If a friend tells you she’s renovating her home, when she finishes gushing about her new herringbone marble backsplash, expressions like “Our place is a wreck right now,” “I’m so stressed,” and “I’ve had it up to here with my contractor” may soon follow. Yes, renovations can be a major headache and they’re certainly a challenging time to be living at home. Thankfully, many have survived remodels, and so will many more.
To help you handle your reno without losing your cool, we spoke with New York–based interior designer Leslie Banker, who leads design firm Pamela Banker Associates (which was started by her late mother), and who has co-authored two decorating primers: The Pocket Decorator and The Pocket Renovator. Read on for Leslie’s tips on surviving your remodel.
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