Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Although 2022 has challenged us in ways we never expected, it has also proven that we, as a company, are stronger than we gave ourselves credit for. We built connections with more vendors, we broke barriers across our communities, and we revamped our office staff. Oh, how can I forget! we moved to a BIGGER and better studio space.

Throughout the year, we visited many homes and transformed many livable spaces. It was an incredible honor and heartwarming experience to work alongside you.  We made lasting friendships and became part of your family. It’s been an inspiration to witness so many acts of kindness both big and small and we are truly humbled.

We know that some of you have put plans on hold this year, please know we’ve loved the opportunity to work on your projects and will wait till the time is right to help you create that dream. I think I can speak for everyone when I say 2023, we welcome you.  The boys and I will be spending our Christmas in Florida, however, my eldest son, daughter, and grandbabies will be in Spring celebrating with their friends.

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you for supporting my business and thank you for your referrals and recommendations. Thank you for showing grace when deliveries were delayed, canceled, or came in damaged and we had to wait for replacements.  Thank you for transitioning with my team as we grew.  THANK YOU for making Design on a Dime Interiors a success.

We look forward to serving you, your family, and your friends in the years to come. We sincerely want to wish you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

10 Small House Interior Design Hacks For Your New Home

The alteration in the economic environment, fluctuations in the labor market, and inflation at a rate much higher than earnings increment have made it so hard for young people who want to buy a house.  

Buying an average, moreover, a big house is not an option for most of the Millenials and Gen-Z. Hence, having a small house has never been a better option.

Small House Interior Design

Even though it’s a small house, having a good interior design is a must. A great interior design will make you feel safe and secure in your environment, improve your productivity and creativity, and increase your overall happiness.

But then again, the problem remains the same: budget. Hiring an interior designer is not a cheap deal. It could be costly for some people, and they might not even get the design they’re hoping for. The other option is to do the interior design on your own. But it could be hard for you if you’re not an interior designer or have never had experience designing anything. 

Interior Design Hacks For Small House

It surely and should be hard to do your interior design. It is a skill that not everyone can have and needs to be learned for a long time. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to make your small house’s interior design a pleasant look.

Here are the ten hacks you can follow to ensure your small house’s interior design is legit.

1.      Big Mirrors

A big mirror is the simplest way to make an illusion that your room is more extensive. Especially when you put the mirror perpendicular to your house’s broadside, it could enhance the space you have, making your small house look much bigger than it actually is.

2.      Light Colors

The darker the room, the more cramped it looks. It’s a color psychology effect that makes most people choose the white color more than the darker ones. Other than paintings, you can also use lighting with better positioning that enhances the color of your walls and the brightness of your house.

3.      Align Everything To Wall

Another small house interior design hacks to make it more spacious is to align all your furniture with the walls. By putting them on the side of your room, you will enable your house to have an empty space in the middle, making it look more spacious.

4.      Folding Beds & Tables

The next hack you can use on your small house interior design is folding beds and tables. Nowadays, it’s common to see small houses that use this kind of bed, which can be folded like the Japanese Futon, or even one that can be hidden inside the wall.

Not only a bed, but you can also use a folding dining or coffee table that you can store and save some space when you’re not using it.

5.      Multi-Function Furniture

The next one is multi-functioned furniture. Multi-functioned furniture is one that you can use for a different purpose than what it’s originally named. Examples of this are a cabinet under your bed, a shelf combined with stairs, or maybe a dining table that also has cabinets under it.

These kinds of furniture have two benefits for your small house interior design. One, it could save up some space needed for the cabinet, and two, you can store some of the small stuff in there, giving you even more space.

6.      Small Split Level

Another hack for small house interior design is that you can make a half level for a bedroom or some other small room. This way, you can have two different rooms in the same land spaces, which could be a game changer for a small house.

7.      Maximize The Corners

The corners are sometimes neglected because of the awkward structure. Also, if you put a massive cabinet in the corner, instead of making your room more spacious, it could have the opposite effect of making it looks cramped.

What you can do is to put a piece of small meaningful furniture such as plants or even a hanging chair. It will enhance the ambiance in your room and make your room looks efficient.

8.      Atypical Designs

The next hack might need the help of your contractor. Atypical design means that you need to alter your small house’s design so it can serve the purpose that you need. An example of this is a simple hole in the wall that you can use as a shelf, a floating stair, or even a rolling door towards your backyard.

9.      Glass Furniture

As we all know, glass furniture is see-through. That’s why mainly using glass furniture in your small house can enhance the space to make it less cramped.

10.   Hanging Plants

Lastly, having greens in your house can be a source of pleasure and happiness. But in a small house, a plant could take some space you could use for something else.

Hence, the solution is to have hanging plants. It will provide safe spaces on the ground and make your house look more natural and pleasant.


Doing a small house interior design is actually pretty simple when you know how to do it. It’s not easy, but when done right, it could enhance the ambiance and spaciousness of your small house; Making it look a lot better and bigger than it actually is.

However, if you’re having a hard time designing your own house, you don’t have time for it, and you have the extra budget, you can always consult us.

With over a hundred projects and tons of different clients, we will give you the best interior design that fits any house you have.

5 Tips To Implement Minimalist Style Interior Design at Home

Almost everyone has heard this phrase above, but only the minimalists are living it. Especially with the rise of the Japanese organizing consultant, Marie Kondo, the minimalist living trend has gone up through the roof.

Some people might think that the practice of minimalism is equal to suffering and having close to nothing, while it’s actually quite the opposite. Being a minimalist means living free of the unnecessary, removing things that have less or no value to your life.

Minimalist living, instead of making you suffer from lack of belongings, will make you live ecstatic by the things you have. Because when you’re committed to minimalist living, it means that every single thing you have will have some value, and meaning and gives you joy from just owning it.

What Is Minimalist Style Interior Design?

Minimalist living extends not only from how you live your life but also to how you design the space around you, including your home. A minimalist style interior design means that your home will only include things that have value and meaning for you.

Also, embracing the spirit of Less Is More means eliminating as many things as possible but still considering that you have to have all the things you really need to live. Sounds so complicated? Well, you’re not alone. That’s why today, we present you with the top five tips you can implement in your house to make it a minimalist home.

5 Tips For A Minimalist Style Interior Design

You can do many things to make your house a minimalist one. But continuing the spirit of minimalism, we will only present you with the essential ones.

1.   Pick A Few Muted Color Accents

A minimalist home often incorporates monochromatic interior design themes to give an impression of being “less.” Having monochromatic interior design themes isn’t always dull because the benefit is that a simple muted color accent could really draw the eyes.

Having a monochromatic theme in your home is like having a blank canvas that will accentuate a single drop of color, whatever the color is. You can add a simple art you love, a gorgeous plant, or even a different color coffee table.

2.   Invest In High-Quality Furniture

Having a minimalist home means that every single thing should have a more profound meaning for you, have top-level usability, and last for a long time. Hence, you should never buy an item only because of the “low price with a cute look.”  Instead, while doing your design, focus on having high-quality furniture with a design that you love to see, with superb usability and durability.

With such furniture at your home,  you could mitigate your living cost because you won’t need to do maintenance or buy more in the future when it breaks. And the best part? You will have peace of mind because you know that every piece of furniture you buy has value and they give you joy just by looking at it.

3.   Use Lighting As Decor

Having a minimalist interior design doesn’t mean you cannot add any decoration to your home. You might think that decoration doesn’t have any usability, but the truth is, if it gives you joy and happiness, it’s okay to have it.

But, still, with the spirit of less is more, instead of having a regular piece of decoration, you could substitute an indispensable piece in your house such as lighting as a decoration. 

4.   Allow Plenty of Open Spaces

When you have a minimalist style interior design, the focus is to think “what more can I eliminate” instead of “what else can I add.” Never fill a space in your home just for the sake of filling it.

Instead, let the empty space in your house exist to give a more expansive feeling. Having an empty space in your home won’t only give an impression of a larger house, but it will also accentuate the existence of other furniture, giving your home a more minimalist living feels.

5.   Use a Multi-Functioned Furniture

The last one is still with the spirit of less is more. While having less furniture could be pleasing to your eyes, some people couldn’t stand the lack of fittings in their home. We also can’t disregard the need for some cabinets for those who have more people at home or require more equipment in their lives. But, rest assured, we got just the perfect solutions.

You can always get multi-functioned furniture for your minimalist home. A stair with cabinets, sofas or bed with drawers as the base, or even a TV table combined with a shoe rack underneath. Nowadays, many other multi-functioned pieces of furniture are out there that you can find by simply looking online.

Still, Having Trouble?

Well, doesn’t it feels exhilarating and joyful to design your own house? With these five top tips, I assure you that you can always make a minimalist style interior design for your own house.

But, if you don’t have the time to design your own house, don’t have the connections of where to buy the right furniture, and don’t know where to start, rest assured, we have you covered. You can always consult with our team to design your house. With our 15+ years of experience, you will surely have the perfect interior design that you’ve always dreamt of.

Drapes vs. Curtains

Arguably, no other design element sparks as much debate as window coverings. Particularly drapes versus curtains. The common ground with either choice is they offer a unique impact on your overall design.

Both curtains and drapes can speak directly to your traditional or modern design tastes. Manufacturers have done a great job in updating these age-old elements to represent ever-changing interior designs. Drapes and curtains provide artful decorative appeal while providing unmatched function in your home.

Properly hung, they can reshape a room adding height, balance, and airiness, and conversely, they can make a large space feel more intimate. Heavier fabrics offer insulation almost twice that of window blinds while improving acoustics and buffering noises.

Window hangings offer privacy and natural light control. If you are looking for versatility curtains and drapes are affordable, fashion-forward, easy to care for and maintain. They give you the opportunity to make bold statements or provide clean simple lines to any room.

Curtains and drapes can easily help you polish your décor. Both options can frame the perfect view or avert the eye from a less than the pristine outdoor scene. They are also a good choice to change out when you want to freshen up a room without doing an entire makeover.

The Benefits of Planning Ahead

Recently, one of our adored previous clients ordered a new sofa. She found exactly the one she wanted at a well-respected furniture store. She chose each piece of her sectional sofa to perfectly fit her space and taste. She was even able to take advantage of their Presidents Day sale. At the point of sale, she happily made her purchase…

Only to find out her sofa will arrive in July! She was crushed. On the bright side, she will be sitting pretty at the end of the Summer. We share this with you as a cautionary tale. The days of picking up customized furniture same day are now rare. For fully customized furniture the wait (while worth it) will be longer than expected.

That’s why the team at Design On A Dime encourages you to plan ahead. Planning ahead has so many benefits: budgeting is easier, stress is reduced, and more thoughtful choices can be made. If you are considering redecorating for the holidays, now is the best time to plan, we can help! You can take advantage of summer sales while giving yourself and our design team plenty of time to bring your vision to life. Also, our decades of experience work in your favor.

We know how to artfully fete the waters of supply-chain irregularities with unique solutions… Slipcovers, reupholstery, and supple fabric paints are all exciting options. 

We see a furniture update in your future. Let’s start now!

Mel’s advice: How to pick out a sofa or a chair.

Bottoms up! Let’s pick a sofa or chair, shall we?

What prevents you from sinking down in a chair or a sofa? Not everyone agrees on what type of suspension is the highest quality and will last the longest, so let me help you get to the “bottom” of this issue. There are many different types of suspension systems manufacturers use, I favor Sinuous Springs or Eight-Way Hand Tied. My client’s budget decides which suspension I purchase.

Ok, so let’s talk about these common types of suspension.

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The Finishing Touch: Accessories

Keep It Simple, Keep It Clean

The key to the elegant design is keeping things simple and clean.  Focus on highlighting textures, patterns, color, size variation, vertical and horizontal details that really shine in a small space.  Design rule of thumb, which in my opinion is really a guideline, is odd numbers when clustering your items.

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