Meet Kelley Hughes! The beauty behind AesthetiKHs and a creative living and working in Grand Rapids, MI. Originally from Detroit, she moved to Grand Rapids for college and graduate school and never left. She lives here with her sweet beagle, Harper (I might be a little bit biased). She loves Disney World, vintage Louis Vuitton, playing bingo and margaritas/pizza (but maybe not at the same time). She is a firm believer that an environment's aesthetic can enrich your life- enjoying a beautiful experience, surrounding yourself with things you love, or creating a mood that is inherently "you". She is a master in the way of interior design, styling, merchandising, event coordination and creative directing. I've been a long time admirer of Kelley's and excited to share her downtown apartment and share about all things interiors and great aesthetic.
What made you want to move downtown?
I wanted to move downtown to be a little more part of the action... and for air conditioning! Haha. I am too boujee now that I am 30 and need modern amenities. I lived it two older historic homes, and while I loved the character and charm, I wanted to try something different. I still mix the modern and vintage elements into my space now, though, and it works! My dog also LOVES the huge windows and keeps an eye on the city all day and night (especially the bar-goers on the weekends).
How would you describe the style you're trying to achieve in your home?
I still use a mix of modern and vintage, but I like to make it feel more like a boutique hotel. I work a lot, so I wanted my home- especially my bedroom- to feel very zen-like, but with character.
What’s your favorite piece of furniture in your apartment?
My bookshelf, burl veneer and clear acrylic goodness. I bought this from a 27th floor apartment in Chicago via Craigslist. It was such a feat getting it out of there and back to Grand Rapids, but I'll never sell it!
What does a good aesthetic mean too you? What do you want people to feel when they enter your home?
It doesn't matter whether you are a minimalist or a maximalist, you can have a good aesthetic. It's just a matter of having a space that feels balanced (adheres to some rules- ie: proper rug size), sense of personal style (throwing away the boring rules), and feels inviting. I believe that a room should be used- nothing is off limits for my dog, for example, but it can still be beautiful AND functional.
What’s your favorite part of designing?
Solving problems with beauty.
What are 2 major changes you can do in a rental that will make the biggest impact?
Paint the walls white if you can (gives you more options to show off your creativity in furniture/art/etc.) and plants! Also, remember to pick a place with good windows/lighting. Nothing looks good under yellow boob lamps.
Top 3 places you are loving in GR right now?
AK RIKKS (yay!), Citizen, and the Amway Grand Fitness Center (workouts feel like Im on vacation).