Get a dose of Pinspiration and go check out my new boards!

I really hope you’re on Pinterest!
Pinterest is (if you don’t know already) “a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting  images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.” I highly suggest everyone to make one in order to see what kind of things other designers and creative people are doing so you can grab inspiration.
Go check out these special boards for ideas!
Go check out these special boards for ideas!

I am bringing this to your attention because Kari Caldwell Studios is bringing a “where to use” series to my Pinterest page. I know so many of you admire my work and purchase my videos on how to create finishes, but some of you all fall flat on inspiration. Some of you look at my finishes and think you can’t put it into your home. Some of you admire and like a finish but when looking around your home you don’t think you can integrate it into your space. You may think some of it might go with your surroundings but maybe all you are lacking is inspiration on how to do it!

Click here to View Kari Caldwell Studios Pinterest

I encourage all of you to join Pinterest, it’s a great tool to use when planning out goals and design for your own home. I have went ahead and put together a board for each of my tutorials on where I can see the finish in other peoples space in order to help you all out more. This can show you where exactly to put a finish or give you more than one place to do a finish in your own home.

Happy Pinning and painting everyone,
Kari
P.S: Join my Harvest of Finishes Program!

The first two steps you need to know before you start

Want to know where to get more bang for your buck when it comes to interior design and renovating? Are you worried you’re not making the right changes? Well all you need to know is my absolute philosophy I use when helping people make changes to their homes interiors. That is the seven layers of design. Out of all the seven layers, the first two are the most important!
Layer 1: Paint & Architecture.
Layer 2: Installed Flooring.
These are the most sacred and most valuable steps and they are the first!
My amazing client Angie brought me to her home and needed some major design changes. She told me she spent over $800 on pillows and accessories and she was unhappy and confused. I knew what she ultimately had to do and tell her about the seven layers to interior design. We started with the first layer. I told her to repaint her walls with something new and modern. I also painted a big empty wall in her game room like a chalk board. This house had a unique wall openings so I thought why not utilize it?
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I then had this vision of painted shiplap along her walls. She had the boards put up and painted and it brought the most unique and perfect touch to the style of her home. The paint and shiplap accentuates the cool architecture, baseboards, and sections in In her home. (Also check out the custom weathered wood and wire cabinets.)
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Next, she had an overwhelming 3 types of flooring in her home, so I told her to pick new flooring and make it only one type. She had me help her pick out the most unique and inspired by her personal country  style taste. The flooring picked out completed the second layer of design. This was a huge difference because she previously had so many different types of flooring in one space.
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 The flooring helped the flow of the house and helped it remain a certain elegant style.
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She made so much change with just two layers down that she started there and suddenly great design was coming to her. She felt inspired. We remodeled the kitchen next to give her the best Country style kitchen. Complete with weathered barn doors. I also told her to close off a small hallway and turn it into an open pantry and that’s just what she got.
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We had her put the shiplap on her one wall all the way through as her kitchens back splash and on her Island. We re-plastered her hood to a beautiful and softer finish. We gave her more distressed weathered wood cabinets and shelving. This kitchen really turned into a sophisticated country style that our client dreamed of. Her remodeled kitchen after her floors and walls really brought things together and gave here a direction to go with her home. All you have to do is learn the seven layers of design.
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The new design of her home has changed dramatically for the better. She now has a beautiful home.
The seven layers matter. The first two are the ones you need to start with before you even consider decor or furniture. Make the most out of your home or space and start with the first two layers.
Kari