About Us

PHILOSOPHY OF DESIGN

Kathy BarryDo you love your home? My goal in designing the interior of a home is to create a setting where each person entering the home environment will feel a sense of welcome and rest. I believe that a home should express the dreams and vision of the owner, not the designer. My job as a designer is to discover your own vision, needs, and priorities, and then bring them into reality. In short, so you will ‘love your home’.

The interior of a home can enhance the relationships of the people living there even in a floor plan that provides space for times together as well as individual retreat. By creating a family haven safe from the pressures of a fast-paced world, I aim to help families enjoy and enhance their home life.

A beautiful setting in which to entertain friends and extended family further contributes to a sense of well-being and enjoyment.

I take a practical and common sense approach in each part of the selection process. From the space planning to the fabric choices to the accessories, I feel it is critical to keep the purpose and goals of the project in mind. Each element should look like it belongs and has a reason to be in that space. Refurbishing existing, good quality pieces can often be a preferable solution.

I am committed to providing you with great design at reasonable rates. Hiring a designer often saves money on a project by avoiding mistakes that can involve costly rework.

Home Life Interiors’ reputation is built on a commitment to the integrity of our business relationship and to an excellent design. I adhere to the highest ethical standards with you and my suppliers.

Creative solutions, budget sensitivity, professionalism and a common sense approach are what makes Home Life Interiors your first step to a great design.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

I earned a B.A. in Design Merchandising from Notre Dame College of Ohio in 1978. Since then I have worked as a buyer and designer for Kett’s Hearth and Home as well as at DeKorne’s Ethan Allen Gallery as an interior designer. I established my own business in 1983. In 1998 I passed the CQRID (Council for Qualification of Residential Interior Designers) and am currently an Allied ASID member.  My continuing education includes AutoCad for Interior Design and Office Design classes at Grand Rapids Community College.

In 2005 I received my certification from the National Association of Home Builders as a “Certified Aging in Place Specialist,” or CAPS.  The NAHB, in conjunction with the AARP, has developed this program to meet the needs of our senior population.  Most of us would prefer to stay in our homes as we age but may need safety modifications and adaptable fixtures that provide the environment to allow us to do that.  Wider doorways, lever handles, grab bars, zero flooring threshold transitions, and additional lighting are some of the first items to think about adding. If you would like more information about CAPS click here.

Using the Principles of Universal Design (76kb PDF), your home can adapt to your own changing needs effortlessly or be visitable by anyone else. With Home Life Interiors, your home can be safe and beautiful.

Click Here if you would like to request a brochure about Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) or Home Life Interiors.

 
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