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Cohesive Home Design

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How to Make it Work.

It's challenging enough to figure out colors and furniture and design a room, let alone make the whole house flow together. But it is possible to do. I'll admit that when I first started designing my home I didn't really focus on this. Gradually over time I'm seeing how I can make the rooms talk together and not feel jarring when you go from space to space. There have been a couple of small tweaks I've made that have made a big difference. 

I'm talking on the podcast this week about how to a create cohesive design style throughout your home. I'll go into greater detail about it on the podcast, but I wanted to give you a few ideas to get you started. 
 

  1. Find your interior design style. When  you hone in on your style and create a mood board that gives you the overall design plan for your home it means making decisions become so much easier. You have a plan to guide you. The picture above is a mood board I created for a Scandinavian inspired home. It is full of natural materials, handmade items, and muted colors with a splash of something bold. That mood board guides all of the furniture and accessory choices for the home. If you need help finding your interior design style then check out my class. Use the code JustForYou for 20% off the class. 
  2. Use color to create cohesion. You don't have to pick one color and use it on everything throughout the home, but I recommend picking a palette of colors. For example, my living room colors are green and pink (I'm actually in the middle of changing things up!), the dining room has a bit of green, green/blue and hints of pink and the kitchen is green/blue with an orange rug that also has some pink in it. There are touches of the color palette in every room. 
  3. Use furniture styles or accessories to create cohesion. For example, I have an Eames plywood molded chair in my living room and an Eames plywood molded leg splint from World War II hanging as art in my dining room. I also have Scandinavian pottery and glass pieces throughout my house that have a very distinct style. 
  4. Finally use what nature gave you. Use rocks, birds nests, feathers, wood and antlers throughout your home. A bit of nature is always a good thing. 

I hope that inspires you to see what you can do to create some cohesion in your home. Tie things together through style, color and materials. 

Have fun designing!! 

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Home Decor Style-Why Hiring an Expert Pays Off

Mood Board of fabric, jewelry, dishes, and flowers

Why Should You Hire an Interior Designer?

Before I give you my top three reasons why you should hire an interior designer I'd suggest hopping over to my podcast where I am diving much deeper into this topic. Give it a listen. In the meantime here are three reasons why hiring an expert pays off. 

  1. You are stuck. We've all been there. Either you don't know where to start or you just can't quite get the room over the finish line. I'll freely admit that I've had rooms languish for years because of lack of time, resources or energy. Yet, I can tell you finishing up a room feels good. It makes your home come together. I had a client yesterday say he loves coming home. That is what I strive for. 
  2. You are in transition. You've moved into your very first apartment (yay you) and it's time to jettison your college furniture, you are moving in with someone (congrats) and you need to figure out how to get it all to work together, you are downsizing and you aren't sure how to make it all fit, or you are about to have a baby and need to rearrange somethings in your home to make space for the newest member of your family. An interior designer can help you through the decisions you have to make, on your own or with your partner. I have to admit that getting couples across the design finish line is kind of one of my specialties. Change can be good and it also can be stressful, so don't let your home stress you out. Hire someone to help. 
  3. It just isn't working. I've had some funky rooms in the apartments I've rented over the years that are either too small, too long or there just isn't a good place to put the couch because of all the windows and doorways. I've swapped rooms, moved couches around until I finally feel like the flow is right. Except, I do that after I've done a floor plan and mocked up how everything is going to look, because moving furniture isn't fun and I only want to do it once. If you aren't sure how to make a space work then bring in a professional. 

When I work with clients it is a collaborative process. I am not the type of person that comes in and tells you your furniture is all wrong and you must have this that and the other thing. This is your home, your style and most importantly your budget. If you love your sofa, then keep it, we'll make it work. If you have great-grandma's dining room table and it needs to stay in the family, then yes, keep it. I also believe that interior design should support your life and your lifestyle. A big part of my process is to see how you are living and how you want your home to support your life. Finally, I work within any budget. I offer a DIY option where I give you a floor plan and a mood board to hone in on your style and give you direction, or I can come in and do it all. I'll even hang the art. 

Another reason to hire an interior designer is we can help you avoid any costly mistakes. Laying out a floor plan and taking into account the space and needs of my client are one of the first things I do. I also save people from having to repaint rooms by getting color right the first time. So save yourself the headache and hire an interior designer. 

An Interior Designer should help you with what you need. They should work with you on your home to make it some place you love coming home to. That's my goal and if you need some design assistance please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help. 

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My Kitchen Before for the #myhomechallenge

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Image via Emily Henderson

You guys I have dreams! Dreams of a kitchen that doesn't feel so dark, dreary and soulless. One that you walk into and are inspired to cook. Sadly, that is not the kitchen I have today. 

I'm about to share pictures of my sad kitchen on the internet. It feels a bit like standing in front of an open window in my underwear. 

Starting with looking in from the dining room into the kitchen. Do you see the color difference?! My dining room is a lovely light shade of grey and my kitchen has horrific dark lighting and is painted yellow. 

Check out last week's blog post to read more about the #myhomechallenge

Kitchen Decor with woven rugs and curtain
Stovetop in Kitchen with red tea kettle 
Granite Countertops and pots and pans in kitchen
Red Espresso machine for kitchen decor
Refrigerator in kitchen decor 

Pros:

  • The layout is super functional
  • I have enough space for everything
  • I love my gas stove
  • I have nice cabinets, counters and appliances
  • It opens onto a nice size back porch
Kitchen design layout

Cons:

  • There is no space really for guests to hang out with me in the kitchen
  • Certain things don't fit, like the rug or the garbage can. They are both too big
  • The lighting. Oh god the lighting!
  • The window opens onto the porch and the staircase to the second floor, which my neighbors use. That means they can see right in my apartment. 
  • It's kind of bland. The rest of my apartment has so much personality and this room is seriously lacking. 
  • I hate blinds. 
  • I also really hate granite countertops and that backsplash.

There are a lot of things I can't change about this kitchen because I rent. That means I am going to change what I can and inject some color and life into this bedraggled kitchen. I tried to take good pictures, but it is so dark in there that it is very difficult to do so! 

Stay tuned because next I'll share my Inspiration and Master Project List. 

 

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