I want to introduce you to Kaitlin Hoffman, the goddess behind Blue Line Designs. Do you ever meet someone and you know that they are going to do great things? This is Kaitlin. She has a natural eye for eclectic beauty and though she is just starting to grow her interior design business, she is going far, y’all. I am so obsessed with her work and she is probably so tired of me telling her to share more of her work with the world! I was so glad that she was open for me to ask her some questions about her style and budget friendly design ideas. Enjoy my interview with Kaitlin!
I have always just been very in tune with interior design. My brain is like a giant Pinterest board full of everything I’ve ever been inspired by. I just remember things I love. I see a space and imagine all the possibilities for it. And then I just started practicing! Practicing on my own house, and then practicing on other people’s houses. I offered to decorate for free just to get more practice, and people took me up on my offer. I continue to jump at any opportunity to keep practicing.
I have a youthful, edgy style. I like to color outside the lines a bit and have fun with decorating, rather than sticking to a certain mold. But also, my personal style isn’t relevant. When it comes to designing, it’s my job to learn the client’s style and turn it into their dream space. Through this process I really have gained a love for every style.
I love to decorate undefined spaces – those little nooks and crannies that people don’t know what to do with. It’s so fun to turn useless space into a functional, aesthetically pleasing part of a home. Those are the little details that set a home apart to me.
I start with the existing pieces I’m working with. Then, I talk a lot with my clients about their vision, style, inspiration pictures, etc. Next, I start looking for ways to tie their vision together with their existing décor. If I’m starting from scratch, I like to begin with a statement piece. It can be big or small. It’s basically any décor that I’m obsessed with enough to work an entire room around.
What budget friendly design tip can you give to our readers? Take the hand-me-downs! Almost every large piece of furniture in my house is a hand-me-down, or we got it for free somewhere. Then make it yours with accessories, wall art, paint, etc. As much as we would all love to have unlimited budgets, don’t sweat not having the nicest furniture. Your style will shine in the details!
I work with people locally (Alpine, Utah), but I also work with people remotely all the time. It’s actually pretty easy. With online shopping, I am able to send the links to the client, and then they just have the products mailed to their house. The only thing is remote clients have to do the hands on work (measuring, hanging, setting up, etc.), but I’m able to walk them through everything. It works perfectly as long as the client does everything I tell them to.
Tell us about your top three favorite design projects you’ve worked on. My first would be a half bath from scratch. It was so small that I could really have fun with it, and not worry about it being too crazy. I painted the entire bathroom “intense teal” by Sherwin Williams, added a modern shelving unit above the toilet, and styled the shelves in Gold and neutrals. On the largest wall I did some abstract prints in gold frames, with a gold sunburst mirror. It was super budget friendly, but that transformation was huge.
Second would have to be my daughter’s nursery, because there’s nothing quite like getting ready for your first baby. It was also really cute to see my husband so involved. He painted and hung everything. I wanted it to have a vintage feeling to it, and be girly without being cheesy. I did that almost three years ago, and even though my style has changed a lot, the process was so memorable.
The third is still a work in progress, but I love what we have so far. It is a renovated, genuine midcentury modern home. Midcentury modern is such a fun style. It makes me want to jump in a time machine and live in that era. But luckily I don’t need to, because this style has made a strong comeback. I love the quirky patterns, the clean furniture lines, and the colors. Follow Kaitlin on Instagram @blue.line.designs