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?

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.

Style: Summer Workwear

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...

Why You Shouldn't Hire An Interior Designer

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! 

Black Panther: Bring Wakanda to Your Home

One Room Challenge // Week 4

Breaking news y’all!

We have been given an extension on the One Room Challenge so now instead of six weeks, we have seven to complete our rooms. With all of the unforeseen natural disasters we have had her in the states, it was apparent that the timing of the start of the challenge was very inconvenient for a lot of participants. I’m so glad that we have a little bit more time! Keep reading to see how I applied fabric to my walls to dramatically update my space... 

One Room Challenge // Week 4

One Room Challenge // Week 3

When I decided to do this challenge, I wanted to do it to force myself to finish the year strong and finally make my place look like a designer lives here. What I did NOT account for is having one of the busiest months of the year at work & being at High Point Market for 3 days... 

One Room Challenge // Week 3

One Room Challenge // Week 1

I’m using this challenge to push myself to finally design and implement a space that reflects my style, on a budget, and using what I have.  Last year, my dad gifted me this comfy striped sofa that he found for $30! (I get my thrift store skills from him.) It's the perfect scale for my space, and super comfy, so I don't want to let it go! I thought about reupholstering it for this challenge, but then I thought it would be awesome to use it as a base for a fun mix of patterns.

One Room Challenge // Week 1

Sunday Six

It is officially the last week of summer and I don't know about you but I'm super excited about it. I love summer but nothing beats the coziness of fall in North Carolina. Here are six things I want to share this week! An awesome Raleigh tile resource, African art celebration at NC Art Museum, a fun DIY and more... 

Sunday Six

Artist Spotlight: Christa David

I'm so excited to bring back my Artist Spotlight series! I couldn't be more thrilled to have Christa be the first interview of this year. Her spirit is just as amazing as her work! I met her last year at Blogalicious. We connected because she had just left her public health position to pursue art full time, and wanted to know more about how interior designers work with artists. She has such a vibrant personality and amazing testimony. Her tenacity to make art that's true to her while building a lifestyle of her dreams is truly inspiring. Her new collection "On Changing my Mind" is available at www.christadavid.com. And you may recognize her work from my bedroom tour video! I'm such a fan. Let's get into the interview!

Artist Spotlight: Christa David

How You Can Become a Designer

As I mentioned yesterday, there is no formula to becoming an interior designer. Every designer I know has a different story about how they got to where they are now.

There are, however, some common threads that I have noticed between all of their stories, and I want to share them for aspiring designers out there!

How You Can Become a Designer