I Bought My House Reviewed by an Inside Designer: Evaluation, Value, Outcomes

Angelena Iglesia

There are a couple of areas in my home I like and did not need to change, like my entrance studying room, however others that fall flat.

room with bookshelves along wall, light paint, and patterned blue rug

The house might not be excellent, however I adore it and do not need to change it.

Katherine Fiorillo

My house workplace, eating room, kitchen and kitchenette, and visitor room are all easy areas that I do not assume want revamping proper now. 

As a substitute, I needed assist with three particular areas: our major bed room, lounge, and completed basement. 

I discovered an inside designer who supplied the precise and budget-friendly design companies I used to be on the lookout for.

Alisa Cristine Interiors instagram with blue and white interiors

I may image myself within the areas she adorned.

Alisa Cristine Interiors

I made a decision to work with Alisa C. Popelka of Alisa Cristine Interiors as a result of I actually favored the before-and-after pictures on her Instagram. They helped me image what she may to do assist my house. 

I additionally favored that for $500, she would do an in-home design session and ship me a digital design information along with her suggestions and inspiration pictures. That approach, I may execute the imaginative and prescient alone time and funds, somewhat than paying her to do the purchasing for me. 

We did not need assistance selecting a colour palette or paint colours.

light blue curtains and white table

The cool tones make even small areas really feel brilliant.

Katherine Fiorillo

Our house’s colour palette is fairly outlined. We repainted once we first moved in, changing the lavender partitions with a cool gray-toned blue.

Most of our furnishings and decor are cool-toned grays and lightweight blues, accented by greenery and pops of off-white. 


Quite a lot of my furnishings can be fairly new, so I needed to reimagine the house somewhat than substitute dear objects.

chocolate brown sectional couch with dark table in front and dog on couch

My canine additionally love these couches.

Katherine Fiorillo

About three years in the past, I bought couches and a bed room set for my final home. Although they do not match my new house completely, they’re new sufficient (and costly sufficient) that I do not need to substitute them. 

I advised my designer I used to be keen to buy a couple of new items, however I needed to benefit from the furnishings I have already got.

I additionally needed assist discovering equipment that will spherical out the house and make it really feel extra full.

She mentioned our bed room structure was principally proper, however wanted to be brightened up with lighter equipment.

light blue walls, dark wood bed, bed in bedroom with dog cages next to it

Our bed room felt heavy, overcrowded, and forgotten.

Katherine Fiorillo

Our bed room principally appears like a crowded afterthought. 

With a giant window on one wall, the doorway on one other, and two doorways to a rest room and walk-in closet on a 3rd wall, there’s just one place for our mattress within the major bed room. The inside designer agreed, so we made no plans to maneuver our mattress. 

She mentioned the house wanted extra stability.

mood board with dark furniture and light rug

Her design information included inspiration pictures with hyperlinks to buy.

Courtesy of Alisa Cristine Interiors

She really useful that we discover one other place for my husband’s dresser and add two finish tables with “textured” lamps on all sides to carry stability.

She additionally prompt we substitute the cheaper ceiling gentle in our bed room with one thing nicer and add one other, softer gentle supply to keep away from the sometimes-harsh overhead gentle. 

She really useful we added one or two large items of artwork over our mattress and a mirror above my dresser, loosen up the bedding and curtains, substitute the canine’s cages with a giant canine mattress, and add a big space rug. 

She was proper — including a giant piece of artwork above the mattress was a sport changer.

bedroom with artwork above bed frame

I selected one giant piece of artwork that matched the wall paint.

Katherine Fiorillo

We nonetheless have to make numerous modifications, together with totally different bedding, however the large piece of artwork makes our room look larger. I feel it is as a result of it attracts your eye as much as the ceiling peak.

The lighter, longer curtains she prompt additionally made the darkish furnishings really feel much less heavy. 

Our lounge’s elongated form has all the time stumped me.

living room with light walls, fireplace and dark coach

The fireside and massive home windows are cool however they really made the room more durable to model.

Katherine Fiorillo

Our lounge is longer than it’s huge and really awkwardly organized proper now — I affectionately name it my “sofa room,” since couches line two of the partitions.

I really gave this room a mini makeover final 12 months — including curtains, a rug, pictures, and extra mantle decor — however it did not really feel like sufficient. 


Her essential suggestion for this house stunned me.

design mood board with gray chairs, greige rug

I like that she leaned into our colour palette.

Alisa Cristine Interiors

A lot to my shock, the designer advised me to switch my second sofa with two chairs. 

I’ve seen this model alternative on social media, and I am open to making an attempt it however it appears like a giant endeavor as a result of I am undecided what to do with the opposite sofa.

I am not able to half with it and it will not match downstairs or in some other house in my house. 

She additionally prompt we substitute the leisure middle with one thing that will sit nearer to the wall.

white fireplace and mounted tv in living room

We selected this spot for the TV primarily based on the place the final homeowners had theirs.

Katherine Fiorillo

We do not really use the leisure middle to retailer something apart from our web router and a speaker. Her suggestion made me notice how cumbersome the piece is in an already-crowded lounge. 

She mentioned we additionally have to get a a lot bigger rug, artwork items that match the house higher, and a spherical mirror for the middle of the mantle. 

The completed basement was our largest conundrum, and the inside designer agreed.

finished basement with light blue walls and mounted tv

We have not tried very exhausting to make our basement really feel cozy.

Katherine Fiorillo

Our completed basement simply appears to be like and feels empty to me. 

The chairs had been from two totally different rooms in our final house, so they do not match. Since we have by no means had a imaginative and prescient for the house, we have not actually tried something to make it look welcoming. 

Because the basement door opens to face a hallway wall, it is extraordinarily difficult to get giant furnishings down the steps, so transferring one among our couches down there was out of the query. 

My husband desires to have the ability to show some private objects on the partitions and has a set of classic sport consoles that he’d prefer to maintain someplace apart from containers, however he additionally did not need the realm to really feel like a stereotypical “man cave.” 


The inside designer’s suggestions had been useful, however we have not purchased into this imaginative and prescient but.

light up game storage, round cushion chairs on mood board

I just like the lounge chair strategies, however the console show is not as elegant as I would like.

Alisa Cristine Interiors

Within the design information, she gave us numerous strategies for the basement, however it is going to be a giant undertaking so it is the final room of the three we plan to deal with. 

I favored the lounge chairs she prompt, however I am undecided the console show has the extent of magnificence I hoped for. 

I beloved that the designer despatched me a doc laying out what we lined in our assembly and a few strategies for what to search for.

note from interior designer

I can reference the design information whereas buying on-line or in shops.

Alisa Cristine Interiors

The information was extremely detailed, which is absolutely useful since I am slowly bringing her strategies to life and it could take me months to really feel like we’re making progress. 

I can see myself referencing this whereas I am in a retailer or buying on-line. I additionally appreciated the included photos however needed to discover totally different shops than those she prompt. 

The worth vary at even the extra “budget-friendly” shops she prompt was to date above what was real looking for us (I do not know if I’ll ever spend near $800 on an finish desk) however the types gave me one thing to search for after I store at locations like TJ Maxx and Goal. 


Total, the session was extraordinarily useful however I should not have gotten my hopes up that this could be a magic repair.

mirror in bedroom

Even small modifications are making a giant distinction.

Katherine Fiorillo

Truthfully, I did assume an inside designer would discover the entire excellent options however my expectations ought to have been extra real looking, particularly for a $500 session. 

Her strategies for the bed room had been precisely what I used to be on the lookout for and the small modifications have already improved my house, however I nonetheless do not know precisely what to do about our completed basement. 

Nonetheless, bringing in a brand new perspective was simply what I wanted to get a soar begin on this undertaking and I like that I get to make the modifications alone timeline and funds.  

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