interior design style

Finding My Style

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Style, whether it is fashion or interiors, grows and changes. Sometimes it is something I’m interested in and sometimes I’ll just grab whatever is in the closet and put it on. What’s in style changes from day to day it seems! So, overall I recommend trying to get in touch with what you really like and following that style regardless of the trends.

Over the last few years I’ve been experimenting with my style. My core furniture remains the same, but I add different pillows, paint, wallpaper and art to change things up. Initially I was really drawn to the Scandinavian style of white and grey with natural wood tones to add texture and interest. Yet, on the flip side I really love dark moody interiors.

I’ve slowly been adding layers to my home. Not necessarily a ton of stuff, but putting grey sheepskin on my Bertoia chairs (which FYI you kind of need so you don’t get waffle butt!), adding a wool pillow to the couch, putting new art up on the walls as I find it and putting candlesticks on the dining room table along with a table runner.

I realized I was moving away from the bright white interiors and embracing the dark side. It takes time to figure out your style. I don’t look at any of the things I have done in my home as mistakes, but rather, as opportunities to experiment and grow. Since the big pieces have stayed the same I haven’t had a big outlay of money that I’m going to lose. Just 50 bucks for a can of paint, divided over four years of enjoyment and you see that the cost isn’t significant. Also, anything I change up, I can sell or donate.

Don’t feel like you have to be married to one particular style. I think because of the time, effort and money that I had put into my home I was supposed to just let it be, but your home is never finished. You grow and change as a person and your home can do the same.

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How to Work with an Interior Designer on your Home Design

A marble coffee table and navy sofa in a high rise building in Chicago

What It's Like to Work with an Interior Designer

Working with an interior designer is a collaborative experience with a lot of communication. It's a little bit like dating. 

I'm talking more in depth about my process on the podcast today, but here's a peek. 

You reach out to me and say 'hey'. I send you a questionnaire to get an idea of what your style is and to start a conversation. Then we schedule a time to chat. I want to get to know you and, more importantly, you need to make sure that I'm the right fit for you. At that time we decide what plan works best for you. Some people need a little help figuring out the way forward, but they want to be involved in the process and do some of the work themselves. That's awesome and I have a DIY plan that will work for them. Some people just want it done. They want a plan to approve and for the work to be done behind the scenes. I'll admit that as life has gotten busy, I've been looking for some things to be taken off my plate. If that is how you are feeling about design, then I can take care of everything for you as well. 

Next, I come to your house and take pictures and measurements. We talk more about your design style and what you need in your home. I really want to get a sense of who you are, how you want your home to feel and how you want your home to function.  

Then I go to the drawing board and draft a mood board and floor plan. This is the blue print for your home design. This is the first draft and often we make tweaks to the plan to make it just right for you. 

Finally the fun stuff begins and we go shopping. FYI this takes time. There are lead times for furniture and sometimes it takes awhile to find the exact right piece for your home. So, don't expect a tv renovation show turnaround and reveal in 2 days! 

Throughout this whole process I'm checking in to see if things are going as planned and to make sure we are on track with the project. I get lots of great ideas and input from my clients. Sometimes I push their design boundaries and sometimes they push mine, which I thoroughly enjoy. 

 

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