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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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....
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?
Project Reveal: A New Start
Imagine getting the keys to your new apartment, walking in and having it perfectly styled and ready for your personal things. There are no moving boxes to haul out and a freshly made bed to sleep in! That's exactly the experience we provided for this busy, newlywed couple.
Style: Summer Workwear
I have a confession.
I am 33 years old but I still sometimes shop in the kid's department! One of the perks of being petite is that I can still wear L or XL sized girl's clothing. Obviously, I don't want to look like an elementary schooler, but every once and a while I luck up and find something that fits me like a glove but still looks age appropriate.
Why You Shouldn't Hire An Interior Designer
This may come as a shock coming from an interior designer, but full-service interior design is not for everyone.
Having a beautiful home that fits your style and budget IS for everyone, but that doesn't mean that you need to hire an interior designer. In fact, there are certain types of people who should save their coins and apply them elsewhere. Keep reading to find out who...
Black Panther: Bring Wakanda to Your Home
In case you've been living under a rock, Black Panther is debuting this week in theaters everywhere this week!
To say I'm excited about this movie would be an understatement. I've literally been counting down for this movie for about a year. Ever since I got a glimpse of T'Challa in Captain American: Civil War, I've been dreaming about what Wakanda, the home of King T'CHalla is like.
You're going to leave the theater so inspired that you may want to bring some of Wakanda into your home!
One Room Challenge // Reveal!
I'm so excited to share the reveal of my #OneRoom Challenge space today! I have to admit that I was a little overly ambitious with my goals for this space, but half way through I decided to focus on just ONE area of my studio instead of trying to transform the entire space.