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There are ways to ensure you meet your aesthetic, and also light a space properly. Let's talk about it!

Lighting is one of the most important elements of interior design – it can completely transform a space, drawing attention to certain features and creating the desired mood and ambiance. But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide how to use light effectively in your home.


It's definitely important to consider the natural light available in your space. If possible, maximize the amount of natural light coming in by using sheer curtains or no window treatments at all. This will make your space feel brighter, more open and natural. If natural light is limited, consider adding different sources of artificial light to compensate. The dining space below makes use of both.



Also, think about the purpose of the room! The type of lighting you choose should reflect the activities taking place. For example, in a living room, you might want a soft, warm glow for relaxation, so consider using floor lamps or table lamps with soft bulbs. In a kitchen or workspace, where task lighting is important, opt for bright, focused lights to help you see what you're doing. Nightstand lamps are great for task lighting. Keep the room dim, but focus on your reading.



When choosing lighting fixtures, consider their design and placement. The fixtures themselves can add personality to a space and serve as a decorative element. On the other hand, a poorly placed light fixture can disrupt the flow of a room. Be mindful of where you place them to create balance and harmony within your space. A semi-flush piece will keep the lighting on task, but elevated so that it doesn't impede your view!



Consider layering your lighting. This means using multiple lighting sources and fixtures to create depth and ambiance within a room. For example, you might use a combination of table lamps, floor lamps and overhead lighting to create a dynamic and interesting space.


When it comes to using light in interior design, think about the natural light available, the purpose of the room, the design of your fixtures, and the layering of your lighting. By taking these factors into account, you'll create a cohesive and inviting space that reflects your personal style.


Thanks for stopping by!

xo

K

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Hiring a designer can help you get through a renovation easier in the long run (and save your sanity.)

Interior designers have the training and expertise to understand the functional and aesthetic aspects of a space. They can provide creative solutions to design challenges that homeowners may not have considered.



A good interior designer will have experience working with budgets of all sizes. They can advise you on where to spend your money for the best return on investment, and where to cut back without sacrificing the overall look and feel of your space.



Renovations often require the expertise of multiple contractors and tradespeople, from painters and electricians to plumbers and flooring installers. An experienced interior designer will have a network of high-quality professionals that they have worked with before, ensuring that your renovation proceeds smoothly. I know some excellent trades people.



It takes the stress off your plate. Renovations can be (read: ARE) stressful; especially if you are living in the space while the work is being done. I can handle the logistics, ordering materials and overseeing the work to ensure that everything is done to your satisfaction. I can also communicate with contractors on your behalf, saving you from having to manage multiple people and schedules.


Without design expertise, you can spend a lot of time researching and selecting materials, furniture, and decor for your renovation. An interior designer can streamline the process by presenting options that fit your taste and budget, saving you time and making the renovation process smoother and more enjoyable.



Hiring an interior designer can help you navigate a renovation with less stress, fewer mistakes, and better results. My expertise and ability to manage the project will make the renovation process easier and more enjoyable for you.


Let me know how I can help!

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Redecorating your home can be a fun and exciting experience, but if I’m guessing, one of the reasons it isn’t done more frequently is because it’s overwhelming and can be expensive.  But with the right tips, redecorating your home on a small budget is easily possible. Keep reading!

Tip 1: Paint and Decor

Painting your walls can give any room a fresh new look. Consider adding a statement wall to create an accent point in your room. ACCENT WALLS ARE NOT “OUT”. If you want one, GO FOR IT.  Also, adding curtains, throw pillows, and area rugs can also enhance your decor. On websites like Wayfair and even Amazon (see my former posts about great finds under 100.00) you can find affordable accent pieces, curtains, and decorative throw pillows to give your room a pop of color.



Tip 2: Upcycle and DIY - MY FAVE

Upcycling can breathe new life into old furniture pieces. You can create a shabby chic or bohemian look with DIY projects that include refurbishing wood furniture, painting mason jars, or creating a gallery wall using thrifted frames. These ideas are affordable and can create an eclectic vibe.  Have a look through my Instagram page… you’ll see plenty of examples.



Tip 3: Use Natural Lighting

Natural lighting can make your home look more spacious and livelier. Utilize natural lighting by hanging sheer curtains or remove heavy window treatments to increase the amount of natural light that comes into your home. Let the sunlight in to create a bright and fresh-looking home. I am personally a huge fan of sheers.



Tip 4: Add Plants

Adding greenery to your living space not only helps improve air quality but also adds an organic element to your decor. Look for low maintenance plants such as snake plants and ZZ plants and let them add a pop of color to any area.  Be sure to visit The Green House Floral Bar if you’re in the area, and Lauren will point you in the right direction.



Hope these tips help!

Redecorating your home on a small budget doesn't have to be difficult. By using these tips, you can create a new look for your home without breaking the bank. Adding new decor, upcycling old furnishings, utilizing natural lighting, and incorporating plants are simple ways to enhance any living space. With the right planning and execution, homeowners can successfully redecorate their home at a reasonable cost.


xo

K

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