You can design your own beautiful and meaningful home while being a good steward of your resources! Today luxury interior design is not about decorating one-upmanship - instead, it's about relationships - which means preparing a place for a prepared people based on what God lays on your hearts and in your hands. To do this wisely, might mean using a high-low mix of materials and chic flea market finds or even remaking vintage items instead of buying new. This guarantees originality in a way that luxury brands and retail stores can not and crafts a space that is layered, collected and timeless. Mastering the perfect mix is however challenging because it combines both interior design skill with DIY savvy and careful budgeting. To make it easier, I follow a proven process. otherwise it takes forever, I can't focus and I make too many boo boos - can you relate! Will my home ever grace the pages of Architectural Digest? No, but it blends different opinions, unique personalities and distinct passions in a fresh, simple, timeless way that checks off everyone's 'boxes' and inspires and refreshes me daily as I navigate some difficult circumstances.
How is the creative part of interior design going for you? I believe we are all created in God's image (Genesis 3) and therefore we are all creative. But creating a successful interior design plan and making smart design choices is like any skill or talent - first you got to know what to do before you can do it. There are a lot of 'moving parts' that have nothing to do with 'style assumptions' and yet depend on each other to function well and look cohesive. So without professional interior design knowledge & experience or a professional interior design coach to equip you, your own attempts at creating beautiful spaces might lead to frustrating results, mistakes, miscommunications, unmet expectations, disappointment, wasted money, time and stress and keep you stuck!
So.....If you would like to avoid typical DIY design mistakes - read on!
Have you ever wondered what the secret is to designing a beautiful garden? I believe successful design, whether, inside or out, doesn't check off just one box. That means that doing your 'homework' before the buying and the digging will ensure the process is easier, quicker and calmer for everyone involved.
Do you know how to start an interior design project?
What if I told you that the answer to these questions & the secret to creating an intentional home where your family and you will thrive doesn't start by interviewing builders, spending hours watching HGTV, or even looking at beautiful interior design photos on google or in popular home magazines? It doesn't take hours of shopping and returning items either. Wanna know the real secret sauce?
Commercial Interior Design is an extremely important part of any company's branding. Not just for visitors but also for the employees the company attracts and retains. I follow a simple 'think it', 'see it', 'do it' process and this CEO had the 'think it' phase well planned!
Wanna see how the practical and the pretty came together for His vision?
There are always turning points in our lives when the battle shifts to a new level - this is such a story....
A story of failure that no one ever wants to tell. But if the story isn't told then no one can benefit from it, can they? I can choose to live my life in secret or I can choose to live a life as part of something bigger than myself. So, this is a story of deliverance not dysfunction.
If there is one thing I see consistently over the years, is that bad things happen to good people on a good team with good intentions when they begin a new interior design project without a being able to communicate exactly what they want and need to those who will help them.
In my humble opinion (and feeble and fading memory), mass and massing were not adequately taught in design school (probably because it is hard to understand--just check out the definition on wikipedia to see what I mean) but it is fundamental and hugely important in creating a successful design! Massing (verb), in interior design, is the act of arranging and manipulating 3-D forms into a unified, coherent composition. I'd say that's pretty important stuff. Mass (adjective) is the solidity, matter or density of an object that is defined by shape, form or color.
Now let me do what everyone else has failed to do.......teach you how to use them.....
"Good Light means good design, but better light means better design" Sounds easy right?
When we think about shape, we think about a two-dimensional outline - often seen as a geometric figure, but form is an extension of shape and is actually the three-dimensional configuration.
Why is this important? Because God made us visual creatures for a reason and form, just like all design elements, has the power to influence us to respond emotionally. I guess I could just point out the differences between a female body and a man's body and leave it at that - but I won't - READ ON!
Texture is the relative smoothness or roughness of a surface and is read both physically by touch and visually as well. Everyone knows this - But do you know how to use texture successfully in your project?
Pattern is the arrangement and repetition of lines and shapes to create a unified design.
So, if you already understand line, shape and form, you'll see pattern in a brand new way! Pattern is seen in printed and woven textiles such as upholstery and drapery fabric, flooring, rugs and carpeting. BUT it is also seen in any surface that has texture.....
Like wall coverings, wood grain, tile, marble and granite (just to name a few) - see tile pattern guide below)
I once heard my college Professor say, "all design first begins with line, so if you can please the eye with line you have a masterpiece!"
Color is the most emotional and most personal of all the design elements--and there are thousands of colors to choose from (maybe even more)! And because all decorating decisions begin with color, it can sometimes be difficult knowing where to start. Why? Because color affects everything - and if you get it wrong, you'll know it every time you walk into the room
Your home is your canvas to create something beautiful but sometimes unique and beautiful items can be cost prohibitive.....especially when you live in the middle of God's country.
Here's how I create bespoke on a budget with found items.
Originally I intended this blog post to inspire you with ideas for remaking your own unique art.....
I have a confession to make and a dirty little secret....
I am not perfect, I don't have it all together and some days I feel like a fraud....
Are you getting ready to downsize your home? Here's how I helped this lovely couple go from overwhelmed to on a roll.
"We had good intentions and started on a few updates but just got overwhelmed!"
"Dear Karen, We have lived in our home for over 25 years and are ready to downsize. We have a lot of decisions to make about what to keep and what to get rid of and we are stuck! We've also talked to a few realtors and know we have to freshen it up before we sell if we want to get top dollar. Can you help us prepare our home for sale without judging our style or breaking the bank?"
If you're finding the Summer Olympics exciting this year then you'll also enjoy our Olympic style event we fondly call the Savage Summer Smack Down! In years past, when the weatherman called for extreme summer conditions here in small town mid-America, team Savage would get out the slip and slide and practice their own Olympic style moves. Let's see who won the gold....
This blog post if full of ideas on remaking vintage furniture. Check back often as I constantly am working on projects.
Almost 30 years ago, we purchased an old farmhouse built in 1900 that was a blend of turn of the century charm and bold 1960's mid-century modern style....but I'm not talking an iconic Eames chair but instead...
there was dark, knotty pine kitchen cabinets and paneling, harvest gold shag carpeting and busy linoleum (is that even a word) flooring. And do you see that large, scabbed on room on the right of the main structure? That was our furnace, laundry room & mud room combo that accounted for almost 1/4 of our square footage! The original open concept?!?!
Pretty scary right?
About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She had Alzheimer's disease and never realized her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world? So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)