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?

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