In this instalment of Design Files, we discuss the best investments for your home renovation with Interior Designer, Carley Petillion of Spaciz. Spruce’s Design Files series brings local Victoria home experts and their insights on trends, investments, and design to Victoria locals looking to refresh and spruce up their home.
“Functionality, cohesiveness and creativity are top of the list. Understanding the needs of the client and making sure they feel heard is also very important.”
Meet Carley Petillion, Principal Designer and partner at Spaciz in Victoria, B.C. Carley gets excited by creating functional spaces for her clients. She is known to create beauty in areas of her client’s homes that are often not utilized and designed properly.
Q & A with Carley Petillion
How would you describe your interior design approach?
Functionality, cohesiveness and creativity are top of the list. Understanding the needs of the client and making sure they feel heard is also very important.
If you could give one REALLY amazing piece of interior design advice to someone who doesn’t know where to start, what would it be?
Talk to a professional. No matter what type of Interior Design project your embarking on, big or small, a simple consultation can save you time and money and get you headed in the right direction.
What is something few people understand about interior design? Or a misconception about being an interior designer?
A common misconception about being an Interior Designer is how much time is spent picking colours and finishes, or shopping for furniture, vs. how much time is spent typing documents, sending emails, making phone calls, checking in on trades and contractors, solving issues that arise on site or with product availability and general project coordination. The “pretty” stuff is a very small part of our day.
What is something you think is really worth investing in when it comes to designing your home?
There are so many!
- Curb-less tiled showers for your Ensuite bathroom.
- Hot and cold faucets on the outside of your home for washing pets or cars.
- Strategic and properly sized drawers for blue-bin recycling in the Kitchen.
- USB outlets in areas where you commonly use tech devices.
- Over-sized/over-height doors when ceilings are 9’+
- Led lighting on sensors below vanities for a night-light effect.
What’s the most important factor in choosing an interior designer to renovate your space?
Are there any trends you’re seeing that homeowners should be excited about?
There are great new laminate countertop options out there for those areas in your home that could use updating on a budget, it’s hard to tell they’re not real stone. There are also great cabinetry products that allow you to create a modern look on a budget without looking “cheap”. The large format tile trend is taking off with some new affordable options in size 18”x 36” and up.
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