100 Best Interior Design Twitter Feeds

Designers are particularly good at working with minimal space, so it should come as no surprise that their tweets are usually concise and captivating. Below are 100 of our favorite places to find inspiration, tips, and advice on anything and everything related to interior design. Check them out!

1. Design By IKEA: IKEA’s official Twitter page is chock full of cool tips and quintessential IKEA style.

2. Erganic Living:A home design blog with a happy, upbeat Twitter feed focused on design.

3. Love Home: A UK-based TV show focused on DIY and design projects.

4. Dwell: Modern, bold design is everywhere on this blog, which follows trend and reinvents classics daily.

5. MBrewczynska: Contributor to a UK-based blog called Inventive Interiors, Margaret is an “Interior Design Wizardess.”

6. Interiors Expert: Catherine runs an online boutique based in the UK, and her Twitter feed is full of cute, smart ideas.

7. About Property: About Property is a seemingly never-ending source of expertise on interior design, gardening, property law, and home improvement.

8. Sabrina Soto: Target Style Expert, clean freak, designer, and host of HGTV’s High/Low Project, Sabrina has a lot going on. Check out her Twitter feed to get style tips from the lady herself.

9. Home and Garden Blog: A great source of inspiration for everything home and garden.

10. The Sofa Guy: Paul may be “The Sofa Guy,” but he’s known for his inspirational quotes, tips, and advice as well.

11. New Creations International: A hub of interactive design talk, tips, and inspiration.

12. Homedios - You’ll find everything from teenage bedroom design ideas to eco-friendly home tips on this page.

13. Spa Style Inc: As the name suggests, you’ll find a ton of spa-inspired style tips here, to help bring tranquility and zen to your decorating.

14. Home Design Tips: HomeDesignTips is all over design trends and gossip, making them a source for unique ideas.

15. Home Style Guide: Based in South Africa, HSG covers everything from home to garden, and everything in between.

16. LuvneCom: Here you’ll find interior design inspiration, as well as other places to find interior design on the web.

17. GE Lighting Guy: Brice is an expert in lighting and interior design, and you’ll find a surplus of knowledge on his Twitter feed.

18. KG Style Inc: Budget friendly style lovers need look no further than this awesome feed for everything relating to styling on a dime.

19. Creative Indoors: You can find all kinds of design tips here, for every type of budget and space.

20. Eugene Decorating: Minimalist decorating lovers rejoice, this one’s for you.

21. Adore Your Place: DIYs and passionate decorating abound here, and readers are guaranteed inspiration in every post.

22. Houzz: The ubiquitous home design resource that everyone seems to know has ideas and tips for anyone, anywhere.

23. Home Spire: Simone is a home design maven with an eye for design and fearless style.

24. Indoor Outoor Style: A more modern take on design is featured prominently at indoor outdoor style, and city-dwellers will adore the small space tips.

25. Carrie Jayne: Carrie wears many hats, among them are visual merchandiser, interior designer, and designer of school play backdrops.

26. Premium Sofas: If you ever had a question about choosing a sofa, look no further than these guys.

27. Interior Your Home: Younger sister to Architect Your Home, this site provides interior design advice from the perspective of analytic minds.

28. Denise Willard: Denise is chock full of design ideas, especially for people in urban or transitional living settings.

29. Plumbs: Plumbs specializes in coverings of all kinds, from reupholstering to curtains to slip covers.

30. Simply Stunning: This site has all kinds of advice related to all kinds of home decoration. From DIY to market trends and real estate advice.

31. The Shadecard: These guys rock at repurposing design materials. and their feed is full of design advice for new and old alike.

32. Design and Refine: High-tech design abounds here in the form of 3D imaging and conceptual ideas.

33. Decor Interiors: A Boston-based interior design firm specializing in window treatments and fabrics.

34. Source 4 Interior: These guys describe themselves as a “virtual design firm,” and they work with clients over phone and email offering design advice.

35. Sarah Vespasian: Sarah is the creative director for prariehive.com, but her personal Twitter account is full of her fun, creative design aesthetic.

36. Gill Horner: Another UK based design firm which offers up tons of advice on interior design and handmade furnishings.

37. Jan Rothwell: Jan runs a company called Girl About The House, which has a ton of ideas for home renovation, DIY, and decorating.

38. Sheila Bird Group: This company specializes in interior design in office spaces, helping companies relocate and invigorate their spaces.

39. Interior Designr: Specializing in “no pretense interior design,” these guys serve up practical advice with a serious dose of humor.

40. Nothin’ But The Rent: If you pay rent, you must check these guys out. They cater to people who rent their abodes, helping make a home out of your space.

41. Kris Ginsberg: Kris specializes in home staging, but her tips are excellent for anyone looking to update their look.

42. Aya Concepts: These guys have a ton of advice on a ton of topics.

43. Concept DCF: Concept offers specialist advice for everyone from owners to builders and developers.

44. Strchd Interiors Kids: The best place to go for kids decorating advice may well be Stretched.

45. FJ Terry Designs: This London-based designer loves all things cool, contemporary, and classic.

46. eHomeBuilder: Budget conscious and seriously stylish, ehomebuilder is full of advice for anyone looking to update their look.

47. Butler Silcock: UK based source for everything interiors, including homebuying and decorating.

48. Stylebeat: Style-obsessed interior design lovers will drool over the awesome advice Marisa comes up with.

49. Floorsave: Everything you needed or wanted to know about flooring in one place? Oh yeah, it’s as good as it sounds.

50. Home Interiors NZ: This New Zealand-based interior design firm is full of design advice for anyone.

51. Lavish_Habitat: Lavish manages interior design projects and offers up free advice and fun updates on their work.

52. Jblovesdesign: Winner of HGTVs Design Star, Jennifer is a wearer of many hats.

53. Designerdiscfab: A Florida based fabric boutique with serious savvy and style.

54. Grace_INSEARCH: Grace is a design grad student in Sydney with a love for “art, arch, and design.”

55. Yasmin Holloway: Yasmin is a lover of all things interiors, and shares her insights on her Twitter.

56. Bloompapers_USA: The creators of a reusable faux-wallpaper line perfect for renters and committmentphobes, Bloompapers allows you to buy only what you need.

57. Pygmalion A1: A married team of designers take on all kinds of design situations at their firm.

58. Village Green 67: Village Green focuses on certain periods of design, translating them to home restoration and interior updates.

59. Kirsti Jones: Kirsti is a budding interior designer who shares all of her insights on her blog and Twitter.

60. MetropolisMag: Metropolis is a magazine at the forefront of architecture and design.

61. Decor Town: This site launches soon, but their Twitter page is already growing as a design obsessed community.

62. Frame Publishers: Frame is a European publication that stays at the forefront of design and architecture.

63. Windsor_Smith: A force in the interior design world, Windsor Smith creates rooms with color, texture, style, and purpose.

64. Color Age Inc: Based in NY, this design firm is focused on fantastic, cost-effective design.

65. LAkasa DESIGN: Ligia is a professional interior designer full of fun ideas for anyone to try in their own home.

66. Interiors Addict: Jen is a journalist turned interior designer who loves all kinds of design.

67. HomeAdore: This magazine covers everything architecture and interior design.

68. ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers is a gigantic community of interior design professionals nearly 30,000 strong. 

69. Designboom: Designboom is a magazine devoted to interior design that has been around since 1999.

70. Style At Home: Style At Home is a leading interior design magazine in Canada, and their web editors on Twitter display their serious style tips for anyone.

71. Remodelaholic: Cassity and Justin have remodeled a few houses in their day, and they’ve learned a thing or two along the way.

72. GHIDinc: Based in Portland, this firm loves all things interiors, from bath to remodeling to design.

73. NY Times Home: This ubiquitous publication that almost needs no introduction has, unsurprisingly, an excellent Twitter with awesome tips and tricks.

74. Colin Justin: Colin and Justin are the hosts of HGTVs “Colin & Justin’s Home Heist,” but you can find their expertise in a ton of different projects, including Twitter!

75. House and Home: House and Home is a Canadian publication with a plethora of advice for anyone looking to update their home.

76. Carolynlschulz: Carolyn teaches DIY jewelry, but she also has a serious passion for interior design.

78. MCarterCo: Carter & Company interior design has a classic, cool design aesthetic.

79. Latimeshome: LA Times Home is West coast style for anyone, regardless of your zip code.

80. Phaidon: Phaidon is a daily digest of the coolest interior design knowledge that the Internet has to offer.

81. Coreasotropa: Jacqueline is a designer, blogger, and all-around wonder woman of the design world.

82. Kmarthome: Kmart has always been known for budget friendly style, and they are no different on Twitter.

83. CentsationalGrl: Kate is obsessed with DIY projects and generally being fabulous for less.

84. 7th House Blog: Ashley is a designer and blogger whose blog chronicles her house to home projects.

85. GDLive_UK: Grand Designs Live is an biannual show that takes place in London, showcasing the best and brightest in design.

86. RSVP_Design: Specializing in custom, luxury remodeling in the Dallas, TX area.

87. Designerluv1: Teri is a professional designer who loves antiques and art.

88. Wayfair: You can find “a zillion things home” at Wayfair, a home design and improvement store. On their Twitter feed you’ll find “a zillion tweets home.”

89. CreateGirl: Julieann is a design consultant whose expertise and tips can help anyone spruce up their space.

90. CambriaQuartz: Cambria specializes in stone surfaces for the home, with eco-friendly practices and gorgeous patterns and colors.

91. Homedesignlover: A new design blog focused on giving inspiration and advice to anyone.

92. USBDHomeDesign: The US Building Digest keeps up-to-date on home building trends and design.

93. Home Design Blog: An online resource of interior design tips and tricks.

94. SPACEStv: Spaces is an on-the-rise Youtube channel devoted to interior design.

95. Terriart1: Terri is a design expert with tons of knowledge on interiors, gardens, and better living.

96. HomeDesigns: A collection of some awesome tips from top designers on Twitter.

97. Alicia Friedmann: Interior designer Alicia is an expert at balancing design aesthetic with her customers personal tastes.

98. Fresh Design Blog: Contemporary design advice for anyone looking for some inspiration.

99. Viahouse: Online resource for modern design tips and home improvement advice.

100. Living With White: A modern design blog coauthored by two white-loving designers with a fresh perspective.

Thinking Warm Even in the Deep Freeze

The Buffalo winters can be harsh, but Nikki Milley keeps it warm with great interior designs that feature plenty of floor coverings!

Thanks for joining us, Nikki! Tell us a little bit about your training in interior design and how you came to choose both the profession and location.

I’ve always been interested in interior design and how your environment can actually affect the way you think and behave. A number of years ago, I was considering going back to school to change my career path. I have a number of other interests, including sociology and psychology, but I couldn’t really find the right fit. I remember talking about this with my husband; there I was, a paint brush in one hand, a home & garden magazine in my other hand, and HGTV blaring in the next room. He suggested that I study Interior Design, as I looked at him blankly, he told me to go and take a look at myself in the mirror…the rest is history!

Is Buffalo a challenging market for interior decorating? What are some of the major influences for the area?

Buffalo is renowned worldwide for our beautiful architecture, including famous works by Frank Lloyd Wright, HH Richardson, and Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Our City Hall is an art deco masterpiece. Buffalo does its best to blend new construction with these timeless masterpieces, and this unique blend of old and new is steeped into the culture and interior design as well.

Buffalo is also a haven for artists; we have two of the largest Art Festivals in the region, a rich theatre foundation, and a burgeoning advertising industry. In addition, our region is quickly becoming a leader in the fields of bioinformatics and technology. Buffalo is on the cusp of becoming a shining example of rust-belt recovery, and is truly attracting the most creative and intelligent minds these days.

Having such a talented client base as well as our rich culture really creates a demand for high quality, clean, and beautiful design. It’s a challenge, but it’s one I’m glad to take!

What’s you design philosophy? How do you try and implement it in your work?

Stylish, simple and smart design is a rule that I live by–I like to think of it as sophisticated simplicity. When designing I look for pieces and furnishings that will provide a timeless interior for the client to enjoy. Good design is durable and functional as well as stylish. I prefer to use”trends” with items that are affordable and easily swapped, like pillows and lamp shades, an ottoman or pouf.

Are your clients typically looking for big jobs, or a room-by-room type thing?

I work with a wide range of clients, from commercial clients who need everything from floor to ceiling, to residential clients who need a color consultation, sample tips and accessory shopping. Of course my favorite are complete rebuilds and remodels, but I love having the opportunity to use my design skills at any stage of the design process. Any project keeps my perspective fresh, allows me to hone my skills, and promotes my growth as a designer.

When it comes to floor coverings, tell us how you incorporate area rugs into your designs.

Generally speaking, the trend these days is towards having hardwood floors installed or refinished, so area rugs play a large role in my design aesthetic. I use rugs in a space to pull together the elements of the room to create a fun and artistic place.

Buffalo is a cold climate 8-9 months of the year. Don’t area rugs add some warmth to the space?

Of course, not just for colder climates. Area rugs are an important tool in the designers toolbox. They can be used to create a more intimate space within a larger space, group seating arrangements, protect floors from dirt, and of course be used as a visual statement in a room. Area rugs are artwork for your floor. Have fun with them!

Do you have any types of rugs you use more often than others in Buffalo?

I particularly like wool and wool blend area rugs for their durability. White Orchard Home Furnishings has a line of area rugs that I use frequently in my designs. They offer several styles and colors and their prices are very reasonable.

Any other tips or tricks for using area rugs?

Area rugs are very versatile, you can move them from room to room to create a whole new look, switch them out for seasonal/holiday changes, and use them to soften a space. They can also help with dampening noise.

Where can readers find your work, or make a booking for an estimate?

Some of my work is showcased on my website, nikkimdesign.com. I am also an accomplished artist so be sure to check out the fine arts section on my website.

You can also find me on Houzz and Etsy, and read about my antics at my blogs, http://nikkimdesign.blogspot.com/, http://underthespaghettitree.blogspot.com/

An Interview with Linda Baker of Baker Design Group

When it comes to professionalism and creating spaces that mirror the personality of the home owner, nobody in the Dallas-area is doing a better job than Linda Baker of the Baker Design Group. Their interior design business is not only top-class, but like us they love rugs!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into interior design.  

I actually got into the industry about 20 years ago because I had hired an Interior Designer for my Master Bedroom and fell so in love with the process and the overall finished product that it captured my heart.  Shortly after that, I began to do some remodeling projects and slowly moved into the Interior Design Industry.  My years of Marketing Experience and passion for design made for a great combination that I have been able to flourish in and really enjoy!

What would you describe as your style?  

I personally like mixes of Transitional and Modern.  This has changed over the years as beautiful new product is coming out that has very clean lines, unique designs and so many great accent colors to make a room come alive.  It is always fun to work with each client and see their style and how we can improve on that to update their spaces!

Influences? Designers you emulate?  

I can’t say that I have one personal influence right now.  I love so many different designers and how they are mixing fabrics or creating unique art installations on walls and wall features. I am particularly drawn to designers that lay a room out well but in an unpredictable way as it is probably one of my biggest pet peeves when I see a room that is either predictable or could be so much more fun and functional but, instead, they go for the safe route.  Rooms are meant to be enjoyed and inspiring.  Your living spaces should also be relaxing and easy to entertain in.

When you enter a room can you tell if it has been professionally decorated? What are the tell tale signs?  

If I see sofas and chairs backed up against walls and windows, that usually is not a good sign to me.  If I see well-designed layouts and interesting mixes of art and accessories, I tend to think a designer has been involved.  Some clients are very creative and intuitive too so I can’t always tell right off the bat and offer kudos to them.  The other issues I notice in a lot of homes is poor lighting and many homes are visually cut off right in the middle of the room and your eye has no other place to go and get energized.

Which project are you most proud of and why?  

Our latest project, which we have almost completed now, in Uptown Dallas.  We were excited to have our hands on everything from bare walls on, including tile, custom cabinetry and vanities, all the way through to the furniture, art, and accessory finish out.  The client was extremely enjoyable to work with and she and her husband turned over many of the creative aspects to us and we were able to do things that were cutting edge.  When it all came together, the entire home truly looked like a work of art, bringing a marriage of form and function that literally changed the way they live.

Describe how you decide whether or not a space needs a rug. 

I like rugs in most rooms with hard surface flooring.  They ground the space, bring color and texture to the base of the design and also warm up the entire space.  Rugs also absorb sound and give a room a cozier atmosphere, on top of delegating function to help a space plan work.

Why do you rely on area rugs? What is the biggest addition they make to a room?  

The biggest addition is color and texture.  It is also an easy way to delegate spaces for specific functions, which is specifically helpful in great rooms and open spaces. Rugs really pull your eye to enjoy the room and seem to bring all the design of the room together, uniting colors, patterns, and styles.

Do you have a particular type, size or color rug that you like to include in your work?  

I like a simple rug with some graphically interesting design that sets off the room but doesn’t drown it out.  There are so many amazing rugs out there now and you have the ability to create soft areas, architectural spaces or a more traditional environment.  My favorite rug lines are Surya, Feizy and Loloi.  One thing most consumers don’t know is that through a design firm there are endless rugs to choose from.  Most clients only get exposed to the limited amount of retailers offering rugs and never have an idea of what truly is out there through a professional Interior Design firm. There is no cookie cutter answer to a favored rug type, as they suite each client specifically, in a wonderfully versatile way.

Any that you avoid?  

Only use nylon when you have either an outdoor area or something with super high traffic.  It is much better to work with wool rugs, as they maintain their life and quality and give you intensity in the design and use of the rug.

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An Interview with Interior Designer Sharon Flatley

The design community is filled with creative individuals looking to capitalize on their ability to decorate a living space. However few are as naturally talented, or as driven as 30-year veteran Sharon Flatley, whose design business is one of the most respected in Texas!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into interior design.

I have been in interior design for almost thirty years now. I started as an art major but switched to interior design sense I have loved design since I was a child. I was the only kid who redecorated her Barbie house every few months! I would change wallpaper, add new rugs and even made some of my own homemade cardboard furniture.

How would you describe your style of interior design? 

My style is more classic and tailored. I love timeless designs, looks that incorporate classic lines and defy time.

Time can be fickle! What are your influences? Designers you emulate?

The major influence in my life was my mother — she was the trendsetter!  She loved to change the wall colors on a regular basis. It was not unusual to go to school in the morning with the living room would be green and then return home from school and it would be transformed into a pale soft dove grey. Even the furniture would be arranged in a totally different way!

Speaking of individual rooms, can you tell if one has been professionally decorated? 

YES!!! They all have the signs that remind me of professional work. Things like proportion, balance and a sense of arrangement that few people understand unless they’ve been professionally trained.

Which project are you most proud of and why? 

I did a kitchen for a client that was in the Biedermeier style. It was beautiful and very well-equipped with two dishwashers, two sinks, a 60″ gas range, wonderful refrigeration and the beautiful classic lines of the Biedermeier style. It was breathtaking!

I want that kitchen! Are there any rules you must follow when decorating your own space?

Scale and proportion and a sense of balance are always rules to follow no matter what you are designing.

When should you call in a designer? 

When you can’t decide what style you like or what color to paint or what furniture to keep and when you are totally confused. Sometimes, it can be as simple as hiring a designer for a short two hour consultation to get you back on the right track.

Bet you could get some of those people to use rugs. Tell me a little about the various ways your incorporate them into your designs. 

I love rugs. They add warmth, color and texture to a room. They can anchor the furniture and make the space feel cozier and more inviting. Rugs can add a pop of color for a modern look or use a very traditional pattern to impart a sense of timeless appeal.

Why do you rely on area rugs? 

A lot of homes use hardwood floors or tile throughout the entire space. Although they are beautiful , they can feel a bit cold. I use area rugs to warm up the space, add some color and soften the sound of walking across a hardwood or tile floor.  What is the biggest addition they make to a room? All about the warmth!

Do you have a particular type, size or color rug that you like to include in your work? 

It varies depending upon the overall design of the space, the architectural style of the home and the color scheme. The rug needs to match the interior space and they can be any size, shape or color! That’s what makes them so great to use in any design.

Any that you avoid? 

Not really. I do avoid some of the woven grass or sisal rugs if you have puppies or kittens. And they can chew up a rug or have little “accidents” that may stain the rug.

Are there times where a rug just won’t do the job? 

Only if you are creating a great mosaic floor design and don’t want to cover up the design.

Thanks for your time! 

Thanks for the opportunity!

An Interview with Interior Designer Max Jones

If you want an energetic and dedicated interior designer and furniture, then there really aren’t many companies that will outperform Jones Walker Home of Texas. Max Jones and his team know what it takes for a room, and a rug, to impress!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into interior design.

I started working for a leather manufacturer in my 20’s and really enjoyed the creative aspect of furniture creation. The passion for beautiful furnishings was my motivating factor for opening a full service showroom in 2002. When we first opened I wanted to focus on selling furniture based on the overall design of the room. Over the years, after countless projects, design is the biggest part of our business.

What would you describe as your style?

I would call my style Urban Chic. My aesthetic usually leans toward the modern but with some warmth thrown in. I also like to mix pieces in a way that is unexpected to make the space more interesting. The best way to do this effectively without looking too random is by balancing your elements. Like putting in a modern abstract painting over classic heavily tufted sofa, a feminine crystal lamp on a chunky industrial steel table, or covering an antique ball and claw chair in a bold modern fabric. For me it’s all about breaking the rules!

When you enter a room, can you tell if it has been professionally decorated? What are the tell tale signs?

I don’t know if I can tell if the design was paid for but I definitely know if a room is done well. For me it is about whether the room looks cohesive and finished. The last layer of design (art and accessories) really can make or break a space. The large signature pieces are the bones but the finishing touches are what make it feel “done”. That is usually the giveaway for me. The finishing details are so important because it is the aspect of a space that tells the story about who lives here. The little details like books, art, accessories, and lamps really convey the personality of the room.

Which project are you most proud of and why?

I think my proudest moment is always the project I am currently working on. It’s always where my current creative passion is living at the time! I will be installing a new design in a couple of days that I think will be stellar. This apartment is in a new high rise in the Arts District in Dallas. The client has really given me full artistic freedom to design the apartment from scratch. The clients decided that they wanted a clean slate and opted to only bring a couple of art pieces. The rest was up to me. I love the process of getting to know the client and really creating an environment that is their dream.  They really feel the need for professional input and let me do what I do best which is design the project in its entirety.

Are there any rules you must follow when decorating your own space? When should you call in a designer?

Yes. Be true to who you are when working on your own space. Remember that even if you don’t know all the rules of design, if you pick items that you love, you will create a consistently “you” design. That will give you at least a bit of cohesion just in the fact that everything is part of your story. If you find that you don’t know what direction to go or find it challenging to pull it all together, you might want to think about hiring a designer to guide you through the process. Like a lot of my clients, you might just be too busy or uninterested in the process of designing your space. Follow your gut! If you want to be hands on ; be hands on. If you want the process to “just happen” then hire a professional! Let us do the work for you!

We like rugs. Tell me a little about the various ways you incorporate them into your designs.

I like rugs too! I think of a rug like a tie on a man’s suit. It’s a great way to bring in some energy, color, and texture. Rugs are a great way to pull together colors living in the space. Since I like to break the rules, I often mix colors in a room that you might not normally think to mix. The rug is a great way to connect all of these colors! I will also use fabulous patterns in the rug to add energy to a space that needs a little jolt.  Remember that much of a rug will hide under furniture pieces, so go bold with your pattern to make sure you feel it in the space.  If I’m trying to create less energy in a space, I might go for something more textural in the rug like a solid-colored shag. Very luxurious! I also like creative placement of rugs. I find that if you need to purchase a smaller rug to save money, you can place it at a diagonal in the room to give the illusion that it covers more space. It’s a good trick!

Why do you rely on area rugs? What is the biggest addition they make to a room?

That’s easy! Because the rug in a room is what literally connects everything in the space! A rug grounds the area and lets you know that everything touching the rug is part of the whole. Rugs pull it all together.

Do you have a particular type, size, or color rug that you like to include in your work?

I have a tendency to go with really bold pattern with lots of color or super shaggy. I seem to use 5 x 8 and 8 x 10 a lot although each project and space is different! As far as color, I never know what I might do next! Currently, I’m really into turquoise and yellow! Tomorrow may be a different story!

Any that you avoid?

The only time I avoid a rug is if it won’t enhance a space. The natural fiber rugs are great but I find that a sisal rug on a wood floor can pretty much disappear. I want a rug to say “Hey! I’m right here! And I’m talking to the drapes and the chair and the pillows!”

Are there times where a rug just won’t do the job?

I use rugs in a multitude of applications! I guess the garage is the only room that is really off limits!

Anything else to add?

I think that’s all I know! Just have fun in the process and surround yourself with things that make you happy!

An Interview with Kapan Shipman of Habitar Design

As the Senior Designer with Habitar Design in Chicago Kapan Shipman understands what it takes to design a room for the needs of a client, and how the right rug can help turn a normal space into something more dramatic.


Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into interior design.
I moved around a bit growing up so I wherever we moved, I had a subconscious need to make the new, unfamiliar place feel like my own space, my room. I learned early on that the feeling of “being home” can be a very powerful thing.  I graduated from Harrington Institute of Interior Design in 2000.  I love all sorts of Design and take my inspiration from everything I see and from the talented, quirky and creative group of friends I know.


When you enter a room can you tell if it has been professionally decorated? What are the tell tale signs?

It doesn’t happen so often as most of my clients have been interior design newbies! I’m often their first designer experience.  I would like to think that if you do it right, it would be more of a “did they or didn’t they hire a designer?” not a space that is so obviously staged or looks like its a page from a catalogue.  I feel that the space should reflect the client’s tastes and preferences but is balanced, design-wise. The space should be “you, but the best version of you”.

Which project are you most proud of and why?

I know this sounds like a total cliche but each and every project I’ve had the pleasure to work on makes me proud — I put a lot of work and thought into every project because ultimately, my job is my liveliness, I really enjoy what I do.  Even when it doesn’t go as smooth as planned or when there were problems or mistakes, I’m still proud that we worked hard to get it right for each client and we do everything we can to make our clients happy with the end results. I’m always proud of that. Always.

Are there any rules you must follow when decorating your own space? When should you call in a designer?

I’m not big on rules. When should one call a designer? I would say when you need help getting your space from what it is to what you imagine in your mind but haven’t the slightest idea how to go about doing that. Then give me a holler.

We like rugs. Tell me a little about the various ways your incorporate them into your designs.

I love rugs, too! They anchor the furniture in a room, add a bit of coziness and warmth, I use them to create separate areas within spaces with an open floor plan. And yes sometimes they are just decorative, used as beautiful pieces of art that adds a little bit of flair to the room.

Do you have a particular type, size or color rug that you like to include in your work?

Not really, it all depends on the project, the budget, the look, the purpose.

Any that you avoid?

Yes, a cheap one that looks and feels cheap. Or if the client has pets or children, I would not use a rug that wasn’t going to hold up to spills and accidents.

Are their times where a rug just won’t do the job?

Not often but whenever using a rug makes the space look crowded. I had that happen recently, that the client had a very small area where adding the rug would just make it very busy and too cramped. Had to get it out of there!


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An Interview with Interior Decorator Cindy Schlesinger

A Former underwriter and account manager, Cindy Schlesinger transitioned to interior design so she could fulfill her need to create. Her  decorating business, Interior Minded uses rugs to accent and stylize her client’s homes. 


From insurance to this! How’d you realize you wanted to be in interior decorating?

I was always creative, and I majored in graphic design in college. After graduation I had a difficult time finding a job in my field. I started temping and ended up at an insurance company, eventually becoming an underwriter and account manager.  My clients were Fortune 1000 companies. After 10 years I was becoming very unfulfilled, and I knew I didn’t want to be in the insurance industry forever. One day I received a form letter from a local retail furniture store.  The first line said, “Have you ever considered a career in design?” I thought the job opportunity was the perfect next step in my career because it combined my sales background with my passion for decorating.  I worked there for four years and left to start my own interior decorating business.

Can you tell if a room has been professionally decorated? Any sure fire tells?

I’d like to think so, but I’m not sure I know the answer to that because I’ve never been to someone’s home that was professionally decorated! There was one instance someone received 2 hrs of my services through a silent auction. When I arrived at his home it was so impeccably decorated, and I thought for sure he used a designer.  It turned out he had done everything himself. I kept asking him why he felt he needed me because he was so talented! I think he just wanted validation that everything he was doing looked good.  What led me to believe his home had been professionally decorated was that the furnishings were beautiful, everything was coordinated from a style and color perspective, the furnishings were spaced apart perfectly, the wall art and accessories were in just the right places, and there was no clutter.

Do you have a room or project you think of as your best work?

It’s so difficult to choose just one! One of my favorite projects was redecorating a master bedroom.  Many times clients hire me after they’ve bought some furnishings and they bring me in because they don’t know how to complete the room. This project was a rare occasion when I was able to design the room from top to bottom. I really clicked with the client personally, and her decorating style was the same as mine, so it was very easy and enjoyable to design the space.  Despite the custom drapery and rug I selected for the room, I was proud to have added equally beautiful furnishings at great prices. For example, the nightstands were only $225 each, and the chandelier was under $200.

We are rug people. Tell us the various ways your incorporate rugs into your designs. Do you have process?

I like to use rugs in living rooms, bedrooms, and if there’s space, runners in hallways and foyers. Once I have a floor plan completed, the first item I select is the rug.  Many people think they should paint first, find the furniture, and then buy the rug, but I think that’s doing everything backwards.  It’s so much easier to begin with the rug first, and then select furnishings, fabrics, and paint colors based on the rug’s pattern and colors.

What’s the biggest addition a rug can do for a room?

First and foremost they make a room cozy and comfortable to be in; they really warm up a space.  All tile or all wood floors feel cold to me and the rooms look unfinished; Second, rugs anchor a space by defining a seating area; and third, rugs are great sound absorbers.

Do you have a particular type, size or color rug that you like to include in your work?

There are many things to consider when selecting a rug.  The type depends on the client’s style, budget, and the function of the room.  The size is dependent on the space it’s going in and what furniture will be placed on it.  In a living room, the furniture should either be half on and half off the rug, or the rug should be large enough to fit beyond the perimeter of all the furniture that’s sitting on it.  In the bedroom, an 8×10 is all you need under a queen size bed.

Any rugs that you highly recommend, or ones dissuade homeowners from using?


It really depends on the client. If the client has a budget for a hand knotted rug, I’ll choose one over a machine made. A well-made hand knotted rug can last a lifetime if you take care of it. If the rug will be in a high traffic area, light colors probably aren’t a good idea.  If there are children or pets at home, a rug that’s not a big investment might be a better idea in the short term, or consider something in darker colors that won’t show crayon marks or food stains.

Where do you shy away from using a rug? 

I don’t like to use rugs under kitchen or dining tables.  You’ll be cleaning up drink spills and crumbs off the rug on a daily basis!  I think it’s okay to put a rug under a formal dining table that you don’t use too often.


Thanks for your time and good luck!


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An Interview with Karyn Musick of Divas N’ Design

Chicago homes and apartments are some of the best-decorated spaces in the world. Karyn Musick and her team at Divas N’ Design are leading the to create even better spaces, many of which the design expert says includes the use of rugs.


Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into interior design.

My passion was always to create wonderful room schemes at a very young age and after high school, I decided to go to design school to pursue my passion. I graduated from Harrington School of Design in 1985 and began working for a design firm in Chicago. In 2001, I started my own firm Divas N’ Design Inc.


Looks like you have a fun and interesting business partnership. Tell us more about your arrangement.

We have a lot of fun and we all work very well together. When we work with our clients, we work as a team. Each one of us brings something to the table, as far as, creativity and balance. It’s a nice chemistry!

When you enter a room can you tell if it has been professionally decorated? What are the tell tale signs? 

Absolutely, I always notice the consistency and scale of the furniture and elements in the space. Color scheming and how everything flows together is another tell tale sign.

Which designs are you most proud of and why? 

I am proud of all of our designs because when a client hires us to come in and scheme their space, it’s all about them. They need to verbalize (as best as they can) to what they are envisioning and we need to deliver the visual end result. It’s very gratifying when you know you hit the ball out of the park!

Is there anyone you admire for their work? 

I am inspired by Martha O’Hara. I love her style

We like rugs. Tell me a little about the various ways your incorporate them into your designs. 

Rugs are a very important element in a design scheme, especially on hard flooring surfaces. Not only do they warm up a space by providing texture, pattern or color, they help absorb sound (especially with hardwood). I also like layering a rug over carpeting to add another dimension.

Why do you rely on area rugs? What is the biggest addition they make to a room? 

They are an important accessory, they help define an area within a space, by adding color, pattern, texture and pulling the room together.

Do you have a particular type, size or color rug that you like to include in your work? 

It all depends on the space … the size of the rug is always portioned to the scale of the space and the area to where it is going and the color scheme.

Any that you avoid? 

I tend to avoid 100% wool if the family has kids and pets.

Yeah, I could see that being a problem!

You have NO idea!

Are their times where a rug just won’t do the job? 

Not very often (laughs)