Virtual Home Decorator Q&A


Addison Carlton is the owner and creator of Virtual Home Decorating, a proud military wife, and a mother of two. From a very early age, Addison knew she had a particular eye for design. She spent four years in the prestigious Interior Design Program at the University of Oklahoma where her knowledge and passion for design continued to flourish.

Post graduation, Addison began working professionally in the industry with a large furniture manufacturer, Herman Miller, specializing in commercial design and space planning. Since then, Addison has moved four times, married the love of her life, and had two beautiful children. For three years now, she has been fortunate enough to be able to work professionally, designing homes and helping folks recreate their “home sweet home.”

“It is my true passion to bring my clients a beautiful space that they feel excited and happy to come home to at the end of each and every day.”

Q: What aspects of your company do you want to feature.

Virtual Home Decorating is a simple way to decorate your space utilizing skills from a trained designer without retaining an expensive full-service interior designer. Each VHD package is completely individualized and created to fit a client’s style, space, and budget.

Q: How does it work?

The client e-mails me pictures and measurements of the room(s) to be decorated, as well as a completed design questionnaire. Once we establish the budget and direction of the design, I create a thorough design plan which includes:

Color concept board: Offers an overall vision for the space to include a custom color palette, and inspiration photos.

Room Layout: includes a detailed furniture layout plan, drawn to scale, which references directly to the room concept board. No more worrying if that sofa will fit!

Virtual Room Images: I realize that a central challenge in designing your own space is visualizing the final product. Your virtual room board will allow you to see all components in the space come together.

Shopping list: thorough and organized, your shopping list will guide you through your room’s design concept, with clickable links to recommended items, with an estimated total project cost.

The result is an easy design solution on any budget! I provide you with the resources and you do the rest!

Q: What are some fall interior design tips you have for the residents of Clarksville?

Fall begins the holiday season with parties and guests, so create an inviting entry. This is an easy way to make a big statement.

Add comfort as the season changes by layering with throw pillows and blankets. Experiment with mixing textures, and patterns.

Bring in color by adding season friendly foliage, gourds, and pumpkins. You’re not limited to orange!

Create a conversation space and eye catching mantle by the fireside. Earthy accents like driftwood and wild flowers make great fall accents.

Accessorize with family heirlooms to add comfort or to spark conversation with your guests.

Q: What are a few of your favorite places to shop for decor pieces?

While I love incorporating affordable, trendy decor from places like Target, Hobby Lobby, and TJMAxx, shopping local is the absolute best!! Some of my favorites: Second Chances Antiques, Miss Lucille’s Marketplace, Local markets and vintage fairs, Estate sales, My mom’s attic

Q: What are some popular color palettes for fall?

While traditional fall palettes encompass vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange, a non-traditional palette of cream, blue, and green is starting to become popular among top designers and retailers. Many people struggle with trying to incorporate fall’s bright colors of orange, red, and yellow into their everyday home.That’s why this soft, neutral palette is brilliant! Try out some of fall’s naturals; blue and white pumpkins, cotton, wheat, and pinecones. Check out this color board from http://www.design-seeds.com/autumn/color-thanks/.

Q; Tell us about your most recent redesign.

My most recent project was with an auction winner from the Art of Encouragement, a charity organization that collects Christmas cards to send to hospitalized American Veterans. It was a super fun project that involved soft textiles and gold glam accents to create a luxurious photography studio in Oklahoma City. See the full design plan on my blog at www.virtualhomedecorating.com/blog. http://www.theartofencouragement.com

Q: Why did you choose a “virtual” design experience vs. in-person?

As a busy young mom, I know the challenges of not having time or money to design my home exactly the way I want it. - like straight off of HGTV. Many of my friends were in the same position. They had a vision for their space, but just needed a little push on which direction to go next to finish their room... on a budget! So after offering advice here and there, I thought it would be neat to use my computer design skills from college to create a 3D visual of their room ( instead of going into a home talking a strange “design language” and waving my hands from side to side like a crazy wizard). My 3D room designs helped people get the quick design advice they needed, so I started packaging my services as an inexpensive, unique design experience for my clients via the web. And the rest is history!

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