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Michele Latham

Michele Latham

Michele always knew she wanted to be an interior designer. She has a bachelor’s degree in in design from the University of Northern Iowa and understands the history of interiors and the styles and eras that have evolved throughout time. She has been a designer at Montgomery’s since 2013.

Michele tends to gravitate toward a global, transitional, eclectic look. “I like color and high contrast,” she says. “I like to have some fun, unique items throughout and I love natural elements such as raw woods and metals.

For inspiration, Michele most often turns to Pinterest. “If I need to see what something looks like, a corner fireplace or small nook area, for instance, then I go there to see if I can find a layout that I have in mind, but need to see in use.”

But she’s just as inspired by a walk around Montgomery’s. “The store, the designers, the looks we carry – it’s all so inspiring,” she says. “I also love to look through our catalogues and websites.”

But her favorite aspect of her work is meeting new people with tastes different than her own, yet still being able to use her knowledge to revamp their spaces.

“I want to give my customers the best I can and I respect their budget,” Michele says. “I want to give them a functional, yet beautiful space that they love.”

Michele Latham has no shortage of design tips to share:

  • Use greenery – it always warms a space.
  • Hang art at eye level.
  • Stay classic on the big items or the more expensive items. They can’t be changed as often.
  • White ceilings keep a room fresh. Paint an accent wall or a tray ceiling to add interest to a room.
  • Windows always need treatments.
  • Wallpaper looks great in a powder room.

Michele has one tip, however, that supersedes the rest. “Be true to you and don’t follow the bandwagon,” she says. “Not everyone needs to live in a world of gray tones!”

A beautifully designed home, after all, should reflect its owners and the memories they’ve made – not whatever is trending today. “I like classic pieces to be the staple of the space and have some fun, trendy, stylish items throughout,” she says.