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Finding Your Design Style

July 29, 2014

One of the reasons why I love what I do so much is because I love helping people create their homes, letting their design style and preferences shine through the finished product. The one thing I say over and over is your home is a reflection of your heart, not someone else’s. I believe home should be a place where you are inspired, a place where you come alive, and a place you enjoy with your significant others and loved ones. Finding your design style starts with you; Not your neighbor, your best friend, or the beautiful magazine on your coffee table. It starts with what’s inside you. Here are a few steps to get you started.

  • Get to a place of contentment first before you move forward, or you’ll never be happy with your home. Agree to embrace where you live, no matter what it looks like or how many projects you’ve got to tackle.
  • Embrace your season of life. Let your home be a place where you thrive. For example, if you are an empty nester, let the atmosphere of your home allow you to move emotionally forward so you don’t feel stuck in the past. Or if you are a mother with young children, let your home be a place where your children thrive. Let them make messes. Let them be inspired.
  • Clear to clutter. Get rid of unnecessary stuff and let your rooms breath. Quit holding on to so many things, when you clear the rooms it allows you to think beyond the space and this is where creativity flows. Don’t let all your stuff stifle you.

Start with these basics and you will start laying the foundation of design for your home. The more unique the better because you are one a kind and your home should be too! I’d love to hear about the stage of life you are in and how you are embracing the amazing beautiful gift of home.



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  • Vicky Sparks
    5:04 pm, November 18, 2017
    I just purchased the black and white rug with five of your pillows I have red couch and love seat love it all!!!!!
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    5:47 pm, November 2, 2017
    Love all the styles..I can't pick just one
  • Kim Francis
    9:50 am, September 17, 2017
    I love Joannas' designs. I try not to miss 1 episode. If only one day with her would be a dream come true. Such fresh an orgional designs instead of cookie cutter work! You my dear alone, are a work of art! Love you!
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    11:39 am, September 12, 2017
    I love Joanna's wood designs
  • Alexis
    12:28 pm, July 7, 2017
    From your lips to my ears! While we hope to own our own home soon, my family seems to be growing out of our apartment much quicker than either I or my husband can keep up with. But with the reality of knowing that buying our dream home will take another 2 years, we've decided to fall in love again with our current home and try to find new ways of making it work for us. Big City Living isn't actually so big! And before I could doubt myself and change my mind, I happened to read this today and feel renewed. Looking forward to it!
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