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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