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Easy Interior Design: Create a Space for Function and Flow

teacher avatar Demetrius Robinson, Interior Designer & Content Creator

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Audit Your Space


    • 3.

      Choose Your Furniture


    • 4.

      Create Your Moodboard


    • 5.

      Place Furniture


    • 6.

      Place Accessories


    • 7.

      Demetrius's Reveal


    • 8.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Cultivate more daily joy by designing a space that not only speaks to you and what you love, but works with you and your lifestyle.  

Discover the art of turning an empty space into one filled with life, function, and flow with interior designer and visual storyteller, Demetrius Robinson. As the founder of the interior design firm AT HOME WITH SAVVY, Demetrius has gained fans and clients from around the world with his edgy, distinctive black and white design aesthetic.

In this class, Demetrius will walk you through his personal and purposeful interior design approach to help you craft the space of your dreams. From choosing the right pieces for your unique lifestyle to adding the final hand-picked touches, you won’t only transform your home, but the life you live within it. 

Together with Demetrius, you’ll learn to:

  • Craft a space with function and flow
  • Choose furniture and accessories that align with your lifestyle and personal aesthetic
  • Create a realistic and professional moodboard
  • Style and layer your space to perfection

Every lesson will take you one step closer to the space of your dreams through hands-on examples and functional tips and tricks. 

Since Demetrius shows you how to design a space from scratch, this class is great for those embarking on design projects for the first time. This step-by-step class will help you build a strong foundation in interior design and learn what it takes to elevate any space.  For the more experienced, this class can be a great source of design inspiration. 

No matter where you start, by the end of the class, you’ll have mastered a functional design approach and crafted a space that truly embodies you and brings you joy on the daily. 

Plus, you’ll get to watch Demetrius design his own space in real-time! 

This class is geared toward designers and creatives looking to begin their interior design journey. You’ll need a pencil and paper to help you follow along as well either a printer for those choosing to make a physical moodboard or a design program like Canva for those choosing to make a digital one.

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Demetrius Robinson

Interior Designer & Content Creator


Demetrius Robinson is a home lifestyle content creator, interior designer, and founder of At Home With Savvy. At Home With Savvy is an online resource dedicated to inspiring others to live a more elevated home lifestyle.

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1. Introduction: What I love most about interior design is the transformation from an empty space to a well-designed space that we would all love to live with them. I believe that we all deserve a well-designed home. That's a no waste is away from the rest of the world. I'm Dimitri is, I'm an interior designer and I'm also a content creator. You may have seen me on Instagram where I share all of the tips, tricks and resources for others to start living a more elevated home lifestyle. Today you'll be learning all about my approach to interior design and how our create a functional space. From start to finish, you'll be learning how to audit your space, choose your furniture, create a mood board, style your furniture, and will also be breaking down how to choose the perfect accessories for your space. They're truly speaks to your personality so that you can best translate your vision to your guests when they're visiting. After taking this class, I hope that you walk away with all of the confidence that you need to begin designing a space that's truly unique to you. Design doesn't have to be hard. It doesn't have to be confusing. It's all about having fun with this. So take your time, enjoy the process, and be sure to add photos to the project gallery below because I cannot wait to see what you come up with. Alright, so let's get started. 2. Audit Your Space: Thanks for joining me in today's class. The first step of the process is actually going to be auditing your space. You want to assess the things you currently have within your space, the things you wanted to add to your space. And most importantly, we want to determine the function and flow of our space. And so let's head to my living room and I'll walk you through auditing MySpace so that you can see what it takes for you to audit your space. Now that we're in this space, we want to figure out how we want this base to function and how we want the space to flow. In regards to function. This is the living area of my open concept. And so this will function as a conversational area that would actually be really cozy and inviting and inspire all of my guests to actually sit here and converse with one another. And because it's an open concept, we want each separate space to flow and harmonize zone one another. But my instance, I want a really good flow from the dining area to this living area and write-off to the patio as well. Now, let's audit MySpace. Myspace or have this sofa. Also have the coffee table. And those are the only two things that I have in this space right now. So of course, we're going to build out this space together. Well above the sofa, we have a rate blink wall and that's a huge opportunity for art work. Here we have a really huge patio door and so of course we want to ask some beautiful window treatment. The window treatment is not only going to soften this space, but it's also going to visually take your eyes up to the ceiling and make the space feel much grander, much taller and much wider, just in front of the patio door. I plan to do some really awesome chairs here that would allow my guests to be cozy, but also converse with the guests that will be sitting right here on the sofa. Here we have another blank wall, which would be another opportunity for artwork, but on a much smaller scale because we will have a window treatment flanking the doors. So we want to make sure that we're not overcrowd in that wall, but still bringing in elements that fit the scale of this wall. This is where I ran into an issue within Myspace because I have this door that leads to my garage. We pretty much had to push the room over about 36 inches. And so we did lose a bit of space in the actual living area. But don't worry because I came up with a solution that works. What I did was placed this TV centered on the shortest wall in this center point of the TV dictated the center point of the entire space. And just under the TV, I brought in two floating shelves. And that allows us to have a really good surface to style elements in the space. I actually did a frame TV because I didn't have a lot of wall space to bring in a ton of pieces of art. And so the TV acts as the large CL, piece of art in this space that will actually set the tone for the entire aesthetic. And now that I've assessed my space, it's your turn. So I want you to walk through your space and decide how you want your space to function and flow. And also take note of all the things that you intend to keep in your space and all the things that you intend to get rid of. And also make notes of all the things that you wish to have within this space. Lastly, be sure to measure your space. If you're a pro, take those measurements and build a floor plan. Next up, I'm going to walk you through ordering all of your furniture and accessories. And I'm also going to share all of my tips and tricks so that you're set up for success when it comes down to ordering your furniture and accessories. 3. Choose Your Furniture: Before you begin selecting any furniture, I need you to set a realistic budget for this entire project because things can get expensive relatively quickly and we need a better understanding about where replacing our money when you're selecting furniture, always choose those investment pieces first and work your way down to the more affordable accessories. And that's going to ensure that you're allocating your budget to all the right things that work for your lifestyle. When selecting a sofa, I highly encourage you to source and investment quality sofa that will stand the test of time because we don't want to be buying a new sofa in the next couple of years when you're selecting the fabric for your sofa, always assess your current home lifestyle, determine if regular quality furniture works for you or if you need to upgrade to performance fabric that's more suitable for families, a more active lifestyle. And folks would pits also when you're shopping for a sofa, be open to making modifications on your own. As for me, I really loved the sofa that I purchased, but I did not love the height, so I did go ahead and order that sofa and I upgraded and bought some new legs. When it comes to sourcing your area rug, I always recommend an eight by ten area rug or even going up to a nine by 12 if your space allow it. Those two rogue sizes are perfect because we always want the front ends of all of our furniture to rest directly on top of the rug and not seemingly float beside the rug. So of course, I always go for a bigger rogue. And when source in an area rug, don't just stop there. Be sure to add a high-quality road path because this is going to ensure that your rug isn't slipping around. And it's also going to give you that extra thickness and extra percussionists that's going to make it seem much more high-quality. The rug that I chose for my space was an eight by ten rug that is neutral, but it also has a very subtle pattern and it also enhances the overall aesthetic for my space. Next up, let's get into the coffee table. The coffee table that I selected for my space is around coffee table with a really solid enrich marble top. The base is dark and texture and it also plays well and create some contrast when it's sitting on top of the road, when social on a coffee table, the shape of it is a personal preference. But I always suggest that you source a coffee table that sits at the same height as the seat of your sofa. And this ensures that the coffee table is easily accessible. Next up, let's choose a side table. You always want to ensure that the surface of your table is that the exact same height as the arm of yourself? This way, when you place an object on the side table, you reach directly over as opposed to reaching up or down. As I was sourcing my side table, that table that I absolutely fell in love with was not high enough for my sofa. So what I did was took inspiration from that exact table and built the DIY version that met my specific requirements taken on DIY projects are really great way to cut costs with your projects, especially if you have the skills to do so. Now let's get into lighting for your space. When you begin to think about light into your space, don't just stop at a chandelier. You always want to layer your lighting to include floor lamps, table lamps, and Wallace glances because that's what's truly going to create that ambient and cozy vibe and your space. For my space, I chose a chandelier that was very modern and edgy. And I also wanted something that wasn't too busy. I wanted something that was very streamlined and would also bring in much more lighting. And you'll notice that I chose a chandelier that actually has six bulbs as opposed to one, because that chandelier was six bulbs is going to make your space much brighter. And if it is too bright, you can always put your light switch on a dimmer and you can lower that lighting to suit your best needs. I also selected a floor lamp that paired well with my chandelier. I didn't want them to match. I just wanted a nice amount of cohesion. So I chose a floor lamp that I can lower and raise to any height. And I can also put it in any orientation that I like. Now we can get into one of my favorite elements of design, which is artwork. When you're choosing our work for your space, always remember that our work is subjective. What I love may not be what you love. So don't feel as though you have to stick within any parameters when selected artwork. My only rule of thumb is ensuring that you absolutely loved the art work and that it speaks to you. And whenever it's within budget, I love to get our work professionally frame. It's simply elevates the entire look and feel of a piece. And if you're struggling with the scale of artwork for your space, I recommend that you grabbed some painters tape and simply take those dimensions out on the wall and see if it feels good in the space. Because we always love to measure twice and buy once. That's for our work in MySpace. I chose to hang these two pieces that I painted myself above the sofa. And not only did I paint them myself, I've built a Florida frames for them as well. And in my living area between the window treatment and the garage door, there was a nice amount of wall space that was screaming for our work. And so I pulled two pieces from our collection that had a ton of color and a great amount of black and white to truly tie the space together. Those two pieces specifically spark a ton of joy for me. So I'm going to be really excited to see those hung there. Now, let's get into window treatments. When it comes to window treatments, I love doing Florida ceiling window treatments. And I also love to mount the curtains from a ceiling mounted track to really add drama and height to a space. But if you're not a fan of drapery, there are many other routes that you can go. You could do roller shades, blinds and even Roman shades. The options are limitless. My only advice is to do what works for you and your space. If you choose to do blinds, there are many options to choose from. You can do the standard vinyl blinds or you can even upgrade to the wooden blinds. The choice is ultimately yours. But I would say that the wooden blinds definitely elevator space and make the space feel much more luxurious. S for window treatments and MySpace, I chose to flank each patio door with custom window treatments and S for Windows. I opted for the vinyl blinds just for privacy. Now that I've talked to your ear off about choosing the perfect furniture for your space. Let's go ahead and get into mood boarding. 4. Create Your Moodboard: Now that I've selected all of my furniture, we're gonna get into creating a realistic mood board. I say a realistic mood board because I want you to be very intentional about only adding the pieces that you intend to add into your space that are within your budget. Because we can sometimes create mood boards based upon fantasy and realized that the pieces we've added are actually quite unattainable for us when it comes to developing a mood board. I love to use Canva and that's just my personal preference. Don't feel as though you have to use that, but it's the easiest platform for me to use for this specific task. In order for you to set your mood board up for success, I will want you to gather all of the images. The images that you select should be images with minimal background. But don't worry if there are a few unsightly things within the image, we can definitely delete the background and the Canvas app. But the first thing that I love to do when I'm building a mood board is dropped. My main pieces of furniture. And so the mood board, of course, I'll start with the sofa accent chairs and area rug and build the space from there. You'll just simply start by selecting each item that you want to drop into Canva. And once the element is there, go ahead and hit edit image and actually hit background remover. Now we have a background that is transparent on our specific image. And so we can create a whole collage that is sort of 3D, but built here in the app. As you add the rest of the elements to the space, be sure to remove the background as well, because we want to remove as much background as possible so that we can actually put items on top of items and give you a much clear visual of what to expect from these items. Another thing that I love is the ability to flip the orientation of an image. And in my case, I have one image of the side chair. And so what I'm gonna do is flip the orientation of the side chair so that the psi chairs face one another. But initially, I had a full scale for all of the area rug. And so what I did was cut the area rug image in half and simply place the image underneath the sofa and the side chairs. And so right now my area rug is on top of the sofa and the chairs. So we're going to actually send that image to the back so that the sofa and the chairs are resting on top of the area rug. And that would actually give you that clear visual of what to expect when it's in your space. Let's go ahead and add our coffee table and our art work. So now we're going to add in our lighting to this mood board. And what I love to do is sometimes place it in the exact spot it will live in the room. But in this instance, I won't place it centered here because It's black, just as well as the artwork and you lose the sight of it. And so I'll place it off to either side, reduce the scale because again, we're just getting a sense of how everything feels here. Now that our work is placed on the mood board, Let's go ahead and add side tables and pillows on the sofa. Right? And so let's see, we have all of our furniture and everything here. And so I will also add our a couple of pieces of artwork here as well. As you can see now, the artwork is starting to feel good. It doesn't necessarily match with everything that's going on in the space. But again, artwork has to speak directly to you. Doesn't really have to match. As you can see here, I'm going to further reduce the size of my artwork because I would love to squeeze the image of my window treatment here as well. Mine more custom, so I don't necessarily have an image of it already ready to go. So I do have an image of the drapery that inspire the overall look. And as you see here, we don't have much room for that image. And so what we're gonna do is delete this image and make room on our mood board. We're going to pretty much resize all of the objects. Instead of re-sizing each element individually, we're gonna go ahead and group all of the objects in order to get all of these elements in a group, we're going to simply click and hold on this and select multiple and pretty much select every element that you would love to be locked in here together so that everything isn't shifting around once you bring in your artwork as it is now. Now you can simply reduce that entire group of images at one time. But I did miss one. And so we're going to simply go ahead and adjust that. Moving on over, no worries at all. And so now let's go ahead and drop our image of that window treatment and just place it off to the side. And that is essentially how you build a mood board and the way that I love to make them. But feel free to go as in-depth as you wish with this, add multiple pages at your accessories, at your plant and all of the other things that is going to help you envision what your space is going to look like before you even start to buy things. Because again, interior design is definitely a process that takes time. And so we wanna make sure that we're saving ourselves time and not having to reorder elements by adding everything into this mood board. Now that your mood board is successfully completed and you've downloaded the PDF from the Canvas app. Feel free to drop that PDF in the project gallery because I would love to see how you've implemented all of my mood board, tips and tricks. It's time to go ahead and order all of your furniture. I've already done so I have everything already. So let's go ahead and get all of our furniture and accessories and its rightful place so that you can see how I've brought my mood board to life. Let's head back to my living room. 5. Place Furniture: I always like to build my space, starting with the messiest things first. So let's go ahead and get the chandelier installed. Before I began to install the chandelier, I shut off the power and are also removed the ceiling plate that was already there. Now I'm gonna go ahead and connect the white wire with the white wire and the black wire with the black wire. And I'm also going to attach the ceiling brace that ensures that your chandelier would not come tumbling down if your wire's got disconnected somehow. Before I secure the chandelier to the ceiling, I'm gonna go ahead and turn on the power and give it a test. We want to make sure that your chandelier is properly installed before you secure it, because you don't want to do this backwards and end up having to remove the chandelier and re-install it. So simply turn on the power and installed one light bulb, give it a test. If your light bulb comes on, you're good to go ahead and continue installing your fixture. And if you're wondering why I'm wearing rubber gloves, it's because I don't want fingerprints on my fixture, nor do I want fingerprints on the light bulbs. The next thing that I'm going to install on my window treatments, I'm simply going to attach my window treatments to the ceiling mounted track using the returns and the clips that are attached to the curtains, I went with a ceiling mounted track instead of a traditional carbon rod because this look is much cleaner and gives you a much more tailored look. I chose to flank both patio doors with customers linen panels that are 106 inches tall and 70 inches wide. They also have a pinch pleaded header that makes the space feel much more tailored and refined. This is a task that could be done alone. But of course, if you have extra hands to people is great for this installation. To get this exact look and measure your space from Florida ceiling and subtract two inches. The two interests is actually the depth of the curtain track. Once you subtract the two inches, the number you're left with is the height of your panels. To decide on the width of your panels, always go two to 2.5 times the opening of your windows and doors or wherever space you'll be planning to cover. This not only ensures that the curtains are able to cover the entire window or space, but it makes for a much fuller window treatment when the panels are open. Now that the window treatments are installed, let's go ahead and bring in our area rug and our rug pad. When deciding on the size of your row of PAD, always go a few inches smaller than your area rug. I chose this specific area rug from our space because I wanted to bring in a bit more pattern and a subtle way, and I also wanted to bring in more rich textures. And so this area rug was the perfect way to do so. When placing your sofa into your living room never rested up against the wall. By moving your cell phone just a few inches away from the wall, you'll be created in a much more intimate and inviting environment. Also, always make sure at least the front legs of your sofa are on top of the area rug. It's time to bring in a side table. And this table is a DIY that I took on recently and I couldn't be more happy with it. Now, let's adjust our coffee table to make sure that it's 18 to 24 inches away from the sulfur. 18 to 24 inches specifically, because you always want your coffee table place close enough to the sulfur to ensure that you won't have to get off the sofa to grab a glass of water or grab your remote. Now, hockey table is in place. Let's go ahead and bring in the accident chairs. I placed the accent chairs on an angle so that when my guests are over, we can all converse in this space. I wanted to bring in color. And so these Accenture's was a really great way to do so without overwhelming the space with too much color. Now that all of the furniture is in its rightful place, let's go ahead and bring in the next layer, which will be our accessories. 6. Place Accessories : We've already placed our furniture and now it's time to bring in the next layer, which is accessories. And then the accessories phase is where your vision begins to truly come alive. And so let's head back downstairs. And the first thing we'll get into as placing artwork. When you're bringing in your accessories, always remember to do the messiest things first. So let's start with the art work. When you're installing your artwork, always ensure that you drilling directly into a stirred or that you're using or drywall screw for support. We always want to ensure that when installing things safely and properly the first time. And if you notice the sofa seem to sit relatively low within the space. Bringing it needs to large-scale pieces of art were the perfect way to close the gap from above the sofa to the top of the ceiling when you're installing artwork in your space, always remember to hang your artwork at eye level. Here on this wall, I'm installing two of my favorite pieces of art and my collection. Not only does these two pieces of art introduced more color within my space, they actually take up a nice amount of wall space here and adds to that visual interests to my space. But feel free to bring in pieces that truly speak to you. And keep in mind, artwork doesn't have to match your space as long as it feels good to you, It's great. When styling around coffee table such as this one. I like to break it into sections using my coffee table books and layer in other interesting objects at varying heights for maximum visual interests. And when you're shopping for coffee table books and accessories, only by the items that speak to your personality, your hobbies, and your overall interests. And most importantly, go ahead and edit some of your styling, play around, move some things around, take some things away because I want you to get an understanding of what an object does for that placement. Here on the floating shelves. I'm going to style my coffee table book collection because this is where my guests are going to get a better understanding of who I am without me having to speak. So you'll see me use design books, fashion books, art books, and also books that include a lot of history. Although my style and it's pretty minimal, feel free to go as bold as you like. This is where your personality is gonna speak. So of your book collector. Bring in books if you love plants and candles, bring in plants and candles so that when you're enjoying your space, all of these items will speak to you and spark joy. Let's move on to bring it into plants. The first plan on placing here in this corner is actually my largest planet. I have about 36 inches in this corner simply because on the opposite wall, that's where the door to the garage is. After placing the largest planet in this corner, I realized that we still had a nice amount of space to play with. And so my snake plant was the perfect short plant to introduce right here in this specific space to really create a really cozy vignette here on the opposite side of the sofa. You'll notice that we did not place a side table there. We needed to find a way to break up the space. And so I introduced another tall plant. After placing that plant, you'll see that the living area is now separate from the dining area. Always be sure to assess the level of light that your space gets. And also be sure to educate yourself on a specific plant needs, such as watering light levels, because we want our plants to live within our space for years to come. While I personally prefer live plants, if you don't feel too confident about keeping them alive, you can find some really awesome full plants, or you could even use flowers to bring that same vibe that the plants we're bringing. Alright, so the room was perfectly styled, everything is in its place and we're done. 7. Demetrius's Reveal: Now that the space is all styled and we've applied all of the design principles from this course. Look at the space. It looks so different. Everything is layered to perfection. Starting with the artwork, this artwork was a really nice play. Black and white to really carry that theme throughout the entire space and also add that visual height in this space. The other element I'm really loving is the chandelier. Look how dramatic and made the space and it adds so much drama and visual interest to this wide floor plan. Now, other dramatic element in the space or the window treatments. These specific window treatments where customer they are actually a 106 inches tall and 70 inches wide. I chose 70 inch wide curtains because I wanted them to be able to flank pass the inset of this window while also having enough space to close completely. While I chose these specific window treatments for MySpace, I highly encourage you to find window treatments that are gonna be perfect for your space because window treatments are not one size fit all and they do make the difference in the space on this side of the room. I actually chose to hang two of my favorite art pieces that have been in my collection for quite some time. I've mounted these two pieces of art here in this corner. Because if you remember on the other side of the room we have all of the tall plants. And so I want to decide to feel symmetrical and actually feel well balanced in here. Remember, at first there was no art work and of course the shelves were empty. And now you can see that I've styled my shelves in a way that really speaks to me because I really loved to collect design books, fashion books, and just overall lifestyle books that encourage folks to just pick this up and get inspired. And then I also carried the black and white thing that had been flowing throughout the space. I chose this really nice black and white piece of art, but it's majority black, which adds a great deal of dominance on this wall and also contrast that really plays off these white walls. I encourage you to dive a little bit deeper and figure out what you really love. Introduce your hobbies into your space, and find those little ways to truly express yourself through the items around your home. My other favorite element in this space is certainly the sofa. The depth is perfect and it has just the right amount of cushion to where I can sit here and be upright, converse with my guest, or choose to watch TV without feeling like I'm sinking into the sofa and of course the pillows. When it comes to pillows, I'm obsessed with a downfield insert. So if you want this chopping look, always go for a downfield answer. That is my space and I cannot wait to see how you've implemented all of these tips and tricks into your space. So take photos and be sure to drop them in the project gallery. And I cannot wait to see you. 8. Final Thoughts: Congratulations, you've made it to the end of the class and I'm super excited to see all of the work that you guys are doing and are going to continue to be doing in your space. So feel free to drop those photos and the project gallery. And if you need to contact me with any questions about any design dilemmas or anything design-related. Feel free to drop those comments and questions below, and I'll be sure to get back with you. We've learned so much in this class from auditing your space, creating mood boards, installing your furniture all the way to place an accessories. And I cannot wait to see what you create. I hope you have so much fun with the rest of the design process, and I'll see you later.