Easy Reading: Design Expert Elaine Reeder Shares Insider Tips

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Elaine Reeder, the interior designer for the stunning Southern Traditions Homes at this year’s Richmond Homearama at Hallsley, is no stranger to the warehouses of Green Front Furniture. Reeder is an expert in creating stylish, beautiful interiors using Green Front’s massive selection. Here are a few of her best tips and tricks for creating a home-show-worthy look of your own.

Find Your Inspiration

Finding what speaks to you is essential.

For, Reeder, it’s nature. “This year’s Homearama house is called Nantucket South. It’s our take on coastal farmhouse. My colors are the colors of the sea: grey, blues and greens,” Reeder says. “I was able to find white wood furniture along with grey pieces, like the linen family room sectional at Greenfront.”  

“The blue wicker chairs were a special find,” she adds.

Get Smart about Style

A room can be trendy and modern and still functional and fully lived in.

To get an updated look Reeder recommends classic basic furnishings, like a simple sofa, with added accent pieces in a variety of textures. “Anything with a reclaimed wood look, like farm tables and coffee tables, is very in right now, especially when paired with more modern, clean-lined, pieces,” she says. “Creative storage such as bench seats with storage underneath are great solutions for clutter and can function as additional seating.”

Find a Green Front Friend

Green Front Sales Associates Cindy and Julie
Green Front Sales Associates Cindy and Julie

The number one piece of advice Reeder has for visitors is to rely on the expertise of Green Front’s experienced sales staff who are familiar with the huge selection. Reeder works closely with Hollie Hogan to gather the pieces for Homearama.

“Speak with an associate and let them know what you’re looking for,” Reeder says. “Green Front is a huge place and they can direct you to the right building as well as help locate the specific items you need.” She also suggests a weekday visit over the extreme hustle and bustle of a Saturday.

Make sure to visit this year’s 2016 Homearama at Hallsley to see Elaine’s work. You can find out more about Elaine and Southern Tradition Homes or contact her via email ereeder@southerntraditionshomes.com or by calling 804-516-9908.