My fear about Virtual Interior Design

My fear about Virtual Interior Design

I had my own doubts about using virtual interior design- "can this really work?". However, after working with many people around the country virtually, I have seen that I can not only deliver creative designs but also help you implement them as well. One of my personal favorite stories is from a friend in TX who I worked with recently and who shares her side of the experience.

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Where do you look for ____ online? Series: Accessories

"Accessories" is interior design code for pillows, throws, things to put on your bookcase, coffee table and nightstand.

It’s all the fun fluff :)

It’s easy to spot a lot of these items at Target, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Random little shops we find ourselves in (aka: culprits of taking our money without us realizing it!).

But to find things that are online and aren’t from our go-to spots...that can be harder to hunt for.

I want to give you a list that reaches across lots of different styles to bring you accessories that are a little different and a little more unique than the average blue patterned throw pillow.

1. Momastore

This is an offshoot of a spectacular modern art museum in NYC. Like the art that the museum has, the online store has tons of unique and specialty items. It’s kind of like the Container Store where you think you don’t need anything but once you start browsing you find something you have to have!

2. Etsy (search "designer pillows")

I’ve mentioned the frustration in looking through Etsy for art here, but with accessories it’s not quite as hard. I really look to Etsy for beautiful pillows. Especially if you search for “designer pillows”, you will find pillows made out of REALLY nice fabric for a fraction of the price.

3. LEIF

LEIF is based out of Brooklyn and started only 5 years ago. It has a lot more than just home accessories but all it’s products have a wonderful fresh eclectic vibe that want to make you want to buy it all the more.

4. Shop Terrain (for plant stuff)

This site has bulbs, planters, vases, metal garlands (where you put them is another question), and dried wreaths. They are definitely not going to have your “basic” type of planter or vase, but if I am trying to find a little decor that is botanical in nature, I like to look here.  

5. Serena & Lily

Serena and Lily is what I like to think of as a preppy beach style (that isn’t all pink and teal). However, that’s really an exaggeration. It has lots of accessories that can blend with any style. I particularly like their mirrors and trays.

6. The Citizenry

This little shop is more of the minimal and simple style. What I like about their accessories is that they support artisan entrepreneurs all over the world and so each piece has it’s own story.

7. The Shoppe

Started by the popular designer company Amber Interiors, it carries the pinnacle of that “minimal, mid-century modern, boho” vibe. With lots of pillows, candles, baskets and cool coat hooks, if this is your style than you have found heaven.

8. Furbish

Furbish used to be a brick and mortar store in Raleigh, NC but became more of an online hub over the last few years. It carries funky needlepoint pillows, whimsical wall hangings and interesting textiles. You never know what you might find at this site :)

9. Gilt

This has TONS of options for any type of style at all sorts of price points. You do have to give them your email address, but all of their stuff is discounted from the typical retail prices so I think it's worth it. I don’t know why it’s called “Gilt” because you shouldn’t have any from shopping here…

10. Lulu & Georgia

This is one of my favorite sites!! It has many options for all sorts of accessories, and makes it easy to search for what you are looking for (70 drool worthy pages to be exact!)

I love the “fluff” part of interior design. It’s in the details that a design can really be amazing. However, I have see “fluff” used to cover up the parts of the room that don’t make as much sense (like a sofa that’s too big for the room). So, accessorize away….as long as you have the right bones in place :)

What do you love to accessorize with? Do you ever look online or do you prefer to buy them in person?

Where do you look for ____ online? Series: Dining Tables & Chairs

Where do you look for ____ online? Series: Dining Tables & Chairs

Dining tables and chairs can seem like a dime a dozen...but where do you look for pieces that are unique? Or a specific style? I've listed my top 10 places to look for dining room furniture to make things a little bit easier in your online hunt :)

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Where do you look for ____online? Series: Original Art

Where do you look for ____online? Series: Original Art

Original artwork isn't the first thing you think of when you are looking online. The biggest question is really where do you find it? You don't have to spend hours looking through Etsy if you don't want to...there are faster ways to find good art and I've listed 10 of them.

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Where do you look for ____online? Series: One of a kind pieces

Searching online for something unique can seem pointless.

Finding something uncommon only happens to the “lucky” ones- like lottery winners. Since online shopping seems so universal, it feels like everyone can get the same items online- so there isn’t any reason to look for specialty items.

However, there are some places to look for those on-of-a-kind gems. And I’ll tell you where :)

Photo courtesy of Chairish

Photo courtesy of Chairish

1. Chairish

This site makes it easy to find something you like.  It’s easy to navigate and many of the people who sell on their site offer free shipping. Plus it’s tag line is” Where Design Lovers Buy & Sell”...need I say more?

2. Custom Made

Do you ever have an idea to make something (like a cool coffee table) but never know who to ask? This is where you should look online. Their people are professionals who are passionate about making your vision come to life- and the gallery of things people have done is so fun to look through!

3. 1st Dibs

Don’t look on this site if you are on a budget. Because it’s nothing less than eye-candy. The first edition of designer made pieces and incredible looking lights...if you want to know where the really good vintage stuff is, look here.

4. Krrb

This is if your local Craigslist (a Craigslist that doesn’t have used ikea items) went national. It’s pronounced “curb” and is meant for you to find things locally...but many owners do ship nationally.

5. Society 6

This site is all about supporting artists. Not only do they have art from people all over but they apply artwork to pillows, throws and other home decor.

6. Etsy (if you search for the right thing...) 

Etsy is just overwhelming. There are sooo many vendors for items that it can be hard to hunt for things. My recommendation would be to be as specific as you can be. So if you are looking for nightstands, specify what style and material (ex: wood mid-century modern nightstands). I have also used Pinterest as a secondary search engine for Etsy and that if you searched in Pinterest for an Etsy item, it might narrow down your hunt even more. 

7. Viyet

This is a really nice online consignment shop. But the people at Viyet go to the place these pieces are located, take their own pictures, measurements and authenticate everything. So you know you don’t need to question what you’re actually looking at.

8. WorkOf

WorkOf is all about well made, original contemporary pieces that are designed by independent shops. With every piece, you know exactly where it comes from and is typically made to order (so don’t expect to get it by the weekend). It's also not cheap...but maybe you should look at it as a WorkOf-art :)

9. Magpie and Rye

This is more for affordable contemporary accessories (which are actually hard to find), and are mostly made by hand. They also source most of their designs from North America.

10. American Design Club

American Design Club is super neat. They come up with a concept that they give to designers, who then to submit products with that concept in mind. They pick the winners of the contest and then sell the designs- and they are some cool designs.

There are probably other sites that I don’t even know about that should be added to this list. However, if you want something unique with a story, don’t rule out hunting online for it.

The treasures are out there waiting to be found!

Do you look for one-of-a-kind pieces online? Why or why not?

 

Where do you look for ___ online? Series: Sofas

Where do you look for ___ online? Series: Sofas

Would you have guessed that this image is of two sofas purchased online? Well they were. Purchasing anything online can feel like you are taking a really big risk. However, I've listed out 10 great companies to look at when you are shopping for sofas online. 

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Top 20 Benefits of Online Interior Design

Top 20 Benefits of Online Interior Design

Online interior design sounds like a trend that you really don't understand. 

I understand where you're coming from- Pinterest just came out 6 years ago!! So all of this online design stuff is still a little new. I'm giving you the top 20 reasons why you should consider working online. I promise it's not as crazy as it sounds :)

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Why do you hire an interior designer?

Why do you hire an interior designer?

You hire an interior designer because you are frustrated with not being able to make a decision. You hire a designer because you are overwhelmed with the process of figuring out where to start.

But why don't you hire a designer? 

As a designer, I think it's fair that I talk about the reasons why it may be better to not hire me (even though you think that may be crazy for me to talk about!). I go over the reasons why not to hire a designer as well as explain the other name for a designer- your therapist

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When do you pick out paint colors?

When do you pick out paint colors?

When do you pick out paint colors? Before you move in? After? What happens if you already live in your home- is there a good time to pick out your colors? There aren't any rules to the madness but I've figured out a pro/con list so that it's easy for you to paint when the best time is for you

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A new sofa and all that goes with it

A new sofa and all that goes with it

I'm revealing which sofa we picked for my friend's room (that we talked about here) and showing all the different reasons why. However, once you get a new sofa you usually need accessories to make it go with the rest of the room. To help with your hunting process, I'm giving you 5 categories to have when you're looking for accessories. They make up the guidelines you need for helping you narrow down what you're really looking for--because picking accessories should be fun!

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Creating a Gallery Wall Part 2

Creating a Gallery Wall Part 2

Gallery walls can really be so much fun to have in your home. You can make an arrangement with what you have now and you can make plans for later. I'm discussing the freedom of buying pieces you love to incorporate in your gallery wall later. It's also called the Later Plan- and it doesn't ever have to end! 

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Creating a Gallery Wall Part 1

Creating a Gallery Wall Part 1

There are many how to guides on creating gallery walls. However, there isn't a lot of talk about the Now Plan and Later Plan. What to do right now to make sure you stop having blank walls and what to do later on when you find other pieces you like. I'm discussing the Now Plan and why it's important. Stay tuned for how to create the Later Plan!

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Celebrating African American Interior Designers

Celebrating African American Interior Designers

In the interior design world, there aren't a ton of African American Interior Designers. To celebrate Black History Month, I wanted to highlight ten different designs from some talented designers in the industry who are expanding the diversity of the industry is a beautiful way. 

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To have and to love series: Salt Lake City Abode

To have and to love series: Salt Lake City Abode

Gosh, I love this room so much! I'm looking into all the ways this room works and the many ways we can create the similar look in our homes. Read on to see why this coffee table is WAY more practical than other options that could have gone here. 

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To have to love series: Santa Monica Dwelling

To have to love series: Santa Monica Dwelling

I'm looking at a beautiful space in California that has simple details and a calming feeling that is out of this world. I discuss the 9 different parts of the room that the designer, Carla Lane Interiors, did to make the room successful as well as how we can achieve the same look too. 

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To have and to love series: Chicago Home

To have and to love series:            Chicago Home

What a great group of rooms to include in the "to have and to love" series. My favorite part about this design was how the designer, Alexandra Kaehler, really made art a meaningful component to the whole house. Read about how to pick apart the parts of this room and how to make them yours.

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