A designer struggles to design her own home!

I can now relate to some of our VE readers and ALL of my clients, as I struggle to design my own home. The struggle is sooo real that I want to hire a designer for my home… and I am a designer. I was sitting in my living room blankly staring at my kitchen, trying to figure out how to make it “cool.” And then I had one of those moments where I actually felt like I needed to go to brain camp (reference from the movie The Other Woman.) Every home I design, every time, I consider the surface areas first. Because a space can be invented with the surface areas. And for some reason I wasn’t considering that in my own home. If you are stuck, like me, here are a couple of ideas that might get you unstuck.

1. If your walls are plain and neutral consider doing something impactful to the ceiling – wood, paint, mirror, metal, coffered. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as the picture below but even a little paint can add a pop.


(Designed by me; photo by Alyssa Rosenheck)

2. Add shelving on unexpected walls.




3. Paint the ceiling, trim, walls the same color. Unless you do black and then you might want a white ceiling. OR add extra moldings to add drama.

painted trim



4. If you have old hard woods that need to be refinished anyways, paint them.

painted floors



5. Use wall paper or fabric on an accent wall.


(Designed by Me, Photographed by Alyssa Rosenheck)

I’ll post photos of what I decided for my kitchen as soon as I am done!


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