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Getting to Know our Designer: Margy Foster

Our team of designers has incredible talent. Each of them has a passion for what they do, and their personality shines through on each of the projects they complete. Come along with us as we chat with designer Margy Foster, and learn a little more about how she’s devoted to creating enchanted spaces you’ll love.

creating a space margy foster designerQ: How did you get started in design?

A: “I have always had an eye for color, mixing patterns and doing DIY projects. 

With encouragement from friends and family, I enrolled in one interior design class at Ivy Tech, fell in love with the program and because a full-time student. I later taught design at Ivy Tech for 12 years. While teaching part time, my friend, Beth Schmitt, and I built a paint business, creating faux finishes, painting murals and furniture. After several years, I decided to focus on design and in 2017 joined an incredible team of designers at Enjolé Interiors!”

Q: How would you describe your style as a designer?

A: “I’d say I’m eclectic, leaning towards traditional, with a bit of whimsy! I love mixing fabric patterns and colors and the creativity it takes to make a design work. I love when a client says, “I’d never do that on my own, but I love it!”

Vibrant patterns and colors can add variety and interest to any room, even in small doses. I’ve found for the most part, people are conservative when it comes to color. Too much color can be overwhelming.”

Q: Tell us a little more about about your process as a designer when meeting with clients.

A: “Meeting with a potential new client is a “meet and greet”…getting to hear ideas and dreams that he or she has for their space. After many conversations, a plan is made – styles, colors, whether or not new furniture is required, are window treatments an option, are there heirlooms or things the client can’t or won’t part with, etc. Every issue has an answer and those answers become part of the plan. Good design is a process. Figuring out exactly what the client expects from the finished project and from me as the person who implements the project is what has to happen for a successful finish.”

Q: Is there a specific type of client or project you’re drawn to?

A: “I enjoy clients who have a vision of what they want but are open to other ideas. Design is so subjective. Most projects have more than one solution, any of which may be “correct,”  but finding the one that works best for my client is my objective. 

Probably my favorite aspect of design is accessorizing. Accessories are to a room what jewelry and the  perfect shoes are to a new outfit. I like to make the finishing touches fit, yet make a statement!”

Q: What have you learned from past projects that you’d like to share with Enjolé’s followers?

A: “Honestly, I learn something from every project. No two jobs are ever the same! I can’t stress enough how important conversation between designer and client is. Make sure you both are thinking the same thing and ask questions! Never assume!

I’ve been in the design field for 30 years and have seen styles and trends come and go, and return with minor changes and new names – what’s old is new again! But no matter the pieces used to create a room, the principles and elements of design remain the same.

Thanks to Margy for sharing some of her design insight! Learn more about Margy here and contact the store to schedule your appointment!

Creating A Space At Your Pace

When it comes to renovations, it doesn’t always have to be about completing a design as quickly as possible… Maybe you’re only able to do a little at a time due to your schedule or budget? When doing a renovation or redesign, it’s always important to remember to do what works for you. And, that’s exactly what Enjolé Interiors designer Margy Foster did with her recent project – on the design and renovation of her client’s new home.

creating a space margy foster designerLet The Design Process Begin

This couple bought their house in February 2018 after immediately falling in love with its restored 1940s charm. They knew they wanted to make the space their own, but also knew they would need to work on things a little at a time. So, they started working with Margy in May of 2018, slowly but surely piecing things together. They started sifting through designs and patterns, and Margy got a feel for what they liked and disliked. 

Building the Design Around Their First Purchase

The first piece ordered for the space was a Bernhardt chair. Because the couple so loved the chair, Margy helped them build the design around that purchase. You don’t always know what will catch your eye, and no inspiration is too big or too small!

“Many times the client would text me a picture of what she had in the room, and then ask me where she should move it – a little to the left, a little to the right. It was how I was really able to build the client’s trust and show them I was committed to helping them find what works best in their space.” 

From there, Margy created a plan to accessorize, add color and ultimately tie the space together.

Incorporating Existing Pieces into the Design 

Another aspect Margy knew was really important to the client was incorporating prints of Notorious BIG and Prince they owned. 

“I always kept these photos in the back of my mind, and I would look for pieces, colors and textures that would complement them to continue to build on the design.”

Creating a Home Office

The couple works from home, so having an office space where they both would have enough room to work was crucial. 

“They told me they wanted a space with a lot of natural light, too. So, we decided on a nice, sturdy desk that was spacious enough for two people to work with their computers and spread out papers.” 

The overall look was a bit more modern, but it came together nicely, and the clients loved it.

Creating a Place To Entertain

As a younger couple, they like to entertain. So, Margy’s idea to add an at-home bar was brilliant. It would provide a nice sitting area on the main floor and work as a great gathering space with the dining room close by.  They also loved the animal hide rug Margy selected. 

“We had discussed working one into the design, but sort of pushed it to the side as we worked on other aspects of styling. In the end, we found the perfect place for one, and it makes the room feel so cozy.”

Spare Room for Overnight Guests

One of the last places we finished designing was the spare bedroom. The client already had bedding and most furniture, but they were in search of side tables to fit with the furniture. 

“We ended up finding the perfect tables to complement the space and added a more slender lamp to fit on the tables. Then, we used the colors in the bedding to bring in some coordinating artwork for the space and add a bit of femininity.”

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Tips for Your Kitchen Makeover from Designer Brittney Schipp

Renovating your kitchen can be a huge undertaking, especially if it hasn’t had a good facelift in years. There are so many things to consider…new styles, updated functionality, lighting, wall color, etc. But, stop stressing over the details! Working with a professional, like Enjolé Interiors’ Senior Designer, Brittney Schipp, can help you check all the boxes for a successful kitchen makeover… Here are just a few of the items she would help you consider:

Appliance Garages

If you’d like to minimize clutter, create a space(s) for each of your small appliances to be stowed away to create a clean look and eliminate crowding on surfaces. We’ve created appliance garages for clients’ TVs, stand mixers and even paper towel holders!

Storage

Look for creative ways to create more storage space. Is there a nook you no longer use? A set of cabinets that could be turned into a pantry? These spaces could be of great use for you to incorporate more storage for dishes, appliances or food. Another great option is to consider taking your cabinetry all the way to the ceiling for added space. And bonus – it will make your room look bigger.

 

 

kitchen symmetrySymmetry

There’s something to be said about symmetry within a space. Think about what you would like to have as the focal point of your design, such as the island or the oven. It’s best to create a triangle with your appliances to make meal prep flow better and increase your kitchen’s functionality.

 

 

lighting kitchen interior designLighting

Lighting can completely change the look and feel of your space. Consider adding pendant lights over an island for more light while enjoying meals. Or, switch up the design of your lights. In a recent kitchen renovation in Kentucky, we reduced the amount of pendant lights from 5 smaller ones to 3 larger ones, and it made a more dramatic change to the look of the room than you might think.

 

Wallpaper

Don’t be afraid of wallpaper! It’s actually quite trendy and can pair well with existing wallpaper in the home and/or painted walls. Our best suggestion here is to take your time. Bring samples of several different patterns and designs back to the space to see how they will look. 

Brittney notes, “One of my clients really wanted to keep the wallpaper in her formal sitting room. So, when we were picking out the designs of the new wallpaper – we ended up with a total of 4 new wallpapers. We selected the kitchen wallpaper first because it was right off of the formal sitting room, and then worked our way into a few other areas off of the kitchen. The back hallway and staircase, a powder room and a laundry room each got a facelift, with new wallpaper in addition to the rest of the remodel. It took a bit of time — both in the studio and the clients home — to pick out the best color and pattern combinations to satisfy the overall plan for the design and the clients style.”

Accessorizing

Step outside of the box to add another level to your space! If you’re drawn to one specific style, and you’d like to branch out a bit, explore different accessories you wouldn’t normally think to try. 

“One place we’ve recently done this was in a client’s bathroom. She wanted to replace the mirror, but always found herself gravitating towards a specific style. So, we found a mirror that was a bit out of her comfort zone to complement the wallpaper and overall design of the room,” says Brittney.

Window Treatments

A little detail around the windows creates a big effect. “It actually enhances the windows, adds softness to the room and an extra layer that really takes the space to the next level,” Brittany explains. “So, when choosing a window treatment, think about the overall design you’re trying to achieve in the room. Then, hone in on details that will compliment the space. For example, picking up on the subtle gray color in the pattern on the wallpaper and the curve of the range hood for the window treatments like we did in this Kentucky kitchen.”

Interested in working with a designer to transform your space? Contact us to learn about our designers and pricing!

Anniversary Weekend Sale at Enjolé Interiors

Enjolé Interiors wants to say thank you to our customers and friends with an Anniversary Weekend event! Save 20% on us!

Visit us on the Main Street Walkway during Downtown Open House Shopping Weekend. There’s no better time to shop for holiday decor and begin your holiday shopping!

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2019 Anniversary Weekend Sale

Saturday, November 2nd from 9AM-4PM & Sunday, November 3rd from 12PM-4PM.

Enjoy 20% OFF accessories (excludes Mark White’s art and special orders)

A Kentucky Kitchen Renovation Transformation

After hitting over 40k views on YouTube personality’s Mallory Ervin’s channel, it’s evident that this renovation was transformational. Enjolé Interiors designer Brittney Schipp ultimately created a new space – implementing new design elements – that’s functional and features a modern twist on traditional design.

Design Inspiration

The client was motivated to make a drastic change on the main level of her home. Her existing kitchen hadn’t been renovated in 20 years, and it was time for a facelift. 

Her goal – white, light and bright. She kept seeing this current, but classic idea for a clean, fresh update, so we took that vision and ran with it. Our designer Brittney Schipp came in to create a space that was not only light and bright, but warm and welcoming – perfect for entertaining.

“We kept with her style, which is very traditional but pulled in some more modern elements, like the rug and the dining table, just to give it more of a current feel and mix things up a bit,” says Brittney.

kentucky kitchen remodel

Key Elements to the Design

The client loves wallpaper, so this was key in the project. Brittney knew they would need to incorporate an updated wallpaper to match the existing walls in the formal sitting room. 

“She was keen about keeping this wallpaper, so it was a bit tricky picking out designs for each respective room in the renovation. We ended up with a total of 5 new wallpaper designs, which all ultimately ended up working well with what was already there.” 

mica shell wallpaper kentucky kitchenTo build on the design elements already in the home, Brittney suggested a dramatic metallic damask wallpaper for the walls as well as a shimmery gold and pearl mica shell wallpaper for the ceiling to add texture and even more sparkle to the room. This technique of adding wallpaper to the walls and the ceiling gave the room dimension and brought everything to life. Not to mention the addition of an eye-catching chandelier and it’s reflection off of the wallpapers…with how it picked up light from the mica shell, we achieved just the glow the client had been dreaming of!

Another key element to this design was hiding appliances. So, Brittney suggested they create panels on the refrigerator and around the island to achieve a seamless look. Brittney also thought they should make the range and the hood the focal point of the room, centering it on the main wall and reconfiguring the shape of the island to align.

kentucky kitchen remodel“In order to create that focal point, we had to shift the appliances around a bit to make everything more symmetrical. And, it worked. We were also able to add another layer to the design by updating the lighting from 5 small pendants to 3 large ones.”

If you’re thinking about a renovation but have some current design elements that you’re attached to, don’t think it all has to go. Sometimes those current design elements just need a few more layers of texture, color or pattern to bring them up-to-date and create a new space you’ll love! Or, maybe you’d like your space to be completely reimagined, we’re happy to take on a complete renovation.

Learn about working with Brittney or one of our other talented designers by filling out our online form or contact Tammy Stalling, our Director of Design & Retail at (812) 706-9906.

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Sharon’s Birthday Bash

Sharon’s Birthday Bash!

ALL SEPTEMBER LONG

We couldn’t throw a birthday party for Sharon without including our customers!

Sharon's Birthday Bash Furniture Discounts

Enjoy 20% off furniture & accessories across the store! Excludes Mark White art and special orders.

40% off all pillows! 

And, take up to 60% off select items throughout the store!

Pop a balloon for extra savings! Anyone who stops in during the month of September will get to pop a balloon for extra surprise savings!

Plus, spend over $300 in the month of September, and we’ll send you home with a Birthday Bash Goodie Bag! Shop our beautiful selection at discounted prices, and walk out with a goodie bag of some of Sharon’s favorite things! Enjoy your savings, and thanks for partying with Enjolé Interiors during Sharon’s birthday month!

2019 Platinum Award, Best Interior Designer in the Tri-State

We have once again been voted us as a favorite within the community. Enjolé Interiors has won a Courier & Press Readers Choice. Enjolé received most votes in the Tri-State, winning the Platinum award for Best Interior Designer.

We couldn’t be more proud to serve as the tri-state leader in Custom Interior Design. Since our opening 3 years ago by Sharon Lemond and Tammy Stallings, our ultimate goal has been to create “enticing” and “enchanting” living spaces for every client we work with. From traditional to modern and eclectic to clean styles, Enjolé Interiors works with each client to identify their personal style and turn their dated space into the room of their dreams.

The Evansville community is truly a great place to grow and cultivate a small business, and we consider ourselves so blessed to be part of such an encouraging community. This recognition, along with the continued support of the Evansville community is humbling. We’ve only been a part of the tri-state’s small business community for under 4 years, and we’ve already received so much attention and recognition. We couldn’t be more thankful.

Designer’s List to Consider When Renovating a Kitchen: Designer Brittney Schipp

designer's list for renovating kitchen - brittney schippWhen you decide you’re ready to take on a renovation – especially a kitchen renovation it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of decisions there are to make… Appliances, cabinets, colors, seating, etc. Need we go on? So, we are sharing this Q&A with interior design expert Brittney Schipp to give an inside look at a current kitchen renovation project in Morganfield, Kentucky.

Q: How does a designer know where to start?

It really begins with working with a client to develop an overall layout and design vision for the space. We spend time together learning their tastes and sharing ideas – often pulling up Pinterest, looking through magazines or even taking trips together to local showrooms to get an in-person visual. With this client, we went to Fehrenbacher Cabinets together to look at examples in their showroom and discuss each option.

Q: What types of decisions do you help your clients with?

Once we’ve agreed on the overall design, we start to consider things like electrical, light fixture placement, furniture placement and several other details people often forget to consider. In this home, we ended up moving some electrical around for new light fixtures and created a new island with a better shape to fit her family’s needs. And, with the addition of the new island, we considered balance and overall visual appearance, which ultimately led us to switch from 5 smaller hanging light pendants to 3 larger ones.

Q: What are some long-term investment questions to consider?

As a designer, I bring continuity and spatial awareness to the conversation. It’s always important to consider and certainly mattered in this project. We decided to remove all of the existing tile floor and install a new hardwood floor that would match the existing wood floor. When you continue floor throughout a space, like we did here, you’re able to transition from room to room more seamlessly. The eye doesn’t stop and it creates perfect continuity.

I have found that some of the most important means to create flow and continuity are with flooring, paint, wallpaper, light and even cabinetry. It may save you money in the long run to consider these factors and think about some of those larger decisions now, rather than at a later date. I always suggest putting a dream plan together, then when you get to logistics and budget you can make the decision of completing your dream project all at once, or in more manageable steps.

Q: Do appliances make a difference in the overall plan? 

Absolutely! For this renovation, we decided to completely change the layout of the kitchen to make the room more functional. If we have the opportunity to move appliances, I suggest that we create a triangle with the sink, stove and refrigerator. This creates functionality and is also more visually appealing. In this case, we moved the stove to the middle of the room to create a focal point for the room, with a beautiful, decorative vent hood over it.

Next, you’ll want to consider the smaller items and appliances you will want to have out, like a microwave, stand mixer or even the inevitable paper towels. You have the option to create what can be called “appliance garages” for these items that you may not want to see sitting on the counter each day.

Q: What are you seeing that’s on-trend for kitchens?

Light and bright. Think white cabinets, for sure. I would suggest going for inlay cabinet doors and drawers here over the overlay look. Then compliment them with some white countertops. Although this look is on-trend right now, it’s also classic and timeless. It will brighten up a space, making it look even bigger and more welcoming to guests.

Q: What is the key to a successful renovation?

Communication. 100% communication from all parties. There are so many decisions to be made, so ensuring their is efficient communication between all parties will make a renovation run much smoother. I always like to make sure I am in constant contact with the contractor. There are quite a few decisions that the contractor and the designer can make together. I lean on the client during times of uncertainty or when we need to make a decision on something we haven’t previously discussed.