Compass Homes, your Columbus custom home builders, is excited to bring you a Parade Home like no other in 2016. We are always thinking of ways to motivate & inspire people, and our partnership with multiple central Ohio designers should do just that!
We are excited to profile local designer, Ruthanne Hanlon. We asked Ruthanne a few questions so that you can get to know her design style & know what to look for in the Parade of Homes this year!
How long have you been in the field of design?
I’ve been in the field of design since 1994, after graduating from Villa Maria College in upstate New York.
What was your very first project?
When I was about 10 years old, I drew a shape of my sister’s & my bedroom and cut out shapes of our furniture so she & I, who were always feuding about space & organization, could rearrange our room without actually having to move furniture. Little did I know that was a floor plan. Unfortunately it wasn’t to scale so we ended up moving the furniture many times anyway.
What inspires you?
Nature inspires me. The colors, textures, and most importantly, lighting, always catch my attention and inspire design ideas.
What do you believe is good design?
Good design uses spaces that are tailored to those who live in them, regardless of trends & mainstream thoughts. Everyone has different tastes, preferences, and lifestyles. Our homes should reflect that and make us feel good as soon as we walk in the door.
Where is your favorite place to shop or get ideas?
Antique shops are my favorite places because I like unique, one of a kind items with a history. Color trends have changed so much throughout the years that it’s always interesting to see those palettes and how they were utilized.
Why did you decide to participate in the 2016 Parade of Homes?
Compass Homes builds such a beautiful home and Pamela & Chad are so great to work with. It’s exciting to showcase new ideas and inspire those who attend.
What are you most looking forward to designing for this year’s Parade of Homes?
I’m looking forward to all aspects but especially the bedrooms, to try and come up with something unique & inspiring!
What are the hot colors/design trends for 2016?
Gray continues to dominate and there’s a healthy balance of both energetic, bold color combinations & soothing, serene, muted pastels. It’ll be interesting to see which trends are showcased at this Parade of Homes.
Any other information you want to share with us?
I can’t stress enough how important it is to design & decorate your spaces so that they appeal to you, your family, and how you live in these rooms. The gorgeous photos you see in magazines are beautiful but only if they suit your taste. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain and create an oasis that speaks to your soul. Be yourself and follow your own design path.