By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: April 2010
For more information, contact Linda Butcher, Interior Decorator (918) 371-5957
The deep freeze of winter is finally over and as nature renews itself, you may feel like renewing your surroundings as well. Your home is where you care for your family and welcome friends and loved ones. It is a deep reflection of your life and personality, and if that reflection needs some updating, a simple phone call to Linda Butcher can get the process started.
Linda has been in the home decorating business for over 30 years, and her trademark enthusiasm for her work is apparent in the shortest of conversations. “I love helping people make their home just what they want it to be, even if they aren’t sure of their style when we get started.”
No job is too big or too small for Linda. She has helped many clients who only want to spruce up one room and other clients who were decorating a home from top to bottom. Linda stages homes when they are placed on the market to let would-be buyers see the property’s full potential, and she works in commercial settings to provide that all-important good first impression. “All those neat things you see going on in the HGTV shows can happen in your home as well,” she says. “The key is having someone who knows the business to keep you on track, on budget and doing things in the right order.”
Linda begins each job with a free initial consultation in the client’s home, which allows her to get a glimpse of the client’s sense of style and to discuss budget issues and the scope of the project. Linda has worked in many styles including traditional, French Country, Old World, rustic lodge, Native American, Western and tropical.
After the complimentary visit, Linda will return to discuss color schemes, paint and wall treatments, furniture, fabric choices for bedding, and custom window treatments. “Wood blinds, plantation shutters and great custom window treatments give a room a personalized feel and add value to a home. Custom bedding and window treatments are my specialty.” Flooring options are vast and range from a variety of ceramic tiles, wood flooring, custom area rugs and a huge line of carpeting to meet the client’s lifestyle needs.
Linda and her assistant, Katherine Troglin, will make suggestions for the right lighting and help the customer with the finishing touches when the renovation work is complete. Linda says accessories are the icing on the cake and definitely her favorite part of a room. Her motto is “Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize!” Unlike other decorators, Linda will bring the accessories to the home so the customer can see them in the space before deciding to purchase. “It’s like Christmas day,” laughs Linda. “We arrive with the Suburban loaded with accessories and then pick and choose what matches the customer’s needs and style. It’s a much easier process for the customer than shopping all over the place or looking at something in a catalog and trying to imagine what it will look like.”
This year Mother’s Day is May 9, and Linda shared that some of her favorite projects over the years have been given as gifts for family members for birthdays, retirements and holidays, especially Mother’s Day. “It is always so rewarding to see a family honor their mother or grandmother. Mothers are so often on the giving side of things and are so touched and excited to be on the receiving end.” Linda can provide a gift certificate for her services so that the family member can work directly with her.
Linda says homeowners are sometimes hesitant to use a professional decorator because they have favorite pieces they don’t want to part with, and they are concerned that a decorator will want to start from scratch or will be too expensive. “My job is to help my customers combine the old with the new. I help them make their home both stylish and personal while staying within their budget. I’m a people person, and I thrive on seeing my customers’ ideas come to life.”