Interior designer Carla Aston fell in love with layout when her mom let her pick her tween bedroom carpeting, paint and bedding. “My mom let me go furniture around, create small vignettes and a gallery wall. She opened the doors into my love of interiors,” says Aston.
Continue reading to find out how Aston’s mother and six other mothers influenced and inspired their designer kids.
Carla Aston | Interior Designer
Carla Aston | Interior Designer
Helping her mom age in position has pushed Aston to put her Licensed Aging-in-Place Professional training to use. “The universal design modifications I’ve made in my mom’s home enlightened me into the changing demands of customers,” she says.
Design tip from Mother: once it comes to universal design, expanding the door is most important. Aston says that for anyone moving in and out of a room with a walker, you”should have clearance for your device,” as shown here and in the previous photo. She adds that when designing or remodeling a bathroom from scratch, oversize it for future use; grab bars are easily added as necessary, and the excess space makes the bathroom feel luxurious.
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Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects
Architect Hugh Randolph says his mom taught him to be interested and to have empathy, that has helped him to look at things from the point of view of his customers — an”invaluable ability,” he says, for any designer or architect. Randolph grew up in a house that needed a revolving collection of literature, history and art books and tons of access to art supplies; that is logical, as his mom is a skilled visual artist.
Design tip from Mother: developing a lively, lived-in home is more important than achieving a show-house look. Invite all members of the family to read and play by filling the house with books of all sorts, art materials and tons of conversation places. Display art in both anticipated, high-traffic locations and unexpected places like bathrooms and walk in closets; you will never know when an impressionable young mind will be influenced by what they view.
Charmean Neithart Interiors
Interior designer Charmean Niethart comes from an Italian family, so there was plenty of homemade spaghetti sauce and warmth to go around in her childhood house. “My mom always had a blanket or throw handy around the house so that nobody would feel chilly. She is always considerate like that,” says Niethart.
Design tip from Mother: Taking on the heritage, Niethart creates a cozy and relaxing ambience by sprinkling blankets and throws over armchairs, sofas and other high-traffic conversation areas inside her work and residence. Throws also protect seat cushions from items such as dirt and pet hair.
Paul Moon Design
Architect Paul Moon’s customers are always surprised to find out that he does all the landscapes for homes he layouts (this image included). Moon’s mom, a curious and enthusiastic traveler and”lovely gardener,” taught him a lot of what he understands about plants and gardening.
Design tip from Mother: the very first day you complete a lawn, plant a Chilean wine palm. It’s uncommon, develops slow in temperate climates and”makes for a great gift for future generations to enjoy,” Moon says.
Interior designer Garrison Hullinger recalls how his mom, who conducted a jewelry and makeup home business, could spend days forcing his father to upgrade their interiors with fresh colors, appliances, entry tiles, paint and carpeting. “She had a knack for entirely transforming a room with a few tweaks. It was amazing to see,” says Hullinger.
Design tip from Mother: You can upgrade a house without needing to do a complete remodel, as Hullinger upgraded this traditional living room area. Start with a couple new colour additions, add glow in an unexpected location, display spectacular objects and fresh art in conversation areas, and consider new lighting fixtures or floor lamps with fresh shades.
Allison Jaffe Interior Design LLC
Interior designer Allison Jaffe got her keen eye for spotting luxurious fabrics and timeless designs out of her mom. “My mom has a degree in textiles, therefore that she awakened on me the significance of cloth and pattern selection and a love of finding out about the piece’s history,” says Jaffe.
Design tip from Mother: learn how to recognize classic designs on fabrics and wallpaper that suffer passing trends; you will probably keep the decoration piece for more than something that feels very now but will look dated in a year. The trellis wallpaper inside this bedroom designed by Jaffe is a study in the right use of scale and colour. It sets the tone for a dark and striking bedroom and will never go out of fashion.
The Sweetest Digs
“My bargain-hunting skills are thanks to my mom,” says DIY design writer Gemma Bonham-Carter. “She’s an expert treasure hunter. From beautiful antiques buried from thrift-store crap to discounted furniture, the girl can find all of it.” Bonham-Carter is currently remodeling and upgrading her Ottawa, Ontario, bungalow together with her husband.
Design tip from Mother: Find joy in repurposing and upcycling. Look at a classic piece of furniture with fresh eyes. Bonham-Carter did just that with her coffee table (this picture), which she”fished out” of her father-in-law’s farm, sanded and sanded. Try stripping something down, painting it changing the hardware — you’d be amazed at how good it feels to provide preloved furniture a second life.
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