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Guest Post by: Carmen Huizenga, Interior Designer at DeYoung Interiors
It is always a pleasure to share these pages with like-minded businesses and a few months ago when we partnered with DeYoung Interior’s, interior design team to help us stage our completed Colette Model, we felt it only fitting for them to tell our readers about the business and how they go about creating dynamic spaces for their homeowners. Did you know that DeYoung Interiors is a family owned business in Northwest Indiana and dealer in fine furniture since 1928 as well as they offer a full design center equipped with educated and experienced designers? They take pride in being able to help each client design a beautiful space no matter their budget. With so many great brands, there is something for everyone. So when DeYoung Interiors accepted our invitation to be a featured writer on our blog and share their wisdom with our readers, we were certainly excited.
Without further ado, we present you with this bit of design wisdom from Carmen Huizenga, Interior Designer at DeYoung Interiors.
DESIGNING DYNAMIC DWELLINGS
As a designer at DeYoung’s, one major aspect of my job is not only helping customers in store, but also decorating model homes. When we are asked to decorate models, it is so important to get the design right because it has such a powerful influence on potential buyers. The aesthetic of the model home is what makes it feel like it could be a home for your family.
While the finishes of a home are important to the overall aesthetic, the furniture and accessories really give a home it’s overall feeling. “For us, it is all about following the coloring and feeling of the space,” fellow designer Margi Swets said. As a designer, she continues, "the paint, granite, and lighting will affect the style we will chose to go with. When picking out furniture and accessories, balance is very important."
When Margi and I walk through a home for the first time, we get an overall feel for the space, and then create a vision with a base piece to start the design from. In the Colette Model, a large-scale peacock piece of artwork gave us the inspiration to continue the glamorous, but stately vision the Sublime builders had. For a home like The Colette, choosing bigger and more grand pieces keeps the large open concept feeling like a home.
"As a designer, the paint, granite, and lighting will affect the style we will chose to go with. When picking out furniture and accessories, balance is very important."
In The Colette Model, grandeur was the overall feeling. When you walk into this beautiful home in St. John, Indiana, the design and style of the home could easily take your breath away. Margi goes on to add, “that because of the ceiling's height and the detail in them, we chose art and lamps that will draw your eye up, accentuating the ceilings.” This Colette Model also offers an open concept floor plan, making it important to be sure each room flows effortlessly from one to the other. Rugs are also a huge help in defining a space in an open concept floor plan.
When we think of decorating a home for someone, we don’t always know what their style will entail. With this home, it was very different from some of the other homes we’ve done previously. For us, we take that as a challenge to think of it not just as a showpiece home, but a home that any family could envision as their own.
“I believe that anybody can spend their money anywhere. We have to work hard to earn it by taking care of our customers,” owner John DeYoung states. “We’re appreciative of every dollar spent here and we’re blessed to be in the business and grateful for our customers.” He also says that the furniture DeYoung’s sells is a real value for the quality that it is and our services are “second to none.” DeYoung Interiors is self-sufficient with its own delivery crews, warehousing, and service department. “It keeps coming back to us every time we take care of someone.”
About the Business:
MEET Brandon, SUBLIME HOMES' CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Through his teens, Brandon worked in various trades. These years of experience in the field, and the guidance of his parents, helped Brandon recognize the value of a college education. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1999 with a Bachelors in Business - Accountancy. Through a 16 year career as a CPA, he has risen through various industries to become a C-Suite professional. In both 2010 and 2015, Brandon was recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 young professionals in the Chicagoland area.
On a personal level, Brandon has experienced the nightmare of purchasing an older home with a myriad of hidden problems. The stress, worry, and true financial and mental burden was a life-changing series of events for Brandon. This along with his giving heart has provided an enormous amount of motivation to help build a company that provides beautiful homes with the utmost quality. His personal goal, which is a shared goal of the Sublime team, has and will always be to make sure every client of Sublime Homes does not experience such pain.
Brandon always appreciated Mike’s talent for building quality homes. This is why in 2011 he partnered with Mike, recognizing that Mike needed a hand getting back into his passion after the great recession. In Mike and his obsessive focus on quality, Brandon has the utmost confidence that Sublime Homes’ clients will always receive the most quality home. In Jacklyn, Brandon recognizes her immense talent for beautifying a home through design that adds an unprecedented level of luxury to the quality Sublime Home. By partnering with Mike and Jacklyn, he feels as though he has the perfect partners for attaining our goals.
Author: The Sublime Team