Design

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

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?

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

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 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

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

How I Became an Interior Designer

I recently realized that I have never shared my story of how I became an interior designer here on the blog. I get asked this question constantly by aspiring designers, and quite frankly, there is no short answer to give! This long story starts back in 2007. I was a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and after years of preparing to go to medical school, the reality set in that I was graduating in a few months and I did NOT want to apply...

How I Became an Interior Designer

How to Hide Your TV

Rarely do I get overly excited about the latest in electronics....

So much of the time, electronic companies just give us a slight update to the last model, and before we can get too comfortable with what's state of the art, they introduce a new shinier better thing. That leaves us with buyer's regrets and dissatisfaction with our freshly sub-par tech.

That's not the case with the latest TV release from Samsung! This fusion of art & technology is a game changer that I wish I could purchase for all the projects I design!

How to Hide Your TV