Setting up a new home – The perspective of old vs. new

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When we assist clients in setting up a new home, we typically run into a situation where the ‘old’ clashes with ‘the new’. Most often, it is the furniture that does not work in the new space or the colours are not right. There are a few things you can do to be proactive with this type of scenario.

Measure Your Space

Although there are situations and circumstances that may arise where you don’t know where you will be, most people that are moving know where they where they will be going. The best way to know if your space is going to work with your existing furniture is to measure. Take time to measure the rooms (or if you are lucky enough to get a floor plan or blueprint) . Measure your furniture and then see if it will fit. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen furniture moved to find out that it really doesn’t fit or work in any room.   In my own personal opinion, this is such a waste of money if you are paying for your things to be moved. Save the extra money by not moving furniture that will not fit.

Crowded Room

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Decision Time

When setting up a new home, our goal is for our clients to fall in love with their home. When clients consult with us regarding their home, of course we talk about colour. We do look at colour on the walls as well as the flow of the home (and if there even is a flow). What worked well in the old home may not necessarily work will in the new home. The sometimes-challenging conversation comes when we have to talk about what is not working. Perhaps the home has been repainted with your favorite colour however that colour does not work with the flooring and cabinetry in the new home? Perhaps the existing wall colour does not work with the colour of your furniture? Moving is a huge expense and not everyone has a cash flow to buy all new furniture. As you may know, paint can change a room drastically however an old pink-beige sofa will always be an old pink-beige sofa – no matter what ‘fresh’ colour you want on your walls.

Maria Killam Pink Beige

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Choosing colours that work with ‘older’ furniture can sometimes be a challenge – but also know that it is very do-able.While taking my True Colour Expert™  training in Vancouver, Maria used the image above as an example of making it work. You can read her entire blog post here.   New wall colours may not necessarily make the big impact ‘fresh change’ you are hoping for but it may be what you can afford at the time.  It really does depend on what kind of change you are looking for and your own personal situation.  I know with our upcoming renovation, I have been waiting for a couple of years to get it done.  I’ve been patient as I know that I want everything done all at once and not done piecemeal.  By knowing that, I have had to wait until we have saved up enough money to get it all done at once.  It really just depends on everyone’s situation.

When moving to a new home, it is inevitable that you think of your house you moved out of as the ‘old’ house and the house you are moving into the ‘new’ house.  I always get excited for our clients and their new home as I look at it as a fresh beginning.  No matter where your clothes hang or where your furniture sits, a home is where your heart is.  I found this cute little quote below and thought it pretty much sums things up:

Home is where you are

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Here’s to making your house a home.

Sheri Bruneau Get It Together

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  1. on 08.02.2016
    at 11:49 PM

    Being organised with your actualy move and planning ahead will always help and take away a lot of the stress. Get floor plans of the new property and ask if you can take measurements. This will also help your removal company. They will then place the items in the correct rooms and everything should fit in the right place.

  2. on 18.05.2016
    at 10:24 AM

    I think it’s a great idea to measure out the space in your new home to see if the furniture will fit. Like you said, there’s no point in paying to move your furniture to a new house if it’s not going to work out. Getting rid of some of your old furniture can often be the best thing to do when moving house. Thanks for the article!

    • on 20.05.2016
      at 9:23 AM

      You are very welcome.

  3. on 19.09.2016
    at 3:17 AM

    Great post Sheri. Moving day can be stressful enough without having clients realizing their furniture doesn’t actually fit once they arrive. Seen it happen many times. Following advice like this will certainly help. Thanks for highlighting.

  4. on 15.12.2016
    at 9:58 PM

    Totally agree with #1! It seems to be overlooked so often, but it can save you SOOOO much money and time in the long run! Everyone always spends so much buying household equipment, but that last little bit gets overlooked. Think how much money you’ll save when you want to find that one thing at your new house without having to look back through every home utility. FURNITURE!!
    Measurement is key!

    thanks a lot for bringing these tips. Keep sharing.

    • on 16.12.2016
      at 8:04 AM

      Hi Alice,

      Yes – measurement truly is a key to having the right-size furniture for your space. Space planning is typically something that gets forgotten OR thought of as not important. Beautifully decorated rooms are beautiful not only because of the finishes, but due to the fact that they have the properly sized furniture.

      Thanks for your great comments. Cheers!

  5. on 19.12.2016
    at 11:41 PM

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    • on 20.12.2016
      at 8:41 AM

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. on 03.04.2017
    at 7:21 AM

    Agree Totally Agree!!!

  7. on 12.04.2017
    at 12:10 PM

    Like you stated, there’s no reason for paying to move your furniture to another house if it won’t work out. Disposing of some of your old furniture can regularly be the best thing to do when moving house. A debt of gratitude is in order for the article!

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