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Monday, October 21, 2019

Fall is here: Time to start thinking Décor for the Holidays


While it is officially fall, in the Interior Design world the focus is all about the holidays. Now that the kids are back in school (thank goodness!) and we are back in the swing of a more regular routine, the reality of 2019 coming to a close is upon us.

This time of year can be extremely busy for interior designers as our existing and new clients often want that dining room completely redone and accessorized for Thanksgiving or their living room refurnished for a Holiday Party. I recall both situations, (and many others) over the past few years where we were finishing up several bathroom remodels, painting, delivering furniture, installing lighting and hanging artwork and windows treatments at a home in Hyde Park right up to the day before Thanksgiving. Talk about cutting it close! Not to mention, last December we were madly doing the same for a client in Montgomery attempting to meet a deadline for an office party. While the client was elated with the final result, had the project been started sooner, we could have avoided a great deal of stress during an already stressful time of year.

My point is this: if you plan on sprucing up for the holidays, NOW is the time for action. As you know, a skilled designer needs time to create a customized plan and selections for you. Then, depending upon the vendor, home furnishings such as upholstery (sofas, chairs, etc.) and casegoods (tables, buffets, etc.) can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to come in. Window treatments such as draperies can also take several weeks as our workrooms are so busy. Smaller in-stock items such as rugs and accessories can take closer to two weeks. However, due to the busy time of year, manufacturers get bogged down with numerous orders, not to mention the freight and delivery companies get pushed out.  Hence, everyone is running around frantically trying to meet deadlines. And to be totally transparent, as hard as we work to meet our clients’ needs, there are simply some situations out of our control. For example, the freight driver who gets caught in a snowstorm, resulting in a longer lead time to our warehouse. Or sadly, in the rush of things, a damaged bar stool isn’t discovered until the product hits our warehouse and is inspected. Depending upon the type of damage we either have it replaced or repaired which is usually faster. But guess what?  Our repairman is swamped too!
Amy Youngblood
Despite this, I am certainly not trying to turn away business focused on this year’s holiday season from myself nor any other designer. Having your space look its best during this festive time when family and friends gather is just plain soothing to the soul. I know I personally find an odd project during the holidays which drives my family a bit batty. However, just know that this time of year gets busier and busier and jumping on your project now will relieve a lot of undue stress!

Amy Youngblood is the Founder and Lead Designer of Amy Youngblood Interiors, LLC. The firm has been in business for 10 years designing and creating modern, sophisticated and unique spaces for both residential and commercial clients. Amy and her firm’s work have been featured in numerous publications, and Amy has appeared several times on television and as a public speaker on the topic of interior design. Learn more at

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