Designer Tips

What to Expect at your First Consultation

Meeting us of course! We will meet you at your space, where we will take pictures, observe and ask you questions. This is our first meeting and we’re trying to learn about you, your space, and to figure out what’s best for you and your project. Here are a few things you can expect during a first consultation.

Your style likes… and dislikes.


It is just as important to understand what you like as what you dislike. Designers are visual people, we notice what you currently have in your spaces, what colors and textures you’re already surrounding yourself with and even your own personal style. So, let us know what you like in your home and what you wish was different.

What you can do to help us…

Although we’re great at imagining and discussing a space through words, quick sketches and hand gestures. We love for you to give us a visual idea of what you’re imagining. This can be a magazine cut out, a picture you took yourself or a few you found online. This helps us so much! And lastly, never be afraid to tell us something you don’t like! It doesn’t hurt our feelings and it is the only way we will know what will work for you!

Your space, your way.

We like to start at how you currently use your space and what your daily routines are. We want to discuss what does or doesn’t work for you. The smallest of details could make a big difference design wise! How you make your coffee in the morning, to where you drop your keys after getting into the house. We want design to meet your expectation of beauty and functionality. So, when we ask to see the insides of a closet hidden away, we’re not being nosey, we’re just trying to understand every aspect of your space.

What you can do to help us…

The days before the presentation, make note as to what isn’t efficient in your home and what you wish was different. Sometimes making a list of concerns or questions help our clients feel like they got the most out of the time we spend together. Remember, you may not see us face to face until our next meeting, which is when we typically show you our ideas!



It’s okay to dream big and we want you to! But we have a good understanding at the process behind those big dreams. With our years of construction management, we understand what needs to come first and what’s better to wait for. Saying this, all projects are different! The priority of a spaces remodel differ between people. Some feel the entrance of the home is a priority, because it’s the first impression. Other’s wish to prioritize more private spaces, like master bedrooms and bathrooms. Remember! There is no blanketed right answer, there is only the right answer for you.

What you can do to help us…

If your list feels big, think about what you want to prioritize first. Have a discussion with whoever is involved and what everyone’s expectations are. With this information we can optimize where to spend and where to save, and what timeline is most realistic for you.

Moving Forward

After our meeting, what we call the ‘first consultation’. You can expect a proposal—this will estimate our time and payment. After this is agreed upon, we will proceed to set up a date for us to meet, where we present you the designs we’ve come up with.

What you can do to help us…

After the proposal has been agreed upon, we will begin designing, this isn’t to say we haven’t already been brainstorming. However, the faster the proposal is agreed upon, the faster we can begin this process. The one thing you can help us moving forward from consultation to presentation is to make sure all has been said when we meet. After that, leave it up to us, and don’t worry, we will stay in touch!

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Use this checklist to prepare and discuss with whoever is involved and wants to dream too!

We hope this newsletter answered some ‘what-if’s’! If you have any other questions about the consultation, we would love to answer them! Feel free to reach out!
— Paige Williams Design Team

For the Love of Lamps

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Shedding Light on Lamps

Lamps seem simple enough. Plug them in, flip them on, and you're good to go! But they play a bigger role in pulling a room together than you may think. The wrong lamp (or lamps -- they work best in pairs!) can disrupt a design both in visual aesthetics and practicality. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing lamps:

How's the height? The taller the lamp, the better. Depending on their purpose, you typically want a lamp that is at least 30 inches tall. If you are using a lamp for reading light, the shade should come to just above your shoulder when you are sitting down in a chair. Also remember that if you are shopping for lamps online, carefully read through the dimensions before purchasing. Photos can often make lamps look larger than they are.

And the shade? The color and fabric of a lamp shade can drastically affect how light is diffused in a room. Think about the day-to-day use of the lamp before settling on a shade. Black shades are cool and edgy but won't provide as much light as a lighter color. Similarly, burlap shades are very popular right now, but the heavy fabric restricts the light.

What about the base?  Finally, consider what the body of the lamp is made of. Whether it is glass, marble, concrete or ceramic, the base can be an easy way to add color to a room and pull a space together. Glass lamps work best is smaller rooms because of their transparency but be sure they don't get lost in the background if working in a larger room.

All good designers know the power of a well-placed lamp! This summer, we’ve been hard at work renovating several apartments on Music Row and have had the pleasure of picking out fun, unique lamps for all of them. Have a lamp question that wasn’t answered here? Send it to us on Facebook or Instagram!

— Paige & Mia

Debunking Designer Myths

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3 Common Myths About Hiring Interior Designers

MYTH #1: "I would have to buy all new furniture! I can't afford that!"
As much as we would love to treat every home like a blank canvas, we understand that's not a realistic approach. Unless you want to achieve a completely new look, we are happy to work with what you have in a creative, fresh way. Plus, working with an interior designer can actually save you money by helping you avoid costly mistakes, hire reliable contractors and selecting products that will meet your long-term needs.

MYTH #2: "There's nothing they can do that I can't do on my own."
While we encourage all of our clients to stay up-to-date on the latest home design trends, there are some things that are only accessible to professional interior designers through showrooms and cultivated relationships with vendors.

MYTH #3: "If someone else designs my home, it won't feel like home to me." 
Our goal is to create spaces that suit you and your lifestyle, so we go to great lengths to ensure your home is not only beautiful but also functional and comfortable. We invite you to research inspirational photos to get a sense of your style and think about what colors you gravitate toward before an initial meeting with us and keep open communication throughout the design process. At the end of the day, we want to be sure your home feels like, well... home!

Hi everyone!

Spring is just around the corner, which means many people are starting new home projects so we wanted to take this month’s e-newsletter to debunk some common misconceptions about working with interior designers. Still have questions about how our process works? Reply to this email for more information!

— Paige & Mia

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

Don't let small rooms give you the blues. Use these tips to create the illusion that your bedroom is bigger than it is.

1. Skip the headboard. Headboards can be a statement piece in big bedrooms, but in small spaces, they're often too clunky. Trade your headboard for mirrors, which make any room appear larger.

2. Raise the curtains. This is a golden rule in almost any space, but it's especially important in small areas. Take your curtain rod to the ceiling to add height that's not really there.

3. Keep the colors simple. A monochromatic color scheme with subtle patterns is best in small rooms. Use varying shades of the same hue to create a cozy but collected effect.

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Hi everyone,

Downtown Nashville is getting crowded! This fun blue project was part of our recent work on a series of AirBnB spaces downtown. We were challenged with creating a modern design in several tiny spaces. Stay tuned for more spaces from this series in coming months. 

— Paige & Mia

We're Buzzing About Honeycomb

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Trending Tiles

Tile is a practical way to add texture and visual interest to any space. But with so many shapes, colors and sizes, a simple walk through a showroom can send even the most savvy DIY-er over the edge. Here's what to keep in mind when taking on tile:

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These trendy tiles are an easy way to add flair anywhere in your bathroom, but they can be particularly useful in your shower, where the floor in sloped for drainage. Their small size easily covers the floor slope and the multitude of grout lines increases traction and reduces the risk of slips. 

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Beveled Subway

You know subway tile, but do you know beveled subway tile? A modern twist on the classic block creates depth and visual weight, giving your bathroom or kitchen a bright, quilted look. 

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Chevron & Penny Tile

Everyone loves a good chevron or penny tile backsplash -- and that's where they should stay! These small-scale, intricate designs are too busy to be used on the floor. Spice up the backsplash then choose a larger, more solid tile for the floor.

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As the size of the average person's bathroom has increased so have our floor tiles. 12x24 tile has become a popular floor option because of its size and pattern versatility. Line them up straight or stagger them across. It's up to you!

Hi everyone,

This month, we are taking on nearly a dozen kitchen and bathroom projects so it’s safe to say we are dreaming in tile these days. The real tile trend? Cool greys and crisp whites are dominating tile color palettes by bringing an airy, fresh look to bathrooms and kitchens. What’s your next tile project? 

— Paige & Mia