What Does a Home Design Expert and Personal Shopper Have in Common?

What does a home design expert and personal shopper have in common? A new business and blog! I want to take a second to re-introduce my home decor contributing writer, one of my best friends, and a home design expert, Tina Bousu. She is someone you are already very familiar with by her personal home decor posts on my site. She is now branching out and decided to launch her own online home design site, Eclectic Twist.com. I couldn’t be more proud of her and I would love for you to support her as a new entrepreneur! ~Autumn


Hey everybody!  My post today is a little different, I usually write the home decor posts for Autumn, but today, I am introducing my new online home design website and blog to you all!  This has been in the works for almost a year now and it’s finally launched!  Can you tell I’m uber super duper excited about it?!

Since you’ve all supported me for awhile now (which I so appreciate) I wanted to take the time to show you what the website is all about and how it works!  Pictured below are  a couple of mood boards for a client (my sister in law) for her living and dining rooms.  I’ll walk you through exactly what I offer for design services and how the process works using her spaces as an example.

Living Room 

The living room and dining rooms are directly across and open to each other so she wanted a cohesive feel to them.  She sent me photos of the rooms so I could see the layout and get a feel for the space along with telling me about the style and colors they prefer.

It’s already painted a dark green like the swatch you see on the wall in this picture and they wanted to keep that color.  They also didn’t have any pieces they wanted to keep in this space so it was a clean canvas to work with.  

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I began with a rug that would tie in the green wall color but lighten up the room and add interest with additional colors.  Since their style preferences are more traditional the style of the rug is Persian with a warm color palate. They have three young kids so easy to clean slipcovers was a must for the furniture.

Keeping a budget in mind I headed to IKEA.  They have a reputation for good quality sofas and slipcovers and had this great sofa with the pleated roll arms and softer curves without being too traditional.  Budget friendly, easy to clean, great style, check, check and check.  

I wanted to create some interest with texture so I chose two rattan chairs, also from IKEA, to sit opposite the sofa and a wooden side table between them.  The side tables flanking the sofa are a traditional style with the iron bases and wood tops from World Market.  The coffee table is a trunk giving additional storage for toys, blankets, books, etc.  

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Off to the right they have a bay window area so I placed a chaise lounge there that is from the same line as the sofa, a nice spot to cozy up and read a book.

Above the sofa I chose a wooden mirror to add more texture and bring the outdoor feel in along with brightening the space.  I pulled a soft blue from the rug design and used that as a main accent color.  

On the left is a wall space where I put a shelving console that could serve as more storage.  They can place baskets on the shelves to hold more toys or books or just display some pretty items.  A complimentary painting with the green and blues and creams sits above the console.  And you have the finished mood board showing their space!

Dining Room

Next up was the dining room.  After some discussion told me they were not keeping the wall color but had a table and chairs set and a large family heirloom hutch in the space they wanted me to work around.  

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Keeping the living room design in mind I chose a fun patterned fabric curtain from World Market with chocolates, green, light lavender and blue.  The dining set is a dark espresso color so lightening up the space was key to making it feel more open and airy.

I chose a more modern style but in the similar blue as the living room accent to pull them together.  It’s a smaller room and the hutch is a large piece so it couldn’t handle much more furniture.  I placed the hutch on the right wall opposite the window to open the sightline to the back wall directly from the hallway and living room.  

Placing a small sideboard here made sense for serving dishes or bar set up if they wanted to have a party or get together.  The artwork above was a sample piece that I recommended she could DIY with the kids!  You can see two color sample choices I suggested that would be beautiful with these pieces.  And voila you have a finished mood board or picture of what the room would like!

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So to recap the process if you’re interested in any home design services (I have several package choices to choose from) fill out my questionnaire telling me about you, your style, color preferences, furniture pieces etc. and send me some pics of your space!  I get to work from there and send you a finished mood board custom designed to your style and needs.  Along with the mood board comes a source or shopping list for all the items I used in your board so you know exactly what product, where it came from and how much it costs, easy peasy!  I also give you tips on more inexpensive options for certain items or DIY projects you can do!  I want to make sure you are happy with your space and will work with you (up to two revisions) on the board to tweak it so it feels just right.  

I believe everyone deserves a lovely beautiful space that reflects them and they’re personality.  I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to help you achieve that!  

So now that you have an idea of what home design services on the website are and how it works, I also want to tell you that I branched out and started my own blog!  It’s linked to the website, check it out for what I’m up to with my own projects, helpful tutorial posts and some just plain fun posts!  

Website is www.eclectictwist.com

Blog is www.blog.eclectictwist.com

If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at tinabousu@eclectictwist.com!

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Special thanks to Autumn Leopold, my sweet bestie, for her help and support while I developed this idea into a website and blog! You’re the best!! (People she’s the bomb, if you need any kind of virtual assistant help or small business coaching services please give her a holler!)

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