April 17, 2021

RDB-Design

Specialists in home design

Home design, glam and ease and comfort with Carisha Swanson of Household Stunning

Carisha Swanson is the Market place Director for Home Stunning and among the our panel...

Carisha Swanson is the Market place Director for Home Stunning and among the our panel of 3 judges for the Fourth Annual Home Design Contest. Swanson joined Hearst in 2013 as Market place Editor for the Hearst Style and design Group, which included Residence Lovely, Veranda and ELLE Decor, with a concentration on kitchen, tub, setting up and technological innovation. In 2018, she was promoted to Senior Market place Editor and most a short while ago turned Industry Director for Property Beautiful’s print and electronic properties. She is also the host of Making The Dream on the Property Lovely YouTube channel. Right before the pandemic, Swanson travelled extensively for work. Now she is sticking closer to home and a with new venture: decorating her new property.

You grew up in Georgia, but put in a good deal of time in New England and now Huntersville, N.C. You have penned you sense happiest when not in a town. How has all that motivated your technique to style and design?

I appreciate becoming in the city, and I enjoy having access to the city. But I don’t essentially need to have to stay in the metropolis. I have a genuinely active existence and so it is awesome to have a minimal respite from the busyness and noise that towns produce. That claimed, I love wonderful meals (specially Southern) and ethnic meals, and you can find that in the town which is why I are not able to be too much absent. I really don’t know necessarily know if my love of becoming in a quieter space has affected my style aesthetic or how I method structure. Probably in some ways it really is why I look for truly cozy spaces — I want to experience cocooned and guarded at home. And I want to see shade and pattern because those people are the items that bring me pleasure.

You are in the system of moving from 500 square feet to 2,800 sq. feet, which should be fascinating but comes with a large amount of final decision creating. What are some of the areas you are particularly psyched about, now that you will have far more space?  

Oh my gosh, it really is so considerably choice making. I indicate you talked about likely from 500 sq. ft to 2,800 sq. feet, but the fact is we also are heading from no outdoor place to 4 patios and a substantial backyard. So significantly of the selection-producing is truly exactly where to place your cash 1st, simply because furnishing an full residence is not inexpensive. Obtaining this home to be the way I want it is undoubtedly not economical. But, like most folks out there, I have a very genuine spending budget. And so it really is about figuring out what is actually first, next, 3rd, etcetera. on that precedence listing. And for us, it will also be about earning sure that we have an understanding of the expenses of every little thing. I know a whole lot of people today would not essentially go and get quotes for factors if they’re not searching to make it transpire proper then. But the only way for us to be in a position to properly price range and strategy is to comprehend what it will cost to have our loos redone, and to recognize what it will price to have a entire deck put outside the house.

So to get started off with we have a seriously good footprint for the reason that the residence was only developed in 2014 so there weren’t any ridiculous complications that we essential to offer with right away, or a floor approach that felt really dated and would be challenging to get the job done with. 1 of the matters I favored about this dwelling was that there ended up rooms. We have gotten extremely used to these open up floor plans, but I imagine in rooms mainly because you can make them experience cozy and warm. We do have a kitchen-household-dining spot that are all open to each individual other, but on the most important ground we also have two other rooms that can functionality individually and have doors that near which is incredibly crucial.

I am most excited about our bed room, in all probability mainly because it will be the initial home completed, and our his and her closets which we’ve hardly ever experienced coming out of generally a split studio. I’m also seriously psyched about that open ground place because most of all those things will be in quickly and again it really is already a excellent solid footprint for the dwelling. Ideal now, furniture is taking a incredibly extended time to be made. We ordered parts in November that won’t start trickling in till the end of February. We now can use our open flooring strategy to operate laps simply because we never have just about anything in them! Last but not least, acquiring all of these porches is main. I’m seriously psyched to style these. I have an outdoor table getting refinished by this great furniture refinisher and shopkeeper down listed here in North Carolina referred to as Sweet Tea Studio & Boutique (greatest identify ever), she’s performing a number of pieces for me I have gathered above the years that will now be both brought back again to their previous glory or reimagined in high gloss paint for optimum effects!

We are likely to modify out some lighting fixtures, get new appliances (also backordered for months!) and get our home wise enabled. The closing priority place will be my business office. It was just one of the 1st points I seemed for now that we are all working from home and that’s what a person of those rooms on the main ground will be. I have pieces coming in from Lexington home brands and Lee industries, and I’m operating with Thibaut to add in a actually exciting pattern on the walls and on the furniture. I also obtained some excellent items from this secondhand furniture consignment store below in North Carolina termed Pink Assortment. I think it is so uncomplicated to get caught up in the newness of anything, but the two parts I got from the secondhand consignment shop will function as my bookcase/file cabinet and as a place for me to keep papers and have my printer, so it’s received more of that practicality and purpose designed-in.

You have experienced the option to converse with numerous designers and see their operate and their course of action up shut. What are some of the items you’ve realized?

I’ve learned so significantly from designers, but I believe the issue that I enjoy the most is being familiar with that a room is not outlined by the floor prepare, a space is outlined by the men and women that stay there. So if you do not want a dining room, switch it into a place you will use … maybe it really is a music place, probably it is really a passion room, it’s possible it has multiple capabilities, it’s possible, in the scenario of the challenge we just concluded in Colorado, it is really a Tea Area for you and your girlfriends… It can be actually about you and your home and what you and your household need to have to make that home operate for you. What I you should not believe in is square footage that you’ve got paid out for that would not have a goal. I have a home that for now I’m contacting the GLAMOUR area, generally for the reason that I desired an acronym of some type to connect to it for the reason that I stored forgetting all the features I desired it to have. So the G stands for online games, the L for listening, the M for martinis and the R for reading. I am making an attempt to shove a complete bunch of things into this very modest space, but it is really what we like to do … a place we can jam out in, have some just after hour cocktails , browse a good reserve, engage in a board game. We have to have to rethink all the means we use our home and the areas inside it so they function for the folks that live in it.

What developments are you energized about right now? Are there traits you are happy to see go?


To be trustworthy, I’m not a lover of trends. I never consider home ought to be a area which is about a trend or a second in time. That explained, if we are hunting at the entire world, then the point that is heading to adhere is doing the job from home and needing rooms with doorways. I also think this sort of explosion of kitchens about the residence will stick. What I suggest by that is, the kids’ playroom now has an less than-counter fridge or your office now has a coffee maker and a fridge. We will need these areas to be spots that we really don’t have to always go away for the duration of the working day, for the reason that home can be a significant distraction when you have to be in it 24/7. Possessing a home place of work in which you do not have to exit that area for espresso or a snack and go into the most important kitchen house the place the rest of your relatives could possibly be operating as well, provides you the prospect to stay in that second of aim and productively, so that at the end of the working day you can shut that doorway and actually go love your household and your home in the way you used to when you commuted.

The pandemic prompted many of us to flip our concentration homeward and make variations appropriately. Whereas in the previous we could possibly have designed choices centered on entertaining at home, now we are creating for ourselves, our family members, our convenience. How has the pandemic motivated your check out of home? What indicates “home” to you?

We are accepting entries for the Fourth Yearly Periods Union Home Design Contest right up until Feb. 8.

We are seeking for entries in five categories: kitchen, living room, bed room, bathroom and outdoor house. The contest is open up to experienced designers and novice decorators alike. Designers could post 1 entry per place, so up to 5 entries as long as they are for diverse types. Submit two large-resolution pictures of each space to [email protected]


Home is every thing appropriate now. In 2019 I traveled 50 weeks out of the calendar year, principally for company. And although I unquestionably pass up the exploration component of touring, we are not still in a place exactly where we can do that comfortably. Producing our houses function harder and smarter for us is crucial. My home is heading to have to operate incredibly hard. Aside from remaining my put of company, it requires to deliver Friday night time flicks in, Saturday night time cafe quality meals, a spa like bathroom (due to the fact I nevertheless won’t be able to go to the spa), and a 5* lodge high quality rest. My home demands to be a location that provides me joy and a refuge from the chaos of the entire world. It needs to be a harmless place for my family members to appear and instantly come to feel as at home as I am.

What are a pair of the goods you’ve picked up in your travels that will locate a area in your home?

When I journey, I tend to provide back again regional art. I have been to Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, South Africa, Morocco, Guatemala, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece, London, Paris, Switzerland, Sweden…some definitely incredible destinations. When I end having every thing in sight, I glance for nearby outlets and artists that I can guidance. What will discover its way into our home are tapestries and paintings and pottery. When this is all in excess of, India, Vietnam and Singapore (for the foods) are future up!