Home Sweet Fashionista 5

Tips for Renovating and Refining During Autumn

One of the most straight-forward places to start with home makeovers during autumn is the front door.

“Homeowners really are unlimited in the statements they can make through the appearances of doors. But the majority of people have never bought doors before, so the task can seem daunting,” says Mike Rachocki, owner of The Scobis Company, a Chesterfield-based custom wood doors and door hardware company at 137 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd. Scobis teams have been handcrafting doors since 2001.

“We can help with door selections as much as customers would like, and can provide inspiration from different sources,” he reassures.

Mike says one of the most common factors homeowners are trying to get away from is builder-grade doors, which were bought in mass quantity and make houses within a subdivision look the same on first impressions.

“We also can aid in door designs to fit the style of homes, as well as the personal tastes of the homeowners,” he says.

After stepping into a home through a new front door, the next logical step is to reconsider the persona radiated by its interior. Is it an environment that pleases, comforts or inspires?

Many people like to focus makeovers on the rooms in which they spend the most time: kitchens and bathrooms. Home remodeling company Thompson Price follows a 4P process to assist homeowners with identifying the right plans, products, prices and projects. As remodel coaches with a showroom at 12101-B Manchester Road, the Thompson Price team offers complimentary consultations.

The company’s construction crew can assist with replacing countertops, cabinets and shower doors, remodeling indoor and outdoor kitchens, bathrooms, basements and home entertainment areas. They also offer appliances, tiles, backsplashes, wood floors, lighting designs and closet systems.

“A simple way to freshen a kitchen is to change knobs or pulls on the cabinets. Or to replace an outdated backsplash, or add a backsplash if you don’t have one,” Thompson Price designer T.J. Price says. “It’s also surprising how quickly under-cabinet lighting can bring new life to a kitchen.”

He says another fast way to make over kitchens and bathrooms is to upgrade appliances or shower doors.

A local resource for updating entertaining-related home decor is Amini’s at 17377 Chesterfield Airport Road. The business is the largest U.S. retailer of game room furniture, Persian area rugs, outdoor patio furniture, theater seating, barstools and Jaffe Lighting. They also have pool tables, bars, dining furniture, pool accessories, arcade games, leather goods, massage chairs and jukeboxes.

Amini’s interior designer and merchandiser Beth Rzonca says a good place to start with freshening home interiors is deciding what pieces to keep, then building new accessories around those items to match, such as changing the color of pillows or rugs to give a whole new feel to rooms.

“Ask yourself what the true goal is—if you want to go lighter or warmer, for example—and definitely ask what bothers you most,” she says.

Beth says the industrial look is a strong trend, and that many people are seeking cleaner lines and less layering or clutter in rooms.

“Redoing a room also can be as simple as switching out the lighting or replacing a table with a different finish,” she says.

To make space or to exchange items in preparation of upcoming holidays, Encore Consignment Gallery at 287 Lamp & Lantern Village offers a 10,000-square-foot showroom of ever-changing, gently used furniture and home decor items. The shop includes bar stools, living room furniture, dining chairs, dining tables, bedroom furniture, bunk beds, outdoor furniture, entertainment centers, coffee tables, rugs, florals, accessories and wall decor.

Encore co-owner Barb Lampe says if only one or two “star” items can be the target of a quick facelift for pizzazz during autumn, she would recommend considering lamps, artwork, candlesticks or a cozy piece that adds a pop of jewel-toned or warm colors of the season.