Business of Design

Did you know that a design business is a business? It’s a creative business but it’s a business. Businesses take work to succeed. No light bulb revelation I’m sharing but….

80% of the time for many business owners in a creative field is spent on business management. The fun stuff!! (said no on ever). That would be office, organizing, accounting, ordering, paper work, system development, calls… you get the picture.

That leaves 20% for creatives to do what they are passionate about-creating! Today, I’m working on the 80% and thought I’d share.

As a business owner I have goals and am always making sure that the actions I am taking, those that I serve, and how I am feeling, all align with my goals and my professional mission:

Mission
Service valued clientele with experience, expertise, and impeccable integrity, while following procedures that are structured, orderly, and clear. Always remain current, innovative, and imaginative producing distinctive designs and pleasing results for the clients I serve.

I always evaluate my message to ensure that I’m clearly stating what I want potential clients to learn about me. For example, I’ve got this on my website-slight tweaking needed.

With an eye for design and the professional know-how I see the potential of a home, allowing the true opportunity of a space to unfold. I focus on the details in design that elevate spaces and entire homes. I like to look at what can be and create more than a client has imagined.

It’s not marketing verbiage. A good designer gets an emotional reaction (creative juices in the works) when they connect with a space and visualize its future life.

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Here’s an example: I walked a potential renovation project the other day with a builder team sharing my point of view on elements that were required or desired for the home.  Elements that would elevate the style, function, and flow that this particular home was intended to have. It could be a glorious home- the way it was originally intended to be. Sometimes there are flaws in the initial design/build of a space that can’t change, but many times there are solutions to those flaws or ways to lesson the focus. Not all designers, decorators, or contractors can see true potential, true intent, true investment value, and true opportunity of a home. That is why I  LOVE renovations and changing the feeling of a space with design elements and decor. It can be so much more than a client imagines or assumes possible.

So, 80% business does include task that I truly like; such as, reviewing and reflecting on my mission and clarity in my message.

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I’ve been sharing Details in Design on Facebook (Julie Montgomery Interiors) and Instagram (JulieMInteriors) from when I travel, work on projects, and tour showrooms. I’ll continue to do that more because when you notice the details you’ll see why you’re attracted to a space- you’ll see what elevates a designed or decorated room.

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Back to business!

“For more than two decades, Beecham Group has been privileged to work with many of the best Interior Designers in the Atlanta market and we count Julie among the best. Julie brought great ideas to the project and worked seamlessly with our team. We highly recommend Julie and look forward to working with her again on future projects!”

Whether you are needing turnkey service, design guidance, are redecorating a space, or are taking on a home renovation or new build, I provide expertise and use systems that keep your experience positive with pleasing results.

You can contact me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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Dining Rooms and Romance

Dining rooms and romance definitely go hand in hand-but that’s not what this post is about. I have a dining room concept to work on so I’ll save that for a future topic. My thoughts today are on my love of a lantern hanging in my dining room.

I’ve shared the progress of my own home renovation and decorating on Instagram (JulieMInteriors) and I’ve been asked many times about the light fixture above my dining table.

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Meet Darlana by Visual Comfort. No glass to clean and it’s a terrific scale for above a dining table or a kitchen island. Classic.

Here is a pair in polished nickel.

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It’s simple yet stylish.

Back to thinking about romance. Another project I’m working on is a master suite. My client wants it to be serene and calm with a romantic quality.

These Miles Redd designs for Schumacher would be a gorgeous way to add a romantic quality to any master bedroom without too much femininity. Pillows or drapery panels would be stunning! The colorways are gorgeous-see more here.

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Inspiration starts in many ways but for me I love to turn to fabrics.

I’ve got one week until completion and install of a client bonus room- it’s Amazing! Also, soon to hold a photo shoot for a bungalow I’ve completed. So, here’s to great projects and sharing. Next, I’ll begin sharing concepts for new spaces – including a dining room and this master suite.

I’d love to help you love the space you’re in. See my services and email me at julie@juliemontgomeryinteriors.com

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Behind the Scenes

Happy 2016 all! Have you set goals for this year? One of my goals is to share more behind the scenes photos and progress on projects here. I’m always sharing something, somewhere!

Do you follow me on Instagram at JulieMInteriors? If so, you’ve seen my daily adventures and places I go for my clients. Additionally, I’ve shared progress and final details of my own home renovation as well as quick video tips too- scroll down, there’s a lot to see!

So, now on with this goal. One project I’m finalizing in the next few weeks is a family bonus room. This space has gone from having no element of style or defined function to custom details that will last a long time. It’s going to be a sophisticated-cool space and a place that the parents will want to lounge in alone.

I changed the initial layout of the space and that allowed me to design a media wall, reading corner, lounge (bed) space, and snack bar. Now, the space has BIG purpose and function. A small closet was converted into a powder bath. I’ll be sharing how the space was utilized to make a bath work.

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Progress is dirty! I’ll share more of the full space so that you get a clear picture of the layout. Final images too, of course.

Do you have a renovation in progress? What are you working on?

 

I’m working on updating my HOUZZ page (goal #2) and using it for client work. Be sure to follow  Julie Montgomery Interiors.

“For more than two decades, Beecham Group has been privileged to work with many of the best Interior Designers in the Atlanta market and we count Julie among the best. Julie brought great ideas to the project and worked seamlessly with our team. We highly recommend Julie and look forward to working with her again on future projects!”

 

Let me help you love your space! See my services and email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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Decorating for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays brings me great joy. I’m truly more of a do it as you go decorator when it comes to my home for Christmas. I love the event of opening the ornaments we use year after year while the fire is lit and music is playing. A very Norman Rockwell moment, right? Being a mom of two little boys really keeps the spirit and meaning in check.

In holiday decorating you can never have too much sparkle. Welcome to my home for the holidays!

Garland, lights, glass, and more lights are always a must. This year my Tree Classics pre-lit garland is decorated with beads and sweet glass birds mixed throughout. Our mantel seemed the perfect place to admire the sparkle and shine.

 

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Holiday Decorating

Our stockings were hung on the staircase with care–so that they wouldn’t fall in the fireplace or compete with my pretty garland!

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A touch I love this year are the wreaths hanging from our outdoor lanterns (also from Tree Classics). Notice the snowflakes? They’re repeated up the stairs and on doorknobs inside-I may be hoping for snow in Atlanta.

 

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Holiday Decorating

 

Holiday Decorating

Here are a few decorative touches throughout our home.

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Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating

It’s our second Christmas in our home following an extensive renovation. We had just moved in last year and I was a bit out of decorating motivation to do too much. It’s great to see our home sweet home festive for the holidays.

I wish you all Peace and Joy this holiday!

Be sure to check out more beautiful holiday decorating and tour these lovely homes too!

December 1: Remodelaholic, Southern Couture and Rain on a Tin Roof

December 2: Plum Doodles, Nest of Posies and Parties for Pennies

December 3: Home-ology, DIY on the Cheap, and Southern State of Mind

December 4: Duke Manor Farm and 2 Bees in a Pod

Thank you Tree Classics for providing me with a beautiful garland and wreath I am sure to enjoy for years to come! (The opinions shared here are my own.)

Tree Classics is having a giveaway, see it here.

Thank you for stopping by Simply Savvy. Be sure to check out Julie Montgomery Interiors for your decorating and renovation needs!

 

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Atlanta Decorators’ Show House

The Atlanta Decorators’ Show House & Gardens (see details, here) was a highlight of mine last week. I toured this amazing French estate (Château Soleil) and was inspired by spaces created by a very talented team of designers.

 

I hate leaving out spaces and designers but there was not enough time for me to get it all captured. I could have spent all day there!

Enjoy a glimpse inside!

The grand foyer and rotunda, designed by Loren Taylor Interior Design, was styled perfectly.

 

 

Parker Kennedy Living designed this study with layers and layers of color, pattern, collections, and mixed finishes- so many details!

 

 

Michel Boyd with SMITHBOYD Interiors wowed me with this gallery wall of stunning art. This living room could be a hotel lounge. It’s luxurious, sexy, and very sophisticated.

 

 

I greatly enjoyed speaking to as many of the designers as I could fit into my time; however, Vern Yip (Vern Yip Designs) was a big highlight for me. I am such a fan of his style and loved the details he used in his fabric selections (his line from Calico Corners).

 

 

I’m a (new) big fan of Robert Brown (Robert Brown Interior Design). He gets me. Well, his master suite in its streamlined, classic-elegance is very much me and my style- we’ve yet to meet.

 

 

Television host, designer, and contractor Chip Wade (Chip Wade Creative) partnered with Frontgate to create the front terrace and side patio spaces- truly an outdoor room I could lounge in.

 

 

These beautiful customized pulls were spotted in the updated butler’s pantry designed by Stuart Pliner. The dining hallway is dramatic and stunning.

 

 

There were so many spaces to see. I wish I could capture every detail and every designer for you to enjoy. Fortunately, there are many images floating around where you can see full spaces from every designer so I’m simply showing details of as many spaces as I can today.

It’s in the details!

Patricia McLean Interiors added this collection of commissioned art to her designed guest suite.

 

 

Melanie Turner Interiors created a ‘more is more’ guest room with details that truly made it a special space.

 

 

Kimberly Grigg (Knotting Hill Interiors) pulled in a few personal family items in her design. When designing a nursery she likes to keep it serene and sophisticated for the parents.

 

 

Ann Wisniewski (AJW Designs) used this attention grabbing pattern in her design of the kitchen powder bath.

 

 

Staci Steen (Steen Designs) shows us how elegant a power bath can be. Look at this beautiful flocked wall covering. When you are in this space you notice the amount of light reflection due to the pearlized background on the wall covering as well as in the paint selection. Details!

 

 

Robin LaMonte (Rooms Revamped) updated the kitchen with the use of these Taylor Burke fixtures. Lighting can lift a space up to a higher level. I’ve shared my love for good lighting during my renovation posts, here. Updated lighting is worth the investment.

 

 

Jessica Bradley designed a laundry room worthy of hanging out in as well as this study for the lady of the house. This would be my mom is in time-out space.

 

 

I installed cork flooring in my laundry room and highly recommend it; however, it is not as stylish as this! Yes, this is cork flooring. Nina Nash with Mathews Furniture + Design created a very stylish back hallway.

 

 

I hope you’ve been inspired by these spaces and details.

I can help you add show house worthy details to your home- but with pets, kids, and laundry that’s not been washed. Inquire at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com and be sure to check out JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

 

 

 

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Spring into Color

Spring is finally here. Let’s start by welcoming Spring with a look at this bold, beautiful fabric.

 

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What does Spring mean to you? For me it’s getting back outside and enjoying the extended daylight with my boys. It’s also lounging outside while I can before the mosquitos swarm our yard. I’m excited for our first Spring in our home and am ready to focus on the landscape. I love to plant and there is much to do.

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Spring is also all about color. My wardrobe doesn’t look as drab and my toenails get some attention.  My home also gets touches of bright, fresh color with a few decorative additions and always fresh flowers. Do you need a bit of inspiration? (See the sources here)

 

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Spring is also a good time to hit the refresh button with my personal goals and set out to challenge myself in new ways. I hope you’ve seen my #instatip Thursday quick video clips on Instagram. You never know what I might have to say or share. Follow on Instagram and JulieMInteriors.

 

I’d love to help you refresh your space for Spring. See my services, here. You can also email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com.

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Decorate with a Vision

Decorate with a vision in mind when you are not really sure what you like or most importantly how you want to feel in your space. If you don’t know where to begin decorating your space go visit your nearest fabric store and pull out prints and colors that strike an emotion in you. Not the THIS IS THE UGLIEST thing ever kind of emotion, right? More like, I like this but I’m not sure how I’d use it.

Take your fabric samples and play with color schemes, patterns, and textures. Don’t sweat over it. You’ll FEEL what works for you. By creating your vision for the overall space you may find it easier to select your paint colors, bedding, or begin with a few select pieces.

Here are a few of my recent loves for boy and girl spaces and that calming living space.

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My favorite colors- BLUES. I happen to love transitional style and the larger scale fabric on top would make fabulous drapery.

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Still overwhelmed or need guidance on creating YOUR vision? I’d love to help you. See me services (including e-Design) here.

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Decorative Solutions for a Cool Space

Decorative solutions for a cool space can be as simple as adding a potted plant or a wooden tray. I have marble countertops in my kitchen and master bath and I look for ways to add that cozy layer. Though I do think a white ceramic vase with flowers on an island is simple and pretty, adding something rustic or earthy to a countertop or tiled floor keeps the space from feeling sterile.

A  textured or aged decoration provides balance, interest, and calms a space.

Here are a few simple additions you can add to your space. These are common items that can be found in your favorite budget-friendly shop too.  You can’t go wrong with baskets, copper, wood, greenery, and a touch of kilim. Remember to keep it simple!

 

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All of these items can be seen in more detail here.

I’d love to help you add warm details to your space. See JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com or email me at Julie@juliemontgomeryinteriors.com

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My Journey Began With Fear

My Journey Began With Fear. Interesting title choice, but true. Have you ever stopped to think about what Your Story is? Not your history but what brought you to your current place, position, or passion. The reason WHY I began my business back in 2010 really came following a place of fear. The fear that I would lose my son to an illness he had been fighting for months-a parasite. It was a very hard time for me but one I learned from and it transformed me.

Let me back track a bit. My husband and I had moved to many homes and two states within a short amount of time-something like 7 years. I began to feel the desire to be grounded. If you’ve moved a lot then you know it takes time to establish yourself, meet friends, and find your place. It can really bring you down and it can strengthen your drive. I became very good at living streamlined, organized, and chose to be surrounded by the things that gave me joy.

I am a mom of two energetic, young boys and the last move we made was to Memphis, TN. I knew no one. Shortly after our move my eldest son became very ill. He was 3 and my youngest was 1. For months I was alone at home with a son in pain. Alone. During this duration and many visits to doctors and hospitalization I realized I needed a positive motto to focus on for him and myself. BIG-STRONG-BRAVE. That was it. We said only this during the really hard moments. It gave us something to focus on. Courage.

Months later he was kicking karate butt and building his body back. It was time for me to stop the super focused momma fear and turn back towards me. It was necessary for him and the rest of the family. That’s when I began to journal and write about my passion and why I wanted to help people feel peace, calm, and a sense of restoration in their home.

I learned how important a serene space really effects our emotional well being.

We continue our three words to this day- BIG STRONG BRAVE. We moved again to Atlanta and completed our own renovation and during yet another transition and starting a business over I keep these words in my heart and mind always.

I live efficiently and streamlined in my home. Not because I think I’m moving again but because it’s more peaceful that way. I know where things are and I’m surrounded by things that give me joy.

I am a positive, energetic, passionate person and I want you to know my story. I have a lot in my history but my story is about a mom who fought for her son, then fought for herself, and truly knows that YOU deserve to love the space you’re in.

If you are having a personal struggle or fighting an illness or fighting for someone else, use words that give you focus and that you can speak when words are hard to come by. You can use ours.

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Be BIG Be STRONG Be BRAVE.

I’d love to help you in your home. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

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Textile Design

Textile design begins with a talented artist with great vision. This is my part 2 to my original post Featuring Textile Designers where I feature the first two of my must follow artist and designers.

My first spotlight is an easy one for me because he’s located in Atlanta and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him.

Steve McKenzie

Steve McKenzie is an artist, designer and owner (with his lovely wife Jill) of the interiors and lifestyle store Steve McKenzie’s. When you visit the store you may find Steve in the upstairs loft painting a piece of art that might just become his next addition to his fabric collection.

 

Steve McKenzie via HouseBeautiful

Steve McKenzie via HouseBeautiful

 

Steve Mckenzie fabric

Steve McKenzie’s

 

I love this scalloped design they’ve used on these chairs. Isn’t this entire dining ensemble fabulous?

 

Steve McKenzie's

Steve McKenzie’s

 

Design Tip: Consider updating the upholstery of a more traditional chair or antique with a fabric that has a modern or graphic pattern to get a refreshed, updated result.

Be sure to follow Steve McKenzie’s on Instagram, here. Follow the blog, here.

Steve McKenzie's Instagram

Steve McKenzie’s Instagram

 

Cotton and Quill

I love it when the stars align and good collaborations are close to home. Steve McKenzie’s has partnered with Alabama based textile designer, Mary Catherine Folmar of  Cotton + Quill. (I actually had already selected these two as my next feature before I heard that Steve McKenzie’s will carry this fabric collection–yay!)

Cotton and Quill’s fabric collection takes inspiration from the south and revs up the interest with vibrant colors and bold, artistic patterns.

 

Cotton + Quill

Cotton + Quill

 

Punchy colors and fun patterns can transform an entire space with just a single piece of furniture or a few sofa pillows.

I recently visited Cotton and Quill while attending AmericasMart Atlanta. It was great seeing her fabric collection in person as well as the launch of her new wallpaper line. I absolutely loved this grass cloth-stunning!

 

Cotton + Quill

Cotton + Quill

 

Talk about good collaborations.  Cotton and Quill partnered with Taylor Burke Home and upholstered some of their furnishings. A perfect marriage! (image taken at AmericasMart Atlanta during market week)

 

Cotton + Quill fabric with Taylor Burke Home

Cotton + Quill fabric with Taylor Burke Home

 

Be sure to follow Cotton and Quill on Instagram, here. If you are in Atlanta stop by Steve McKenzie’s for your shopping needs and be sure to check out Steve’s fabric collection as well as Cotton and Quill.

 

Sharing the talent of others as well as introducing you to fabric collections you may not already know about is fun! Wouldn’t you love to have these stylish fabrics in your home? I’d love to help. Be sure to visit JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com or email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com and I’ll help you Love the Space You’re In!

 

 

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