Designer Spotlight With HCC Designs
Decorist Classic designer Casey Hardin, of HCC Designs, is one of our most requested designers and it's not hard to see why. Clients love her unique eclectic style and her use of bold color, dramatic elements and one-of-a-kind items in her designs. We caught up with Casey to look back at 4 of her favorite projects this year and to tell us a little more about what makes her a spotlight-worthy designer.
How would you describe your style in 5 words?
Eclectic, fun, colorful, bold, and unique
What current design trend are you most excited about?
I am beyond excited that brass and gold fixtures and accents are back on trend! There's something so luxe about gold - it elevates every space and adds a glam touch.
What's the biggest design mistake you see people make?
The biggest design mistake that I see people make is to attack a room without a plan. While I'm all for picking up a fabulous accessory or unique piece at a local shop, it's important not to go overboard with impulse buys. Oftentimes when people move into a new home, they just start purchasing things that they like, and end up upset when it doesn't all come together. It's vital to start with a plan so that the scale and style of each piece works in tandem. Design is in the details!
Any funny stories from your very first design project?
My first design project really got my feet wet with the rendering skills! Up until that point, my designs were based on average-sized rooms with (4) walls, a door or two, and a couple of windows. Pretty easy stuff, right? Of course my very first paying customer had a living space with wall to wall windows, a split level, railings, and 20-foot ceilings! Needless to say, the basic room design idea went out the window, and I learned how to navigate my way around Photoshop real quick!
This design was so unique and I really enjoyed turning this room into a mini studio apartment for my clients. She is South American and prefers neutrals with accessories and art of bright colors like orange and teal. He is Italian and loves the color orange and would love orange to be everywhere. The solution: A bold but sophisticated orange accent wall with colorful throw pillows, and designated spaces for work, relaxation, and eating.
I loved the transformation of this space from drab and dreary to light and bright. We started with dark beige walls and not enough seating! The solution was a custom sectional sofa and a console table that doubles as a sofa table. I kept the art and decor simple to keep the space from feeling cluttered and the walls were painted a warm, bright white. The resulting space is inviting without feeling overdone.
The vision for this bedroom was a calming oasis - a place for my client and her husband to retreat. Using a warm, monochromatic color scheme, the focus of this design was on luxurious hotel-style bedding, strong lines, and simplicity. The sunny alcove created a perfect spot for a sitting area to read and dream. Result: an elegant blend of feminine and masculine touches with an air of comfy sophistication.
This living room design was so much fun to create! Working around the existing sofa and coffee table, the goal was to bring in subtle pops of color and create a warm, family-friendly environment to relax in. I brought in a live plant to add a touch of green, and added in a Moroccan pouf that doubles as an ottoman or extra seat for little ones. The modern blue chair really elevates this design, while the fun pattern on the rug adds visual interest and ties everything together. I see many family movie nights in this space!