Happy first week of October!
Kicking off this month’s Designer Spotlight Series is the lovely Christin Twitchin, of twitchINteriors! Christin is “a true believer in design psychology and how our surroundings impact us.” She works to meet any client’s budget by using the three “S” philosophy – “splurge, save or spend.”
Find out what inspires her, what her go-to paint color is, and how she is able to stay under budget when designing!
How did you get your start in Interior Design?
Ever since I was a little girl I always had a passion for Interior Design (although at the time I didn’t realize it). Growing up, I constantly changed my room around, whether it was the layout of the furniture or the paint color. I loved painting and would always be looking for new creative ways to apply paint on the walls. I tried the sponge technique, rag painting, even the marbled swirl. I also ventured into some amazing wallpaper, which I put up in my room during my high school days. I loved to consistently push myself out of my own comfort zone when I was being creative. It wasn’t until my university years, more specifically my 2nd year when I lived in a house off campus, that I really started to put all the pieces together. I began researching Canadian Interior Design schools and getting more involved in the design community. Once I graduated from university, I began the application process. The following winter I was enrolled and my Interior Design journey officially kicked off!
What inspires you?
We really are so lucky to live on this gorgeous planet; it is hard not to be inspired by all of its beauty. Mother Nature really has a lot to offer. Personally I am inspired most by the tropics and beaches. I love the color palettes, textures, landscapes, and even that it gives off a sense of tranquility.
You have a client on a major budget. What are the best cost-effective design tips?
When designing a cost effective space, the most important thing for you to determine, is your overall budget. Knowing your budget and working within it, is crucial to a successful, properly planned and executed, cost effective space. Secondly, I like to keep in mind the three S’s. Spend, Save, and Splurge. You need to evaluate which areas within your budget where you must Spend (i.e. Labor); where you can Save (i.e. DIY or re-purposing), and where you want to Splurge. By understanding the different tiers within your project, you are able to shuffle your funds and priorities into the appropriate categories until you eventually are within your overall budget.
Describe a tough moment as an Interior Designer and how you overcame it?
A recent tough moment I had during an install was when the vendor made an error and I ended up being shorted a roll of wallpaper. They weren’t going to be getting any more in for a couple of weeks, so I had to come up with a solution. By meticulously planning each piece of paper’s placement, being aware of the pattern repeat, and only installing the paper on the visible walls, we were able to successfully hang the wallpaper and cover all the areas needed. All it took was a bit of time and patience to figure each piece’s placement but now no one would know the difference!
Uh-Oh! Last minute dinner guests! How would you decorate for them?
There are two things that are on my go to list for quick and easy décor:
1. Flowers; now I am not talking about professionally made arrangements (because usually you have to pre order) but you can always pick up a bunch or two while you are at the grocery store getting your dinner. Once you are home you can quickly decide how many arrangements you want and place them into vases. I love having one on the dinner table, one in the bathroom, and one on the coffee table.
2. Napkins; I am a huge lover of pretty or quirky paper napkins. Throughout the year when I see one I like, I grab it and save it for scenarios just like this one! I can quickly go over to my drawer, pick the style I want and then just like that, I have added a quick touch of personality to my dinner party.
If you weren’t an Interior Designer, what would you be doing?
I definitely think I would be in the party planning industry. It may be my love for napkins talking here, but I love all the details that can go into a party. It is already something I love to do for my friends and families for their special days, so I could definitely see myself doing that in another life!
What is your “go-to” paint color
One of my favourite paint colours is Sherwin Williams, SW 6937-Tantalizing Teal
Check out our @ihomeregistry ‘s Instagram to see Christin hosting our Designer Fridays this Friday, October 7th!