Natalie Papier & Kim Daunis have a unique eye for interior design, and a flair for discovering delightful vintage finds, but their decorating expertise isn’t just by chance. Find out a few of the Home Ec owners helpful hints for harnessing your own design dreams.
Papier and Daunis specialize in helping their clients reuse the things they already own while showing ways to combine those pieces with vintage and modern touches. As flea market aficionados, the ladies of Home Ec are staunch believers that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a stylish, unique vibe for your home. However, it helps to have a few of their best practices in play when styling a space worthy of admiration. Luckily, they gave us a few of their top tips for anyone looking to dial up the darling in their home.
Their business story sounds a little like an entrepreneurial fairy tale…Two stylish women, both with a knack for decorating their own homes, got so many compliments on their personal home stylings, that they started to host vintage pop-up shops around town, which led to requests from friends for interior design insights. Then those friends told their friends, who told more friends, and well, it wasn’t long before the two decided to team up and make their interior decorating services official. Thus, Home Ec was born, but it wasn’t all magic and luck. These ladies have learned the in’s and out’s of interior decorating through plenty of hard work, trial and error, and a tremendous amount of time searching in antique stores and decor shops for just the right pieces!
Natalie and Kim’s Design Tips and Tricks
* Just do it! Don’t be afraid, just jump in!
* When adding color and patterns, start by adding just a little at a time to ensure it isn’t overwhelming for your space. Paint just one wall in a room and see how you feel about it before painting the rest.
* When buying a piece of vintage furniture, you want to make sure it has a solid foundation and is in good overall condition. While you can change many things about a vintage piece, like the color or the fabric, structural damage is much harder to make work.
* Edit! The only way to keep a space from becoming too cluttered is to pare down to just the essentials that fit the space. You can still decorate in a way that’s brimming with details, but by finding a common thread – a similar color or a uniform texture – you can prevent a space from getting overwrought with stuff or looking too crazy.
* When in doubt, try to visualize your design on paper first. Make a mood board and let it sink in. Look at your board at various times and in different degrees of light before making any big decisions.
“The Golden rule is there are no rules! Be brave, be bold, don’t be afraid. Good design is staying true to yourself!” – Kim
For a closer look at Natalie and Kim’s design style, check out our Style Story on Natalie’s home in the beautifully quaint Pleasant Historic District in Oak Park, Chicago.