I'm excited because today is the first edition of my new series, Designer Files! In this series, I will ask some of my favorite designers and other artists some fun questions for us to get to know them better. You'll want to keep reading and meet Julia, because this girl is a talented interior designer and she's got some great design tips!
Meet Julia, of Julia Ryan Creates!
What is one of your favorite home projects or pieces in your home?
My daughter's big girl room is by far my favorite room. It got a complete makeover about a year ago and it's still the most finished and prettiest room in our home. Being in there makes me so happy.
How did you get into design?
Stripes or plaid?
Geometric or floral?
Symmetry or asymmetry?
One decorating "rule of thumb" is:
I couldn't live without _____ in my home.
Am I allowed to say tv here? I'm going to say televisions and blankets. I am a huge fan of watching tv and see zero point in trying to hide or decorate around a tv. It's a big part of my life and I'm not going to hide that from myself or others. Also, as much as I like a good show on Bravo, I'm an avid reader. Nothing makes me happier than cozying up with a book and a blanket. I keep faux fur throws on almost every surface in every room.
A design don't:
What is your favorite spot in your home?
What has been one of your biggest design challenges?
money money money money. No really. I think being so hyper-aware of what's in style and what's available and what projects you can tackle can really be a disadvantage sometimes. I have to remind myself that working with what I already and within the constraints of a budget is normal and beautiful homes don't need to be created over night. Also, styling my house for the life we actually lead and not just a design showroom is hard for me, but I'm getting better at that every day. I never want my husband or kids to feel like they can't relax and be themselves in our home. Because, isn't' that really the whole point?
I love Julia's point about decorating for the life you actually lead. I think when we give ourselves permission to do that, we can just take a deep breathe and remember who and what is important in life. Visit Julia Ryan Creates today for more decor and fashion inspiration!