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The kitchen is normally a place thats either REALLY BROWN or REALLY WHITE. Rarely do people play with the idea of bold pops of color in the room where a lot of magic goes down… Can’t you tell I love food? LOL

There are many ways to accomplish pulling color into your kitchen without losing that comfort and welcoming feeling. You’ll see in the photos from are #WestCreekProject, we pulled in color with bold blue seating and fresh flowers. This can also be accomplished by adding colorful drapery to the windows, colorful kitchen tools such as knives and coffee makers, and wall art. In fact, do not be afraid to paint your cabinets a bold color. You’ll be amazed at the result.

So, the next time you are thinking about making changes in the heart of the home, don’t be afraid of color. Color can be your best friend if you’ll let it.

#BeTheBeauty

Chase

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On August 18th I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Black Interior Designers Conference in Atlanta, GA. In addition to training and development from leaders in the industry, during this event 20 Top African American Designers are honored and celebrated for their excellence and contributions to the design industry.

This year, a new category was introduced titled “10 Emerging Designers to Watch”. To my surprise, my name was announced as one of the recipients. Wow! Very humbled to have received such an honor. This recognition has served as a reminder for me to always strive for excellence, and to be myself while doing it. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

Lastly, thank you for your support of me. Whether it’s reading my newsletters, reading my blogs, or trusting me to design your most sacred space; I am appreciative that you give me the opportunity to do work that I have been passionate about since the age of 7 years old. THANK YOU 🙂

#BeTheBeauty
Chase

You can learn more about the Black Interior Designers Network here.

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Fall is upon us, and that means its time to store your summer breeze away and bring on the drama and warmth. Im forecasting much black and gold (brass if you’re being technical) this fall. If you’re looking for the perfect way to style your home for the upcoming season change, my list of 10 must haves is definitely a good start. Check it out for yourself!

  1. Painted Canvas titled “Girl”
  2. Sommerard Triple Arm Chandelier
  3. Zara Oval Ottoman with Tapered Leg by Bradley
  4. Standard of Gold Statues
  5. Deco Oval Rug by MichelSmithBoyd for Feizy
  6. Pierre Frey Collection Accent Pillow
  7. Annabelle Chair
  8. Bumblebee Jewelry Box
  9. Hermés H Déco Tableware
  10. Black Crystal Champagne Flute and Water Glass by Christofle

Black will forever be a color thats on trend in my opinion. Its formality paired with luxury tones of gold creates an atmosphere thats second to none.

Each of these gems can grace your home. Contact me for ordering information.

#BeTheBeauty

Chase

 

Often times in interiors you notice that most homes are layered in neutral colors, as it is the safe and comfortable thing to do. I personally love neutrals as well, however I like to spice it up every now and then with bold colors. Choosing colors can be daunting when you’re not sure about what compliments what, or elements such as chroma and saturation. Hire a designer for that :). Nonetheless, when you work through all the elements of choosing colors, you’ll have a space that’s full of character and nostalgic. Take a look a these two inspiration boards that utilize bold color patterns while still creating harmony.

 

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Here’s your cheat sheet for choosing colors….. THE COLOR WHEEL!

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Need help working through this round thing full of color? Contact Me today and I will be more than happy to assist you with choosing the perfect colors for your home.

As always,  #BeTheBeauty

Chase

Well, we’re finally to the last post of the working with a designer series. Take time to read Part 1 and Part 2 if you have not already.

DESIGN CONCEPT & PRESENTATION

In this phase I take all the information from our consultation and programming and create a space that is the utmost reflection of you. I normally present once concept that serves as the base along with components that can be easily exchanged which gives you as my client options. There are drawings, beautiful textiles, wall coverings, furnishings, hardware, flooring options, paint colors, cabinetry, lighting, and much more for you to touch, see, and get a great sense of.

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

After you have approved the design concept, we begin moving your project forward. This phase involves managing vendors such as contractors, showrooms, ordering supplies, etc. We ensure that all construction documents and drawings are being implemented as agreed upon. This is the phase in which you get the most of your value, because as your designer I handle managing all of these components which is more time consuming for you to manage along with managing your career, family, and social life.

INSTALLATION

After all the construction components have been completed, and furniture and decor have all been received, we are now ready for installation day. On install day, we literally kick you and your family out of your home (nicely of course) for the day and prepare your home for you. Our goal is to ensure that our entire process is turn-key for you as much as possible. During installation, we put our heart and soul into setting up each room with your family’s heart and soul in mind. When all is completed, we await on your return home for the big reveal of your project. The absolute best feeling in the world!

 

I hope this series has been helpful in giving you an overview of what working a designer for your home entails. Save yourself time and money by working with me to ensure you get the home design you want and deserve. If you’re ready to get started on a project, contact me today!

As always,

#BeTheBeauty

Chase

In part one of the Working With A Designer series, I talked about the first step in the design process, the consultation. Click here to read and get caught up if you haven’t read it already. You’ll definitely want to start there! Now, lets get to the next stage in the process of working with me, your designer.

PROGRAMMING

Now that all the questions have been asked, and both the client and I believe we are a perfect fit for one another; its time to begin the programming stage. This is when I will take all the notes from the initial meeting, and use them to determine the needs of the client, which becomes the scope of the project. Clear descriptions of everything that will require attention is detailed and prepared for presentation to the client. After I complete the programming, I send it over to my clients to review and allow them to determine which areas are priority in order to guide our project timeline. Along with the programming sheet, I send over a cost analysis which defines what my design fee will be for the project. This allows us to be on the same page from the very beginning on budgets and cost.

After my clients approve the programming information, timeline, and cost I draft the contract which outlines every detail of the project and both the responsibility of the client and myself as the designer. After the contract is signed and approved, we’re ready to move to thenext stage; which you will have to wait until Part 3 to learn about!

Ready to get started on your home project? Click here and contact me today! I would love to work with you.

As always,

#BeTheBeauty

Chase

In my last blog post, 5 Reasons You Should Hire An Interior Designer, I gave insight on value that working with a designer brings to you. To continue along that theme, my next few blogs will be a series that focuses on the process of working with a designer. What I have found thus far is that many people want to work with a designer, but they are sometimes intimidated to work with one as they assume its not affordable or they aren’t confident in knowing the ends and oust of design. By the end of this series I hope you are able to approach a designer [ preferably me 🙂 ] with confidence and somewhat of an idea of how it all works.

DISCLAIMER** This series is based solely on my processes. Though most things are universal in the design industry, processes can differ from those of other designers.

CONSULTATION

Working with a designer starts with a design consultation. This consultation is a 2 hour meeting between you and the designer to discuss your design goals, assess your home, and to share broad design ideas and direction. This meeting helps the designer to get to know you and determine exactly what your home needs.

In a consultation the designer will ask whats seems like a million and one questions. Trust me, they all are important. You’ll cover questions such as who’s responsible for the design decisions, the project budget, entertaining styles, hobbies, design preferences, colors, and much more.

Feel free to be your authentic self during the consultation. Not only is this a meeting to talk about design, but it is also an opportunity for both you and the designer to determine if you are a perfect fit for one another. Don’t feel pressured to have to organize your home or add some decor before the designer arrives for the consultation. A good designer won’t judge you or your home based on its current state. It’s our job to help you pull it all together.

I know you are thinking okay Chase, how much does it cost?! Im glad you asked. Though other designers’ cost may differ, a 2 hour consultation with Chase Dowell Interior Design cost potential clients only $250. After this meeting, you should have somewhat of an idea on what areas need focus and general concepts. In 1-2 weeks after your consultation, the designer will follow up with you with programming, timelines, and a cost analysis for service fees. From there you should have enough info to make an informed decision on what areas to focus on first.

Hey, if you’re ready to get started with a design consultation, contact me here. I’d love to be your designer.

As always,

#BeTheBeauty

Chase

 

There are many reasons to hire a designer; from adding value to your home to creating a space that will wow family and friends. Here are 5 more reasons you should hire Chase. 🙂

  1. Fresh Ideas– When preparing to make upgrades and decorative changes to your home, I know first-hand that you spend hours, days, and even months trying to decide on a concept, paint colors, furnishings and finishes. If you don’t have a natural ability to do this, it can become frustrating. By hiring a designer you allow a fresh pair of eyes and a fresh perspective to assess your space and bring a cohesive look that is both custom and reflective of you.
  2. Save Time- Hiring a designer saves you time, as we are able to prepare for obstacles that could happen and are aware of how to avoid them. Searching for furniture and decor is time consuming. With so many options available, a designer will help narrow choices and ensure the best use of your time.
  3. Save Money- Hiring a designer helps you avoid costly mistakes such as painting an entire room a color that you hate because it isn’t the same on the wall as it was in the store; or purchasing a sofa thats too big for the space. Many designers have access to trade only vendors which could allow you to get some furnishings and decor a lower prices than retail.
  4. Liaison- A designer serves as a liaison for you between all contractors and vendors. As a representitive for you, a designer coordinates with your best interest in mind.
  5. Trained Eye- A designer is trained in balance, function, color, movement and many other design elements that make a space become art. Being in tune with design elements is what makes a room look whole and not of many pieces.

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As many of my readers know, I have a key interest in the designing of bachelor pads. With most bachelor pads come the torn leather chair that was purchased from craigslist just for something to sit on, that somehow became the most loved piece in the entire pad. If there is one thing that the bachelor loves in their home, it is their throne! THE MIGHTY CHAIR!

So to my bachelor readers out there, here are a few tips for selecting the perfect chair to bring great style into your bachelor pad.

  1. Keep your textile options open. Leather isn’t always the best choice.
  2. Seek chairs that are less bulky but comfortable.
  3. Don’t shy away from color.
  4. Mix and match multiple chair styles in a room.
  5. Look for unique shapes and designs.
  6. Ensure the chair you choose is proportionate to the space.

Here are a few of my chair picks for the modern day bachelor pad. Thanks for reading. #BeTheBeauty

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