1. Prioritize - with the changing climate ensure that any improvements on the exterior of your home are done first! That way it should (hopefully) stay warm & dry during that record rainfall, while you carry on with the interior...
2. Budget - begin the project with a budget of how much you have to spend and attempt to (realistically!) allocate the required amount to each upgrade. Throughout the project regularly record what you've spent to avoid unpleasant surprises later. Don't forget to add a contingency plan - at least 10% of your initial budget.
3. Design - plan how you intend to live in each room and also consider adequate storage. Make sure there is some 'flow' or continuity throughout the home by regarding rooms together as connected spaces. This can be done, for example, by using similar material, colour, texture, pattern, scale and/or shape in each room.
4. Lighting - use a variety of lighting types such as pots, pendants, wall sconces as well as floor or table lamps in an area to create visual interest, but first consider each one's purpose (general, task or accent) and then match it to the room's decor. Always get a qualified electrician to install any of the above!
5. Colour - add a burst of colour where necessary ie in dark, dull places requiring enhancement. Feature walls are a perfect way to inject some colour and provide a room with a focal point. Artwork, accessories, furniture pieces as well as window and floor coverings are other means of introducing colour.
6. Vignettes - create these around the house to add 'lifestyle' and define a variety of living environments. In the basement for example, we created two unique areas ie a games room as well as a media room by separating the two spaces with a piece of furniture (see pictures below).