March 21, 2011

Decor Musings Speaks with The Decorista's Ashlina Kaposta

One of my absolute favorite things is having the opportunity to chat with the people behind the blogs I read regularly (which isn't a very long list). Of those blogs is The Decorista, run by Ashlina Kaposta, who is also an interior designer based in New York City. I had the pleasure of connecting with Ashlina to learn about her spring decorating suggestions and her upcoming advice book. Enjoy these snippets from our chat:

Decor Musings: In terms of decorating, what should people keep in mind for spring?
Ashlina Kaposta: Wood is on-trend right now. I'm seeing a lot of looks incorporating exposed wood. Pink, especially along the lines of watermelon and pomegranate, is also another trend I'm seeing.

DM: Is there one item people should invest in?
AK: It's so hard to pinpoint one item, but amazing artwork is key.

DM: What advice would you give to people who are looking for a better sense of direction with their decorating plan?
AK: When I'm working with a client, I like to examine their color scheme and see what mood they want to convey with their home. Do they want a spa-like feel or a hotel vibe, for instance? Another thing I've noticed that's missing from many people's homes is fabric. I like to dress windows with curtains, incorporate wallpaper and a nice rug. I love to work textiles into a space.

DM: Can you share some of your go-to sources for home products?
AK: I love a one-of-a-kind find so 1stDibs is perfect for this reason. HomeGoods does a good of making the hottest items available to people at affordable price points. I also like ABC Carpet & Home in Manhattan, all the little vintage shops in the Nolita area and the flea market in Chelsea.

DM: You've done very well with your blog, The Decorista. What advice would you give to an up-and-coming design blogger?
AK: My advice would be to find what you love and write about it. Get out there, take pictures and try to find something unique. I like bloggers who discover things I'm unfamiliar with. Also, if you want to make your blog accessible, posting once a week isn't going to help.

DM: What's next for you? Any exciting projects coming up?
AK: I'm actually working on an e-book about how to turn your blog into a business. It will be available at the end of April.