Lori recently finished a gorgeous makeover on a Downtown loft filled with lots of blues, grays, creams:
Here's what Lori had to say:
My clients give me a great deal of inspiration. My goal is to create a beautiful, comfortable space that works for everyone in the family. Ultimately, it's their home and the way that they live inspires me to create a space that is both beautiful and works perfectly for them. My tagline is "inspired by life" and I believe it wholeheartedly. It's true for me and for my clients.
What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
Ahhh, it's hard for me to complain about the frustrations of my job, because I am so grateful to be doing what I love. But, if I have to pick one, it would be that there are just not enough hours in the day. My girls are in school for part of the day and that is when I do the majority of my work, but then I do another 3 or more hours after they go to bed. Trying to find a balance between my family and my work is the most frustrating thing for me. The reward though, is very great. My girls will grow up with a mom who works hard at something she loves to do. This, to me, is one of the most valuable gifts I can give to them. Find something you love to do and work hard. The rewards are infinite.
What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick fix to their room?
Paint and pillows I know this is not the first time you've heard this, but paint is the quickest and one of the least expensive changes you can make to your home. If you don't want to paint, then change out your accessories. New pillows make me smile. It's an easy change that can be made seasonally.
What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?
The planning! Don't go out and just start buying. Create a plan. What do you want the room to feel like? Does it work for you? What changes can you make so that it will work more efficiently for you? Make a wish list and create budget. Keep your paint colors and swatches with you at all times. That way when you see something you love, you'll be spending your budget wisely instead of just bringing more random clutter into your home.
What’s your favorite color combination lately?
I'm loving blue and white with a splash of yellow! I'm a traditional girl at heart, so the blue and white combo will always be one of my favorites, but with a splash of citrine yellow thrown in you get an updated, more modern look.
Your Most cherished possession?
My family, for sure, without them, all this really means nothing.
What would your dream project be?
My dream project would be planning and building my own dream home. I'm very fortunate to have a husband who loves design almost as much as I do. We built a home that we had to move from several years ago and we loved the process. Maybe, in a few years, we'll see. I have the inspiration file started...
Thank you Lori for sharing your tips and insights on design. I love her tagline "Inspired by Life" and from her blog and her design work you can see she lives by this principle. If your not already following Lori's blog- you should!