Inspiring Decorator: Natalie Kolter, My Vintage Porch

Natalie Kolter is a do-it-yourself dynamo of a designer whose projects are her passion. And the best part is she’s happy to share and show (lucky for us!) exactly how she creates unique pieces and spaces from scratch for herself and her clients. Follow her blog for step-by-step explanations and videos of how she breathes new life into old finds, and how you can duplicate her look to make it your own.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

I started my own path of design and decorating for other clients a few years ago. I began by painting and creating furniture pieces for clients’ homes, and then began receiving interest from clients for design and decorating. I love designing my own home. I would post projects that I would complete and clients just began to ask for my help with decorating their homes. It’s also a passion of mine to incorporate budget-friendly decor, which can encourage and allow anyone on any budget to have a gorgeous space of their dreams.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I love whites and neutrals but also like to add a pop of color with a rug or small objects such as pillows or adding textures with woods and whites. This way I can change out my decor easily without feeling the need to change the wall color.

3. What was your favorite project(s)? Why?

I have an artistic love as well, making me passionate about creating in every realm, whether it be decor, a painting, or painting a wall with an original touch. I painted a wall to resemble concrete and also made a brick wall with some joint compound and paint. I also painted my laundry room floor and made a barn door with a distressed technique that I love.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

I don’t get into trends too much, but I do like a little of the farmhouse style. I love to mix in original items, such as vintage and antique finds. Thrifting and finding original decor pieces helps a space to be less trendy and more timeless, in my opinion.
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