Making a Space a Home with Brittany Shmyr
We partnered with Brittany Shmyr on her bathroom and kitchen remodel, keep reading to learn more!
Brittany Shmyr (@brittanyshmyr), is a “creator of magical spaces”, pinned in her bio on Instagram. It’s safe to say she certainly adds a touch of magic as can be seen throughout her interior designs.
Showcasing remodels and DIY projects has become an Instagram staple for those seeking inspiration. Brittany’s page is not only filled with beautiful spaces within her apartment but the cutest photos of her pup, Stella!
We highly recommend @brittanyshmyr for all and any remodeling tips and DIY projects! We were fortunate enough to interview Brittany regarding her own inspiration, how she overcomes challenges and advice on making your home yours.
“Spark a memory or a feeling”
Brittany is known for her extraordinary and creative designs ranging from her bright, pink kitchen cabinets to the tropical wallpaper that lies on her bathroom walls, all wonderfully unique.
Dating back to her childhood, Brittany spent time with her grandparents who were “collectors of vintage furniture and momentos” that were displayed throughout their home. These pieces in their home, brought them happy and feel good feelings and reminded them of keepsake memories.
In addition, an outdoor lounging area at her grandparents home is also apart of the foundation of her most asked questions while designing anything,
“How does this tell a story?”
“How does it make you feel?”
When asked about the inspiration for Brittany’s pink kitchen cabinets, she wanted the old school “90’s Barbie Kitchen Play-set”, in adult version, of course, with a working sink and stove. She did exactly that, a Barbie-inspired kitchen in a charming and elegant fashion.
Switching rooms over to Brittany’s bathroom, the tropical wallpaper, porcelain fixtures and tile flooring all created a natural centered vibe. Brittany’s focus inspiration for the bathroom was a Bali oasis, deriving from the natural, simple and tropical traits that Bali is well known for.
Brittany accomplished these designs with the help of Kingston products. In her kitchen, Kingston’s Centerset Faucet can be seen with cross, porcelain knobs and the bathroom utilized Kingston’s Victorian Ceramic Showerhead that allowed Brittany to maintain the original character in her 100+ year old home.
“Create something unimaginable”
DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects consist of intense creativity and mighty patience. Many people who are looking for inexpensive decor pieces or when designing a room, DIY is a great option to consider.
Brittany says she loves the challenge of finding the best ways “to manipulate pieces to create something unimaginable”. Some DIY upgrades Brittany recommends for renters that are not permanent include:
- swapping out light fixtures,
- installing wallpapers or curtains, and
- adding greenery.
In any project or remodel, challenges and road blocks are to be expected and should be loosely anticipated. When running into challenges especially in interior design, it’s always important to do good research and to reach out to local contractors or hardware stores who may supply products or services that may need to be outsourced. Brittany ran into a couple of issues when it came to installing the new shower head because her home contained older style piping and also had to find extenders for the kitchen faucet to reach over the counter top. Having a handy plumber can really be of assistance in situations like these.
“Your space, your home”
The greatest advice Brittany has for clients and those interested in remodeling is to “make your space, your home”. Whether the house you’re in is temporary or forever, “our space should be one we love to be in and that inspires us” says Brittany. This is a crucial aspect in any design change, the decor and areas should represent your own preferences and style to truly allow the house to feel like home.