Making Your Home Your Own Means Surrounding Yourself with what You Love and Making it Work for Your Family

An interior designer for 20 years, Alex Whitman says her biggest tips for creating a great home is to surround yourself with things you love and to make your space work for your life right now. 

Alex is the project manager for Ellis Design Studio, the firm responsible for interior designing and merchandising Lokal Homes’ Two Bridges model homes in Parker. 

If you’re a busy mom managing a home business and overseeing homework, carve out a command center with a large flat work table and wall planning calendar. Choose fabrics that will wear well and still look good when friends come to dinner.

“Make it your own space,” she says. “I do not think it has to be 100 percent of the same design style. It’s OK to break out a little when it comes to personal space.”

Alex says she loves the feminine East Coast design traditions she grew up with.

“I still love a good floral wallpaper, though I can’t say I love a floral sofa,” she says, laughing.

So, love that hot-pink tufted armchair? Make it the signature piece at your desk. Obsessing on that wild floral wallpaper for the powder room? Well, you know what Alex would do.

Get the Look

Find a fun lighting fixture that reflects your personal style. I love the cascade of this stylized light from Uttermost. UrbanLightsDenver.com/Uttermost

Pick a great work surface – lots of space for project layout. This table from American Furniture Warehouse is budget friendly and large enough for mom and kid projects. AFW.com

Display what inspires you – travel, family photos, great memories. This is a fun way to showcase your favorite memories, these rustic wood shelves hold photos, art, and accessories. PotteryBarn.com

Find an amazing piece of art. This is your space, so let your creative style shine! Your art can be vibrant and colorful or soothing and tonal. There is no wrong piece. This tonal teal and gold piece is fresh and stylish. ZGallerie.com

Invite a guest into your space. You can relax in a comfy chair, or have a friend over to chat while you plan your next adventure. Play the chair color off your art, and chose something you’ll love sitting in. RoomAndBoard.com

"Make it your own space. I do not think it has to be 100 percent of the same design style."

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

Here, Alex shares tips on making a great command center for busy moms:

• Find a fun lighting fixture that reflects your personal style. I love the cascade of this stylized light from Uttermost.

• Pick a great work surface—lots of space for project layout. This table from American Furniture Warehouse is budget-friendly and large enough for mom and kid projects.

• Display what inspires you: travel, family photos, great memories. This is a fun way to showcase your favorite memories. These rustic wood shelves hold photos, art and accessories.

• Find an amazing piece of art. This is your space, so let your creative style shine! Your art can be vibrant and colorful or soothing and tonal. There is no wrong piece. This tonal teal and gold piece is fresh and stylish.

• Invite a guest into your space. You can relax in a comfy chair, or have a friend over to chat while you plan your next adventure. Play the chair color off you art, and chose something you’ll love sitting in.