consider giving it to her
  • Donate it: There are many organizations that will gladly accept donations of used clothing, furniture, and household items.
  • Have a garage sale: Host a garage sale to get rid of unwanted stuff, make a little extra cash, and not have to worry about transporting it.
  • Call a junk removal company: If you have lots of stuff that really can’t be given a new home, put it all together and call a junk removal company who can safely get rid of your unwanted item. 

Once you’ve decluttered, start deep cleaning your home. You can do it yourself, or hire a cleaning company that specializes in full-house cleans for moves. 

For more tips on decluttering and tidying of your home, check out this post full of spring cleaning and decluttering tips

Tip #2: Hire a moving company early

Unless you’ve got lots of kind friends with big trucks, we suggest always hiring a moving company! They can transport all your stuff much more efficiently and safely than your buddies…and in less time!

Hiring a moving company has great value and here are some ways to manage your costs:

  • Book a weekday move: weekends are the busiest for moving companies so if you can take a day or two off work mid-week your cheque book will thank you. 
  • Book mid-month: Most people take possession of their homes at the beginning/end of the month, so that’s when moving companies are in high demand and often raise their prices. Move mid-month to save money. 
  • Move in Spring: Spring is considered the off-season – this may work to your advantage.  so there are more deals to be had than summertime moves. 

Tip #3: Be cautious of spring weather

Spring on the west coast of Canada is so beautiful, but it can also be unpredictable. It’s entirely possible for it to rain on your moving day! Be prepared with covers and wraps for any furniture or household items that you don’t want wet. 

Tip #4: Plan your Interior Design and Decor themes before your spring move

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Moving into a new home is a great time to elevate your new decor. Consider the style of your new home, the neighbourhood, and your personal style preferences. 

How do you elevate your decor for your home? First pick your general style (casual, formal, traditional, contemporary, minimalist…etc). Then build a Pinterest board that really inspires you. An example would be from one of our clients, Elaine Fairey, who planned her own dream living room from Pinterest. If you have a particular love for a specific geographical region or culture, then you can use it as inspiration too.

If part of your decor plan includes painting, do it before you move all your belongings and furniture in the house. Why? Because 1) it’s much easier to do it when your house isn’t full of stuff that you need to work around and cover with drop sheets, and 2) because if you don’t do it now, you’re less likely to do it later. 

Above all, remember to consider your lifestyle and how you live – pets your schedules – in your home decor plan. For example, if you choose a white, clean, and minimalistic design, will you be able to maintain it? 

Tip #5 Plan your spaces before you move 

What home decor theme(s) have you picked for your new home? We recommend creating a furniture space plan ahead of time to plan where your furniture will be best placed. It’s possible that your current furniture won’t fit the space or the vision you have for your new home. 

To help you decide whether or not to keep your existing furniture, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Do you still like it? If it’s a piece of furniture you’ve fallen out of love with, now is the best time to find it a new home (aka donate, recycle, or toss). If you still like it, can you make it work as-is or through upcycling?
  2. Does the style work with your new decor and design vision? Often the style of your current furniture doesn’t really work with your vision for your new home. For example, you may be moving into a heritage home, and have modern pieces that would look odd in your new home. If it doesn’t fit with your new vision, consider not bringing them to your new house.
  3. Does the item actually fit in your home? Consider not just the space it will take in your house, but whether it will even fit through the door! Thankfully we’ve got a free furniture moving guide that can help you figure that out. 

Have Fun!

Moving into a new home in Spring is such an amazing time! If you’re planning a spring or summer move, there are many things you can start prepping now so it’s not all left to the last minute. Start by decluttering your home, preparing and packing what you don’t need now, and starting to plan your new home decor.

If you need help to redesign and reimagine your new home spaces, contact us to book a Good Space Plan Online.

How E-Design Can Save You Money and Time

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Yes, E-design CAN save you money and time.

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A common question we get asked is “Why should I choose e-design?”

Well, have you ever bought a new piece of furniture, then discovered it didn’t fit in your building elevator? Have you ever brought home a new decor item, then realized it didn’t match your room at all? Have you ever spent thousands of dollars on new flooring or countertops that didn’t actually serve your needs?

The truth is, online interior design can save you a lot of time by sourcing the material for your space. It can especially also save you money by providing you with the best design options for your home AND your wallet. This is all at a fraction of the cost of full-service interior design. It’s why more and more people are choosing e-design to help make their dream home become a reality. 

But isn’t it less costly to just DIY?

You can definitely do-it-yourself if you have an eye for detail or you’re planning to add one or two new pieces to your home. For many though, choosing the right furniture, paint, carpet, etc. can be overwhelming, and without the proper guidance, a DIY approach becomes very expensive as was found by this Globe and Mail reader here

For those who are transitioning into a larger home or smaller home, having a new space means an opportunity to create the home YOU imagined when first buying your house or condominium. 

Interior Designers come with the skill and experience to make sure that your vision lines up with your budget. Good Space Plans packages come with a set price, meaning there won’t be any additional fees crept in. Additionally, Good Space Plans offers a money back guarantee if you choose to cancel your Good Space Plan before our first designer meeting.

The concern over cost was definitely something our clients Brian and Greg worried about when they wanted to update their cozy condo. 

“One thing that surprised us is I think we had a misconception that interior design was for the super-rich. Turns out, it was an affordable interior design option, we could fit it into our budget, and they were willing to take on a small job.” – Brian and Greg

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They are correct!

Too many projects can linger and go unfinished without an expert hand to guide you. Above all, this guiding hand does not have a choke-hold on your creativity. Together, we collaborate on the space and you see your vision come to life.

No time to dilly-dally.

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Online interior designers know how to make a plan as efficient and time effective as possible. You will save not only money with e-design but also time. 

E-design allows you to save time because you’re not worrying about the little things like what supplier will provide the best value for your buck. After getting on boarded into the Good Space Plans Online proprietary system, learning more about you and understanding the dimensions of your space, the Good Space team will address the function, surfaces, light & goods and provide you with a comprehensive Interior Design plan. 

Depending on the scope of the work, from the time you begin your first creative session with our Good Space Designers, to the final delivered design plan, our process can be as quick as 30 days. 

We Collaborate with You in the Design Process.

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Our clients are creative and inspired people who put their hearts and souls into their projects. If you’re a creative type who wants to add your own flair to your space, then e-design is the perfect way to help your vision blossom. 

Our past clients Kar-Lai and Terry wanted a home that spoke to their personality and interests. Good Space Plans provided them with a questionnaire to learn more about them. 

“The only thing that we asked them to design around was my grand piano. It’s a nice brown colour, it’s a bit of an older look and my parents bought it for me when I was five. When we first saw the Good Space Plan we were blown away. We were impressed by the amount of work and effort it took to put it together” – Kar-Lai 

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Source: Kar-Lai and Terry

With the help of e-design now Kar-Lai and Terry have a space that complements and features their most prized possession. 

A picture perfect home cannot compare to a home you can truly call your own. By using our e-design services you can be proud knowing you had a big part to play in designing your dream space. This is because e-design puts YOU as the focus of attention. Everything works around you first.

What makes Good Space Different from other E-Design companies?

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Good Space Plan’s founders Dwaina and Molly Sprague

So you may be asking what about other e-design companies? Natt Garun of The Verge created a detailed review of some popular e-design services around the web. He explains the problem most of these companies run into is that they use trial and error to find what works in a space, which can be costly and time-consuming. Good Space Plans is not like that. 

Our designers along with the support of Dwaina and Molly created Good Space Plans knowing that technology cannot replace human touch. With Good Space Plans Online you are talking to people directly and have one-to-one meetings with your designer. They can customize the design to your space’s specifications. We are so confident in the Good Space e-design process, there is a money back guarantee for your initial deposit in the beginning Inform phase of the process. There will be no shots taken in the dark with Good Space Plans.

So now are you ready to save your money and time with E-design?

At a fraction of the price of regular interior design, Good Space Plan’s e-design saves you money. With e-design you get more say in your budget and how fast or slow you want to implement the design. This means you can pace yourself and your wallet when life tends to pop up and shift all the time.

Founder and principal designer Dwaina Sprague created Good Space in 2007 with the intention to make interior design less of a luxury service and more accessible. Since then Good Space Plans has been credited as one of North America’s leading e-design services. With e-design we provide the best value, save time, and help ideas come to life with our clients.

Have more questions?

If you have more questions about e-design then check our FAQs page where we answer questions like what a Good Space Plan includes and does not include, payment processes, and many others you may have. 

Good Space Interior Design Travels the Sunshine Coast

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picture by vancouver online interior designer of sunset on sunshine coastI love spending time on the Sunshine Coast. We’re lucky to live in a province with so much natural beauty and space. I’m in constant awe and inspiration when I’m there. The freshness in the air, the endless expanse of the coast, the silence. All these things help inspire my interior design firm when I come back to the bustling city. 

My partner’s family has a cabin there. I have had the opportunity to go up every year for the past 6 years. We try to make it our annual routine to get out; each time I do, I explore something new. As an interior design firm owner I love exploring all the distinctive shops and restaurants as well as other natural sights. Check out our top 5 favourite things to do on the sunshine coast below.

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1. Grab sushi at Sushi Bar Nagomi

This is the sweetest little sushi bar in Gibsons, with a fabulous layout and exceptional sushi. Being right on the coast makes sure that everything is fresh and all made in house. The owners are so lovely as well. The name, Nagomi 和味 has 2 meanings: The Japanese Kanji letters stand for authentic taste and its pronunciation means cozy and peaceful. This fits this sushi bar perfectly! Not to mention the interior design is stunning and so comfortable. 

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2. Stock up on olive oils at Sunshine Coast Olive Oil

A local favourite in Gibsons, this store has some of the most beautiful kinds of vinegar and oils ever. They let you sample everything and they offer so many fantastic recipes. My favourite would have to be the Lime Olive Oil and the face cream they make is heavenly. If you can’t make the trip, they also order online and do a wonderful job of shipping it safely to you. 

3. Next stop, the Elfinstone Rock and Gem shop in Roberts Creek.

I love this shop. They have some of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry and stones all made from local stones and gems. They also have a massive geode on display that gets used for festivals. It is so large the owner mentioned that it damaged an axel of the vehicle just transporting it! They also have crystal bowls and metal drums for you to try out. I highly recommend checking them out. 

 

4. Next, Sunshine Coast Wood Expo

We try to time our trips in September so we can all go to the Sunshine Coast Wood Expo in Sechelt. This is always the highlight of our trip. The artists every year just keep getting better and better. There is so much variety and beauty in everything that is created. My favourite part is hearing how each artist collects and gathers the wood they use in a sustainable way. They have some fantastic stories. If you can make it to the coast in September, you should make a trip to Sechelt for the wood Expo.

5. Finish up at Sunstone Gems & Jewelry shop in Sechelt

My recent passion has been making beaded stone bracelets and necklaces. This year I came across the Sunstone Gems & Jewelry shop in Sechelt. This store had some of the most well-curated beads and stones I have seen. Their price point is fantastic and you will leave with some beautiful pieces. 

Conclusion:

I believe that as city dwellers it’s important to take time away from the hustle and bustle and center yourself in nature’s bliss. The people of the sunshine coast are kind and steady people who have a deep sense of community with each other. It’s these qualities that I try to bring to our wonderful clients of Good Space Plans Online. If you would like to read more about enjoying nature in style, check out our glamping blog here