How to Prepare For Your New Home Design Appointment

Close your eyes and envision your perfect home — now open them and let’s make it happen! In our beautiful Design Studio, you’ll find rows of carpet and VCC (vinyl composite core) samples, kitchen and bath tiles, lighting choices, quartz countertops, kitchen and bath cabinets, and more! Ready to feel like a kid in a candy store again?


For all of your seasonal gatherings, themed happy hours, book clubs and movie nights, visits from family and friends, and of course, quiet time to yourself, you deserve a space that reflects your personality and style inside and out. At The Home Company, we allow you to choose the features and finishes that suit you best, so that your home looks and feels just like you. 


Choosing the details of your home while staying within your budget may seem overwhelming, but you can rest assured that our talented interior designer, Kim Bothwell, will be with you every step of the way. Kim will get to know you and what you’re looking for, making this personalized process as easy and stress-free as possible. Take a look at the things you should do to make your design appointment a breeze:


Start a Lookbook: Think of this task as the most fun homework assignment you’ve ever gotten. A lookbook is a collection of photos that you put together to draw inspiration from. Browse sites like Pinterest, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and whichever publication catches your eye! Create a folder of photos on your desktop or print them out to start visualizing exactly what you want.


Write Out Your Must-Haves: When it comes to your dream home, you most likely have a few “must-haves” that are non-negotiable. Whether it’s light kitchen cabinets, quartz countertops, brushed nickel finishes, beige tile, and more, make sure to keep a list of things that you’re absolutely set on. The Home Company offers so many choices to fit every lifestyle. Writing out a list will save you time while allowing you to really focus on the design elements that you’re not entirely sure about yet.


Stick To Your Timeline: The building process is truly an incredible combination of moving parts. When it comes to your design appointment, one of the ways you can help yourself (and your team) is to stick to a schedule — which means prioritizing your appointment over other commitments that can be moved, and working with the design team to make your decisions on time. This will allow the rest of your process to be smooth sailing!


Know Your Budget: If you go into your design appointment with a clear idea of what you’re hoping to spend (and how flexible you can be), you can make the best use of your time and feel confident with all of your choices. As an expert designer who works with budgets of all sizes, Kim will make sure to take you through all of the options that fit within your own, so you can be sure that you’re not missing out on anything.


Have Fun: Go into your design appointment with one word in mind — fun. This part of the process is all about creating the heart and soul of your home, and we want it to be enjoyable from beginning to end. Dress comfortably, feel confident in your choices, keep an open mind, and start bringing your dream home to life! 


Not only will Kim assist you, but she will be a valuable resource of information about design trends, materials, products, prices for your personal needs and budget. And with a little bit of preparation, you can rest assured that this experience will be one to never forget.


Watch the video below to learn more about our design process and meet our interior designer, Kim Bothwell!


If you’re ready to start designing your new home, contact us to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to start this fun and rewarding process with you!