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We have just launched our “Applause” Button! This is specifically for our designers to “applaud” their fellow designers on their work! We are ALL about building a strong design community – one applause at a time!
We’ve been officially live for 4 months and already making waves in the Design Industry! Don’t let us convince you…see for yourself! Check out our latest press releases and testimonials from clients & designers:
It was such a pleasure working with Ariana and Patrick. They are both very professional and very personable. I would recommend their service to anyone. There 3D program is helping me a lot to visualize different things I want in my home as well as giving me new ideas for changes. The program is very easy to use once you take the time to explore the many options.
The iHomeRegistry site for me as a designer is a great way to be part of a broad design community, to see other talented designers’ work, to relate to the public, and have more exposure for my business. I am very impressed with the ease and speed of which I could upload and develop my profile, it is definitely the fastest and most efficient site I have used so far. As software grows and changes it is exciting to see the many ways in which these sites take shape. I think iHomeRegistry is the most ‘proactive’ for the homeowner, giving them the ability to visualize changes, and work towards their dream home or renovation. I appreciate the exposure that iHomeRegistry has given me as a Designer and look forward to a continued relationship with them. Plus they are truly nice people to communicate and work with! I am so very pleased on all fronts when using and working with the friendly people of iHomeRegistry!
Interior Designer – Justin Andrews Interiors:
I love everything about your site and the tools to design one of a kind spaces. I have recently started to really push myself to finally pursue my passion for design and your website has helped me out tremendously!
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From working in finance on Wall Street to starting her own design firm, Cindy Dzurita, owner of CD Interiors, has made an amazing name for herself. With 15 years of experience, CD Interiors brings modern-meets-vintage vibes to the East Coast!
Read about her career change to Interior Design, her favorite DIY project, and much more!
What drew you to become an Interior Designer?
I started my career in Finance on Wall Street. I left to raise a family and knew I wouldn’t go back. Interior Design is something that I have always loved to do, so I went back to school for it, and the rest is history!
Where do you find your inspiration?
When you have a designer’s eye, you get inspired every day. Whether it is at a restaurant, hotel, or walking around in NYC. Inspiration sometimes comes from the most unexpected places.
What is your favorite piece that you have “DIY’d”?
My son’s old dresser. He wanted a more industrial look, so we sanded down his light colored wood dresser and stained it gray. This piece did not have handles. We drilled holes and added heavy rope pulls. Totally transformed the piece and we both love it!
When designing a cost-effective space, what are some key things to keep in mind?
The key here is to know where to put the money. By that I mean knowing which key pieces to purchase to anchor the room and then you can fill in with less expensive items. It’s tricky to get a great look while on a tight budget. That’s where the expert eye is so beneficial.
Our Designer Spotlight this week is on the fabulous Christina Goldsmith from CG Home Interiors! With a loyal Instagram following of over 21k, a beautiful portfolio of fresh interiors, and a love of DIY, it is easy to see why Christina has built such a name for herself. She is a sweetheart to boot! Read her tips on hostess gifts, her favorite paint colors, and tips on choosing the perfect paint for your next DIY project!
1. What drew you to Interior Design?
I’ve had a passion for making things pretty since I was a little girl; from decor to fashion, it’s what I love! It wasn’t until our most recent home purchase that we went into with the intention to fix it up that I realized how much I truly enjoy doing this, and helping others achieve the same! It’s second nature to me so I just assumed it was to everyone else as well (naive, I know!), but the more people that asked for my help the more my passion for decorating blossomed and all those years of people telling me I should pursue this path came to fruition.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Oh goodness… everywhere! Tradeshows, markets, stores, nature, social media, TV, it’s endless. The gift of sight is such a beautiful thing and I think of my eyes like a camera lens, constantly capturing the beauty that exists in everything we see.
3. When designing a cost-effective space, what are some key things to keep in mind?
Don’t get hung up on brands (most people can’t tell anyway), and don’t always pass up a piece of decor you love because it’s the wrong color.
Almost anything can be painted now! Paint is the most cost effective transformation you can do for any space. Whether it’s walls, that vase you’ve had your eye on but just isn’t the right color, or furniture that needs an update. Don’t be afraid to paint! Spray paint is great for smaller items like frames, vases and jars, candle pillars, and so on. Rustoleum and Valspar make fabulous furniture paint that doesn’t always require laborious hours of prep. You can even paint your outdated counter tops! Giani granite counter paint is a cost effective solution if a full renovation isn’t in the budget at the moment.
4. What is your favorite piece that you have “DIY’d”?
The coffee table for my living room I found on Craig’s List. I never have much luck on Craig’s List but knew if I found the base I was envisioning I could always tear off the top and build a new one. It was my lucky day because I found exactly that and it was priced to perfection for a DIY project. When I went to pick it up the woman apologized to me because the table top was loose. I responded nonchalantly with “no problem”, while I was doing cartwheels in my head because my work was already cut out for me. I knew I wanted to build a plank top, so we got it home and took our measurements, then purchased a piece of plywood, and planks to adhere to the plywood. I stained it with my favorite stain (Jacobean by Minwax), sealed it, attached it and could not be happier with the outcome!
5. You have last minute guest coming for dinner – how would you decorate for them?
I love to have a spread ready for guests to snack on and socialize before the meal. I’ll fill our island with white ceramic trays and dishes with finger foods and dips, set out mason jar glasses for drinks with fun paper straws, and a bottle of wine or Sangria and wine glasses.
6. Who is your favorite Celebrity Designer?
Joanna Gaines! I only recently started watching Fixer Upper and was drawn to her from the get-go for so many reasons. She has her signature style but can also deviate from that to tailor to her clients’ goals while still staying true to that signature style. I love that she’s a rock star designer and went to school for something completely different. She was truly born to do what she does. Then, of course, just watching her and Chip as the cutest couple in America work together so well!
7. If you weren’t doing Interior Design, what would you be doing?
I’d love to say something cool like saving the world, but the truth is that the mortgage industry is all I’ve known other than this so that’s where I’d be! My time doing that ended up being a great segue into home staging because of the relationships already formed with Loan Officers and their Real Estate Agents designing their marketing material.
8. What is the best hostess gift?
Well I’m pretty sure wine is the best gift for any occasion! Haha. But if your hostess isn’t a fan of it, fresh blooms in a bottle or mason jar that they can keep and reuse work just as well.
Featured on this week’s Designer Spotlight Series are the lovely and talented Jamie and Morgan Molitor of Construction2Style! Construction2Style was one of the first five designers on our site, and have been such an amazing collaborator with us! They are a husband and wife construction and design duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a knack for DIY and an eye for design. They have also just launched their home goods store...and we pretty much want one of everything! We scour their blog anytime we are needing great design advice. After this interview with Morgan, you will too!
1. How did you get started in the Interior Design & Construction Industry?
In 2009, Jamie got his carpentry degree with the goal of becoming a builder. In 2007, I got my Fashion Merchandising Degree, wanting to be a photo stylist for an Interior Design Photographer. So it was a dream come true when I not only found the man of my dreams, but that I could style homes, design and build handcrafted wood furniture alongside my very own husband.
In 2011, Jamie bought his first home in Andover, MN to flip. I, of course, wanted to show Jamie’s talents off to the world and created Construction2Style, starting off as a blog to journal and share their personal remodeling journey. At the launch of our blog, people started coming to us for custom built furniture pieces and to remodel and style their homes.
This launched our home remodeling business with a design, build, and style mentality.
2. Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! From trade shows, to conferences, flea markets, nature, local shopping, social platforms, builders within the industry, our mentors and son, you name it- the options are endless. We also follow a handful of our favorite inspirational brands and people – similar and different – that are our daily go-to. My favorites are: Young House Love, Salvaged Soul, and Emily Henderson. Jamie’s favorite’s are Manny Khoshbin and Secret Entourage.
4. When designing a cost-effective space, what are some key things to keep in mind?
Before we do investment properties, we are always thinking of ways to save cost when it comes to remodeling a home. When house hunting, we immediately check out the kitchen – can we save the cabinetry and just make new doors? Can we take down just 1 wall to create an open concept feel instead of 2, 3, or 4 walls? Can we re-purpose the cabinetry within any other rooms or create a larger kitchen island?
When we’re out shopping at thrift stores, flea markets, good will and come across a gem for under $10 and have no idea what to do with it…we buy it! ha! We always come across something we need when remodeling homes and instead of rushing out to buy items when we need you’ll pay more because you’re desperate. Where as we can go out into the garage and use some of our steals and think of clever ways to incorporate.
DIY where you can…there are a ton of fun things you can do yourself instead of paying someone to do them. Remodelaholic is loaded with home tutorials with videos – go check them out. I promise you’ll probably find any tutorial you need on there.
5. What pieces of furniture should you splurge and where should you save?
This is a hard one being we’re all about saving money. Like probably most people, our style changes so often with the trends, I try to never splurge on anything. The only time we’ve splurged is when we’ve run across a piece of vintage furniture that is a one of a kind – that you’ll never find again. A classic piece of furniture or decor. I’ve also been known to splurge on wine glasses…haha! I can’t drink my wine without it in the right glass. And trust me: the taste does make a difference.
6. You have last minute guests coming over for dinner – how would you decorate for them?
Fresh flowers! I love milk glass vases and whenever I have people over nothing makes my guests or I happier than fresh flowers lightly sprinkled around our table. I also like to throw down a burlap runner down the center of the table. This simple table decor makes the world of a difference and sets the ambiance for a great dinner date.
7. Who is your favorite Celebrity Interior Designer or Contractor?
Celebrity – Emily Henderson and Joanna Gaines – hands down. Every single one of her posts is such an inspiration to me. Anytime I’m feeling in a funk, all I have to do is read 1-2 of her posts and I’m back up and running! For Jamie? The only thing he has ever turned to is HGTV. Fixer Upper is my fave and Flip or Flop is definitely Jamie’s. He loves the simple and cost effect designs and remodels they put into their homes that appeal to the masses.
8. If you weren’t doing Interior Design & Construction, what would you be doing?
We’re entrepreneurs at heart so our minds are always jumping from one idea to another – so this is a loaded question! Ha! We always think about this and honestly, we think we’d be doing what we are right now. Our other major focus and source of income behind Construction2Style is the blog side. That is something that we’d love and is still on our list to be doing full time! As of right now, we can’t keep up with client projects to take time to solely focus on our blog. We also always had dreams to launch a product line, and that my friends, just happened. Anything we’d rather be doing, we’d be doing. So we can’t think of anything else we’d be chasing after.
9. What has been your favorite spot in the home to remodel?
We love to focus on kitchens and bathrooms. Both of these spaces are so much fun to remodel and our clients love to make huge transformations to these spaces. In our experience, bathrooms are a little bit more fun for us! Our clients love to be bold with patterns, colors, and textures within their bathrooms – so it’s a lot more fun to create spaces that are in line with the design trends. Regarding kitchens, our clients like to keep it a little bit more safe and classic.
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