We live in a culture that thrives on being busy, but I’m ready to break the trend. I’m here to say, I AM NOT BUSY, but that doesn’t mean I AM NOT SUCCESSFUL. Here’s why …
This past summer, Michigan Home and Lifestyle Magazine approached me and asked if I would be interested in being their Guest Designer for the 2018 spring issue. This publication releases 4 issues each year, and with each one they select a designer from Michigan to write an article of their choosing and be featured in the magazine. Of course I excitedly agreed, and the day is finally here that I get to share it with you!
I recently came across an article titled “8 Things Interior Decorators Don’t Want You To Know,” and as I was reading it, my only thought was “But I DO want my clients to know all of these things! Why wouldn’t I?!” The article clearly had a “buyer beware” tone to it. So, to set the record straight, here are 8 Things this Interior Design DOES Want You To Know:
This is the craft room of all craft rooms. During an initial conversation with the client, she said that she liked light and bright with pops of pink. Let's be honest, all my brain heard was pops of pink, and then I blacked out a little. Say no more! As a business owner with three kids, the client wanted a space where she could get some work done when she's not at the office; a 'no kid zone' retreat. Not only does it have more cabinetry than the kitchen, it has ribbon dowels, wrapping paper storage, cardstock paper slots for every color, a sink, a crafting island with stools, a seating area, a desk, a television, and more storage than I could ever dream of in my own home.
I love, love, love this master suite. As I previously mentioned, my client’s design taste is light and airy with a hint of glitz, but her husband has a more rustic and natural design style. While some spaces in the home lean a little more towards here taste, it was important to me to marry the two styles inside the master suite. I think this space is the perfect harmony of the two.
The lakehouse kitchen is right off of the open concept great room and dining room on the third level of this home. Yes, you read that correct – the kitchen is on the THIRD level. The floor plan is unique because while the house is set into a dune, the first two levels have dune views and the third level has a view of Lake Michigan. So, all of the key spaces like the great room, dining room, kitchen, and master suite are up on the third level.
I’ll admit, this one is a little unique compared to most of the homes I design as it’s not often a residential interior designer gets an opportunity to design a sports complex. So, what is this project anyway? The client wanted to add a basketball court, exercise room, and locker room on to their home. To avoid having the home tower over the neighborhood...