Featured Designer: Carriann Johnson
Carriann Johnson of Concepts by Carriann, is an accomplished interior designer and television personality featured on HGTV’s “My First Place,” and “Bang For Your Buck”. Carrieann also has her own line of window treatments called, @Home Collection, available on SelectBlinds.com.
Carriann’s approach to interior design is to work extensively with clients, exploring what is important to them and their environment. Whether the project is traditional home design, modern interior design, or luxury mountain resort, Carriann Johnson approaches each project with the personality, needs, livability, vision, and budget of the client in the forefront.
What do you think is the single most important element of interior design for the home?
That it’s an extension of your passions, interests, dreams, memories and “who you are!”
Do you have any advice for someone who is having trouble discovering their own personal style?
Start taking notice of your surroundings. Whether at a restaurant, out shopping, in a hotel, at your favorite clothing store or a public restroom, observe the spaces around you. What do you gravitate towards? AND when you sense your mood change after you enter a space, why is it changing? How does that space make you feel? This will often drive your taste, style and interests. I also encourage Clients to visit the Magazine Section of their local bookstore and grab several design magazines. Take them home and rip out pages from the magazines of rooms and spaces you like.
What is the most common question you are asked by clients?
I know what I like and don’t like, I just don’t know where to start to put together my space(s).
Do you have any advice for people who are intimidated by interior design?
I’m not a plumber or an electrician. I hire people in those professions because I VALUE their skills and abilities. If you’re not a ‘do-it-yourselfer’, you MUST adopt the attitude and value the help of an interior designer if you wish to have a space that is cohesive and done well. There’s a proper recipe to putting together a space. Having the right attitude and ingredients will determine the success of the space.
What was the greatest compliment a client gave you?
“I’m amazed at how well you know me! I can’t believe I get to live in this space… I can’t believe this is my home!”
What would be your dream project?
No limits – any time in history, anywhere in the universe! Designing a huge, luxury resort (restaurant and spa included) somewhere in the Rocky Mountains!!
Do you have any predictions for where home decor is headed? Or hope?
It’s feeling more forgiving than ever. It’s a mish-mash of so many styles, colors, and textures that seem to say “just follow a few general rules.” And those rules are becoming more lenient. Hallelujah!
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