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Design Kits perfect for creating beautiful homes

Do-it-yourself approach leads to timeless interiors


Photo Credit: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Synde Doan, left, and Taryn Emerson of Taryn Emerson Interiors review materials for a clients Design Kit.

Taryn Emerson Interiors, a full-service interior design studio owned by Taryn Emerson, has launched Design Kits, a custom-tailored collection of interiors choices for your home. Emerson said the Design Kits are a comprehensive, approachable and affordable alternative to traditional services.

“The service is a perfect fit for those who refuse to sacrifice style but are willing to take an active role in creating a beautiful home,” Emerson said.

From extensive input from the client, Emerson and her associate, Synde Doan, design a custom space based on Emerson’s timeless style. The client’s wants, wishes, tastes and budget are all defined and rolled into a personalized plan. The plan is then placed in a box, or kit, for the client to utilize.

The kit includes a custom-designed floor plan and look book; paint and color choices for floors, ceilings and trims; selection of surface materials such as flooring, tile, wallpaper and carpet; lighting options; furniture choices including finish and fabric details; a book of fabric selections and samples for upholstery and window treatments; a to-do list; and a complete buying guide and shopping list for the project.

The look book is the key to the kit. It serves as the guide to completing the project, whether you execute the transition all at once, or complete it one item or portion at a time.

“People can really make it fit their budget,” Doan said. “We really feel this is an untapped area and will give people reasons to fall in love with their homes all over again.”

Emerson has more than 20 years’ experience in the design industry. She received a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and a degree of interior design from the University of California at Los Angeles then honed her skills with several Los Angeles designers. She opened her own studio in 1996 and built a following for her fresh and youthful designs. She relocated her family and business to Lake Oswego in 2005.

“I’m particularly inspired by the challenge of creating cohesive looks to homes that have undergone decades of remodels by various owners and architects,” she said. “Every home has a unique energy that needs to be indulged and brought to life. This to me is the design process. Clients become friends, and spaces become homes.”

To start a Design Kit project, visit tarynemerson.com and select a project, such as family or living room, living and dining room combination, home office, master bedroom, bathroom or kitchen and fill out the form and submit it. Emerson or Doan will be in touch to schedule a home visit. The completed Design Kit is ready in about five weeks.

“We are very excited to announce the launch of our Design Kits,” Doan said. “Our Design Kits are a chic, do-it-yourself way to implement the timeless interiors Taryn creates in your home with budget-accommodating prices.”

Learn more online at tarynemerson.com or by calling 503-475-2036.

Contact Barb Randall at brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com or by calling 503-636-1281 ext. 100.

The kit contains samples of paint color, upholstery fabric choices, flooring materials and other details for updating rooms in the home.

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