‘This Is Who I Am:’ An Interior Designer Pulls Back the Curtain on the Creative Process

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You’ve spent more time than usual in your home throughout the last two years. That time has given you valuable insight into what you’d change about where you live—improving the functionality of your kitchen, for example, or creating a more stylish, welcoming space that’s as inviting as it is efficient, the ideal place to cook but also to entertain and gather. 

You create a vision in your mind, aided by a few pieces of inspiration—magazine clippings, perhaps, or furnishings and finishes you’ve bookmarked on Pinterest. Then, you take an important next step: enlisting the help of a professional designer like Karin Ross, owner of Karin Ross Designs. 

Karin spends time with you, understanding your home, what you want to change and what you love. Guided by her impeccable taste that often includes European influences from her homeland, Karin creates a spectacular plan; the sort of remodeling project that turns your home into a show-stopper. 

As Karin and her team source materials, there’s just one cloud on an otherwise clear horizon: unavoidable sticker shock. As a result of pandemic-induced challenges and other economic factors, prices throughout the home interiors industry have gone up. 

“It’s important for us to let clients know that, although prices have gone up, they’ve also increased in other industries, not just home interiors,” Karin says. “And the upside: when you finish updating your home, the value of your home will increase, too, so you can recoup that investment.”

An investment: such a fitting term. After all, that’s exactly what you’re doing: investing money into your home in order to gain a more profitable return. It doesn’t necessarily matter if you don’t have plans to sell your home in the near future; think of it instead as a smart financial decision that will pay off years, even decades, down the road. 

Karin and her team have embraced the new industry landscape, using increased prices as a motivating factor, rather than a deterrent. 

“These changes don’t mean that you need to put your dreams on hold,” she says. “Instead, it’s more important than ever to find a way to make your vision for your home happen now.”

And that’s why it’s even more critical now than ever to enlist the help of a professional like Karin. You want to ensure that every bit of your investment is wisely spent, the finished product even better than you imagined. Karin and her team can make that happen, from identifying where to splurge and where to save in a particular project to bringing all of those details, elements, materials, furnishings into a truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece. 

“When we work together, I don’t have packages that I’m selling,” Karin says. “I truly create, from scratch, a new plan for each client. My team and I are setting a new standard for contemporary luxury and elegance.”

Karin keeps another consideration at the forefront of each of her projects: telling a home’s story. There’s no doubt that, when Karin and her team have finished, the client will experience a transformed space. 

Yet it’s equally important to make sure that transformed space isn’t disconnected from the rest of the home, especially if a client opts for a more gradual, phased approach to a home update. There will undoubtedly be differences between the areas that are updated and those that retain their original look and feel, but the overall result is a home that feels newly invigorated, refreshed—the perfect space in which to start a new chapter of post-pandemic life. 

“Every creation is custom and tells the story of the home and client while also fixing any problems that a client might have with the space,” Karin says. “I want to be sure that a client’s personality is reflected in the vision. We specialize in luxury, in setting a new standard for what luxury means and how it becomes a natural part of the home. For me, this is so much more than what I do. It’s who I am, and when we work together, you’ll have no doubt you’re in good hands.”

Visit www.KarinRossDesigns.com to explore the work of Karin Ross Designs and set up your own consultation.

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