Podcast, Ep. 267: What Sets a Room Apart with Lorraine Enwright

Designer Lorraine Enwright

Designer Lorraine Enwright

Today we welcome award-winning designer Lorraine Enwright. Lorraine was the lead designer of the 2021 Serenbe Showhouse, and she also recently won Bath of the Year from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. We chat with Lorraine about what sets a room apart to achieve a designer look. We discuss the main differences in using a designer vs. going at it alone, why focal points are so important, and why Lorraine says the last 5% is the most important part of the room design.

What sets a room apart with designer Lorraine EnwrightWhat You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • What are the main differences between those rooms done by a designer vs. a homeowner?
  • What resources does a designer have at their disposal?
  • Where do you begin the discovery process for a client that doesn’t know what they want?
  • How can someone understand scale and spatial relationships?
  • Why an emotional and instinctual connection to a style is important to pay attention to.
  • The details and last layers in the space are what really complete a room.
  • Where do people often go wrong with their details without using a designer?
  • Why odd numbers and asymmetry work best in design.
  • How often should you rotate or repurpose pieces, if at all?
  • Are there any times when you can ignore scale?
  • Every room has to have its focal point(s).
  • If you want to be bold or add drama, how do you know where to do it?
  • How to make an oversized room feel cozy.
  • How to work with the windows and lighting your space has.

Decorating Dilemma:

Hi “T. Schwartz”,

Normally I would suggest Roman shades, but with kids, you might want to think about roller shades. You can use really any fabric you like to customize, so they work really well and look great. You could also consider indoor shutters. If you’re wanting a uniform look from the outside of the house, both shutters or roller shades are a great choice. If you really want to do Roman shades, I would recommend having the backs of them look similar from the outside. I love woven shades for that reason. If you don’t want to worry about the chords from Roman shades you could always motorize them; especially if you’re using an installer.

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Abbey Nolte

Abbey is a homegrown Georgia peach who loves a fresh take on Southern design. When she’s not working behind the scenes of the How to Decorate blog and podcast, you can find her cheering on the Appalachian State Mountaineers and spending time with her wheaten terrier, Charlie.