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A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that interior design has to follow a structured set of rules. But great interior design is more art than science – and like works of art, the homes that stand the test of time are those that break the rules. Your home is where you cook, clean, laugh, live, gather, host, feast, reflect, and refresh. The way it’s designed should make those things easier for your family – and, most importantly, it should make you happy.
For your next design project, get a little rebellious. To help you get inspired, here are some of our favorite ways that clients have said goodbye to rules and hello to happiness in their home design:
Adjacent spaces for uninterrupted family time: With one continuous, open space from the living room to the kitchen, this design uses layering to create warmth while ensuring that the family can comfortably spend time together even while doing different activities.
Reimagined rooms: For this client, a formal dining room fit for large gatherings was not a necessity; so instead, we created a more intimate dining space (with gorgeous views!) in a screened porch.
Fancy and functional: This client dreamed of an elegant, high-end kitchen – but with three little boys, durability was a top priority. Gorgeous faux leather bar stools and stunning quartzite countertops are just two of the ways we were able to blend luxury and long-lasting materials.
Inspiration front and center: When something makes your family feel inspired, it belongs front and center. For this family of art-lovers, we commissioned a breathtaking 10-foot painting from Ted Collier and used it to create a living space that is equal parts functional and inspirational.
The things that make us unique are the things that make life interesting; put your family’s creativity on display by breaking the rules in your home’s design. Need help wrangling your ideas into a cohesive vision? We’re here to help!



We’ve been busy creating a new master suite, kitchen, and bar for the Highland project. A black, white, and gray color palette creates a seamless sense of flow between the master bathroom (with newly installed shower tile from Virginia Tile and sleek vanity cabinetry from Beck Allen) and the master bedroom. And, this recent snapshot of the Global Granite & Marble giotto quartzite we’ll be using for the kitchen counter and bar gets us excited about installing this stunning statement piece for entertaining.


There may not be one defined set of rules in interior design, but there are a few common elements that determine the success of your project:
  • Trust the process: While the last step in the design journey may feel like the most exciting, every step is equally important. From your initial conversation to celebrating the final result, make sure you understand how each part of the process impacts your end result.
  • Find a designer you click with: You and your designer will be collaborating throughout your entire design process, so they should be someone with whom you’re comfortable. If you wouldn’t want to have a cup of coffee or a cocktail with them, it’s probably not the right fit.
Want to know what other ingredients make for an awesome interior design project (and process)? Read our latest blog post!


Learn about the link between organization and mental health in April’s feature in Abode Magazine

Take a deep dive into the ADJ client onboarding process by listening to April’s conversation with LuAnn Nigara on the A Well-Designed Business podcast

Wishing you health in beautiful spaces,


ADJ Interiors LLC | 314.230.9099 | 2800 S. Brentwood Floor 3 St. Louis, MO 63144
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