By: Shelly Robinson | Category: Home Interior Retail | Issue: May 2009
Linda Butcher with daughter Melissa Jackson and granddaughter Kennedy.
Spring is here, summer is just around the corner and everything in nature is renewing itself. Why not renew your home as well? A little sprucing up for spring always makes you feel refreshed, and sometimes you need more than just a good cleaning to get things in order. If you are ready to redecorate, Linda Butcher is ready to help. From reworking a single area to redecorating every room, Linda can make your home a beautiful reflection of you.
Mother’s Day is May 10 and will quickly be followed by graduations, Father’s Day and summer holidays. Now is the time to get your home prepared for all those special events that bring company calling, and perhaps more importantly, to serve your family as a daily sanctuary from the busy world in which we live.
Linda has been in the business of making homes more beautiful for over 30 years, and she is just as enthusiastic about her work now as she was when she started. “I love what I do. I’m a real people person and it’s very fulfilling for me to see customers’ ideas come to life and make them happy.”
Sometimes customers aren’t really sure what they want, and that’s where Linda comes in. She starts each job with a complimentary consultation to get a feel for the client’s personal style, the scope of the project and the budget. Working with her assistant, sister-in-law Katherine Troglin, Linda will then return to the client’s home to share a plan for selecting color schemes, fabrics, furnishings and flooring choices. Linda will suggest carpet, ceramic tile, wood flooring and area rugs and also help the customer decide on lighting options. Customized bedding and window treatments are a specialty. Linda also uses wood blinds, plantation shutters and a huge variety of fabrics to make each room special.
Linda shares that some of her favorite projects over the years have been given as gifts for family members for holidays or Mother’s Day. “It is always very rewarding because mothers often give so much for their families, and they are touched and appreciative to have something so thoughtful done for them,” says Linda. She has collaborated with family members and completed projects as a surprise, which she really enjoyed, or families can present the gift in certificate form so that Linda can work directly with the family member.
Family is very important to Linda and her husband Charlie, and they are blessed to have their daughter close. Melissa Jackson is a teacher at Owasso High School, and her husband Kane teaches at the Owasso 8th Grade Center. Grandchildren Barrett, a fourth grader, and Kennedy, a first grader, attend Pamela Hodson Elementary in Owasso. Linda says the flair for decorating runs in the family, and her daughter Melissa has a wonderful sense of style. Even 7-year-old Kennedy helps out, often assisting her Me-Maw with putting out the holiday décor. “I’ve had clients concerned about scheduling their consultations when the kids are gone and I always tell them not to worry about that, I love having children around, and it helps me plan the home around those who live in it.”
Linda enjoys helping commercial customers make a great first impression. She has recently worked on two churches and welcomes projects of all kinds.
Linda also loves talking to organizations about decorating and the latest trends and products. Her enthusiasm is catching as she shares ideas, gives away a door prize and visits with the group. She is now accepting speaking requests for the second half of 2009.
Whether you are interested in the bold look of a tropical theme, the rustic look of Western décor or the traditional feel of French Country, Linda can help you achieve the look you desire. She has worked in a wide variety of styles, including Native American, Lodge, Oriental and Old World. Linda stresses that she is able to mix in the old with the new; you don’t have to start from scratch.
Linda says accessories are the key ingredient in any well-decorated room. She will bring a wide variety to the customer’s home for approval, so they can see how things look in the space.
“Whether you are doing a room or your entire house, it can be overwhelming to try to place the furniture, incorporate new purchases with prior ones, and figure out how to get everything organized,” explains Linda. “I would be glad to help, it’s what I do best.”