What I Learned in One Year of Entrepreneurship

I can’t believe it’s been a little over a year since I stepped out on faith & launched my interior design studio.

I could probably talk for hours about all the lessons I’ve learned during this first year, but I made a short video sharing just a few. Take a few minutes to check it out!

Does their personality gel with yours? Does their “look” match the desired outcome you want in your home? Do their services cater to the way you would like to work?

What I Learned in One Year of Entrepreneurship

How to Choose an Interior Designer

Choosing an interior designer is a lot like choosing a doctor or a therapist. There are a ton of qualified professionals available, so how do you choose? It really boils down to who you best fit with.

Does their personality gel with yours? Does their “look” match the desired outcome you want in your home? Do their services cater to the way you would like to work?

How to Choose an Interior Designer

You MUST Do this Before Listing Your Home

Purging has gotten a lot of attention lately thanks to Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix series. The truth is, we don’t need many of the things that we’ve collected over time in our homes. It’s so easy to overlook those overfilled junk drawers and tucked away closets until it’s time to pack up and move. Today I’m giving you 5 tips on how to make the purging process easier before preparing to sell your home!

You MUST Do this Before Listing Your Home

90s Bathrooms Transformations

Happy April! I cannot believe we’re firmly into spring and I’m heading back to High Point Market this weekend! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all the goodness I’ll be sharing in my stories!

Before I go, I had to be sure to share the details of this dramatic bathroom renovations! At the beginning of the year, we started to tackle two bathrooms in a 1994 home that needed some TLC. Since these are not the primarily bathroom used, they had been sorely neglected. Keep reading to see the dramatic “before & after”

90s Bathrooms Transformations

High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour

I’m so thrilled to share that I will be one of ten official bloggers for next month’s High Point Furniture Market!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with High Point Furniture Market, it is pretty much the “fashion week” of interior designers. Designers and buyers fly in from all over the world to take in the latest furniture collections in over 11 million square feet of showrooms. Keep reading to find out what that means for you!

High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour

Style: How to Stay Both Warm & Stylish

The weather in NC is always unpredictable this time of year! This week alone, we’ve had what feels like 3 different seasons in one. My go to outfits always revolve around black but my secret to looking stylish in a the cold is to throw on a statement coat.

Style: How to Stay Both Warm & Stylish

Hello 2019

Y’all I cannot believe that 2018 is over! What a rollercoaster of a year it was.

I am so grateful for the  growth and trajectory of my blog and business over the last year. Some days it feels like a dream that I am running my own company and get the opportunity to share my journey with you along the way. It’s the first Monday of 2019 and I wanted to take some time to reflect on the past year.

Hello 2019

Before You Enroll in Design School, Read This

Over on Instagram, I get a lot of DM questions about how to become a designer and whether or not one should pursue formal education in order to provide interior design services to clients.

As someone who completed a bachelor’s degree in interior design as a second bachelor’s degree, you would think that I am firmly PRO interior design education. If you haven’t, go back and read my whole design journey story here.

But to be completely honest, I lean more towards the opposite response. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely proud that I completed my degree program and I’m so grateful for the education and nurturing I received at Meredith College. However, the interior design industry as a whole is changing so quickly and what most aspiring designers desire to do for a living is NOT what is taught in design school.

Before You Enroll in Design School, Read This

The Perfect Girl's Night Out

This fall has been super busy for me. Between client projects, I traveled to Athens and Atlanta to visit friends and complete design consultations. High Point Market was so inspiring and informative per usual. But all work & no play makes Niki a dull girl… See how I took a night off at so.ca in Cameron Village in today’s post!

The Perfect Girl's Night Out

Project Reveal: Professional Vibes

The day to day tasks of a mental health professional and an attorney have to be challenging to say the least. And I’m sure combining the two high-achieving careers in a marriage leaves little room for decorating. This couple has committed their lives to serving others and are so deserving of a relaxing retreat at the end of the day. When they called me, they had just moved into their beautiful Greenville, NC home and realized that the upgrade in space left them with zero furnishings for their new large living room. See the amazing ‘before and after’ in this post.

Project Reveal: Professional Vibes

Raleigh’s Best Global Furniture Source

I’m excited to partner with Cameron Village this fall to highlight some of the amazing boutiques in this historic Raleigh shopping center!

Growing up in Raleigh, Cameron Village was a destination for my family. I can vividly remember my Aunt traveling down from Winston Salem just to make a special trip to shop. It’s been so fun to watch the shopping center evolve over the last few years as an adult living in my hometown. Even more amazing is realizing how many awesome vendors are there that benefit my interior design business! One of my favorite sources, and in my opinion the BEST place in Raleigh to find unique global pieces is Nadeau. Check out my video to get a peek inside.

Raleigh’s Best Global Furniture Source

DIY Interior Designer Tips

Earlier this year I posted about Why You Shouldn’t Hire an Interior Designer and it was one of my most popular blog posts ever! I am glad that it gave clarity to folks who are thinking about working with a designer, but I realized I didn’t offer solutions for those that do want to DIY.

DIY Interior Designer Tips

Design Business 101

Almost weekly, I have someone reach out to me and share their aspirations to make a living doing interior design.

There are so many ways to make a career in the design industry, and I am no expert by any means, so each request is so flattering to me! I'm humbled that people view me as a source for knowledge and I do my best to give as much insight as I can during those conversations.... 

Design Business 101

Personal Style At Home

Look at what you’re wearing right now. Or better yet, think about your favorite outfit. Now look at how your living room is decorated. Does it match your personal style? So often, I meet stylish people who haven’t taken the same amount of care in designing their home. I love Auntie Oprah’s saying..”your home should rise up to meet when you walk in the door.” Is that how you feel when you come into your home?

Personal Style At Home

How Much Will It Cost?

One of the most frequently questions I am asked is “how much will this cost?” Well of course it varies with every project, but a good rule of thumb when planning for a renovation is to expect the labor to cost just as much, if not more than your materials.

How Much Will It Cost?