Who is Kelly Anderson of Refreshed Designs?
Kelly Anderson recently graduated from the Sheffield School of Design’s interior design program. She has been dabbling in the field all of her life, from helping family and friends decorate to renovating her own home.
Kelly also enjoys writing about sustainable design and hopes to influence how homeowners and the housing industry moves forward with eco-friendly living.
What is Refreshed Designs?
Kelly, founder of Refreshed Designs, offers design services in Calgary, Alberta and also has an e-design service that is available to anyone online. Kelly tells us that, “The online service is a great way for homeowners to get that little bit of inspiration and the push they need to redo a space themselves.”
What does Refreshed Designs specialize in?
Kelly specializes in sustainable design and home redesign. She always tries to reuse and repurpose materials and products whenever possible. Kelly is also a follower of the slow-home movement, a concept of design with the intent to create a functional and stylish home that will last for generations.
What do you love about your work?
Kelly loves her work because it lets her be creative. She particularly enjoys redesigning, which is looking at something, such as old furniture, in a new way. Redesigning is a skill that requires vision and it is both fun and challenging. Kelly likes helping clients make their homes more beautiful and functional. She also wants to ensure that her clients’ lives are a little bit easier and happier.
One of her projects took place on the East Coast of Canada where she redecorated a master bedroom. The room was in poor shape and the design had to work within a very small budget. Refreshed Designs worked closely with the client to choose the colors and mood for the room. Kelly put together a design board with images, colors and materials; so that the client could see what the room would look and feel like before they started to work on it. Then they had to get creative, as the walls were cracked and uneven, the window was old and tattered, and the room was small.
They chose wallpaper for the walls and used décor to hide bad sections. They decided to use an unused shower curtain for drapery panels. The panels were hung outside the edges of the window to make it look larger and conceal the frame at the same time. Refreshed Designs repainted two old dressers, which were great for storage, but not very visually appealing. They also painted the black iron bed frame so that it flowed with the soft look of the room and created a bench at the foot of the bed out of an old 80’s kitschy deacons’ bench by sawing off the spindles and painting it over. The rest of the materials were found within the house. Kelly says, “It’s very satisfying to have an end result that is so fantastic without spending a lot to get it.”