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!

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!

When you first bought your home years ago, you always planned for that extra bedroom to serve as a guest room. Years later, that never really happened. Even if there is a bed in there, the room is probably serving as overflow storage. Perhaps it’s time to remodel the space to make it more enticing as a guest retreat, or at least to make the space more functional. Here are some remodeling ideas to make your guest room into a feature rather than a forgotten place.

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