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!

Emily’s Interiors Lead Designer, Mike

Recently you saw a glimpse into our team of designers with Erica’s introduction. Today, I had the chance to interview Emily’s Interiors Lead Designer Mike, he let me know how he started designing and gives advice for those who are interested in getting into the field.

As a Lead Designer, you’ll see Mike quite frequently. Whether he’s conducting your home measure, presenting proposed design solutions, or walking you through the selections process, he is the jack of all trades at Emily’s.

Through the entire design process, Mike and Erica work in conjunction with one another, designing to their strengths and building off one another’s ideas.   

Here are a few things about Mike including his expertise, advice, and food for thought when preparing for a remodel.

How did you start designing?

“When I was a freshman in high school, I took an elective class called ‘intro to drafting and design.’  Come to find out, I really enjoyed it, and I realized I wanted to pursue a career where I would use that same skillset. From freshman year of high school to freshman year of college, my mind didn’t falter, and I graduated with a degree in Architectural and Building Technology from the New England Institute of Technology. Since starting at Emily’s Interiors in 2015, I have become fond of the team and enjoy working with both colleagues and clients.

My favorite part of the whole process is seeing the client’s reaction at the end of a large install/renovation. Its not only a testament to all the hard work poured into the project, but it’s also the best confirmation that I was able to help bring their vision to life, and that makes it all worth it.”

What are your favorite projects to design?

“Additions are what I look forward to designing the most. Having to figure out the math and structures is very cool and intriguing to me. When designing additions, determining the roof line connections give me more opportunity to work on the actual architectural pieces of the project, which I enjoy.

On the flip side, I would say one of the more difficult spaces to design is a kitchen. In a kitchen design, the main focus is always the cabinets. There are so many factors that go into a cabinet design including the production and installation processes that require the cabinets to be very carefully engineered and planned out. I try to analyze every aspect of the layout and solve any potential problems on paper, before they become actual problems in the field”

Any advice as to prepping for a remodel?

“I would say to anyone looking to remodel, be prepared for the experience. Whether it’s a Do-It-Yourself experience or a first-time experience with a remodeling company, both require an investment of time. In the end, that investment of time and work is worth it for the result of the space transformation.”

Any advice for someone getting in the industry?

“The best way to start is to get a job in the field as early as you can. The more experience you have, the more you learn about what suits you and your interests best. You learn so much in the field, and there is no substitute for real life experience.”

Be sure to follow along on our blog and social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram & Houzz) to learn more about Mike and to see some of his latest Interior Design projects!

It’s about time that we finally introduce our amazing Design Team at Emily’s Interiors. First, we had the chance to sit down with Erica, who has been designing at Emily’s Interiors for over a year now. Most likely, you’ve “liked” some of her work on our Facebook and/or Instagram page.

Here are a few things about Erica, her expertise and some of her quick and easy Interior Design tips.

How Did You Start Designing?

“From a young age, I always had an interest in design. My dad used to joke that my room was a museum. I’m probably the only 6-year-old who had custom made curtains. After a decade of working as a graphic designer and art director, I had the opportunity to work at a small, local interior design firm. After realizing that I’m constantly the “go-to” person for questions about colors and furniture from family and friends, my first role as a design assistant was a good fit. I was so excited to eventually find my way to Emily’s Interiors. Working here has been an incredible experience. I Iove our team, and the clients have been amazing!”

What are your favorite colors for your projects right now?

“I am such a grey girl. Every room looks great grey, because there are a multitude of undertones. A single grey can go from warm to cool depending on the sunlight and time of day. I’m also a big fan of the recent greige (grey and beige) trend. It’s a perfect color for transitional clients who are looking to modernize from traditional furnishings. My whole house is universal grey by Glidden – it’s a color chameleon. And I love deep, inky blues – one of my favorites is Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore.”

What Are Some of Your Favorite Interiors Design Styles/Trends?

“I don’t have a set signature style. I like and appreciate all trends. My job is to help our clients discover and elevate their own personal style. When clients show me photos of rooms that inspire them, I try to find a common thread that ties their images together to understand what they love about the image.”

Erica’s Interior Design Work

Any Tips for Easy Home Upgrades?

“Molding! Flat molding is a quick, inexpensive way to transform the most boring of rooms. An oversized grid pattern can instantly give a plain room some architectural interest. I recently did this in my own home and the project took only a weekend to finish. Wallpaper can also really enhance a room, and there are so many beautiful, modern options on the market.”

Advice for prepping for an Interior Design Project?

“Be sure to do your homework and take the time to hire the right team. You want someone who has a process and will partner with you. Also, when working with a designer make sure to have a cache of images that inspire you, but it’s important to remain open to what will work for your specific space.”

Be sure to follow along on our blog and social media channels to learn more about Erica and to see some of her latest Interior Design projects!

Prior to and during your meeting with an Interior Designer it is important to identify your design style. No idea where to begin? In this blog, we identify a few popular foundation styles that you might enjoy. Of course, everyone is unique and has their own personal style. These genres will not identify your whole style, but may provide you with a guide that will lead you to finding your own unique style.

Rustic

This style involves nature with a focus on texture and materials. Some features included in a rustic style are stone accents and hardwoods. For example, here is Amanda Seyfried’s rustic kitchen via Elle Décor. So peaceful and makes a statement without using too many colors or decorations.

Traditional

Just as it sounds, a traditional style comes from long-established, historic elements such as antique pieces with a story behind them, built-in cabinetry, and furniture that includes embellishment. Do not let this style come off as “boring,” its facets are truly interesting and if you love the “hunt” of finding antiques to include in your home, this style may be for you.

Mosaic Architects

Boho

Boho is a mix of informal and unconventional elements and motifs. This interior design style is focused around objects that are casual yet detailed. The pieces included in this style are vibrant and rich in colors and bold textures.

www.decoraid.com

Farmhouse

A style that is relaxing, full of character and authentic. Similar to a traditional interior design style the pieces include a story behind them. The pieces you select will be a balance of old and new, an example could be an old wooden ladder with a fresh set of towels.

Modern

Someone with a modern style prefers a minimal look. This style typically only includes essentials and finds beauty in simplicity. Modern design colors tend to focus on natural hues and feature shades of turquoise, brown, rust, and greens.

Modern Interior Design by Decorilla, Interior Designer Renata B.

We hope these Interior Design style descriptors helped you decide yours, if not, we hope they inspired you to create your own unique style! Need help or inspiration for designing your space? Call us at Emily’s Interiors, we are the designer and supplier for your design project in your home or business!