Mamas, I'm so excited about this one! The following article is a guest post from Allison Harlow (Lane's sister - yay!). Allison is an interior designer and the owner of Curio Design Studio. Curio Design Studio offers interior e-design for mamas on a budget! For $85(!!), Allison will help choose paint color (OMG I needed her help - remember these walls? Nightmare), address space layout, give you some DIY ideas of existing furniture and pull together a shopping list of suggested additional decor. Love this!
For those of you with more serious design needs, Allison also offers a few other affordable packages ($185 - $255). Check out her portfolio here - I'm loving the sophisticated little girl's room she put together. The chalkboard table is gorgeous.
In addition to Allison's savvy tips, she's also offering one reader a Classic design package. For the record, I am jealous. You can find out how to enter at the end of Allison's article, below.
In order to achieve a modern, polished, yet family friendly interior you should always start by considering the following four design principles:
1. Is it Functional?
It doesn’t matter how gorgeous your living room is if it doesn’t fit the needs of your family. Address function first! For families this means storage, storage, storage!
Shelves as Storage
If you aren’t lucky enough to have existing built-ins, try using pre-made Ikea shelving. Ikea shelves are relatively affordable and easily customizable.
One example of customization is to simply add bold wallpaper to the back of the shelf to create interest (here are my current faves when it comes to wall paper):