At Floor Coverings International Metairie, we love bringing you creative insight and perspectives from bloggers who are kind enough to share their wisdom and how they got started. Today we have an interview with Karla M. Davis, interior designer and longtime blogger at The Classy Woman.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Karla M. Davis, I’m the Author of The Classy Woman: The modern guide to being a lady. I currently reside in Central Florida (born and raised in Toronto, Canada). I’m a wife and mother to our beautiful and energetic 2.5 year old daughter. By day, I run my 9-year old company Florida Home Staging & Redesign. I began my business as a Professional Organizer over a decade ago however, quickly realized it wasn’t creative enough for me, so without any formal training (but a lot of passion), I started my design company. I can’t resist a good yard sale or dessert, and I enjoy the outdoors, especially beach days spent with my family and I love to travel-I’ve been to 27 countries so far. If I could live anywhere in the world I’d choose Nice, France or Santorini, Greece.
2. Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I started my blog, The Classy Woman, 7 years ago, which was born out of my desire to revive the lost art of being a lady; encouraging others to possess good manners, use proper etiquette, be authentic, dress well, and navigate certain social and workplace situations. While it isn’t a design-specific or DIY-oriented blog, given that a classy woman also takes pride in her home, I have included various project ideas there as well as other everyday things that I’m passionate about-overall it’s a lifestyle blog. I offer my affordable e-Design services there, which has allowed me to work with homeowners nation-wide, expanding beyond my Florida geography. I have always enjoyed writing and creating (especially working with my hands). I enjoy shooting my own photography for my blog, writing the content and interacting/”meeting” other bloggers who I would never have come to know otherwise. It’s a wonderful creative outlet when you feel you have something to share with the world which could help benefit others in their everyday life, and I like that blogs are less formal yet more flexible than a static website.
3. How would you describe your design style?
My style is definitely transitional (traditional meets contemporary). While I enjoy the look of clean lines and the crisp, sleek look of contemporary design, for me that needs to be tempered with classic, traditional framework, character and elements to make it feel cozy and homey. I tend to use a lot of neutral hues when choosing both paint colors and furniture pieces then have more fun by injecting the space with pattern, texture and color via window treatments, home décor accessories, carefully selected wallpaper, rugs, etc. To me, it’s one style that really stands the test of time, the majority of clients who reach out to me are looking for that exact style in their own home because it’s timeless and elegant.
4. Where do you find most of your inspiration?
I have multiple sources for inspiration. However, I’d be lying if I said Pinterest wasn’t a big part of that. It is my go-to these days allowing me to easily see the work of other Designers via their websites, quickly popping over to an online publication or seeing what another creative homeowner has accomplished. My clients often create Pinterest boards and add me to them so I can see their vision and ideas to work alongside of them-they’ve become a useful tool as we collaborate to create the perfect look for their space. Prior to Pinterest, I would say Interior Design/Home Decorating magazines were what I tended to look at most as well as shows on the HGTV network, which provide great ideas as a Home Staging Specialist (since staging projects are a large chunk of how I spend my time). I love learning about clever new projects that are affordable and yet make a dramatic impact for a sale.
5. Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
After the birth of my daughter, I took 2 years off to be at home with her while still looking for ways to work with a more flexible schedule so, with that, my e-Design services were born. Now that she is enrolled in school, I’ve enjoyed blending both face-to-face clients as well as those cross-country or elsewhere in the world. The images below were taken after working with a builder on 2 different model homes-one was a townhouse and the other a condo unit, in two different color palettes. I have also included one of several rooms I put together for a client who recently moved into a new California home and is doing a large renovation of the entire home, but who hasn’t yet had time to implement these home office changes and share with me the ‘after’ photos. I have shared the overall e-design and mood board for the home office that she wished to be timeless yet add a dose of femininity.
A few more examples of Karla’s amazing work can be seen below.