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That feeling you get when you find the perfect pair of jeans, when you bite into a warm chocolate chip cookie, when you are in the arms of the one you love… It just feels like, HOME. – Lindsey Graves

Home should be a special place, a sacred place, a safe place. I am always so honored when people invite me into their home or work space to help them with interior design. Big projects and small alike, I love making each space fun, unique, and real. Images you see in magazines of sterile environments may look appealing to some, but to me, the best designed spaces evoke positive emotions and inspire you to make fun memories.

A little bit about me and my design background:

I knew I loved interior design when I turned 13. I was always using my glue gun for some art project and rearranging my bedroom. I later spent a summer with my aunt as her intern to see what it was like to be an interior designer. I kept honing my skills and talents until one day my CEO approached me and said, “I know you are good at clothing design and putting outfits together, but are you also good at interior design?” Moments after I answered and emphatic “YES!”, I was whisked into a meeting with a design team who was working on a 50 million dollar building project for our company. The CEO asked me what I thought of the design, I wasn’t a huge fan, but I mostly communicated how the design didn’t reflect our culture, our staff, or our overall goals as a company. I then waited to see how the CEO would respond, and when he did he said, “This meeting isn’t going to be over until Lindsey says she loves everything here.” So the team and I got to work and created a plan together. The next project I was given was to design a multi-functional space that was 25,000ft2 on a budget and I had less than two weeks to make all the needed decisions. There were bathrooms, offices, conference halls, and much more. After I finished that project,my confidence grew as a designer and shortly after that I started working solo with design clients in multiple states. Sixteen years later I still love working with a variety of clients who have a variety of needs and wants and each new project gets me so excited that I have a hard time sleeping in the initial phases of the design.

Once people realize I am an interior designer, people suddenly have a lot of questions for me, so below I have answered some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q: What is your definition of a well-designed space?

A: A perfectly executed design should inspire you to be inspirational, motivate you to move mountains, and invite you to welcome others. It should meet your needs, exceed your expectations, and have a WOW factor. Your space should be a place to be you, belong, and be loved. You are beautiful, unique, and interesting, my job is to bring those elements to light and let your space reflect that. Together we can create a personalized and timeless design for your home, office, or event that reflects all the wonderful intricacies that make you, you.

Q: What’s your design style?

A: Often I am asked what my design style is and how it influences the decisions I make for my clients, and I guess I would have to say my design style is “FABULOUS.” For each new project, my goal is to create a beautiful space that resonates with my client. I want my clients to look at their home and say, “This is fabulous.”

Q: How do I know when I should hire a designer?

A: Ah, yes, this is a good one. I understand that most people want to save money and do things themselves, because I am the same way. But there are some things that I recognize that I cannot do better than a professional because it would take me longer, cost me more money in the end (either for materials, bad decisions, miscalculations, lack of information, etc.). I like to do the hard (and often dirty work) for my clients in hopes of removing the stress and burden of remodeling. There are a million decisions, materials, dimensions, etc. that can easily overwhelm you. Although my official job title is “Interior Designer” I have been also called, “Life Coach” and “Marriage Counselor” because I take my job seriously, and my client’s interests and concerns are my top priority. So whether you have purchased a few rugs, lights, tables, etc. and taken them back, or have had several arguments with your spouse about tile options and wall color, I’d say it’s time for us to have a consolation. I will help you save time, money, and possibly even your relationship. 🙂

Q: Is there anything else you would share with people who are looking to hire an interior designer?

A: Make sure you find a designer who like to be around, you will interact quite a bit. Be sure you choose a designer who doesn’t have an ego, is a good listener, and can help push you a little out of your comfort zone. The worst thing a designer can do is push their “style” preference on their clients. If you like Bohemian and your designer only specializes in French Country, I would say it’s probably not the right fit for you.

“As a designer, the spaces I design have my “stamp” on them, so to speak, but in the end, the space I am designing is not about me. It should always be about the client.”

Sometimes my clients fall in love with pieces that I don’t recommend, and when they buy them, it is my job to help tie everything together and make it work. I have never designed two homes the same way; I love to make each space a good match for each of my clients; I love that about my job. My clients are unique and they keep me on my toes, and I am convinced that it makes me a better interior designer.

For more information about working with me on your next design project, please click here and fill out the form.