People follow her around Home Depot. Strangers approach her with cabinet handles or paint samples, asking her opinion on which would look best in a bathroom or kitchen. But the No. 1 thing people ask HGTV designer and Wood Dale native Monica Pedersen when they see her out in the suburbs is: "How do I get on the shows?"
Common suburban home mistakesMonica Pederson has been inside thousands of suburban homes and noticed a few common decorating problems:
Ÿ Too much furniture. People tend to buy their furniture in sets, but often that cramps the room's space. Scaling the furniture to the room size is a key part of good design.
Ÿ Wrong paint color. Accent walls are often where people err, because they pick a color that's too striking. If there's not a lot of natural light to balance out the darker color, it doesn't work. "If you love bright colors, bring them into the room on things like a sofa or a lamp," she said.
Ÿ Too many design styles. Country in the kitchen, modern in the bedroom, Prairie style in the family room. Don't try to have it all, Pedersen advises. "Maintain the home's integrity," she said.
Ÿ Overly ambitious remodeling jobs. People come up with do-it-yourself projects that become too much or too expensive. "People get in over their heads," Pedersen said. "You need experts."