Inspiring Decorator: Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse

Picture perfect in Pennsylvania, Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse puts a modern spin on a vintage style by creating a home that’s a culmination of old and new. She is frequently writing her home’s story, expertly crafting the contents and chapters in “Pursuit of a Pretty Home in Pittsburgh”.

We recently collaborated with her for a huge window shades project, and were so interested in her designer style that we asked her to be our next Inspiring Decorator! So grab a sammich from Primanti Bro’s and read our interview with Autumn below!

Meet Autumn of Steel City Farmhouse!

1. How would you explain your style and aesthetic?

When designing our home, we wanted a retreat, a gathering point, and a space that inspired our passions. That has slowly unfolded into a timeless yet clean eclectic style as we design and decorate our newly built home.​ ​I love a blend of old and new, pieces that tell the story of time mixed against the backdrop of​ a newly constructed home. This, for me, is what has given our home some soul. ​​​​ 

2. Where/Who do you get your home inspiration from?

Most recently I was very inspired by rummaging through my grandmother’s attic. While she is no longer with us, I love incorporating meaningful treasures that remind me of her into our home. ​Think beautiful sea glass jugs, designer vintage rattan chairs, and intricately designed dishware. ​It has given a nice balance of old in a new home. 

​Traveling the world has also served as a huge point of inspiration ​for my designs ​and perhaps why my style is a bit eclectic.​ And this is why you’ll see a side of travel on my predominantly home blog

SelectBlinds.com's Roman Shades lend to the clean and sleek look!

3. What personal project are you proudest of and why? 

Right now, my head is still in the clouds on the completion of our custom built home. It was something we dreamed of doing, and it​ ​was such a special experience to be able to design our home and build top to bottom what works and serves our lifestyle best.​ 

Welcome to Autumn's custom home!

4. What’s your favorite trend right now? 

I love how color ​and pattern ​is making a bold, new come back. ​​For me, I want to be wrapped in a happy, cheerful space so I’ve been finding ways to pack a little punch throughout whether it’s the backsplash, wallpaper, rugs​ ​​or furniture.

Just as in our lives we are all multi-tasking and juggling all of life’s little demands, we need our homes to do the same. I love how more and more the expectation is for a space to flex and be multi-functioning. Doubling benches as storage, or transforming what would normally be a home office into a multi-purpose room all through the design and layout of furniture. This reflects a major shift in how people want usable spaces for their families.   

Bold colors and a subtle pattern make a great marriage.

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about interior design/decorating?

Let’s learn together! ​By day and trade I work in Corporate America in business. ​Unlike others I can’t sit here and tell you I’ve been doing this for a decade. It’s something I stumbled upon and realized I loved after I got my first place. ​I guess my best advice is to experiment on your own home/space ​or take some pro bono projects to build your portfolio​ (queue mom and dad, or friends.) 

Barn door fit into many different kinds of decor!

Thanks so much for letting us take a closer look at your home, Autumn! We love learning a little more about all of our influencers and hope to work with you again in the future! If you love the window treatments in Steel City Farmhouse, here’s a couple links to the products in this post:

Classic Roman Shades in Simply White (Bedroom, Bathroom)

Classic Light Filtering Cordless Cellular Shades in Perfect White (Living Room)

For more details on her custom window treatments, amazing DIY installation walk-through and even insider some tech tips, you won’t want to miss her Select Blinds blog post!

“It was top of my list to get a quote or two for blinds, and we knew it would be expensive but never did we think our quotes would come back between $12-15k for 22 windows. And then I found Select Blinds.”

-Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse

Inspiring Decorator: Audrey Sprinkle of The Black House on the Corner

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Welcome back for another designer spotlight from one of our favorite Instagram innovators! This time, we’re going dark with The Black House on the Corner, and we mean that in the best way possible! Audrey uses a collection of darker hues in her 1900 Greek Revival Craftsman, bringing out the beauty in the design of her home by collating the moody shades with a pop of bright white and custom themes that give every room it’s own bold personality.

Audrey sat down with us to shed some light on her home, style and what motivates her and her husband after years of designing and flipping houses. Here’s what our newest Inspiring Decorator had to say.

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

I have been into home design and decor since I was a kid! I was 10 when I designed my first piece of furniture and had my dad (against his will) execute it. 

It’s been an exciting journey. We took a leap of faith about nine years ago to start flipping homes and it paid off in a big way. My husband and I work — mostly — really well together and the experience of re-building and designing spaces together has definitely strengthened our relationship! 

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

 Definitely eclectic vintage modern. I find myself attracted to strange decor items but mid-century modern furniture!

Eclectic vintage modern decor in dining room

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

 Probably my painted wallpaper in our hallway! It was free and a huge transformation. I also didn’t expect much out of it so when it turned out so great, that made it even better! (Check out how cool this is!)

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I love seeing more personality come back into design. The all-white and farmhouse aesthetics are on their way out and that excites me because they’re kind of boring!  

Flowery Backsplash in Vintage Modern Kitchen with Blinds Over Sink

5. What inspired you to paint your walls black?

I love moody, dark colors and since we have 12’ ceilings and tons of windows, I figured I could get away with it!

We really love Classic Shoreline Cordless Woven Woods and get so many compliments on them! My favorite feature is the cordless option. Having four rambunctious boys, it gives me peace of mind that no one is going to choke on blind cords!

High Ceilings Highlight Select Blinds Layered with Curtains

We’re currently working on a huge master suite renovation. My husband’s “day job” is with a European company, which means he starts work at 3 a.m. our time. He’s in bed by 7 p.m. and it’s still pretty light outside the majority of the year, so I’m most excited to try out the Select Blinds woven woods with a blackout liner feature for our bedroom windows!
We can’t wait to see what Audrey does with our blackout-lined woven wood shades, can you? Until then, it’s a wrap on our Inspiring Decorator: Black House Edition! If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow The Black House on the Corner on Instagram! Audrey has plenty more projects, insight and style to love coming in the future!

Inspiring Decorator Monique Volz

Chef and Select Blinds Inspiring Decorator Monique Volz sitting on antique rugs on hardwood floor. Photo by Ambitious Kitchen.

Get to know one of our favorite foodies, Monique Volz! Photo by Ambitious Kitchen.

Do what you love. Love what you do. And style your home with an amazing selection of gorgeous antique rugs at the same time. This is the business and life vintage and boho buff Monique Volz has built. We think you’ll be as inspired as we are by her passion for comfort in all forms — food, design, style, wellness, music and more.


Your food blog, Ambitious Kitchen, compiles pages and pages of wonderfully photographed, delicious-looking recipes that are both healthy and hearty. What inspired you to create it?

I created Ambitious Kitchen back in 2011 with the hopes of sharing my healthy comfort foods with the world. It was a place for me to talk about my personal stories and also share my love of food and recipes that I was always making. Fast-forward seven years and you’ll not only find a website with hundreds of unique recipes, but also an ambitious community who craves wellness inspiration. You can find me sharing my favorite cookie recipe along with personal accounts of my wellness journey in order to inspire others to find balance, self-love and a delicious menu to come home to each day. You can also find me on Instagram @ambitiouskitchen.

What is your personal favorite recipe on AK?

It varies, but I really love my Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken and Rice, and my Tahini Brownies.

Stack of Tahini Brownies from Ambitious Kitchen author Monique Volz, photo by Monique Volz

Check out Monique’s Killer Tahini Brownie recipe on Ambitious Kitchen! Photo by AK.

Tell us about the stylish sister to AK, Ambitious Home. How does it co-exist with Ambitious Kitchen?

I started Ambitious Home after searching for rugs that would create a statement in my Chicago apartment. I’ve always loved older, vintage pieces that tell a story. I began rug hunting through wholesalers, dealers, antique shops, estate sales and auctions, and feel in love with learning about vintage rugs and the beautiful, bold colors they brought to my home. 

Antique rug and bar cart cover light hardwood floor underneath stair case, photo by Liveside Media

Monique cherishes antique and vintage rugs in her Ambitious Home. Photo by Liveside Media.

After a trip to the Middle East in late 2015, I decided that a [ecomm] rug shop would be my next adventure, and later, my husband joined me to help make the dream a reality. We couldn’t be happier doing what we love!

What is your favorite interior design style? 

I’d say my personal interior style is modern bohemian. I love mixing patterns and bold colors, but also love earthy textures and the cozy feeling you get when you’re in a comfortable home. 

Boho bedroom design with white and grey furniture, nightstand and bedding photo by Jasmine Pulley

This beautiful bedroom boasts bohemian rhapsody! Photo by Jasmine Pulley.

What projects are you currently focusing on?

We just signed a lease for a space in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago that we hope to turn into a home goods store and open sometime this spring. The idea is to have a mix of vintage home goods (including antique rugs), wellness and beauty, plants, ceramics and art. We love the idea of curating something special for our community and customers.

Whether it’s design, decor, or new dishes, who inspires you?

I love to look for interior design inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram. Two of my favorites are @houseofsixinteriors and @carlaypage. For decor and new dishes, I always love Anthropologie, and Lulu and Georgia Rugs!

Antique area rug among white living room furniture and drapery accented by green foliage, photo by Carley Summers

Photo by Carley Summers.

Inspiring Decorator Summer Heath

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No matter what the season, Summer is definitely one of our favorite new decorators! It takes a certain joie de vie to transform a vanilla new build into a home full of character, warmth and personality. If you follow her on IG @heathsinmaine , you can see how this French-inspired mother of two toddlers is absolutely rockin’ it. Vive la palette blanche avec des accents de bois! 

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

My soul. My eyes. My brain. They are just made happy and at ease when fixed on beauty. Whether it’s a mountain view, a beach sunset, an art gallery filled with creativity, or a beautifully designed kitchen. My journey, as far as interior design goes, began in my preteens, free of outside influence, days when my mom gave me the green light to make my bedroom “my own”. I’d crank up the top 10 hits station and organize and redecorate monthly.

Every home I’ve been in since, I’m unable to contain the drive to enhance the aesthetics and function. Even now, without thinking, I study the carpentry, design and workmanship in every building I enter. Whether I’m taking ideas I love or revamping the space in my head, it’s my happy place and something that just happens naturally.

Summer Heath choose joy

2.  How would you describe your design aesthetic?

You mean my design aesthetic this year? Haha. I have had to learn discipline when styling a space. I’m a lover of ALL things design and literally ALL different design styles. So in the beginning, I would mix and match styles making everything eclectic. I’ve enjoyed learning how to pin down a specific style and create boundaries when designing a space.

I would definitely describe my current favorite design aesthetic as French modern. The tufting. The classic wall treatments. The shine of a white tile and the straight clean lines along with a minimal pattern that makes subtle statements. At this time in my life (with a two and three year old) the “clean” feeling of modern design brings a sense of serenity and control to balance out the beautiful mess that the season of energetic toddlers bring.

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

My favorite project as of late is absolutely our stairwell wall. Our new build came very standard and basic as a blank canvas, so my husband (and DIY partner in crime) and I have been having a lot of fun adding character. I chose to do picture frame molding from stair to ceiling and a semi gloss white paint to match the rest of the trim and casing in our home. It gave the space such a modern French/Victorian feel that just brings me joy and the house, so much character and comfort. Absolutely a top bang-for-your-buck idea that any home improvement budget can handle. We loved it so much, we decided to do a bedroom accent wall and chair rail with the same treatment.

Summer Heath stairwell wall

We’re thrilled Summer chose our Designer Series Woven Woods in Antigua Natural for a natural wood accent to her stunning stairwell wall.

4.  What’s your favorite trend right now?

I don’t tend to follow trends. They move too quickly. I will say, I’ve noticed the “white” theme seems to be very popular, and I hope it’s here to stay. During my 20’s I always leaned toward white-everything. Decor, vehicles, you name it. I fought it for awhile, telling myself it wasn’t practical and even boring, but the popularity of the white design “trend” now has allowed me to embrace those tendencies to choose white and freed me to just do what I love. So regardless of the life of the trend, white will always be a part of my style. Long live the white pallet with wood accents!

Summer Heath kitchen

5.  Apart from designing/decorating, what is one hobby or interest that you can’t live without?

This is a great question, because I believe the answer comes back full circle. I wouldn’t make it in a world without bicycles, oars, hiking trails and beach days. As I mentioned in the first question, nature inspires me. Sight-seeing on a bike ride, rowing on any body of water in any form, hiking steep trails and burying little baby feet in the sand on a warm summer day gives me life. Creation in all of its glory.

too legit to quit sign

Inspiring Decorator Alicia Armstrong, Our Vintage Nest

Inspiring Decorator Alicia Armstrong

Photos courtesy Alicia Armstrong

One of the best things about working at Select Blinds is getting to know and partnering with so many talented decorators. Take Alicia Armstrong. This powerhouse momma of two gets her inspiration from all things vintage. She loves painting and re-purposing furniture and is such a pro at it, she was asked to share her talents recently in a virtual Home Depot Do-It-Yourself Workshop. A quick visit to her website or IG account and you’ll see why we love her twists on making old things new again, and how she’s applied them to transform the interior of her home in NW Arkansas into one that’s a welcome respite from builder-grade, cookie-cutter lookalikes.

1. What inspired you to become a designer?

As a child, I always enjoyed watching my mom decorate with her amazing antiques and collectibles. She’s always had an eye for creating a beautiful space. Her talents are endless (from cooking, sewing, crafting, etc.). I’m so thankful for the creativity she passed on to me. She inspires me every day!
Shiplap Walls by Alicia Armstrong Inspiring Decorator

2. What has your journey been like?

My most recent journey has been a huge blessing, filled with unimaginable opportunities, friendships and growth as a decorator. I’m so thankful for everything that I’ve experienced thus far!

3. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I’d call my style/design modern farmhouse with an emphasis on vintage decor. The two blend nicely together, I think!

Our Vintage Nest Dining Room

We’re thrilled that Alicia has made our Designer Series Woven Wood shades (here in Jute Wheat) part of her beautiful home. Check out her blog for a Room by Room Home Tour of her favorite blinds.

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

Oh goodness, there are quite a few from the last year. Most of them involved shiplap or adding character to a boring space. I’d have to say my son’s herringbone-patterned headboard that I built. It was my first big project using power tools without my husband! It was fun and inspired me to challenge myself with other projects! Stay tuned! 😉
Herringbone Headboard by Alicia Armstrong from Our Vintage Nest

5. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I typically don’t follow trends too closely. I love classic design that can be enjoyed for years to come. Antiques tell such a story with their age and patina; I love that! When it comes to colors, I’m also drawn to navy, black and white, and neutrals.
Alicia Armstrong - Vintage pantry

6. What’s your favorite holiday to decorate for?

Christmas!
Alicia Armstrong's Bedroom

7. What are some of your hobbies apart from designing/decorating?

I love to bike ride with my family in the warmer months. We have a beautiful 30-mile bike trail in our little corner of the world. We love amusement parks and movies on the weekends!

SelectBlinds Follower Favorites of 2017

@theinspiredroom

@letteredcottage

Kelly Nan Interior Designer@kelleynan

Holly Mathis Interior Designer@hollymathisinteriors

Ashley Goldman Interior Designer@ashleykgoldman

Simply Stunning Spaces@simply.stunning.spaces

Veronica Valencia Interior Designer@veronicavalencia

Jenna Roach Interior Designer@jenamroach

Pine and Prospect Home@pineandprospecthome

Cynthia Harper Interior Designer@cynthia_harper_

Ashley Cooper Design@ashleycooperdesign

11 Magnolia Lane@11magnolialane

Kelly Ballard Interior Designer@citygirlmeetsfarmboy

Natalie Kolter Interior Designer@vintageporch

Gemary Ermus - The G is for Mary@gemary

Kirsten Yanasak from Bright Yellow Door@brightyellowdoor

 

Happy New Year! Reflecting on the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing bloggers, designers, influencers and decorators. An exclusive and wildly talented group that scribed the year’s styles and trends into the illustrious pages here on The Blinds Spot blog and throughout social media, including instagram@selectblinds. We couldn’t pick a favorite ourselves, so thought we’d recap the posts that inspired our IG followers the most. Without further ado, then, here’s the list of our Top 10 Follower Favorites of 2017!
1. 100100 Instagram likess

Designer Series Woven Woods from SelectBlinds.com

@cynthiaharper Cynthia Kitchen Collab (featuring Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Jute Natural)

2. 9696 Instagram Likess

Vintage Porch Collab using Designer Series Woven Woods from SelectBlinds.com

@vintageporch Vintage Porch Collab (featuring Chester and our Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Bali Oak)

3. 8181 Instagram Likess

Happy Customer Featuring SelectBlinds.com Designer Woven Woods

@kaileyabozarth Happy Customer (featuring Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Bamboo Shell)

4. 7676 Instagram Likess

Heather Fujikawa's Kitchen

@heatherfujikawa Heather Fujikawa Kitchen (featuring Signature Light Filtering Roman Shades in White Canvas)

5. 73 73 Instagram Likess

Pup relaxes with Roman Window Treatments from SelectBlinds.com

@cottageandvine Pup Relaxes with Roman Shades (featuring Signature Blackout Roman Shades in Parchment Textured)

6. 72 72 Instagram Likess

Gemary's Kitchen featuring Permier Woven Woods from SelectBlinds.com

@gemary Gemary’s Kitchen (featuring Premier Woven Wood Shades in Bodhi)

7. 6969 Instagram Likess

Southern Farm House Designs Shiplap Bedroom featuring Designer Series Wovens from SelectBlinds.com

@southernfarmhousedesigns Shiplap Bedroom (featuring Designer Series Woven Wood Shades in Bali Natural)

8. 5959 Instagram Likess

Holiday Fireplace Mantal featuring Cynthia Harper and Julie of The Design Twins

Holiday Mantel/Fireplace Decor featuring @cynthia_harper and @julie_thedesigntwins

9. 52 s

Bright Yellow Door Collab featuring SelectBlinds.com Premier Woven Woods

@brightyellowdoor Bright Yellow Door Collab (featuring Premier Woven Wood Shades in Robinia)

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A big “thank you!” to all of the Inspiring Decorators who shared their beautiful homes and memories with us in 2017. We can’t wait to see what new styles and trends you’ll be incorporating in 2018!

If you have any questions or would like more details on any of these posts, please leave us a comment!

Inspiring Decorator Ashley Goldman

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First off, congratulations to our newest Inspiring Decorator and The Gold Hive blogger, Ashley Goldman. After participating earlier this year as a guest participant in both the spring and fall House Beautiful One Room Challenge, she was recently selected to be a featured designer in the Spring 2018 ORC competition! We’re especially thrilled to be sharing her success with you here on The Blinds Spot, as Ashley selected our Signature Blackout Roman Shades as part of the 7-week reno of her beautiful home office this fall. We’re even more excited that she layered them over our Signature Sheer Weave 3% Solar Shades, which she also has hanging throughout the house.

Two years into the complete restoration and renovation of her 1915 Craftsman bungalow in San Diego, Ashley had several rooms to choose from for ORC, and they all look amazing! She has even more transformations planned for the future. Follow her on IG to find out which room she’ll pick as her challenge next year. We can’t wait to see!

The re-do of her home office, including a stunning 1600s-inspired hand-painted mural, boosted Ashley from “guest” status to “featured” designer in next spring’s House Beautiful One Room Challenge.

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

I went to school for art and I’m a homebody, so the love for beautiful interiors came naturally. I’ve worked for the past 10 years in art museums teaching and managing programs for kids to foster their creativity. When my husband and I bought our first house, it made sense to blend my love for teaching and interiors, so I started a blog, The Gold Hive, to share the renovation stories and DIY design tutorials.

1915 craftsman bungalow exterior

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I’m a believer in staying true to your home’s architecture, so I make design decisions influenced by my 1915 Craftsman bungalow’s character. However, I like modern aesthetics, so I blend the old-school with the new. For example, I use Select Blind’s solar shades in my 100-year-old windows. The shades are modern and streamlined, rather than traditional curtains with valances and tie backs. I think the modern shades balance the historic architecture and enhance the character by not taking away from the millwork. I also like edgy and unexpected statement pieces.

brass chandelier

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

My latest project is definitely a favorite! I hand-painted a mural in the likeness of a 1600s etching in our home office. I also painted my den the prettiest shade of dark green, which creates a moody and cozy space. Our kitchen is due for a remodel in 2018, but I made cosmetic fixes, including new paint and a checkerboard tile floor. The house was in pretty bad shape, so the before and after transformations are super satisfying.

checkered floor

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

Design trends are so tricky! They come and go frequently, and they vary depending on your style. I’m definitely digging moody shades like deep greens and matte black hardware. I’m a firm believer in having a touch of black in each room, but this year I think I’m going to decorate with more blacks.

den

5. What’s your favorite holiday to decorate for?

Halloween has to be my favorite. However, I don’t go for the blow up skeletons in the front yard, or glittery gourds. Rather, I gravitate toward eerie vintage art, classic pumpkins and neutral, spooky décor like black candlesticks and white spider webs. This past year, I projected flying ghosts on a wall for the trick-or-treaters and they got quite a kick out of it.

halloween house

Inspiring Decorator — Darcy Kempton, Simply Stunning Spaces

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Darcy Kempton at her showroom in San Diego, CA. Shot by Samantha Kaplan

The name of her interior design firm says it all — Simply Stunning Spaces. That’s what San Diego interior designer Darcy Kempton creates for her clients. She’s spent more than 10 years designing homes, offices, restaurants, bars and boutique hotels (including Petco’s Pooch Hotels) for celebrities, Fortune 500 corporations and hundreds of homeowners, working with blank-check budgets, to design on a dime.

“I live for the ‘WOW!’ moments that I get from my clients when they see their newly designed home for the first time,” she says. “Although I can’t deny that large design budgets are fun to work with, I personally enjoy the challenge of creating designer-looks-for-less and coaching people through the process of transforming their houses into homes. My goal is to give every client that jaw-dropping moment you see on design show reveals.” (She reveals how she creates those moments — and how you can, too — in her book Instant Dream Home, A Paint-by-Numbers Interior Design Guide. Read our review here.)

Darcy is different than most established interior designers who won’t take on small projects with small budgets.

“The truth is,” she explains, “[designers are] accustomed to making their profit from the sale of goods that go into your home. If you don’t have a lot of remodeling or furnishing to do, then there’s no incentive for a designer to want to work for you.”

But Darcy’s philosophy is everyone should live in a home that looks and feels like the place they just can’t wait to come home to. That’s why she wrote her book, and why we think she is a true inspiration. Keep reading, and we’re sure you’ll agree.

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

The unlikely idea of becoming an interior designer was first brought to my attention during a high school art class. I had always been interested in all things creative, including, painting, drawing, sewing, photography and really just about anything else I could get my hands on. I loved to make things, create things and learn new ways to express my creativity. I was really convinced that pursuing a career in the arts was destined to lead to financial hardship, and so I chose biology as my major in college (despite my persistent art teacher’s biased recommendations against the contrary). It wasn’t but one hour into college orientation when I had a strong epiphany that I had to do something creative! I remember my art teacher inviting an interior design college student to our high school class and that suddenly sounded like the perfect career path! I dragged my mom around campus to change my major and with her blessing, I never looked back.

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Darcy helped this client create a chic, modern coastal look for her beachfront condo.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

My personal design aesthetic is one that has a clean, modern foundation layered with contrast, texture, pops of color and carefully selected objects of interest that merge style, sophistication and charm to create a warm, inviting and personalized space that not only looks good, but feels good, too.

"The Bachelor" Pad Makeover | Living Room | Encinitas

A comfortable, modern home to return to is essential for a busy, active, professional and philanthropic bachelor like Kiptyn Locke, a former suitor on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

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

My most recent favorite project has to be that of our new showroom in San Diego. I’ve spent so much time over the years designing for other people and helping them come to decisions that make the most use of their design dollars and really reflect their individual style. It’s a process I go through with each client. However, when it came to making decisions for myself, it’s almost as if I needed to hire a designer of my own! Luckily, I have an incredible staff who helped push me over my own edge and into a space we’re all very proud of. I’m so grateful we didn’t skimp and that we splurged in all the right places!

Simply-stunning-Space-Studio

Second to that, I’ll never forget designing Pooch Hotels for Petco. (Six foot fire hydrants will probably never come across my desk again.) And Bruce Buffer of the UFC holds a special place in my heart as he instilled in me a permanent reminder that the most precious parts of our home are those items which remind us of a special time and place in our hearts. [Watch this special video Bruce and Darcy filmed for celebritybachelorpads.com.]

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

My favorite trend right now has to be the use of antique brass as a finish on plumbing fixtures, lighting and furniture. I know it’s trendy and I typically like to keep my interiors timeless, but I can’t help it on this one!

brass-light-fixture-dining-room

Need some more inspiration? Follow Darcy on Facebook and Darcy K. on Instagram @simply.stunning.spaces.

Inspiring Decorator Jena Roach

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Her diaper genie may runneth over as it says on her IG bio, but so does her design genius. She likes funny (I mean, who describes themselves at three months pregnant as “letting it all hang out like the busted can of biscuits that I am?” LOL!), but Girlfriend has some serious style mojo going. Lover of shiplap and cheese fries, this pint-size (standing at “5′ zip”) purveyor of comfortable pizzazz has ideas you’ll definitely want to pin.

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

Design has always been a passion of mine. I was the kind of gal who dreamed about decorating her future house more than her wedding day. My need for creativity skyrocketed when I became a stay-at-home mom and desperately wanted an outlet for my passion for interior design and Craigslist scouring. My style has certainly transformed over the years, but it has been fun to hone in on my true aesthetic and discover what works for our lifestyle.

living-room

wall-decor

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I love blending modern farmhouse style with touches of bohemian and glam. Old and new. Vintage and modern. Traditional and unexpected. Tangoing contrasting elements to create a beautiful yet simple space is so much fun! I am particularly drawn to rich woods, white and black accents, and warm textures.

sideboard

daybed-heardboard

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

My laundry room makeover has been one of my favorite projects because my literal blood, sweat, and tears went into its transformation. I learned how to use a jigsaw, miter saw, and nail gun—much to my husband’s delight. Painting the tile was also something I had never done before, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! Every nook and cranny of the room was changed by my own two hands, and I find myself loving laundry day now.

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Out with the old …

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

Plants! Though I have suffered from Black Thumb for as long as I can remember, there is nothing more beautifully simple than fresh greenery in the home. Plants are a wonderful addition to any design aesthetic, and I love seeing them in so many houses lately!

kitchen-plants

Inspiring Decorator — Andrea Francavilla

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Building hope for your household. That’s what Pine and Prospect Home blogger and decorator Andrea Francavilla offers her 28k IG followers and fans of her blog. There she’s chronicled a five-year journey renovating and rejuvenating her charming Tudor-style home to inspire others. (Check out the before and after pics here!) Read on for proof of her design philosophy that, “You don’t need a lot of money to have a beautiful refuge. With a little thriftiness and ingenuity, any house – no matter the size, budget or style – can be a prospective home.”

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

To be honest, I don’t know that I would consider myself a designer! I love all things home, and decorating has always been a passion of mine ever since I was little. I remember cutting out magazine clippings as a young girl and gluing them all together to create “my future home.” When my husband and I purchased our fixer upper, it was a dream come true for me. I was finally able to decorate my own space, but I quickly realized that home decor can be very pricey. I was determined to create a beautiful home even on the lowest of budgets, and I’m proud to say that the majority of my decor comes from thrift stores, garage sales and endless DIY projects.

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2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Our 1930’s home is an English-cottage revival style house with a steeply pitched roof and a round door. The charm and character on the outside of our home has been the main inspiration for my interior decorating. I love to combine traditional, cottage-style elements with modern decor pieces to create a warm, livable and inviting space.

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

This is a tough question! I have done so many projects that it’s truly hard to choose. Probably my favorite recent project was our fireplace makeover. Last year we added DIY built-ins in the form of shelves and a storage bench, redesigned the mantle and created a frame around the television. This year we covered all the brick with stone, and I just love the way it turned out. Our fireplace is a focal point in our home, and the stone brings so much warmth and rustic beauty!

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Watch the amazing transformation of Andrea’s fireplace here.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I try to avoid anything too trendy in my decorating. If I see something I love and the price is right, I will purchase it whether it’s trendy or not. But while I try to be unique, it’s almost impossible not to be inspired by others! One of my favorite trends is probably subway tile. We added a subway tile backsplash to our kitchen, not only because it’s trendy, but also because subway tile is true to the time period in which our home was built. It’s a timeless, classic option, and I love the character it adds to any space!

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UPDATE 9/22/17: These just in! Thanks, Andrea, for the great pics of your new Designer Series Light Filtering Roller Shades! We’re so thrilled you love them and agree — they look ah-mazing with those too-cute curtains! And extra love for the post on your blog. So happy to be a small part of your Pine and Prospect Home!

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