Inspiring Decorator – Jade Bennett – Finders Keepers Blog

 

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Jade Bennett from the Finders Keepers blog is all about style. Her style is definitely eclectic, but it has a whimsical side to it, too. However she defines her style, one thing’s for sure – it makes you feel good. Simple as that. Here’s a little bit more about her and her design inspiration.

 

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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I was inspired to be an interior designer at a very young age, by my mother. I grew up in a home that was always changing and always beautiful. I remember coming home from school and my mom would have rearranged my room while I was gone – new pillows and my bed in a new place. I loved it! She was so creative and would let me help her change things around the house. We would shop together and decorate together. I knew I wanted to go to school and be an interior designer when I grew up.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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This one is so hard for me because I LOVE all the styles! If I could live in a clean mid-century modern house, I would, but I believe the home you live in usually calls for its own kind of style. My home and style at the moment would best be described as English cottage. I love an eclectic mix of things that create a warm and super cozy space. With three littles running around and often leaving messes as they go, this style maintains its beauty regardless of the chaos around it.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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Seeing as how my current house is a rental space, my project list was minimal. We did, however, add some wainscoting in the kitchen behind one of our farm tables and I loved it! We are currently buying a little fixer-upper where I have BIG plans for projects and moving walls around!

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I just love gallery walls! They are the perfect way to add warmth and dimension to any space. Plus, they are a great way to display all the little pieces of art or mirrors I have collected from my travels. I love them in modern spaces or really eclectic spaces alike. See mine here.

 

Inspiring Decorator – Kelley Nan – The KelleyNan Blog

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What we love most about the Kelley Nan blog – do we really have to pick just one!? – is her southern style. But we also love her tablescapes. They’re gorgeous, and we love her creativity. Here’s a little more about Kelley’s journey.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved making my spaces “pretty.” I was never an artist or musician, so rearranging my room and changing up my color schemes was my form of artistic expression. Even when I was working in college, I would take my earnings and put them toward new bedding and accessories on a regular basis. I have always been resourceful and put what I already had to use.

When we built our home in early 2015, I finally had the blank canvas I had always wanted. As I worked on rooms, I started documenting our progress via Instagram. I had no idea that strangers would be interested in my home and hearing what I had to say…but they were. I decided to take my little blog journal and transform it into a place where I style, host, and design, in hopes that I could inspire others to tap into their creativity, regardless of budget and personal style, and to make their homes a place they truly love. After a year, my Instagram account has grown to over 90,000 and my blog is gaining traction. I wouldn’t trade the connections I have made on this journey for anything.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I grew up in the south and my grandmother was a true lady; her class shone through how she decorated and maintained her home, and it was a huge influence on what I always aspired to have. I appreciate and admire many styles, but the one I am most drawn to is a bit transitional. I like a lot of classic tradition with a little modern flare. I mix a lot of different styles in our home, but I think bringing together an eclectic mix makes for a more collected look.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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This is a tough one. Because we haven’t been in our home that long, we still have rooms that haven’t been finished. We still have rooms we haven’t touched! So, I kind of look at our home as one big ongoing project. I am always working on it and making plans, moving from room to room. Some of my favorite projects are the themed tablescapes I create. You can find some of those HERE. I also just finished my white guest retreat, so I am still loving the clean, bright transition. You can see that reveal HERE.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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Like many decor enthusiasts, I am all about white kitchens, aged brass, and tufted everything. As I mentioned before, because I always try to build on what I already have, I try to keep my larger pieces more neutral and classic, and keep the trends to accessories and art. My neutral base has lended itself well through my ever-changing style (and mind). Right now in my home, I am loving mixed metals. I have a gallery wall of silver and gold sunburst mirrors – will that stay forever? No. But this is one easy-to-update trend that feels fresh and fun. You can check out the gallery wall in my formal living room HERE.

Inspiring Decorator – Mollie Openshaw – Design Loves Detail

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Mollie and her blog, Design Loves Detail, are simply adorable! Her style is flawless, and she dreams in floor plans! How incredible is that? Here’s a little bit more about Mollie Openshaw.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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When I was about 12 years old, I started really visualizing spaces. I was very into art and created a perspective drawing of my room. The style for the space was a vision that just kind of came to life in my mind, and I had to get it all down on paper so I could make it a reality. My mom even let me paint flowers on the walls! That’s when I first realized that interior design was in my DNA. I continued to develop art talents through high school, and my mom let me decorate our house. I went to college for interior design and after a year or two, my dad called me one day to say that he thought it wasn’t the most practical career choice if you’re not going to live in a metropolitan area. I realize now that my cute dad was hoping I wouldn’t move far away to a big city, haha. Heeding his advice, I actually switched my major but continued taking design and art courses on the side. After graduating college, I ended up starting a graphic design company and loved it, but still found myself being drawn to interiors. I always had some form of interior design project going on for myself and/or others and came to realize it was my calling and true passion in life. A few years ago, I made a commitment to run at my dream with everything I have, and I’ve been designing interiors for clients full-time ever since and love it. And I didn’t even have to move from my home state of Utah. :)

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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Sometimes that’s hard to put into words! But overall, I’d say contemporary coastal eclectic. I am a lover of bright, airy spaces full of natural light. I love pure white and fresh color equally and play with both in my designs. I love blending styles together for a unique mix. I also love incorporating mid-century modern and vintage pieces just to add a “collected” feel to a space. I try to use at least one vintage or antique item in each space I design. I love the history, comfort, and “worn-in” look that it lends to a new room. I also love using elements from nature.

There’s just something about wood grain, stone, plants, etc. I think we as humans connect with those kind of raw elements from nature, and bringing them indoors feels natural and kind of zen.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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Back in 2013 I had a dream of a floor plan. I woke up and drew it all out on paper. Within a year from that time, we had sold our first home, found a piece of land, and built the home that I had dreamed up. Definitely my favorite project because my husband and I worked together to create a completely unique vision all our own, and now we get to live in it! My brother-in-law was the general contractor for the project, my husband did finish work, like tile, finish carpentry, etc., and I designed everything.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love global/vintage textiles right now. Great texture, patterns, and that vintage feel I was describing. That’s also why I’m loving the natural texture roman shades from SelectBlinds.com. Raw, natural elements are some of my favorite to work with!

 

Photo Credit – Jessie Alexis Photography and Travis J Photography

Inspiring Decorator – Melissa George – Polished Habitat

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The Polished Habitat blog is DIYer’s dream. She has a lovely eye for design, and we all love her style. Learn a little more about Melissa George from the Polished Habitat:

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

My journey has been very long and winding. I’ve had an obsession with houses and decor as long as I can remember. But, I also loved business and excelled in more left-brain topics. For too long, I worked in jobs like data analysis and project management. At night, I’d constantly be perusing real estate listings and decorating/remodeling our house. One day I had that now or never moment, gave my notice at a great job, and went all-in to become a home decor & organizing blogger. Best decision EVER.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Functional fresh modern with a dose of glam and a nod to traditional.

I definitely don’t fit into a cookie-cutter design style, but as crazy as my combo sounds, I feel like the rooms we create are still pretty accessible and not too “out there”. I put a high value on making rooms that work and make life easier. Incorporating organization right into the core design is probably my favorite thing to do.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

Our master closet is my favorite project to date. The space was so beige and completely dysfunctional, even though it was by far the biggest closet we’ve ever had.

Here’s what it looked like before from one angle:

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I spent more time planning the space than any other project. To see the plans come to life and look even better than I dreamed was surreal. It was also a HUGE labor intensive project because we built all the shelving ourselves, which stretched our abilities.

Here’s the same angle after we were done:

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I also love smaller organizing projects, like the space under my bathroom sink. I came up with fun ways to make it look great AND work well.

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4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I’m all about anything gold/brass, lucite, or marble. If they are all combined together with some navy accents thrown in, I’m even happier!

I can’t swing putting marble in our bathroom or kitchen, so I found a fun way to incorporate it around the house on a budget. Marble contact paper!

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Inspiring Decorators – Kelli and Kristi – Lolly Jane Blog

Lolly Jane is an adorable blog run by twin sisters. They feature tutorials that range from delicious recipes to lovely home decor projects. Their fun, fresh, clean style will leave you wanting more.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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Lolly Jane started off as a sign making boutique when Kelli’s banker husband became a police officer. It grew quickly, so she enlisted her twin sister Kristi to help with the orders. We soon started the DIY-based blog within a couple of years, switching gears to focus on blogging our creativity versus making signs with our hands. It’s been nearly a decade since all the craziness has happened, and we are so grateful for our blog that has turned into a fun “jobbie,” AKA a hobby job! It’s allowed us to still raise our kids by staying home but supporting our husbands’ incomes in a fun way, and yes, we still love making and selling signs.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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We love COLOR and all things VINTAGE! It’s hard to combine the two styles since vintage decor tends to follow whites, blacks, and creams, but we are here to prove you can have the best of both worlds. We love Kelli’s colorful craft room bookcase that we painted mustard yellow herringbone patterns onto the backside, then filled it with our grandmother’s old suitcases and vintage crates for storage. Old and new go hand in hand to create a long lasting look that will stay classic for years to come.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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We love Kelli’s entryway because it started off totally drab. We added board and batten wall trim on the wall, painted above that a happy yellow color, built a full wall length shelf for it, and now we swap decor out seasonally.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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We are all over succulents right now. We first popped them into a chalk painted mason jar and now use them in our dining room daily for home decor. We’ve even made a free printable with them and hope the trend lives as long as they do!

Inspiring Decorator – Melissa Michaels – The Inspired Room

The Inspired Room blog is all about loving the home you have. It’s about attainable and affordable style and design for everyone, and that’s what we love the most about Melissa Michaels’ blog. It’s inspiring, and the photos are stunning. Are you ready to look at your own home in a whole new way?

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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I’ve always loved home decor. Even as a very young girl, I was always designing houses in moving boxes for my dolls and trying out floor plans on paper. I grew up watching my parents decorate and remodel our homes and enjoyed driving with my family through neighborhoods to look at houses on the weekends. As a newlywed and young mom, I always had stacks of decorating magazines by my bed, read every home-related book I could get my hands on, and always had a home remodeling or decorating project going on (or mulling around in my mind for the future). I just loved it!

I thought at one point I would go into interior design, but I ended up working at a publishing company instead, which was fun, too. But after many years of gaining design experience in my own homes and learning everything I could about home design on a budget, I realized I was so passionate about the home and enjoyed the process so much, I decided I was ready to launch my own business.

In 2007 I started The Inspired Room. I would go into clients’ homes and take a look at what they already had and within a few hours, I had rearranged their furniture and accessories in a way they loved.

From there I started a blog and eventually went on to write books! It’s been an amazing and rewarding journey! I love that The Inspired Room has grown into a brand that really fits with everything I love.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I love so many different styles. I really just appreciate good design in whatever form it is. But my personal preference lands toward a modern farmhouse, eclectic cottage style. I love a clean look but also love to incorporate colors and textures and a mix of new and old things I love.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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My favorite projects have been my last two kitchens. I love designing kitchens. They really are the heart of the home, so they deserve extra attention. I enjoy the process of making a kitchen inviting and welcoming. It’s sometimes a challenge to pull all the elements together in a way that fits your budget and style, but I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed about it. You can find my house tour and kitchen here: http://theinspiredroom.net/my-current-house-tour/

You can also find ideas and tips in my book called The Inspired Room. We recently moved, so we’ll be starting over with a kitchen and decorating the house, but I’m excited about that opportunity! I’m just getting started and will share the whole process on the blog.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love that there are so many affordable and accessible ways to decorate your home with the latest trends. It’s fun for me to share ways to pull a home together and be able to offer resources I’ve found to make that happen without spending a fortune. My favorite way to decorate is to mix old and new, so I love that anything goes these days! We can enjoy putting together our own look with what is current and what we already have.

Inspiring Decorator – Mandi Gubler – Vintage Revivals

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1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

I was inspired to become a blogger after stumbling upon this crazy inspiring world. I couldn’t believe how wonderful and inspiring the whole thing was, so I started spray painting everything in sight and started Vintage Revivals to document it. I had NO IDEA it would or could turn into all of this!

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I would describe my style as vintage, eclectic, graphic, colorful, and modern. So basically I like everything at the same time.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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Oh my gosh, this is the hardest! I would say that my favorite project is usually the one that I just finished. I love the nursery that I just finished for my son, Brem.

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And The Nugget is always a crowdpleaser.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love black windows, loads of plants, and anything vintage!

Inspiring Decorator – Carolyn Garris – Homework Blog

We love the Homework blog‘s tagline – Today’s Assignment – be inspired.

And that’s the perfect way to describe Carolyn’s blog – inspirational. Not only does she have decorating tips, but she also provides DIY craft ideas for the whole family and delicious recipes. It has everything you need to make your home as unique as you. Honestly, we all fell in love at first glance. Now it’s your turn to get to know Carolyn a bit more.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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Although I don’t consider myself a designer by trade, I have always loved decorating and freshening my space. I’ve been a creative soul for as long as I can remember and started my blog when I was between jobs. I’ve grown from sharing small craft projects to larger home decor projects. Sharing inspiring projects and working at making my house my own through my blog is wonderfully fulfilling.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I like a clean and simple look with a mix of styles. Mixing up vintage and modern pieces or using a variety of textures keeps things interesting for me.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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My new bay window makeover is my latest project and so it’s currently my favorite project. I love how the light streams in through the window and enhances the new blinds and sheer cotton panels.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I love the decluttering trend right now. The idea of simplifying is very appealing. Another trend that I’ll never tire of is using natural elements in decor. No matter what the season is, I find a way to bring something from my garden inside.

Inspiring Decorator – KariAnne Wood – Thistlewood Farms

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KariAnne Wood’s blog, Thistlewood Farms, is simply adorable! You’ll find a fun variety of subjects, including lifestyle posts and decorating inspiration. Not only does she showcase her own designs, but she provides helpful posts to answer common decorating questions, like how to make your windows look larger. We know you’ll love getting to know her as much as we have!

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

I started writing the blog because I was interested in design and mixing patterns with colors and textures. I love to pair vintage finds with newer pieces to create a unique, one-of-a-kind look. The blogging and design journey has been one full of exciting opportunities I never would have imagined when I began.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I typically trend toward industrial farmhouse style. I love repurposing items in the home.

3. What was your favorite projects? Why?

One of my favorite projects in my home has been my recipe wall.

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Also, I enjoyed creating a wall made entirely out of shutters.

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Or an easy DIY, like adding door molding to your home.

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4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I love the idea of adding architecture to a home. Projects like a shiplap wall or over-sized floor moldings or even ceiling medallions are great DIY projects. It’s an easy way to update a builder home into something special and one of a kind.

Inspiring Decorator – Bethany Dufilho – The House of Figs

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If you haven’t experienced The House of Figs blog, then you need to take a moment and do so. You won’t be disappointed. Bethany Dufilho has a beautiful eye for design, which is really showcased on her Instagram. Get ready to feel inspired!

Find out a little more about Bethany and discover what she’s all about.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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I was inspired to become a designer after my oldest child was born and I became a stay-at-home mom in 2008. While decorating his nursery, I just had so much fun getting creative. I thought, Why can’t I be this creative in the rest of my house? I started reading design blogs and realized I didn’t need specialized training or a degree in design to make my home how I wanted it. I just needed to take some risks, paint some wall, and experiment a little. So that’s what I started doing and I was hooked! Our first home became like design school for me. I can’t tell you how many times I painted and repainted, how many times I rearranged furniture, and how many nail holes I put in the walls. It really was the training ground for me to discover my style and learn things like scale, contrast, and how to plan a room from start to finish. During that time, I had a few friends and family members reach out to me and ask for help with projects in their own homes. My business grew from there!

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I work with clients with all different types of homes, but my favorite is really a modern farmhouse look. For example, I just love when something really old, like a rough wooden farmhouse table, is paired with a really modern stark white chair. Can’t get enough of it!

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

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My favorite project was for a dear friend and client and I call it the “Montgomery House” on my blog. It was a custom home that I helped design from start to finish, so that was really fun. It has a farmhouse aesthetic with lots of craftsman detailing – a new home but with lots of old home charm. The homeowners really trusted me, which I think is so important when working with a designer.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I don’t know if you’d call it a trend, but I love to decorate with books! I love to read so I enjoy having books around my own home and I feel like they bring so much life and color to a room. I hate for things to be overly matchy and books are like their own little works of art that don’t have to fit in with a color scheme.