This week, we have the lovely Southern California native Kelley Lopez of KML Design Solutions, on our Designer Spotlight Series. Kelley specializes in residential Interior Design, and is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers as well as a National Kitchen and Bath Member.
We sat down with Kelley to pick her brain on design – what makes a space timeless, best paint color, and so much more!
A timeless home is one that uses classic design elements within the decided design style. It’s relevant now, and in the future. It’s not trendy, but the design choices are thoughtful and speak to the overall style of the home.
I find inspiration in the way people live. I love fashion and music and these are largely inspiring to me. I love to design a home that reflect the personal style of the person occupying it…that inspires me.
Looking at what can stay is key. Sometimes transforming an existing piece of furniture or re-purposing an existing piece can save big design dollars. You can also get huge design impact using paint. A creative paint application can be a great way to add style at little cost.
I ordered a small coffee table that was for a video game room. The wood tone was really orange, not at all what was pictured in the catalog. So I quickly had it painted white to tie in with the art work and trim moldings in the room and it looked perfect!
It depends on who’s coming. Let’s say I’m expecting family. I decorate my table with a bouquet of red roses, I add cocktail napkins with a fun graphic, I put out a display of serving trays with cheese & crackers and put on mood lighting and music.
I love improving the lives of the people who hire me to design their dream home.
I have a customer service/sales background and this skill set comes in VERY handy. I listen to both sides and explain the result of each while pointing out which design decision is more appropriate for the overall design and function. Usually one person will acquiesce.
Natural Choice – Sherwin Williams