Interior Designers

Take Me to the Beach! A Master Bath renovation

August 8th, 2016 by Kathy Barry

This client came to me hoping to enlarge and update the master shower.  Her husband is tall so we also wanted to raise the height of the standard shower head to better accommodate him.  The existing prefab shower unit with bulkhead seemed dark and crowded.   And their shampoos and skincare products didn’t have enough space.

The builder grade tub surround was too short to be a good protector for splash when using the tub.

<br/ clear=”all”>By enlarging the square foot in the shower by about one third and using a glass enclosure, the new space is light filled and spacious!  The tile has a subtle beach sand pattern.  The glass waterfall and stone shower floor add to the feel of an ocean side spa retreat!

<br/ clear=”all”>Our motto is “Love Your Home,” and with Home Life Interiors, you can be sure you will!

Working with a Designer

February 9th, 2016 by Kathy Barry

Have you ever worked with an interior designer?  If so, you know how valuable a resource they can be!  Saving you money in making sure everything is well planned for your home with no mistakes!  And saving you the hassle of researching sources for just the right item!


But how do you get started?  Will, first you need that one special item that you love to build off from.  It might be a favorite set of dishes.  Or a painting, or it might be a fabric on a chair that speaks to you.  Starting from scratch with nothing to work with?  Then, make a trip to your local bookstore and purchase a few design magazines.  Or visit Pinterest or Houzz and start saving pages you love.  Make a file of both rooms you love, as well as those you hate.  A good designer will be able to see common features in each to build in and to avoid.


It always helps to do a space plan of the room on paper first.  Then you can see immediately if the sofa you just fell in love with will work in your space or will look like an elephant in your room.  Understanding scale and using proper proportion is key to a room that works.  If you love to entertain and need seating for large groups, smaller scale furniture offers flexibility that larger, more cumbersome pieces don’t.  No one likes to sit in the middle seat of the sofa!.  So possibly a pair of loveseats is a better solution.  Bur you won’t know until you have a scale drawing of your space.


My motto of “Love Your Home” is one I take seriously and aim for in each project.  Let me help you make your home one you love!

Interior Design Budgets

November 5th, 2013 by ifi-admin

Budgets are key to any project but often cause concern. People often fear telling a designer their budget because they fear she will “spend it all.”  Actually, that is probably true, we will.   A designer’s job is to know the client’s budget and do as much as she/he can with that budget.
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Working with an Interior Designer

October 9th, 2013 by ifi-admin

What is involved in hiring an interior designer? Every designer runs their business in their own way. Some designers charge a flat fee based on the size of the project or a price per square foot. Some designers charge a “cost plus” based on their cost of the merchandise and add a percentage for their fee. I have always felt that I wanted to keep my fees as low as possible so I could afford myself!
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Why Hire an Interior Designer?

September 12th, 2013 by ifi-admin

Many consumers are somewhat intimidated by the thought of hiring an interior designer. They worry they’ll lose control of the design, or the budget, and that the finished room may not be to their liking.
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