Amy Horany is a designer and blogger based in Fort Worth, Texas. Since 2015, we’ve partnered with Amy on inspiring home renovations from a loft living room to posh backyard pool, and we’re excited for more projects to come. Read on for a look at Amy’s home décor style and tips based on her easy-to-follow design philosophy.
How do you describe your home décor style?
Modern and coastal, yet cozy. I love for a home to feel welcoming when you walk in, but I also love modern pieces. I plan on decorating our new home with clean lines and a touch of coastal.
You’re faced with an empty room – where do you begin?
I always have an inspiration piece, and it’s not always the same. Sometimes it’s a sofa I found online, sometimes it’s a pillow with a pattern I love. Whatever my inspiration is… that’s where I begin.
What inspired you to become a designer?
I’ve always loved home design, even before I knew it was a profession. When I was in junior high, I would re-decorate my parents’ home before they got back from work. It’s just always been in my blood.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I naturally look for inspiration all over. Whether it’s a color, a pattern, or a travel location, inspiration can come from anywhere if you’re open to looking for it. I love the ocean, so a lot of my work has coastal elements to it, but I don’t like to limit myself to one single style.
Tell us about your philosophy of “Low, low, high.”
I’ve always been a fan of finding good deals. Even if I had an endless budget, I would still want to find a good deal. I love sharing my philosophy with clients because it assures them that they don’t have to overspend in order to get a stylish look. Splurge on the pieces that you really need to last (high) and find bargains for smaller items you might swap out in a few years (low).
What’s one element of home décor you can’t live without?
Lighting and textiles are two things I’m crazy about. Using throw pillows and blankets really helps add texture to a space, while lighting sets the mood.
How has raising a family influenced your home décor?
I can’t say having kids has changed my design choices all too much, simply because I’m already a big believer in purchasing reasonably-priced décor. I buy affordable pieces that I’m not going to cry over if they break. Do I teach my kids to be careful? Sure. But at the end of the day, they’re still kids! I don’t want them to grow up thinking they can’t be comfortable in their own home. If anything, my coffee table has gone from displaying the latest home design magazine to the latest Mickey Mouse sing-a-long book.
Is there a design rule you abide by and one you often break?
There are a ton of rules in the design world, but I don’t really go by many of them. A lot of those rules are meant for people who aren’t designers, so they have a guide to go by. When you are a designer, you know how and where to break the rules.
I am, however, picky about rug placement. Whenever possible, I place at least two of the couch legs over the rug. I also tell my clients to hang the center of their wall art at eye-level. If it’s a gallery wall, I tell them to go by the center of the arrangement. But like I said earlier, I will even break this rule from time to time – it just completely depends on the space and the art.
Looking for more inspiration from Amy? Get the look from Amy’s past projects below or visit her website.