Season 2 - Episode 4

Savvy Secrets: Styling Your Home With Budget-Friendly Flair

by Carlisle Homes

Season 2 - Episode 2: Affordable Abode: Budgets and Finances

In the world of home styling, some have a natural flair for transforming spaces, while others may find it a bit overwhelming.

In this episode, we’re delving into the insider secrets of home styling with two remarkable Interior Designers from the home building industry. Joining us is Jess Hodges, Carlisle’s Interior Design Manager who heads up the team behind Carlisle’s breathtaking display homes. Also with us is Hannah Kachel, the founder of Urban Code Interior Design, known for bringing clients’ unique tastes and styles to life.

Jess and Hannah simplify the interior design and home styling process, offering insights on how to achieve high-end looks without breaking the bank, including:

  • How you balance your design vision with budget constraints.
  • The importance of incorporating personal touches in your home to create an emotional connection with the space.
  • The colour selection process with Carlisle’s EasyLiving series and how it simplifies the decisions for first home buyers.
  • How to add style and personality to a home through the strategic use of colour, artwork and plants.
  • Tips on decluttering and organising.
  • Common styling mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Styling hacks.
  • Creativity and resourcefulness in design choices including their favourite budget-friendly stores.

Dive into this episode to learn how to transform your space, no matter the budget!




Episode Credits

Special Guests:

Jess Hodges – Interior Design Manager, Carlisle Homes

Hannah Kachel – Founder, Urban Code Interior Design


Episode Notes

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