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{DESIGNER PROFILE} BRITTANY’S SIMPLE KITCHEN TRANSFORMATION

We’ve spent a lot of time showcasing projects Amy has been working on.  We decided it's time you meet some of our other designers and feature their amazing projects too.  We LOVE our designers at Interior Impressions!   We wouldn’t be here without this amazing team! Today we are featuring Brittany Meidinger and her tips for creating a simple yet amazing kitchen transformation. Brittany, where did you grow up? I grew up in Moose Lake, MN.  It’s a small town near Duluth. Are you married or single?  Children? I am not married and do not have kiddos. What inspired you to pursue a career as an Interior Designer? It was always my dream growing up to do Interior Design. I loved going to model homes as a kid. I was always curious to see what my friend's houses looked like (and then would re-arrange their living rooms or decor). When I was probably 11 or 12 I watched the TV series "Trading Spaces" and realized that design/decorating was an actual career! I decided to pursue my dream job and have been working with Interior Impressions ever since. I've been with Interior Impressions for 5 years!  I am very grateful for the opportunities Amy has given me...and to be working with such an awesome team! :)  What is your favorite design style?  This is a tough one, but my personal design style is probably along the lines of what the Kardashian's homes look like - a bit dramatic, black and white, antique mirrors, fun wallpapers, but I also love antiques and bold pops of color. The great part about being an Interior Designer is that I get to work with everyone's style and taste. I love doing shabby chic cottage looks, rustic/vintage/glam design, modern farmhouse, or [...]

{PROJECT REVEAL: MN MEETS NORTH CAROLINA TRADITION}

I recently had the pleasure of working with an absolutely delightful family that had moved to MN from the Raleigh, NC area due to a job transfer to 3M. They bought a lovely home in the Powers Lake neighborhood of Woodbury. Their new home had great structure and personality, but it was ready for some updates and needed a touch of this family's vibrant personality!  They really like color, which made me very excited because so many clients are terrified of color and tend to stick to all neutrals. Even better, Shannon LOVES pink (insert my squeal with delight!!) I knew we were going to have a lot of fun with this project! One of the biggest challenges for this remodel was this large two story great room that featured a fireplace wall with a drab outdated tile surround and cabinetry that was screaming "update me please!" We also had the challenge of incorporating the client’s existing furniture which was a very pretty, but fairly bold denim blue color. I wanted to add color and vibrancy into the entire room without looking too crazy! Before:  Two Story Great Room  After:  Two Story Great Room FIREPLACE WALL As you can see in the before photos, this wall was begging to be updated! The tile surround was drab and the cabinetry needed some love.  The paint colors were a little dark and heavy. We began by updating the cabinetry. Woodworking by Chuck began by creating custom cabinetry to provide a seemless and more stable built-in television area. Then we had Chuck add a bar/entertaining area to the left of the fireplace. We added a built-in beverage center, custom wine rack and new quartz countertop.  It is now a beautiful [...]

{What’s On Trend} 2016 Home Decor Trends

The Interior Impressions Design Team at High Point Market:  Kris, Amy, Kelsey and Brittany Every year the Interior Impressions Design Team and I travel to High Point, NC to attend the High Point Market.  High Point Market is a furnishing industry tradeshow that showcases new products and upcoming trends in home décor.  It is a trip we look forward to every time.  We like to call it Disneyland for Designers!  I am seriously like a kid in a candy store surrounded by all the luscious colors, beautiful fabrics and amazing furnishings!   This year’s trends are full of texture, florals, mixed metals, retro glam and beautiful colors!  Here are some of the trends that we picked up on from this fall's market: Textures Galore Menswear styles, herringbone, houndstooth, tweed, grasscloth, leather accents are just a few of the amazing textures that are hot for 2016!               Furs and Hides are still all the rage! We saw a lot of sheerling, alpaca wool, Mongolian fur, hair on hide and cowhide. Bedding: It’s all about comfort, texture and layering for your bedroom. Throw that formal matching set out! 2016 is all about layering soft textures and comfortable fabrics. Look for organic cotton, linen, softer colors, tone on tone and monochromatic color schemes instead of heavy weight comforters or a lot of silks and shiny textures. We sell a beautiful bedding line made from all organic hemp and cottons. Vist us to see the cozy and luxurious Bella Notte line! You’ll find that the texture theme plays out in furniture as well. Rustic Wood has replaced a polished wood finish when it comes to furniture and dining sets.   Choose upholstered dining chairs over wood. [...]

Market Trends

Over the past 10 months we have been to High Point, NC design market twice and Atlanta market once. We are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest design trends and new products to bring to our customers! We'd like to share some our favorites with you: 1. CITRUS COLORS The first of the trends I will introduce are citrus colors...so hot right now. Colors like mango, lime, lemon, and bright pinks can be found in lots of accessories and bring a little sunshine and happiness into our homes :) A pop of these vibrant colors would go wonderfully with grays! Have some gray walls that need an eye-catching accessory? Spruce up that gray with pops of citrus goodness. If you are feeling bold, check out some of these vibrant pieces that caught our eye...or these awesome bedroom accessories!    2. NAVY & DEEP BLUES You will continue to be seeing Navy and deep blues in 2014. These colors bring a touch of regal elegance to a room and pairs beautifully with vintage gold or Matte brass finishes. 3. RUSTIC What else is in right now? Rustic wood with metals. We are seeing this "Restoration Hardware" look everywhere! There's something warm and homey about reclaimed wood. The highly polished mahoganies and cherry woods have been pushed to the side, and we are welcoming woods that are highly rustic and distressed and seem to have a story behind them. The other great thing about rustic wood is that it is very family-friendly. Isn't it great that your kids can beat it up and you can't even tell the difference?   There is more rustic to come... Who doesn't love a good set of antlers? [...]