Design Works Studio, Cary
919-467-1167, ext. 104, or DWSinc.biz
My Design Signature: When working with a client and they have something in particular that they love or has sentimental value, I always encourage them to use it in the design project. I think your home should be based on your personality and what you love.
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My Secret Source: It’s no secret, but a great source that many people don’t think of using for their design projects is eBay. It never ceases to amaze me with what I’m able to find. In particular, I like shopping for Kilim rugs on eBay. You can always find a great steal!
Favorite Thing in My Home: It’s hard for me to narrow down to one favorite item in my home. I have two paintings that are extremely sentimental to me. The first is a painting of the Raleigh skyline done by artist Bobby Logic that my mom gave to me on my 30th birthday. It hangs over our living room mantel, and with its brilliant colors adds life to this space. I loved the painting so much, it ended up being my inspiration for the rest of the room. Another painting that is extremely sentimental to me is a painting that my mom made for me of the house that I grew up in. I loved that house so much, and the fact that my mother painted it is so special. The house is white, but in the paining she made it pink, which I think is so fun and unique.
Favorite Source of Inspiration: I can’t say that I have one thing in particular that gives me inspiration. I find inspiration in everyday life; whether it be something in nature, a fabric, apparel, books, magazines, blogs, etc.
Best Host or Hostess Gift: If you’re looking for a great hostess gift, you can never go wrong with monogrammed cocktail napkins. It’s always nice if you can coordinate them with the colors in your hostess’ home. Or, if you’re in a time crunch, a scented candle is another great option.
Most Common Decorating Mistake Homeowners Make: Homeowners typically tend to overcrowd a room with furniture and accessories. In my opinion, less is typically better than more. If you have a few statement pieces that work well together, your room will flow nicely and those pieces will act as the focal points.
Best $250 Décor Refresher: A fresh coat of paint can go a very long way. Sometimes a room can start to look so drab after a while, and updating the color on the walls can make a big difference and won’t cost a fortune.
Next Project at My House: My dining room. It needs new life so I’m hoping to paint the walls, purchase a new light fixture, dining table, chairs and fun window treatments in the near future. Hopefully my husband agrees.
Best Holiday Decorating Tip: Create a tradition. Make a gingerbread house with your family that is displayed over the holidays, no matter how good or bad it turns out. Or spend a day traveling to the mountains with your family to cut your own Christmas tree, or buy a sentimental ornament each year to add to your tree, whether it’s a “newlywed” ornament, “baby’s first Christmas” ornament, or an ornament that you found on vacation. These simple traditions will help decorate your home for the holidays and create happy memories for you and your family.
Real or Fake Christmas Tree: No doubt, a real Christmas tree. There’s nothing like the smell of a fresh cut cedar tree in your home during the Christmas holidays. To me, that’s the smell of Christmas.