In the spirit of the holidays, we’re not only sharing food but the designers that inspire us.  

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we wanted to take the time to recognize a few of our favorite interior design accounts to follow on social media this week! 

1.@erica.morgan.long

Ever come across a feed that looks like it’s straight out of a catalog? That’s Erica’s feed! You can swipe through before and afters to see her personal projects transform from dated to dashing. When it comes to design styles, Erica doesn’t have a favorite. She’s a lover of all trends, but there’s no denying that as soon as colors are involved, grey is at the top of her list! 

2.@frenchcoastalhome

This account is just as the name sounds, a beach house in a french country style! You’ll never fall short of farmhouse decor following @frenchcoastalhome. Maybe it’ll even inspire you to move to Sea Bright, New Jersey! No matter where you live or travel, you can always rely on account manager, Gladys, to source her finds and sneak in some discount codes for all the bargain shoppers out there!  

3.@interiordesign_aholic

Are you a lover of mood boards and designing on a budget? You have to check out Alexis’ Instagram! For Alexis (Lexi), her passion for design started at a young age when she found herself rearranging the living room and bringing a vision to life. Now, she loves to incorporate accent pieces and vintage finds in her designs with the money saved from staple items, teaching us where and when to splurge!    

4.@taraatkinsinteriors

Kansas City, need a local interior designer to follow? Not a KC resident but want an out-of-state designer to follow? Well you’re in luck! Tara Atkins’ account never falls short of fun. From DIY’s to fully furnished 3D renderings, there are no surprises here when it comes to finished design. Be inspired by her projects and her personal adventures, from thrifting to tiny house living. 

5.@vintagethreshold

New England based interior designer, Natasha (Tasha) Young, followed her inner designer not too long ago, proving that it’s never too late to do what you love. Tasha’s style is the epitome of hygge, a Norweigan word describing the extent and quality of comfort in a home. Hygge elicits a feeling of greater well-being, and who doesn’t want to call their home their happy place? 

6.@gracefulfarmhouse      

Grace, as in @gracefulfarmhouse, brings all things home and garden to you. Lover of design and decor, Grace discovered home blogs back in 2012, and it wasn’t until 2014 that she started her own (Graceful Farmhouse). Since then, she’s shared the beauty of antiques and the importance of decor in a home. Her feed is a breath of fresh air and even comes complete with a website for further inspiration. Whether in need of decor, recipes, or just in the mood for crafts, be sure to follow @gracefulfarmhouse this holiday season!

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The exciting news just keeps flowing here at Emily’s Interiors! This month, we added a new Interior Designer to join our growing team! Introducing Natasha (Tasha) Young!

Tasha is energetic, fun, bubbly and so thrilled about joining our team. Interior Design is her passion and it shows in her work.

Here are a few things about Tasha, her design journey and more!

A little bit about Tasha:

“From a young age, I loved rearranging furniture in my childhood home. I even asked my Dad if we could add an exposed brick wall in my room (ha!). I am still obsessed with exposed brick to this day. Prior to diving into design, I worked in Marketing both in Boston and San Francisco, where I met my now husband. We moved back east 9 years ago, bought a condo in Southie (South Boston for non-locals), had a baby (she’s now 8!) and got black lab rescue pup. Having a kid and a dog in a city condo isn’t exactly ideal, so we decided it was time to move to the ‘burbs. After renovating my kitchen, bathroom, and backyard at my new home, it was clear how passionate I was about Design. I knew then that this was what I was meant to do, so I decided to start a ‘side hustle’ called Vintage Threshold, offering Interior Styling services.”

How would you describe your design style?

“I would describe my design style as “eclectic boho farmhouse.” I love being cozy, so that means lots of different textures, tons of throw blankets & pillows, anything furry and a lot of yummy smelling candles. There’s a Norwegian word for it called hygge. I also love anything vintage. It adds so much character to a room and is a conversation starter. It fascinates me to think about the history behind the piece and the life of the person who owned it. Oh, and plants. Every room is better with plants!”

Favorite Places to Shop for You and Your Clients?

“You can never go wrong with décor from HomeGoods and Target. I never walk out empty handed. It’s a problem. I also love Magnolia because Joanna Gaines is a design goddess. When it comes to furniture, I love West Elm, McGee & Co and Shoppe by Amber Interiors. I’ve been wanting to try Article too, they have some really cool pieces.”

What do you enjoy most about being a designer?

“I love helping someone turn their home into a place they love, and they never want to leave. My home is truly my happy place and I want everyone to feel that same way. Also, you don’t need a ton of money to fall in love with your space.”

Do you have any tips for designing on a budget?

“Shop at places like Target or HomeGoods, these stores have awesome finds! But, be sure to go to these stores with a plan of what you need for your space, otherwise you will end up buying every cute item you see.”

Any advice for getting into the field?

“This goes for any field. Don’t doubt yourself. Be willing to put yourself out there because you never know unless you try. What’s that saying, “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take?” It’s so true. You just gotta hustle to get what you want, be willing to put in hard work and be confident.  And always think about building your brand!”

Follow along on our blog and social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram) to learn more about Tasha and to see some of her latest Interior Design Projects! You can also find Tasha on her personal Instagram page: VintageThreshold.

Hosting for the holidays? Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it’s time to set the table, with decorations of course! With Emily’s Interiors Design Packages, festiveness is right at your fingertips. Let our designers spruce up your home before it’s too late!

Finding Inspiration

Need a boost in holiday spirit to get started? You won’t fall short of ideas with Emily’s Interiors Inspiration Package! From decorative wreaths to table settings, you’ll be able to DIY your own Thanksgiving home decor or shop for styles at your local stores. In need of even more inspiration? Check out our Instagram page!

Thanks For The Refresh

Want a more comprehensive design to prepare your house for guests until the new year? Have one of our certified designers tour the space you want to save, or shop with a pro to instantly refresh your room. We’ll bring together the best blankets and furnishings for you to cozy up with through the winter weather.  

Treat Your Home With a Total Makeover

Whether creating an open concept more inviting to guests, or redesigning your kitchen for better functionality, consider a total makeover. It can be a gift to yourself, from yourself, for future holidays to come. An open concept for Thanksgiving means more entertaining and less missing out on the fun while cooking food. 

Even if it’s too soon to take on a kitchen redesign, it’s never too late to refurnish your rooms. With Emily’s Interiors Total Makeover Package, you can do just that; update your design style while tailoring finds and functionality to your family’s needs. 

Thanksgiving Here or There

No matter near or far, Emily’s Interiors offers in-home consultations or virtual E-design packages, bringing the holidays to you wherever home may be. E-design is great for tackling home projects at your own pace given a detailed room design perfect for your preferences.  

If you need a helping hand this Thanksgiving, Emily’s Interiors has you covered for all your design needs, every holiday and every season.

Share your design project needs with us and be sure to follow our social media for more holiday hacks and inspiration!      

Designing the kitchen of your dreams is closer than you think! Our designers at Emily’s Interiors created a list of the easiest and best ways to maximize your kitchen for optimal storage and space. From adding an island, to hiding appliances, we can keep your kitchen clean and creative with these home hacks.

Adding an Island

One of the best ways to incorporate more storage in your kitchen is by adding an island. Not only does an island add counter space for the chef in the family, but it increases the amount of cabinet space for the handy home organizer. No matter the size of your kitchen, an island can be the perfect solution. Want a large island? Consider adding barstool seating for enjoying quick meals, lounging frequent guests, or both! Have a smaller space? Portable islands are a versatile option for style and function!

Customizing Your Cabinetry

In everyone’s dream kitchen, there would be enough storage for any appliance. Good news is, you can customize cabinetry in any kitchen, making way for more space. Whether storing spices, blenders, warmers, or other miscellaneous appliances, there’s a storage option available. Custom cabinets can clear off your counter and be tailored to any and all of your family’s needs. Even needs that include additional charging stations!

Creating a Coffee Bar

Coffee bars are just another beautiful way of saying “Good Morning,” and who doesn’t want an aesthetic wake up call? No matter if you take your coffee black or with cream and sugar, a coffee station is a perfect place to showcase your barista accessories. Coffee bars can be displayed on counters or on wheels, giving you the flexibility to move it wherever your heart desires.

Cookbook Boutique

For the home chef, cookbooks can crowd your kitchen when there is no proper place to store them. By maximizing the current kitchen space you have, you’ll be surprised how many ways there are to relocate your cookbooks. One of the easiest ways to make more counter space is to mount storage on the walls. Some wall storage options include floating shelving, wire baskets, or a cute painted book rack. If wall storage isn’t for you, even using a fun dishrack to organize cookbooks on the counter is a great way to tidy up the space!       

Feeling inspired? Your dream kitchen is just one call away! Be sure to share what you love about your current kitchen, and let us know what we missed in your plans of a perfect one.

Keep following our social media pages, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for more projects and design inspiration!

Recently, Emily’s Interiors released all new design packages for the home lover and decorator in all of us. Now all it takes to get started is a lot easier and closer than you think. No matter your space, style, or budget, our design packages are suitable for anyone and everyone. We’re here to answer all your questions, who can benefit from interior design packages, to how we create lasting relationships in your home.

Who would want an interior design package?

The answer is anyone! Any homeowner or apartment dweller in need of a quick update for their space can find their rescue in an interior design package. Maybe there’s just no time to keep searching on Pinterest trying to pinpoint your ideal bedroom while working full-time and manning the house. That’s why we do all the legwork for you by collecting inspiration personalized to you and your unique style. Not only can interior design services be perfect for you, but they’re a great gift to others! Stuck on a housewarming gift? Give them the gift of good design. Need a new nursery? What better way to welcome a son/daughter than with a beautiful bedroom!No matter near or far, Emily’s Interiors can design for any space, anywhere.

Why are interior design services a good investment?

Interior design services save you time and money, whereas bad design is more costly to fix and results in more money spent. Designing or decorating your space with a professional is the best way to bring your style to life! Even if you don’t know where to start but want to implement the design yourself, our design packages are perfect no matter your skills and/or design needs!    

How do we create lasting relationships?

We get to know every client we work with! We start by reviewing your design questionnaire, giving us a sense of who you are and your favorite design styles! Your perfect design is important to us, so even after you receive your first design, we throw in a round of revisions to nail your style on its head. 

Our connection to and understanding of our clients help us create lasting impressions within the home. After choosing a design package, whether shopping with a designer or rehabbing your home, you’ll have a space you can cherish for years to come. So why wait? Make your home your own with the help of Emily’s Interiors Design Packages!

Be sure to follow our social media pages, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for completed Interior Design projects!

Kitchen in need of an update? We’re here to help! In our previous post we talked about the updates your space could use to get ready for the fall season, but why stop there? Today we sat down with Interior Designer, Erica, and asked her favorite cabinet styles and colors to share with clients who are looking to conquer their kitchen.

Her Go-To Brands

Pikes Peak Textured Melamine

“My first go to is the DesignCraft brand! Their full overlay style is very sleek and modern, making it perfect for anyone looking to achieve a “clean” look. Another incredible modern option by DesignCraft is Pike’s Peak textured melamine; it’s gorgeous in person and a great vanity style! As for door styles, I love the Eaton in colored thermofoil and the Bella door in a Wenge veneer. The best way to describe the Bella door Wenge veneer combination is very luxe looking, but even then, there are so many exotic veneers to choose from it’s hard to pick a favorite!

In Medallion Gold line, you can also achieve a similar modern look by choosing a Bella door in quartersawn oak. In terms of weight, the Bella quartersawn is a heavier, substantial door but especially easy to keep clean as a full slab. I recommend this style to any client looking for an easy maintenance kitchen! For a less modern, more classic taste, the Dana Pointe and Park Place flat panel doors also in Gold line are my personal favorites. They’re beautiful and deliver a classic, timeless look that will survive changing tastes over the life of a kitchen.

Popular Client Styles

Park Place in Maple Sea Salt Classic

The most popular cabinet styles clients are consistently drawn to are in Medallion’s Silver line. They recently added two new door styles – Jackson and Walton – that I’ve been recommending to everyone. Both are a great transitional choice because of their upgraded, elegant shaker style doors and clean lines. These door styles outlast all design trends, and when it’s time for a change, replacing accessories and hardware are perfect, easy ways to keep the kitchen updated.

As for colors, white isn’t going anywhere! Out of Medallion’s recently launched whites, my favorite is Sea Salt, which is a nice, crisp white that looks amazing with any backsplash or countertop. In terms of pairing colors, duo toned kitchens are still very much in style, so if someone wants to incorporate color or a wood texture, I recommend doing the island in a fun finish! Blues are big right now, and we have so many great choices – Celeste, Gale, Dusk etc – but for me, I just love a gray kitchen, light or dark!”

Here to Help!

Let us know your favorite design styles and color combinations or stop by our showroom to find what speaks to you! We love helping clients make selections that are best for them and their home, it’s what we do!

As the leaves change, maybe it’s time your space changes a little too! To all the DIY lovers out there or homeowners who just want to get their foot in the door, we’re here to help save your money and your space. We’ve crafted a list of minor updates for your home that will be sure to have guests impressed!

Keep It Light and Bright

In today’s market, homeowners strive to find or create an open concept home. Good news is, anyone can make their space feel more open without taking out a wall! By keeping furnishings and decor light and bright, your home will instantly feel bigger. In a small space, avoid large, dark furniture items that could crowd the space. Replacing large items with multiple moderate to small chairs and tables will create a sense of greater space. If you have already mastered the trick of decorating small spaces with small furnishings but your room still feels suffocating, try your hand at upholstering! Don’t be afraid of a pop of color, but definitely keep in mind, light fabrics and walls can make a big impact in a small room!

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Here’s a fun designer tip you may not have known: Placing a mirror opposite a light source i.e. a window or fixture, reflects the same light back into the space making it feel that much bigger! Mirrors can make a big statement in any formal room and can also be a fun conversation piece!

Hardware is At The Heart of The Home

We’ve all heard the saying, “the kitchen is the heart of the home,” so why not treat it as such? Replacing old hardware is just the trick you need to update your kitchen. With a variety of options to choose from, your wallet won’t be too upset if you decide to update your hardware again a few years from now. We won’t judge you for keeping your kitchen trendy. Just don’t forget about the hardware in your bathroom too!

Add an Accent to Your Wall

Tired of all the walls looking the same? Just want a fun feature aside from your decor? An accent wall is the way to go! There are so many affordable and stylish wallpapers that are both easy to install and remove. By far, adding wallpaper to your space is the easiest no brainer! You’ll have a designer room with a cost you’ll love.

Be sure to share your home before and after pictures with us, and let us know what homeowner questions you have to be featured in our next blog!

This summer has been one for the books! Not only did we welcome a new interior designer to our team, but we also added an interior design and marketing intern. In anticipation of summer’s end and school beginning, we wanted to finally share her story and experience at Emily’s Interiors.

Kassie is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and a minor in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. She began her internship this June, diving into the world of interior design and social media marketing for the first time as a rising college sophomore. Since starting at Emily’s, she has continued to show her passion for design and driven spirit as she embarks on her exciting journey.

Here are a few things about Kassie and her experience that have helped pave a path for her future ahead.  

How Did College Prepare You For This Internship?

“Freshman year of college taught me a lot about having a solid work ethic. For a long time, I knew I wanted to be a designer despite not having the rendering skills or any drawing abilities whatsoever. I graduated high school from the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough, MA, which as the name implies, could not be more different from art and design. My world and education changed completely at SCAD. Instead of typical general education classes, my schedule consisted of 2.5 or 5.5 hour drawing and design studios. Ten tutoring appointments later, I survived freshman year and made Dean’s list every quarter. The moral of my story: I learned to never give up on my dream and that any art or design field is almost always subjective to the person you are designing for. Understanding who you are designing for and for what purpose is the recipe for success.”     

One of Kassie’s Final Projects – She scaled & drew this piece!

What are some of the things you have learned since working at Emily’s interiors?

“One of the first things I learned was how to render spaces in 3D in Chief Architect. Each day, I learn more about what the program can do, and it’s very fulfilling to have come into my internship without any rendering experience and leave with more knowledge than I imagined. I also learned the process of selections across multiple client projects. When it comes to material selections for a design, there is no substitute for being present and delivering the best guidance to align with the client’s vision/style.”

What Did You Enjoy Most About Your Internship?

“Overall, having the opportunity to experience different trades that go into making a company successful, is invaluable. I was able to explore my passion for photography, research and learn how and where to market for the best results, and assist in various design projects from start to finish, across each trade. I am thankful to have learned as much as I did.”  

Has Your Internship Prepared You for Sophomore Year and Beyond?

“I would say that interning at Emily’s Interiors answered a lot of questions I never knew I had about interior design and the design/build process. I’m definitely more prepared to be inquisitive and transparent as I continue my learning both in and out of school. As for 3D rendering, I’m always improving and can’t wait for more training videos as I explore different programs this upcoming year.”

Interested in an internship with Emily’s Interiors? Contact us today! Also, be sure to follow along on our blog and social media channels including Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to learn more about our team and new upcoming design services!

You asked, we are here to answer! Lead Designer, Mike pulled together some frequently asked questions from clients. Have a question we missed? Let us know! We are happy to share all the facts about Emily’s Interiors, Interior Design services, cabinetry sales and more.

The Emily’s Interiors Team

Question: Do I need to hire a licensed architect for my remodel?

Answer: In most cases, no. At Emily’s interiors, we can self-perform the drawings needed to complete many remodeling projects, big or small. We have the capability in house to do any and all drawings required for additions, new construction, and renovations including kitchen, bath, and basement remodeling projects. That’s not to say we aren’t open to collaborating with architects if needed, we have been a part of many successful collaborations with local architects on projects as well.  The best advice I can give is to meet with the builder first, to decide whether bringing an architect on board will be necessary for your particular project.

Question: I’m a homeowner looking to re-do my kitchen. I know you sell kitchen cabinetry along with design services related to the cabinetry, can you please tell me a little more about your process and how it sets you apart from other companies?

Answer: We always take the time to design the entire space where the cabinets will be installed in 3D. With our 3D design software, we can accurately show what the room will look like once the cabinetry is installed, complete with your existing décor, colors, and finishes. We also take the time to draw out all of the cabinetry schematically, with our detailed cabinetry engineering drawings. These drawings really get into every single detail of every cabinet, and are invaluable to the installers that are putting everything in place. We try to answer all of the potential questions during the design process so that it minimizes questions or issues during the installation.

Question: I’m a Builder/Remodeler, can I buy cabinets from you? How can Emily’s Interiors help me?

Answer: Absolutely, you can purchase cabinets and building materials directly from us. We offer a discount program on cabinets and building materials for industry professionals. Additionally, we’d be happy to help you with our design services as well. Using the 3D designs and 2D schematic drawings described previously, we can help you walk your clients through the design process and help you help your customers bring their visions to life! We also have on staff interior designers, who can help you and your clients with material selections, colors, furniture, and décor.

Question: What do you sell besides cabinetry?

Answer: In addition to cabinetry, we sell prefinished hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, and cabinet hardware. We can also help out with selections through our preferred vendors for tile, stone, plumbing fixtures, appliances, etc.

Lexi at The Queen’s Cups in Worcester, MA

We are so excited to add another interior designer to our team this summer and share her story with you!

Lexi is the newest addition to our Design Team with a unique skillset of her own. From a young age, Lexi was an avid designer, and when it came to college, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology before pursuing her certification in interior design at Mass Bay community college. With all her facets, Lexi excels at Emily’s through her humble connection to clients and understanding both their styles and intended home vibes.

Here are a few things about Lexi that describe her design journey and her destinations for great design deals.

What inspired you to become an interior designer?

“My love for design started when I was a young girl. I was constantly rearranging furniture in my bedroom and even my parents living room. For me, it was all about seeing a vision come to life and conveying a mood. It was about seeing that first piece that inspired a whole design and finding more pieces to complete the look. I don’t have a singular inspiration, but I think that design starts with seeing something you fall in love with and fostering that feeling throughout selections.”   

How would you describe your design style?

“I would consider my personal style to be coastal farmhouse/rustic farmhouse. My goal in life is to be cozy at all times, and to me, those styles resonate the most and feel the most inviting. I want to design my own home to reflect comfort with lots of blankets and an overall welcoming appeal to family and friends when they visit.

When designing for a client, I love when our styles are similar, but ultimately, the goal is to help them choose the best selections for their personal style. If a client loves a neutral palette or has a certain style in mind, I’m very open and receptive to what they envision for their space. I love seeing great designs come together, whether they are coastal farmhouse or modern chic.”

Where are your favorite places to shop when trying to save money on furnishings?

“Outlet stores and your local HomeGoods, TJMaxx, HomeSense, are great places to save money. Personally, Crompton Collective has consistently been one of my favorite places to shop. I always encourage visiting local antique shops because you never know what you’ll find, and they tend to have great buys! I like to incorporate new pieces and pair them with antiques like candle holders or unique lighting fixtures to create emphasis and personality in a space.

I would also say that Target and Walmart have really improved their furniture and décor selections and have become a great place to shop on a budget. I’m a bargain shopper myself, and I don’t think that design/décor has to be expensive to look good.”

What do you enjoy most about being a designer?

“I love seeing a room come together and seeing the homeowner’s reaction to the design and décor we chose. It’s really fulfilling to see all the pieces in the space. There’s such a big difference between seeing a rendering on a screen and actually experiencing and being able to interact with the design in real life. It brings a tangible aspect to the design you just can’t get from 3D.

The whole experience of being a designer, from start to finish, is something incredible. In every part of the process I’m doing something I love, whether it’s shopping, interacting with clients, or revealing the space, they’re all things I enjoy about being a designer.”

Do you have any tips for designing on a budget?

“Have a budget in mind and know whether or not the budget is fixed or if there is room to splurge. There are going to be staple items you want to spend more on like a couch or a rug, but there are other pieces such as side lamps where you can save money and make up for spending more on bigger items.”

Any advice for getting into the field?

“Get certified! Interior design is a difficult field to get into, and I’m thankful for meeting Erica at Mass Bay, as she introduced me to Emily’s Interiors, and here I am now four years later, pursuing my dream job. There is so much that goes into interior design, it isn’t just about matching colors. You want to be able to give your clients the best design possible. In my time at Emily’s so far, Mike and Erica have been books of knowledge, and I’m so grateful to be able to learn from them. They’ve helped me grown into the designer I am now.”

Be sure to follow along on our blog and social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram) to learn more about Lexi and to see some of her latest Interior Design Projects! You can also find Lexi on Confessions of a Design-aholic, blogging more of her designer experiences!