Revamp Your Home

Revamp Your Home

Feb 14, 2024

How to Find Design Inspiration and Why You Need an Interior Designer

As a professional interior designer, I understand the overwhelming and daunting task of renovating your home. From outdated designs to functionality issues, there are numerous pain points that homeowners face. But fear not, for I am here to guide you on how to find inspiration in interior design. By unleashing your creativity and working with an experienced designer, we can transform your home into a functional and aesthetically pleasing space, bringing your vision to life.

Seeking Inspiration

Revamp Your Home | How to Find Design Inspiration and Why You Need an Interior Designer

In interior design, inspiration can be found almost everywhere you look. From the tangible displays in local home decor stores to digital realms like Pinterest and Instagram, countless design ideas await. Yet, inspiration isn't confined to your immediate surroundings; it extends far beyond that. A European vacation, for instance, can expose you to the elegant charm of French interiors or the minimalist beauty of Scandinavian design. Even a simple walk around your city can reveal architectural elements that stir your creative spirit. Identifying what resonates with you can be a transformative experience. Pay attention to what you are instinctively drawn to - the colors, the patterns, the style. Is it the rustic appeal of farmhouse decor or the clean lines of a modern kitchen? Maybe it’s the bohemian flair in eclectic designs or the classic elegance of traditional interiors? The key is to trust your instincts and honor your unique aesthetic. Remember, this is about creating a space that feels like home to you. Your inspiration, your story, your home.

Overcoming Overwhelm with Professional Guidance

Embarking on a home renovation project can be overwhelming, especially when struggling with decision fatigue or budget concerns. That's where the expertise of a professional interior designer becomes invaluable. As their guide, I love helping my clients navigate the maze of design choices, ensuring their ideas align with practicality, functionality, and aesthetics. To share your inspiration and style with a professional, a great start is creating a mood board, either physical or digital. This is a collage of all things that spark your interest—colors, textures, furniture styles, room layouts, and even architectural elements. These visual cues are instrumental in helping interior designers understand your preferences. Real-life stories and testimonials can provide valuable insights and inspiration for your own project.

Revamp Your Home | How to Find Design Inspiration and Why You Need an Interior Designer
Revamp Your Home | How to Find Design Inspiration and Why You Need an Interior Designer

Additionally, communicate your goals, needs, and wants openly. Do you need a home office? Do you love hosting dinner parties and need a functional kitchen? Do you have kids or pets, and need durable and safe materials? Every little detail counts. Remember, we’re here not only to translate your vision into reality but also to ensure that the process is enjoyable, smooth, and as stress-free as possible. With professional guidance, you can confidently tackle your project, ensuring your home transformation reflects your unique style and lifestyle.

Bringing Your Vision to Life

Once a plan has been established for your project and your goals have been identified, it's an interior designer's role to bring that vision to life. With your unique aesthetic and functional needs in mind, we meticulously curate every detail - the perfect hues for the walls, the chicest and most comfortable furniture, and even the minute accents that give a room its soul. Keeping a keen eye on your budget, an interior designer's goal is to ensure every choice is an optimal blend of style, quality, and affordability. By leveraging relationships with suppliers and contractors, we get access to premium materials and skilled craftsmanship, ensuring your home transformation doesn't compromise quality. Interior designers also manage the project timeline and coordinate every aspect of their client's project, from initial sketches to the final touches. Throughout the process, I keep my clients in the loop, welcoming feedback to ensure we stay true to their vision. At the end of this journey, what unfolds is not just a beautiful home, but a space that truly represents each individual client. With every design choice, every color palette, and every piece of furniture, your story gets told—your dreams, your lifestyle, your home - designed and brought to life.

Revamp Your Home | How to Find Design Inspiration and Why You Need an Interior Designer
Revamp Your Home | How to Find Design Inspiration and Why You Need an Interior Designer

In the creative journey of interior design, inspiration is the seed that fosters a blossoming vision. This vision can be discovered in various sources, from the comfort of your home to the far reaches of the globe. Tapping into your aesthetic instincts can open a world of design possibilities, be it a minimalist Scandinavian vibe or a classic traditional elegance. Amidst the overwhelming options, the guidance of a professional interior designer can be an invaluable asset, helping you navigate decisions and align your ideas with practicality, functionality, and aesthetics. Tools like mood boards can facilitate better communication of your style and preferences while open conversations about your lifestyle needs to ensure a tailored home design. From there, your designer embarks on a meticulous mission to bring your vision to life, curating each detail to create a space that doesn't just look beautiful but also tells your unique story. In the end, finding inspiration and executing it is about more than just a home renovation. It's about creating a space that represents you, tells your story, and feels truly like home.


See what clients are sayingAbout us

"We had the opportunity to work with Design Lifestyles earlier this year to remodel our kitchen and fireplace wall.  I had been following these very talented women on Instagram for nearly two years so I was familiar with their design aesthetic and could not wait to finally have the chance to see them in action. Starting with a very comprehensive in home meeting we discussed what we loved and what we wanted to change in addition to our budget.  Based on this meeting and our Pinterest boards, they created two very thoughtful and gorgeous design renderings for our home. This is truly where the magic happened and we were blown away with their ideas from materials, fabric, and reworking the functionality of our kitchen. They provided us with a detailed budget and a work schedule that stayed on track.  We have never had a project that went as smooth as this.  The attention to detail from small gadgets to proper tile placement, was 100% handled by Kim, Lauren, and Kelly.  Let's talk about the contractors they hired for our project, every single one of them who bid and completed a job was truly a professional.  Not one person didn't show up or came late and we would happily work with anyone of these trades again.  There is so much value in hiring this talented team, we look forward to doing it again when we re-do our master bath. Thank you ladies for bringing the love of what you do to our home. We have enjoyed the new space immensely."

Susan Holdrich

"I had a wonderful experience working with Design Lifestyles, and I love how they have transformed my home! Kim and Lauren are extremely talented and really good at discerning and respecting a client’s likes, dislikes and personal style.

I love how they presented me with options.   I could choose furnishings and materials, without being overwhelmed with too many choices.  It was fun, and it felt good to participate in the process of creating a pretty, cozy home for my family. Their attention to detail is amazing.  Every color, fabric, pattern and accessory is coordinated and intentional, without being too “matchy,” if that makes sense. I also have to say, Kim has a calm, reassuring demeanor that really helps in the midst of a remodel.

Kim and Lauren are kind, talented ladies, and they are a joy to work with.  Stephanie and Kelly are lovely to work with as well! Thank you, Design Lifestyles team! I hope I get to work with you again on future projects!"

Luisa A.

Lauren and the team at Design Lifestyles are amazing! They showed us ideas that we had never considered and transformed our home with beautiful, functional design! Highly recommend!

Annette F.

"Design Lifestyles is an excellent organization to help with your remodeling and/or updating project.  My home is just as I envisioned.  Somehow they "read" my mind and delivered just what I wanted within budget.  

My friends love my home's new look.  I keep hearing words like "cozy", "fresh", "quality".  I couldn't have asked for a finer job.  Every time I walk in my house, I wonder if I have the correct address!

Thank you Kim, Lauren, staff, and contractors."

Connie Seelhorst

"We’ve hired Design Lifestyles for two rooms in our house now, and are very happy with both results. In each case, they were very receptive and responsive to our inputs and worked to be sure we got the design just right and to a place where we were comfortable with it. They also manage the procurement and install of furniture for one of our rooms and did an excellent job making that process easy and fun for us.

The quality of the design was fantastic, they were very accommodative in working with us, and we are quite happy with how they’ve improved two rooms in our house."

John Sturdivant
SEe more reviews

Think we might be

a good fit for your project?

Members of

Quality you can Trust

IDS 2022 – 1st runner up – Kitchens $50k and below
Kitchens $50k & Below
IDS 2022 Winner – Kitchens $50k-$100k
Kitchens $50k - $100k
IDS 2022 Winner – Home Office
Home Office
IDS 2021 – Winner for bedrooms 30K and below
Bedrooms $30K & Below
IDS 2021 1st Runner Up - Bathrooms $30K & Below
Bathrooms $30K & Below
IDS 2021 – Winner for Kitchens 50k-100k
Kitchens $50k - $100k
IDS 2017 – 1st runner up – kitchens 50k and below
Kitchens $50k & Below
IDS 2017 – 2nd runner up – Whole Home 2017
Whole Home
IDS 1st runner up – Home Office 2016
Home Office
Best of Houzz 2024 - Service
Best of Houzz 2023 - Service
Best of Houzz 2022 - Service
Best of Houzz 2021 - Service
Best of Houzz 2020 - Service
Best of Houzz 2020 - Design
Best of Houzz 2019 - Service
Best of Houzz 2018 - Service
Lux Life 2018 - High end design
Lux Life 2018 - Outstanding Interior Design Firm
Best of Houzz 2017 - Service
Best of Houzz 2016 - Service
Best of Houzz 2015 - Service
Houzz 10K Saves