Interior Design: Modernizing Your Home

Suppose, like many of us, you have been collecting your furnishings over a period of years.  You love what you have acquired, but based on the latest and greatest from the magazines, now your look is a bit tired.  You have probably been a good little client and purchased quality items that would endure…  And you probably spent a good deal of money doing so.  Certainly, you don’t want to go out and buy all new stuff, right?  I hear this cry often! So, what can you do?

I say, “JAZZ” it up!  You don’t need all new things to create a fresh new look.  What you need is good, sturdy classic pieces that do last and withstand the test of time.  The “new” elements that you need are new accessories, such as toss pillows in more current fabrics.  Maybe a fresh set of geometric print pillows on your existing sofa will breathe new life.  Perhaps a fresh and current paint color might help.  What about adding zip to your old dining room chairs…. Or a fresh coat of red lacquer to a tired Chippendale chair?! The possibilities are endless!

rue magazine

This classic table is updated with contemporary, lucite chairs! Photo from Rue Magazine.

design indulgences

This neutral sofa is given a fresh look with the addition of fun purple and pink textiles. In the future, the fabrics can be easily exchanged for new accents without needing to purchase new furniture! Photo from Design Indulgences.

Take a look at these before-and-after photos, where the old has been revitalized into something completely new….

before - design indulgences

BEFORE (Photo from Design Indulgences)


after - design indulgences

AFTER - Look how adorable this chair is after it has been modernized with new paint and fabric! Photo from Design Indulgences.


material girls

BEFORE - This old dresser is lovely, as is, but may not embody the updated look you are trying to insert into your home. Photo from Material Girls.

material girls

AFTER - WOW! What a difference some new paint and hardware make! Photo from Material Girls.


Sometimes, simply adding a single modern accent can change the entire look of a space…..


Here is a simple, yet effective, paint accent that adds interest and individuality to this space. Photo from Re-Nest.


wall decal

A wall decal is a simple way to breathe fresh life to a room.

pattern sheetsCheck out this edgy DIY idea for spunking up a wall!

For more information about purchasing a pattern sheet, click this LINK.


map cushion

Remember my post last week about adding maps as artwork? Well, how about inserting the idea onto your throw pillows?!

For information on purchasing this pillow, or one like it, click this LINK.


Keep the old and embrace it!  Simply update what you have by thinking forward.

How have you updated an old look with modern accents? Share some of your ideas in a comment to this post!

If you need help updating your look, please contact me.  We offer online and in-home consultations.  We are easy to work with and are committed to helping you “live beautifully”.

Now, go have an “It’s So Fabulous!” day!


Tags: , , , , , , ,

Accessories  //  Art  //  Ask Kimberly  //  Before and After Makeovers  //  Charleston Interior Design  //  Condo Packages  //  Conway Interior Design  //  Florence Interior Design  //  Home Remodeling  //  Interior design  //  Kimplistic Tip  //  Knotting Hill Interiors  //  Luxury Interior Design  //  Myrtle Beach Interior Design  //  Paint colors  //  Pawleys Island Interior Design  //  Renovations  //  South Carolina Interior Designer  //  Wilmington Interior Design

Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and is located at 7751 North Kings Hwy.