Designer insights with Barbara Hiatt

Barbara Hiatt is a design and DIY blogger, decorating on a budget and sharing her creations on Chase The Star, based in California. Barbara adores thrift stores and also loves the feeling of making furniture herself, and sharing her creations. More than anything she is passionate about being creative; painting, building and up-cycling. With each project she aims to transform her family home one step at a time. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Barbara Hiatt.

Designer Insights - Barbara Hiatt

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

My style varies. Whether I’m in the mood for modern, country, contemporary, or classic, the lines are always blurred and there are crossover elements of multiple styles in every space I create.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

I need to see it on a smaller scale. I usually print out informal pictures of the space, and draw furniture placement, anchor pieces, accessories, etc. It helps me to visualize what the end result will be, and on occasion save me from making a design mistake.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

I am inspired by so many. I respect and admire those that aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, have a vision, and do what it takes to execute it.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

I look for inspiration in the unexpected. Whether it be a small object at a second hand store, or a vast outdoor space. If it triggers a design idea, I tend to go with it.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps? 

My career is always evolving, but my focus has been creating a comfortable and stylish home that my family loves to ‘live’ in. Advice: Being an individual is so important in such a saturated market. Don’t be afraid to stand out and always remember you may not have the skill set to succeed in one area, but you are talented in others. Focus on what you’re good at, and overall the adage rings true—be true to yourself.