Here at Floor Coverings International Lawrenceville, we are privileged to interview some of America’s leading designers and bloggers as part of our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Our goal is to give our readers valuable design advice they can apply to their own homes. In our latest interview, we are pleased to introduce Georgia’s own Sarah of The Ugly Duckling House. You can follow Sarah on BlogLovin, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Ugly Duckling House

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve been remodeling my 1980s eyesore of a home for a little over six years — and usually, it’s without a helping hand. I consider myself a “power tool addict,” but I mostly talk about my own experiences with learning how to remodel by myself and on a limited budget, which a lot of my readers seem to relate to.

Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?

I read a lot of DIY blogs when I first bought my home, and I realized that the stories I’d been telling my friends might actually be funny and interesting enough to tell others about online. I try to focus on the humor of what remodeling is really like; HGTV makes it look way too easy, and I enjoy giving everyone a peek behind the curtain, so to speak. The connections I’ve made have changed my whole life — career and all!

How would you describe your design style?

Honestly, I’d call it “clusterf*ck chic” if I were allowed to put that in print whenever I’m asked! But really, I like clean lines and bold colors with a little vintage thrown in. I dislike the shabby chic trend, but a little “something old” keeps the house from looking like an Ikea catalog (no offense to the Ikea gods… I love them!).

Where do you find most of your inspiration?

Atlanta has little pockets of neighborhoods that never stay the same, so it’s fun to hop around and get inspired. Store displays, fashion, fellow bloggers, Instagram, and even a visit to the hardware store can give me a pattern idea if I squint my eyes and tilt my head just so. Then, of course, there’s Pinterest.

Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.

My kitchen makeover was many years in the making, and there’s still more yet to do, but it’s really come a long way! I painted the cabinets, replaced the countertops, added a new sink, installed a backsplash… the list goes on. And I’m pretty proud of how most of the work was created from my own hands.

Before:

Ugly Duckling House

After (still in progress):

Ugly Duckling House