Designing with Your Five Senses – Smell

We’ve talked about what sets me apart from other designers in the world and I promised to share some of my best tips for amping up the happiness and warmth in your home using your five senses. First up? Finding a signature scent for your home. Smells are deeply linked to our emotions and memories, so they’re a HUGE part of making your home your own.

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

Designing a Home That Makes You Happy

There are a ton of interior designers out there who’ll design for just about anybody—anyone, any room, at any time. And while that business model works for some, I’m not like them. I’m different. Dixie Willard Design is different. I don’t just want to help you find an aesthetically pleasing mix of hard and soft finishes, I want to give you MORE. Why? Because I believe that—above all else—you deserve a home that makes you happy the moment you walk in the door.

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

Addicted to Design

Okay. You and I? We need to talk. There’s something that happens out there in the world and I want to talk to you about it before it happens to you…

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

When to Splurge and When to Save on Your Home

When it comes to deciding when to splurge and when to save, one of my friends’ grandmas says it best: “Put money into the things between you and the floor.” Dang Skippy, Grandma GG!!

You may remember our talk about paying attention to the time/budget/quality balance. That’s all still true; I’m just adding another layer. Like ogres. And onions. (If you’ve watched Shrek at all, you know what’s going through my mind.)

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

The Five Fall Accents for Your Home That I’m Loving Right Now

If there’s one thing that you should know about me, it’s that I love fall like Oprah loves bread. (Please tell me you’ve seen that commercial!) And while it’s not *quite* fall yet, I’m more than ready to break out the extra layers of clothes, cozy throw blankets, and hot chocolate (more about that in a second) and curl up by the fire. Who’s with me? 

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

Fast Food Design

You know when you just want some crisp, hot French fries and a cold, creamy chocolate shake? Where do you go? I’m guessing you’re not going to hunt down a personal chef to fix it for you. On the other hand, when you want a special meal cooked for just for you and made exactly the way you like it (and maaaaaybe even good for you), you’re probably not going to head out to a fast food joint. The same idea applies when it comes to decorating your home…

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

Why Do I Do What I Do?

The text I just sent to my husband: “Don’t drive past the garage when you come home. I’ve got M&Ms drying in the driveway.” 

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

What Do I Do?

 I don’t do pretentious.

I don’t do goopy.

I don’t do cluttered.

I don’t do fussy.

I don’t do stuffy

I don’t do uncomfortable.

I don’t do over-priced or budget-busting.

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

Some Things You Should Know About Me

Before we go much further together, there are some things you should know about me…

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE

Why You Shouldn’t Put Ikea Furniture in Your Mansion

Can you please tell my friend why she shouldn’t put Ikea furniture in her mansion?

In my experience, there are a number of reasons people have an expensive house with inexpensive furniture. (Not all of them are good reasons.)

Filed Under:

Uncategorized

READ MORE