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How to Add Design Personality to a New Build on a Budget

Uncover how interior designer Amber Guyton added style and personality to a newly built Atlanta Craftsman without blowing her clients' budget.

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How to Give Your New Build a Stylish Upgrade

Adding personality to a new build while sticking to a budget can be challenging, but interior design firm Blessed Little Bungalow proves it’s possible in this newly built Atlanta Craftsman. Click through to see designer tips for bringing a unique and memorable personality to the blank surface of a new build.

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Designer's Finance Background Serves Her Clients' Budgets

Amber Guyton, Blessed Little Bungalow’s founder, is a former financial technology professional turned full-time interior designer who believes “loving your home shouldn’t require spending a fortune."

"Because of my career background working in financial services and my own personal journey paying off debt and building financial freedom, it's important to me for clients not to overextend their budgets or feel pressure or buyer's remorse when furnishing their home,” she says.

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Newlyweds Saw the Value in Hiring an Interior Designer to Outfit Their New Build

Blessed Little Bungalow's clients for the Atlanta Craftsman were newlyweds Shani and Greg, who had just begun building their first home when they met Amber through friends. Thinking about hiring an interior designer for your own room or whole-home project? Personal recommendations can also be the best when deciding if a designer can deliver results on budget.

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It Pays to Start Early and Have Your Designer Collaborate With Your Builder

"Initially, I helped the clients select their design finishes with the builder, which included everything from interior paint colors, cabinetry, lighting and plumbing fixtures, countertops, tile and built-ins," explains Amber. "Once all of these elements were decided on, I selected all of the furniture and decor in each room of the home." This turned the once-blank slate into a warm and inviting home filled with color, texture and visually intriguing details.

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