Tatum Hill has a home goods boutique and an interior design business located on Cookeville’s historic Westside. As you will see from some of her custom interiors featured below, each home she decorates has a unique style and personality to match the family that lives there. These featured photos are my favorites from her portfolio. I especially love her work with the pink distressed bathroom vanity. Being a mom herself, Tatum has designed children’s spaces that are fun and functional but also cohesive with the rest of the home. She took a moment last week to explain her design process and gave her advice on how to make the biggest impact for the least amount of money. Read more below:
I love every single photograph in your portfolio. How did you develop your interior decorating style?
Thank you so much!!!! I developed my style off my feelings.
I can look at a piece of art, a rug, a sofa and I can usually tell right away if I love it. There’s just something about having things in my home that make me feel happy.
I also like things that tell a story. (ie Vintage rugs, reupholstered furniture..)
What does an interior design project entail? How do you get a scope of your client’s style?
When I meet with a client for the first time, I like to ask them lots of questions; all the while scoping out the house. I try to gather what I can about their style by observation and what I can’t tell, I ask. We talk about the specifics (style, budget, loves and hates). Then I start documenting. I take lots of pictures, measurements of the room, and specific notes.
I go over a few ideas in the first consultation just to make sure we are on the same page. I then start the designing process. Sometimes I sketch the room to give a really clear picture of my ideas. I gather all the dimensions and prices of the project and then present it all to the client. We go from there. Sometimes we make a few changes, sometimes not. The last step is the install or the remodel, depending on what type of job it is. My favorite part!
Where do you find inspiration? Do you visit home shows or have certain designers you like to channel?
I find inspiration all over. I do go to trade shows about 4 times a year. My husband and I do like to watch fixer upper. My husband is my contractor, so we enjoy the husband and wife duo. I get inspiration by looking through fabrics and paint. I start putting things together and before I know it I’m designing a room in my head!
What design elements can someone incorporate to get the most impact on a limited budget? When clients come to you with a strict budget, what do you recommend they focus on the most?
When clients have a strict budget, I always choose the things that matter most first.
I use the bulk of the budget on the things that will make the most impact.
For instance, a sofa or a specific piece of furniture.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working on interiors and running your shop?
I have two children and I love to take them swimming, or to the zoo. We love the beach in the fall. I’ve also taken up running this summer and I’ve enjoyed it much more than I anticipated.