We recently extended our services for those who needed a little more guidance when it comes to design in flooring. We understand the process can be overwhelming which is why we’d like to introduce our new in-house designer, Sarah! She is here to assist you in making those tough decisions on how to decorate your home! To learn more about the process and what it’s like to work with Sarah, we sat down with Sarah to do a little Q+A. Continue to read to see where the conversation went! Q: As The Carpet Workroom’s “In-House” Designer, what services do you offer? Sarah: I typically offer support for clients that aren’t already working with a designer. I assist them in selecting carpets and rugs that not only match the items in their space (wall color, furniture, window treatments etc.) but also matches their lifestyle. We have thousands of material options in our showroom, so part of my job is making sure the clients don’t feel overwhelmed by all of the options. I strive to present a variety of options that work with their budget and lifestyle. I also own an interior design business where I offer full-service design assistance to my clients. When I’m not at The Carpet Workroom (Mondays and Wednesdays), that’s where you can find me! Oftentimes clients come into The Carpet Workroom looking for help selecting a rug, and end up hiring me to design their entire project.
CAD renderings for interior design office space
This SketchUp drawing was a mock-up of a home office Sarah designed for one of her a clients.
CAD renderings for interior design office space
Another view of the office space.
A few sneak peek of the home office space now. What are some of your favorite carpet styles? I love Prestige Mills, Bellbridge, Crescent,  and Kaleen. Prestige Mills offers some of the softest rugs we have in the showroom. They can fall on the more expensive side, but well worth it. You can really tell the quality of a Prestige Mills rug. Bellbridge and Crescent have some modern yet timeless styles. Kaleen, is another one of my favorite mills. They have a combination of awesome styles at a great price point. Kaleen is the first line of products I recommend to families with children or pets. A few of my favorite styles are below. How much does a consult cost? If you schedule an in-home consultation, the fee ranges depending on your location and size of your project. The fee can also be applied towards your balance if you decide to move forward with the project! If you make an appointment to come into the showroom to meet with me, that service is complimentary. How does your design process work? If a customer wants to work with pieces of furniture they already have, then I recommend they bring in fabric/paint samples if possible. Pictures or videos of the space are also very helpful! If they are completely redoing a space, then I help my clients work from the ground up. First, we find a few rug options that fit their style and budget, and then if they want to hire me to help with the rest of the project, I’ll source furniture, lighting, accessories, etc.  Every project is different, but working as The Carpet Workroom’s in-house designer while also owning my own design firm allows me to help people with anything from rug selection to completely redesigning a space. How would you describe your design style? I enjoy using light and bright colors. I like grey and beige as the primary palette and then I’ll add in some pops of color. Currently, grey/beige/blue is one of my favorite combos. I incorporate the client’s style as much as possible. Right now I’m working on a project where we’re using a lot of earth tones, which I’m enjoying, but is different for me. See the schemes below! Did you go to school for Interior Design? If so, where? I went to High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, where I studied Interior Design and Strategic Communication. High Point is the “Furniture Capital of the World.” Twice a year they have a furniture market where a variety of vendors set up showrooms. Designers from all over the world fly in to visit the showrooms. Every interior designer in the industry knows High Point, which is one of the reasons that I wanted to get my degree from High Point University. How do you customize your approach with a client to cater to their needs? When it comes to a Carpet Workroom customer, it’s very important that I get a sense of their lifestyle. The first question I typically ask is: “Do you have pets and/or children?” We have a variety of products and some are more pet/kid friendly than others. I want to make sure that I show the clients products that will be durable for their everyday life. The everyday lifestyle of one customer may be very different from another so it’s important that I cater my selections to the person’s specific needs.  When it comes to design, I start by talking to my clients about their vision and budget. It’s important to make sure those two things align. I love it when clients show me a mix of things they like and don’t like so I can get a sense of their personal style. Next, I’ll take measurements of their space and start by sourcing a variety of items. Then, I create a few different vision boards to show them some options. We go over things they like, swap out items they don’t like, and start placing orders.  See one of my favorite vision boards below.  What is your favorite room in the home to design? I don’t have a favorite! I really enjoy designing master bedrooms and dining rooms, but I honestly like designing every room. I like kitchen/bath renovations too because they’re more about the construction and there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into it. But decorating a living room or dining room is a different type of fun. I enjoy both equally! Here’s one of the kitchen/bath renovations I’m currently working on in South Boston. What is your favorite paint color? Right now I really love the Benjamin Moore color “Agreeable Gray”. It’s a perfect beige/grey (greige!) neutral. I am also loving dark greys in powder rooms or small spaces to make a bold statement. What is your favorite wood stain for hardwood floors? I like a nice dark wood stain, or something light and natural. See some examples below! For more information about our in-house design service, please email Sarah at sarah@carpetworkroom.com with what you’re looking for! Follow Sarah Hollingsworth Designs on Instagram: @sarahhollingsworthdesigns Website: https://www.SarahHollingsworthDesigns.com
Blue and white cheveron style fabricated and installed as a stair runner.

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