2607 Lochmore Dr., Raleigh,
Design Signature: I love mixing old and new. A contemporary space is made more interesting with a refurbished antique. An older home is better with vintage windows and well-loved wood floors. Classic geometries are given new life with a more modern couch or lighting scheme. An eclectic mix of styles can be found in all my work and keeps spaces feeling relevant, fun and fresh.
Trend you are excited to see: I love that there is a trend for less thematic interiors. We are now seeing a combination of cultures and time periods making for a more layered and eclectic design. I also love that matte brass as well as black fixtures and finishes are back.
Trends that you are ready to see end: Chevron, cheap-mirrored furniture and word art have been overused. It is time to see them move on.
Go to when sprucing up a room: The cheapest and easiest way to spruce up a room is to declutter and organize. Less is more. Rearrange your furniture for a fresh new look. Change out pillows. Add or change a rug. And new pant is always a cheap go-to for refreshing a room.
Open shelving or closed cabinets in kitchen: I love the way that kitchens have started to be more integrated into the home instead of being a separate room. As a result of this we are seeing more open shelving and less upper cabinets. With that said, how our kitchen functions is very important. Having a good balance of open and closed cabinets for your needs is the best option.
Next project at your house and why: My project at home right now is finishing up our outdoor space. We have a small enclosed backyard with mostly hardscape and I have been working on finding the right outdoor furniture for the space. I just found and purchased it. I and am excited to get it in place and enjoy it this fall as the weather cools down.
Favorite thing in your home and where it came from: This is a hard question for me to answer, as I am a collector. I would have to say that most recently I have been enjoying the antique Danish sofa that we bought up in Michigan where we spend a good part of the summer. It has been beautifully redone and has great lines. We love to sit there and have cocktails or I have found myself passing the hours sitting and working there.
Best advice when decorating a child’s room: Remember to carve out an area for play and to spark imagination. A basket full of dress up clothes is a fun and easy way to do that. Chalkboard paint on a wall for an interactive backdrop is another cheap and easy option.
My biggest design risk and how it turned out: I feel that design should be fluid and that it is a process that doesn’t really end. We should always push ourselves and expect the unexpected in order to keep it fresh. I love to do the unexpected or use objects in a different way. In a recent renovation I used a wood bowl as a sink in the powder room. It turned out well and spurs conversation.
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