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Edyta Haligowska of HE Space Design: “A joyful home is a well-functioning and well-organized home”

Be Organized- A joyful home is a well-functioning and well-organized home. We all have a room (or rooms) in our homes that get cluttered with stuff. Fortunately, this is easy to solve by adding stylish storage solutions. If your family room gets overwhelmed with gadgets, kid’s toys, etc., decorative storage, like a bench with a patterned fabric seat cushion, will conceal your clutter while adding an extra seat to the room. Also, get rid of the stuff that you do not need or love. Only keep the pieces that you use often or that mean something personal to you and your family, keeping in mind that space is luxury!

As part of my series on the “5 Things You Can Do To Help Your Living Space Spark More Joy”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Edyta Haligowska.

Edyta Haligowska, the CEO and Lead Interior Designer of HE Space Design transforms everyday spaces with an architectural design approach. Edyta works closely with clients, incorporating their vision and personality along with functional solutions into her classic, one-of-a-kind style. Edyta oversees the design process at every stage from selecting materials to meeting with hired contractors for renovations. With previous experience as an AutoCad Engineer, Interior Designer, Project Development Manager, and Design Consultant, Edyta has over 20 years of diverse experience within the interior design sector, empowering her with a wide range of specialized knowledge. Edyta is a certified lighting specialist by the American Lighting Association with additional expertise in space planning, color and finish consultations, and custom furniture design. She received a B.A. in English from Northern Illinois University and then furthered her education by earning a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago. Inspired by her travels, culture, and passion for design, Edyta brings an experienced perspective and creative vision to all her projects.

Thank you so much for joining us in this series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit more about you. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

When I was growing up there was no profession like interior design so I never thought about it. It’s a relatively new field. After graduating with bachelor degree in English and history I need it to decide what’s next– law or Interior design/architecture. I picked design and know now I made the right choice. My father was an engineer and he designed, drafted and built our house. I was always around the creative energy of architecture and design growing up. It was a natural trajectory for me to end up as an Interior Designer.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

The job itself is the most interesting. I am learning constantly, and there is never a boring day no matter what I am doing. Interior design has the technical aspects as well as the creative ones, so I get challenged on both. Also, every home and client are different and demands different attention, so it keeps me on my toes. It’s very rewarding when you know your design has captured the energy and essence of the family that lives there.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

The mistake was certainly not funny as I remember. I sent the drowning of the backsplash to a fabricator, and I wrote my measurements by hand. The tile specialist read my 7 as 1. We were able to catch the mistake right before it was to shipped to the client. The very important lesson I learn through the years about mistakes is to first check, check and check again before you pass information into production or purchase. Second, when you do make a mistake, it’s all about how your handle it. Be honest and find creative ways to solve it in a timely manner.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now or recently completed?

I truly loved every project I did because it made me a better designer and the designer I am today. The most exciting project is the project I did last. The last space I design is a first floor of a house starting with a foyer, front room, dining room, kitchen and family room. The house feels open but each room has strong identity and seemingly connects one space to the next. The space turned out to be refined yet relaxed. It’s rich in layers of texture and pattern with a natural color palette with hues of white and cream. The white walls serve as dramatic blank canvases for artwork. The artwork offers the rooms the splash of color shades of blue, green, orange and pink.

My favorite quote in my career and life is by Charles Eames.

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”

In personal life, goals are not achieved in one day, it’s the small steps towards its every day that will bring you there. In professional life as a designer, it’s the details in space that creates the big picture.

None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about it?

The people who helped me along my way were my parents. I don’t remember specifically telling me who to be but showing me by their example. They exposed me to art and culture. As a child I went to ballet school and conservatory school, where I played piano learning the discipline and benefits of its efforts. My parents were always there for me growing up and later in life supported my choices. I moved to the US from Poland and my parents followed me with my siblings, giving up their comfortable life of retirement in Poland. That love, dedication and selflessness motivates me and keeps me going.

I would start a movement that people are conscious to show kindness and compassion to everyone every day.

What are your “5 Things you Can do help your living space spark more joy? And Why? Please share a story or example for each.

Color-

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of joyful interiors is color. Color should create natural connection between rooms. However, you can create the unexpected accent room or wall with wallpaper or paint for a pop of color. Pick your favorite color in a subdued palette that seamlessly flows through the room. Another way to introduce color to a neutral or white room is to add accent pieces like colorful pillows, blankets, rugs, and drapes.

Artwork-

Artwork inspires, motivates and gives the space character beyond the furnishings. Art is food for the soul and can transform your home by telling a personal story. Invest in a few pieces of art, either from your local gallery (support your local artists!) or online like from 1st Dibs or even Etsy. Or, if you’re feeling creative, make your own heirloom piece that you can pass down to members of your family. Quality is the key as it will grow with you, your family and your home.

Be Organized-

A joyful home is a well-functioning and well-organized home. We all have a room (or rooms) in our homes that get cluttered with stuff. Fortunately, this is easy to solve by adding stylish storage solutions. If your family room gets overwhelmed with gadgets, kid’s toys, etc., decorative storage, like a bench with a patterned fabric seat cushion, will conceal your clutter while adding an extra seat to the room. Also, get rid of the stuff that you do not need or love. Only keep the pieces that you use often or that mean something personal to you and your family, keeping in mind that space is luxury!

Create a photo wall-

Create a photo wall in your house to show your family’s life journey. Frame the memories that make you laugh, or a beautiful moment that takes you to a happy place. Choose interesting frames that fit the style of your home.

Plants build a sanctuary-

Breathe new life into your home, both literally and figuratively, by incorporating houseplants. Not only do plants have positive health benefits by emitting oxygen and increasing a sense of connection with nature (biophilia), they’ve also long been used to enhance even the most stylish of interiors.

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

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Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.

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