“Sometimes we get in a rut. By giving our home a mini-facelift, it makes you proud of it,” said Fishburne, a Smyrna resident who graduated from University of Georgia with and interior design degree and focus in textiles. For eight years, she worked with a design firm in Atlanta before joining The Home Depot where she has been employed for nine years.
“Sometimes we neglect a room because we don’t know what to do with it. To tackle the whole house at the same time gets to be overwhelming. So pick your battles. Pick your main projects,” said Fishburne, a world traveler, lover of fashion, and award-winning designer. She has been featured on several national channels such as HGTV, HLN, and Home Depot’s YouTube channel instructing on subjects like do-it-yourself painting, kitchen and bath design, lighting and more.
Scouring the globe for The Home Depot in order to forecast top trends in home décor, Fishburne and her team keep abreast of what is new in the world of décor and design by working with style icons like Martha Stewart.
The Home Depot’s top designer finds inspiration from most anything such as the print of a sweater to the color of a bridge in Paris.
“Anything that’s visual is all tied together,” she said.
“I’m definitely someone who is inspired by multiple things. I’m inspired by the great masters. I love local boutiques. I love fashion. I’m very inspired by local artists. I love the story behind the emerging artists in the Southeast,” she said.
Fishburne offers inspiration to those who want to refresh their home and make it more inviting. Free weekly home improvement workshops are offered in store at The Home Depot, making most undertakings accessible do-it-yourself projects.
1. Paint is an easy solution to give a room a whole new feel.
“Paint is the easiest thing to do and you get the most credit right away from a room, ceiling, trim, shutters, lamps, or a piece of furniture. It’s an easy day project to take on. It doesn’t have to be a whole room. It can be as easy as changing the front door color or painting a ceiling,” Fishburne said.
“I always recommend that people have fun with paint. I always encourage people to look at different things they can paint. It’s an affordable, easy, do-it-yourself project,” she said.
2. New hardware can give the kitchen or bathroom an updated feel.
“Not everyone can afford to redo their kitchen all at once. But you can update your hardware. It’s the jewelry of the room. New knobs or pulls can make it feel different. A new style or new finish color can make it really unique and fresh,” Fishburne said.
3. A new backsplash is an easy way to freshen up a room.
Fishburne recommends using SimpleMat, an easy do-it-yourself way to install tile on backsplashes, countertops and shower walls. The (SimpleMat) product replaces traditional adhesive or mortar application and can be used with ceramic, porcelain, stone and some glass and mosaic tiles. SimpleMat can be used with a premixed grout.
4. Changing lighting fixtures or shades inside and outside is an easy way to update and enhance the home’s appeal.
5. Rugs, especially indoor/outdoor rugs, are an affordable way to update the home.
“You can take (indoor/outdoor rugs) outside and hose them off. It gives you the luxury of being able to clean it in a home with children and pets,” Fishburne said.
6. Live plants add energy to a room.
“By bringing in some live plants in beautiful pots makes you feel revived. It’s nice to come home to some real greenery in the master, in the kitchen, living room table or foyer. It’s gives something very inviting, something natural to look at,” Fishburne said.
For more ideas and classes on updating the home check workshops.homedepot.com.