Should You Hire A Designer?

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Why Should You Hire A Designer?

Beautifully designed interiors don’t just happen.  Great spaces are carefully planned – well thought out to be functional, inviting and unique to you.  A common misconception about hiring an interior designer is that it’s too expensive. The opposite is actually true.

Interior designers help their clients stay within a budget.  Interior designers can balance project expenses to insure that money is spent in the right places.  A talented designer can pull together the saves and splurges to create an overall cohesive look.

Interior designers help clients avoid costly mistakes.  Designers consider size and proportion. This helps you to not come home with a sofa that’s too large, an end table that’s too short or a rug that’s too small.  Experienced designers guide you to make the correct decisions and avoid design faux pas you’ll regret later.  

Interior designers have valuable contacts within the industry.  They have formed connections with trusted professionals such as painters, installers, contractors, etc.  Designers communicate with these industry professionals and follow the project to insure the job is completed correctly.  

Interior designers save you time.  They have experience researching for clients.  This means they know just where to find the perfect furniture, tile, countertops, fabrics and more.  Interior designers know what needs to be done on a project and can anticipate issues.  

Ultimately, interior designers know how to bring out the best of your home and increase it’s value.  Well-designed homes stand-out and get noticed. An experienced designer can create a beautiful and functional space which is a unique reflection of you.

It’s All About the Details

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It's All About the Details

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” This is a quote from Charles Eames, a designer who made a significant impact on furniture, architecture and industrial design. This is among my favorite statements in regards to design. You truly achieve the “completed look” in your home when close attention is paid to all the details.

 

As an interior designer, I love to incorporate unique and meaningful touches to my client’s homes and/or businesses. I was able to add one such fun detail to a local digital marketing agency. The business is in an old stove manufacturing building with lots of interesting character, such as exposed brick. As I was working on the project, I was scouring an antique store for accessories when I found an old stamp used when the Indiana Stove Works was in business. The stamp included an image of the building, the very same building where Redstitch is located now – 95 years later. I was so happy to bring the stamp back to it’s “home” as a fun accessory/statement piece.

Certain projects are built around details. One client’s main request at our first meeting was to have a “fabulous” new kitchen. She expressed her love of the beautiful Delftware she had collected. The blue and white pieces became the basis for the new kitchen design. A gorgeous blue, Sherwin Williams’s Naval (2020’s Color of the Year), was selected for the wall color. A lovely floral print with various shades of blue and green was fashioned into window treatments.

Another detail of this kitchen project is the repetition of pattern. The fabric which I found for the counter stools had an almost lattice-like feel to it which played well off the floral window treatments. I then was able to specify the glass cabinet door mullions to echo the pattern of the counter stool fabric. This cabinet became the perfect place to put the cherished Delftware on display. All these elements came together to make a truly “fabulous” kitchen.

Some details are simply finding the fabric to unify a room. This craftsman style living room includes a Soumak rug with a warm mix of colors. The throw pillows were made in just the right fabric to incorporate the color tones and style from the rug. This helps tie the upholstery to the rug for a unified look.

Details, no matter how small, can help to pull together a design. Some may look at a finished room and not initially pick up on all the elements which have been carefully planned to work together. The overall impression, though, is of a well-designed room that flows together…something only achieved through attention to the details.

What Is Your Design Style?

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What is your design style?

Our homes should be a reflection of who we are…a collection of items we love.  Your home should demonstrate your style. As an interior designer, I’ve worked with a variety of styles from traditional to mid century modern.  Many times, upon our first meeting, my clients aren’t quite sure what their style might be – so how do I help them to determine that?

First, consider what type of room you gravitate toward.  Do you have Pinterest, Houzz or Instagram accounts? What images have you liked? Type “Living Room” into the search engine.  If you haven’t already, save a few images that interest you. If you aren’t on social media, what magazine photos do you identify with?  

Narrow your selections down to no more than 5 images.  Choose your favorites, but don’t overthink it. This is just to get an impression of your personal style, not to replicate an exact room.

Do you notice anything which those images have in common?  You will probably see a few design elements which are similar in each.  Are there bold colors or light neutrals? Do they have warm wood tones or a mix?  Are the rooms sleek with lots of clean lines or cozy with dark wood tones?

Here are a few popular styles which you may find emerging from your selections:

Traditional 

Traditional is the most popular of design styles.  Elements include a warm & inviting feel, a mix of patterns & textures and architectural details like crown molding.  Many traditional interiors demonstrate symmetry in furniture arrangement. Accessories abound – adding lots of visual interest.

 

Transitional

Transitional style resonates with many people.  It is a blending of traditional and contemporary designs.  Transitional interiors include classic lines, a mix of wood tones, comfortable furnishings and more subdued patterns than seen in traditional interiors.

 

Contemporary 

Contemporary design is based on the here and now.  It is a style which focuses on shape and usually features sleek metallics in furnishings and/or lighting.  Clean lines are prevalent. Bold art and smooth surfaces abound in contemporary, also.

 

Mid Century Modern

A design style which has been reemerging recently is mid century modern.  It is a reflection of the design style of the 1930’s – 1960’s. Retro accessories, interesting shapes in furniture and bits of minimalism abound.  Touches of organic and natural elements are seen many times in this style.

 

Modern Farmhouse

The “modern” take on farmhouse style has become popular in the past few years.  This look features neutral colors, matte black fixtures and natural wood tones. Painted furniture, architectural salvage pieces and antiques are also found in this look.

A famous quote from CoCo Chanel is: “An interior is the natural projection of the soul.”  Whatever the design style you prefer, it should be comfortable, inviting and pleasing to you…after all, it’s your reflection.  Narrowing down the design style you gravitate toward is the first step in the process of designing your home. Now it’s time to move forward with creating your very own personal space!

What’s Trending in Interior Design?

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What's Trending in Interior Design?

Each year new trends emerge in Interior Design; some of which reemerge from years gone by.  As a designer, it’s important to be aware of new introductions and what’s trending. I always like to remind my clients, though, to make sure the trends they may be interested in using are ones which they won’t tire of too quickly. Incorporating the right trends for your personal project is key. Here are some current trends in interior design.

Organic and natural are two hot terms in interior design now.  Stone tops are being used on accent tables and occasional furniture.  Worn woods are making an appearance in console tables, dining and more.  Rattan and sea grass have made a comeback in dining and bedroom.  Rattan, along with wicker and bamboo, are also showing up in lighting and accessories.  

Bold art is on trend.  Large pieces in bold colors are prevalent.  Contemporary looks are popular and are even being used in traditional settings for an eclectic look. The right mix of art pieces can make a dramatic statement.

 

Mixing furniture has been on trend for awhile and with each year, I am seeing it more and more. Furniture manufacturers are not creating as many matching groups of furniture (such as the end tables that match the cocktail table that matches the console.) Instead, the vendors are introducing eclectic groupings of furniture in various finishes. Individual pieces can be mixed as a great way to add visual interest to a room.  A cohesive blend can still be attained, but the overall look will be more unique.

Performance fabrics are everywhere.  These fabrics are great to use for upholstery because they are durable and stain resistant.  Upholstery companies are adding more performance fabrics to their line of choices.  Just a few years ago, fabrics which were considered to be durable and stain resistant were only available in a limited amount of colors and a few textures.  Now performance fabrics are in a wide range of colors with lots of textures and soft options. I try to specify performance fabrics on upholstered sofas whenever possible; giving my clients piece of mind when it comes to stains and soiling of the fabric.

The latest in what’s trending is a definite mix. Eclectic continues to be the word. The organic/natural look can be achieved through lighting, furniture or accessories. Bold art can add a fun pop of color. A unique blend of furniture pieces can complete the look. When you are considering trends, though, don’t forget to make sure you are incorporating the right trends for your style.