The seesaw market has made people cherish their homes as investments and has encouraged them to turn to interior design professionals to spruce up the property and increase its value.

At Deborah Leamann Interiors, home updates have been keeping the area’s award-winning design firm busy. According to owner Deborah Leamann, allied member of ASID, homeowners are updating kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas in a variety of ways.

“We’re seeing a ‘10-year itch’ in the interior design field right now,” Leamann said. “There was a lot of construction a decade back, and rather than sell the home and move up, more and more owners are choosing to freshen up.”

Leamann says homes are a sanctuary for people. A new color palate, fresh paint and artwork, new counters and fixtures can have a dramatic effect at a reasonable cost. Leamann and her team meet with clients so they can understand their goals. From there, the project is a mix of reusing or repurposing some items and redoing others. “Most items are timeless and stay,” she added. “Other times, it’s simply a matter of a new furniture layout and changing the color scheme to give the room a lift.”

And while Leamann does aim for classic designs that will stand the test of time, each product is unique and tailored to the client’s taste and personality.

“Everyone needs a change at some point,” she noted. “New fabrics and re-accessorizing give the home a fresh feel.”

Some clients aspire to a whole-house makeover, and request full plans they can stage and remodel over time. This process keeps clients from making costly mistakes and also is an excellent way to renew within a budget. She and her staff are adept at working with suppliers, vendors, and other trades people (cabinet makers and painters) to achieve the client’s dream. Her firm offers a full range of services, from a simple color consultation to comprehensive renovations, and handles everything soup-to-nuts on behalf of the client.

On a personal level, Leamann currently is realizing a dream of her own: putting an addition onto her home that includes a new entryway and a custom kitchen.

“I’m so excited about this; it’s been in the works for several years,” she said, noting her own projects always get put on the back burner, coming after her clients’ work. “Living through the construction process allows me to identify with my clients. This experience creates an interesting bond because we’re going through similar situations.”

Making homes comfortable, inviting, and beautiful for families to enjoy is the hallmark of Deborah Leamann Interiors. Design services are available from a one-time in-home consultation to entire interiors. Leamann welcomes prospective clients to contact the design studio for a complimentary consultation.

Deborah Leamann Interiors. 250 South Main Street, Pennington, 609-737-3330. Fax: 609-737-1011. Deborah@deborahleamanninterior.com, www.deborahleamanninterior.com

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