This is an excerptHappy Home Tour – Katie Kime’s Brilliant Home
Hope you’re having a great week! Perhaps getting the summer kick started already inspired you to add some beach vibe in to your interiors. In this post I’ll break it down for you how to create the Classic American beach house look. In case you missed the blog post CLASSIC BEACH HOUSE INSPIRATION you’ll definitelyGet the Look & Paint colors: Classic Beach House
Do you ever think about how you want to be greeted when you come home? Not how you are greeted by family member, how you are greeted by your space. Have you ever sat down to think about how you want to FEEL when you open your front door? The feeling that you get whenYou had me at Hello! 5 Great Tips for the Foyer
Moving and decorating a new place can be a very stressful AND expensive process.
Since the real estate market was “on fire” in LA it became impossible for us to find a house to buy, so instead we had to look for a temporary rental. Thanks to my broker Henry Dodge and my friend Julie in LA we found an cute bungalow just a few days before the moving trucks arrived. That gave me only a couple of hours to plan a design for a place I had never seen in person. And this had to be done without buying anything new AND leaving our house in Virginia perfectly staged to sell.
Here is a step by step SIMPLE & QUICK guide how you can decorate with nothing new!
STEP # 1
TAKE PICTURES OF THE NEW SPACE
As soon as you have secured the new place, bring paper and pen and a camera to the space. Take one picture from each corner of the room. And one picture from each side of the room. This gives you an excellent overview when you come home and start to work on a design. At this point also take notes as to what the landlord needs to do.Decorate with nothing new – our Livingroom
When I’m designing for a client, I spend a lot of time really listening to them to understand what they love, how they want to live, and how they want to feel in their home. I listen to their lifestyle desires, dreams and really try to get inside their head. Nothing is worse than a professionally designed home that lacks the personality of the owners! I know a lot of designers read this blog, and I think you would agree.
When you use a designer the result should be your dream home, with your personality and ideas aided by the vision and experience of a designer whose esthetic you share.
I’m a big believer that things in your home should be meaningful, so I never create a design plan overloaded with “fill up the space” accessories. I incorporate most of the clients existing inventory of beloved pieces in to the design plan. I also think there should be some space left for future treasures the client might find as they go through life. A home is always evolving.
Using my own home as a guide, here are some thoughts I have on creating a space that has character and your own personality.
I hate being cold! Everyone is always surprised when I say that. You’re cold? But you’re Swedish, you’re not supposed to be cold? B-I-G misunderstanding. Because I grew up being so cold my toes and fingers often went numb from freezing temperatures, I don’t ever like to be cold. As I’m gearing up for an upcoming “snowy” magazine shoot in Sweden. (we need snow, praying for snow) I’m adding even more furry/shaggy seats to chairs over there. Nothing better to warm up your bum!Heat in the seat!