In this instalment of Design Files, we discuss home inspiration and creating an oasis with Interior Designer, Elaine Balkwill of Luxe Home Interiors. 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.
Meet Elaine Balkwill, Interior Designer with Luxe Home Interiors in Victoria, B.C. Luxe Home Interiors is a furniture shop that believes that everyone needs a comfortable and inspiring place to unwind from the challenges of the day and to recharge for the exciting opportunities that lay ahead.
“Create a room that inspires calmness, joy and peace. Having an oasis to retreat to in our homes has become top of mind with the current state of the world.”
Q & A with Elaine Balkwill
How would you describe your interior design approach?
My work can include updating existing home furnishings, or clients with a new house in the planning stages with drawings so we can space plan and create colour palettes and frequently collaborating with Victoria’s design community on commercial and residential projects .
Luxe Home Interiors has a resource base for all aspects of the interior and home business. Creating spaces that reflect my clients while honouring elements like shapes and textures with harmony and balance is of utmost importance in my design approach.
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?
Start your focus on the space you will use the most. Whether it be it one room in the home or one level, once that has been achieved I always see the design process blossom.
Look for inspiration for your home, it can come from a picture or a treasure you picked up on your travels. Share your ideas with your designer. Recently a client’s bedroom redo was inspired by a fabulous table lamp she had been carrying around for years , she loved it but had never found the right “spot” for it.
What is a misconception about being an interior designer?
Good design takes time, If you’ve hired an interior designer the last thing you want is a rushed project. From initial client meetings to research, sketching , revisions, colour concepts, executing the most well planned interior can have hiccups , products become unavailable, items get back ordered. Your designer can see the complete picture, let them guide you with their expertise.
The amount of research we do, the details on a light fixture or a fabric pattern for your favourite chair is specific for each client. Interior design is taken on by overly creative minds who imagine how something could be made or what it would look like.
What is something you think is really worth investing in when it comes to designing your home?
Create a room that inspires calmness, joy and peace. Having an oasis to retreat to in our homes has become top of mind with the current state of the world .
Soft furnishings that are custom made to fit you, that sofa or chair we are reading to our children in or watching movies should have great craftsmanship and comfort. Add a whimsical element that makes you smile.
What’s the most important factor in choosing an interior designer to renovate your space?
Communication and trust is key between yourself and the designer. You want a well laid out project plan with materials, budget and timeline. Be involved in the process. Ensure your designer has a trusted community of professionals.
Are there any trends you’re seeing that homeowners should be excited about?
I am loving the mixed metals. softened brass, mixed with black irons and silvers, oxidized metals can add some warmth but still have a raw aesthetic. Metals adapt to any style of design by shape, texture or luminosity. You can achieve the mix with lighting, mirrors, tables, and accessories.
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