When asked what she thought of the work Colleen Carlson (right) of Carlson Homescapes did in her newly-designed room, Debbie Kirwin (left) said, “Oh my gosh it’s beautiful! (photo by Tim Gamble)
by Terri Wiebold
In an environment where the economic market causes people to tighten purse strings and re-evaluate spending priorities, an optimistic new outlook on a home is often as simple as a fresh coat of paint away. Carlson Homescapes takes that adage one step further with its innovative spin on traditional interior design and “re-decorating.”
Re-decorating is the most popular new trend in interior design because it does not cost thousands of dollars and it maximizes existing resources to produce remarkable results.
What is re-decorating? Re-design. Re-purpose. Re-use. Re-arrange. For a fraction of the price, and often less than the price of a new piece of furniture, designer and local Castle Pines North resident Colleen Carlson can create a magazine-cover look for any room in just one day.
Professionally trained in interior arrangement and real estate enhancement, Carlson’s background also includes a Fine Arts degree and an eight-year career in television marketing. Carlson said she wasn’t doing her life’s work on TV, so she took those skills and applied them to this career.
“I wanted to be the type of interior decorator that I would feel comfortable calling,” said Carlson, “and one that I could afford.” A mother of two, Carlson is able to be a full-time mom and still successfully run the business. “I can set my own hours, and still do what I love to do,” she said.
Carlson artfully arranges clients’ existing furniture, art and accessories by “shopping” within the home and the change is dramatic. Most often, properly arranged art and accessories can be all a room needs to take it from familiar to fabulous or unfinished to perfectly polished. If a room is lacking those finishing touches that really pull it together, Carlson will work within any budget and shop for new items and then professionally arrange the pieces to transform a room.
In her five years of re-decorating, Carlson has been featured on HGTV and WB News2. 9News also featured a re-design that Carlson created of a Castle Pines North resident’s home last month. She said almost all of her business is referral at this point, which is how she likes it.
Carlson also offers nursery and children’s room designs, holiday and special event decorating, and real estate enhancement for home staging or selling. Prices for services vary by the project, but range from $400 to $750, with discounts available for additional room makeovers done on the same day.
For more information about Carlson Homescapes, visit www.CarlsonHomescapes.com.