Photography courtesy of A Well Dressed Home.

Emily Hewettt, an interior designer with more than 15 years of experience, is passionate about transforming passé spaces into refined, family-functional sanctuaries. She is known for creating timeless plans while incorporating the latest trends. Hewett, who launched A Well Dressed Home in 2010, is a mom and wife. She’s been married to Chris for 10 years, and they have 7-year-old twins, Beckham and Stella.

Here are her design tips:

  1. Scale is important. Make sure your furniture, rugs and artwork are appropriately sized.
  2. Utilize your ceiling to do something unexpected, including investing in light fixtures.
  3. Classic is always in style. For example, white kitchens.
  4. Invest in fabrics. Be sure your spaces are livable and family friendly.
  5. Don’t be afraid to make a statement with bold paint.
  6. Splurge on a piece you love, and it will live with you forever.
  7. Make windows look bigger by hanging your drapes to the ceiling.
  8. Mix your metals. Not everything has to match.