Katy Hahn Designs, located in Central Florida, specializes in residential interior home decorating and space planning for your home so that everything works well together. Her design consultation services can help clients learn new ways to update, upgrade and enhance the value of their home. Katy will address your unique decorating challenges, assess your needs and give you design advice and ideas. She also offers design specific consultation for clients that may need help in furniture or accessory selections in any area of their home. Katy can assist you in redesigning your space by re-purposing your existing furniture. We can redesign your home in one day without having to replace furniture and sometimes adding new design elements.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dreamy Organic Style Cottage - Houzz

As an interior designer, I often get an inquiry where the client wants a home like HGTV and they want it in two weeks.  Interior designing your space requires planning, just like a vacation.  If you just took off in your car with no planning, you wouldn’t know what to pack, what direction to go or how much money you would need.  So, why would you treat your home, which is your largest investment, the same way?

A good interior designer will help you get the look and feel you want but to do it right, you must have a plan and a plan of action.  And that takes time.  It usually takes three to six months minimum or in the example below it took six years.

Vintage is a hot design style.  You can achieve this look by repurposing what you have, recycling furniture or shopping at antique or thrift shops.  I think this couple did a fantastic job on the design of their organic style cottage.  It is consistent with the look and feel that they wanted.  Many times people will take a few vintage pieces and mix them with their existing style, creating an eclectic look.  But this couple stayed true to the style and created an entire look, which is sometimes hard to achieve.

General contractors, home builders, and more ∨

Home improvement can start with something as minor as installing track lighting or unique ceiling fans.
Work with a home decorator when choosing area rugs or hanging new window treatments in your home.

I want to express my thanks to Mina Brinkey for this article. I enjoyed reading it and hope my readers enjoy it also. Ms. Brinkey is a Houzz home tour contributer. She is a freelance stylist, photographer, writer and a design blogger for Bohemian Vintage. Hmm, another great style to write about.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What You Really Want in Your Kitchen - Houzz Survey

We know that two of the most important rooms in a home is the kitchen and master bedroom.  They are the rooms that bring the most value to your home and they are the rooms where you want the wow factor.  Having said that, how do you know where to start and what will bring you the most value?

A kitchen should first be functional for its owners lifestyle.  And it should create the mood you want that is harmonious with the style of the home.  Whether you are remodeling or have a home under construction, it is good to consult with an interior designer who can draw your room to scale and offer suggestions.

One of my favorite sites to visit is Houzz.  Today I found a very interesting article by Mitchell Parker that I thought my readers might enjoy.  Mitchell Parker is a member of the Houzz Editorial Staff and he is a writer, musician, father and husband.  Recently Houzz took a survey of over 7,800 homeowners and asked them about their kitchen remodeling plans.

I am a number person and I like to see data.  What I liked most about this article was the way it was written and put together.  Mr. Parker added an element of surprise.  He took the survey results and incorporated graphs and charts as well as photos to highlight what people want in their kitchens.  If you are thinking of remodeling or building a new home, I highly encourage you to read this article.

Kitchen ideas, bathroom ideas, and more ∨

From a designer chair and desk to bulletin boards and credenza, create your dream home office.
Light up your living spaces with recessed lighting fixtures, a unique chandelier or even a pendant light fixture.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Relax in Comfort and Entertain in Style

Everyone wants a home where they can relax in comfort and entertain in style.  You do that by selecting pieces that speak to you and that are in harmony with your overall theme and feel.  Here are some of pieces that I like.

The Spring Table at One Kings Lane
Set a table that blooms with these light, bright entertaining necessities. Full of floral dishes, playfully printed linens, and vibrant flatware, we’ve got something to freshen up every spring soiree.

The Composed Counter at One Kings Lane
From cookware inherited for your first apartment to the bone white china on your wedding registry, a fully-equipped kitchen is a highly-personal thing of beauty. For those missing a few key pieces, we've created a collection of kitchen essentials, perfect for function, family, and entertaining.

Entertaining Essentials at One Kings Lane
Warm days and balmy nights -- this season is just made for entertaining. Whether you're planning a casual alfresco brunch or an elaborate outdoor party, these colorful wine glasses, tumblers, coasters and cake stands make every occasion stylish and chic.

The Eat-In Kitchen at One Kings Lane
The eat-in kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. It’s where friends and family gather, meals are prepped and served, and memories are made. We selected our favorite kitchen and dining finds, from furniture to table linens, so you can create your own freshly-styled, functional eat-in kitchen.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eat In Kitchens

Why settle for an ordinary kitchen when you can have an extraordinary kitchen?  If you have a breakfast or eating area off the kitchen, one thing I like to do is to add a little drama.  Here are just some ideas.  If you would like more ways to enhance your kitchen, contact Katy.

Add a banquette

Add a banquette for a little style.  See below how designer
Peter Dunham used a large banquette for a dramatic effect.
Walker Leather Dining Banquette courtesy of mgbwhome.com

L.A. dining room designed by Peter Dunham.  Photo courtesy of House Beautiful.

Use Ghost chairs

I have a fetish for see-through furniture.  See how this designer
used ghost chairs to add a modern touch with a farm house table
and traditional wing chairs.  Great look!
Kartell Louis Ghost Chair courtesy of allmodern.com

Katie Hackworth's “modern farmhouse”.
Photo courtesy of therusticmodernist.com

Incorporate Wire Chairs

Another obsession of mine is wire chairs.  They can be used anywhere
and they are classic with a mid-century feel.   
Eames wire chairs photos courtesy of Yliving.com

Photo courtesy of designmanifest.com and John Granen photography


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mini-room makeovers

When seasons change, I like to shop for design elements that freshen up the space and create a new look and feel.  In the winter we tend to go darker and in the spring we want to go lighter, happier, brighter.

For under $1000 you can bring new life to your space for spring.  Rearrange your furniture for a whole new look and feel.  Brighten and add some excitement through accent pillows, new tabletop lamps, throw covers and wall art.  Bring in new patterns or colors.  Clear off your coffee table and create interesting tablescapes.  Modernize your space with see through furniture.  Change your lamps and re-use your existing lamps in other rooms.  

Other ideas include: bar stool slip covers, a chevron area rug, napkin rings and placemats.  Putting a room together doesn’t have to be expensive.  All you have to do is coordinate and create balance.  

If you would like a mini-makeover, contact Katy Hahn Designs.