About Rita Wilkins

Rita Wilkins, also known as “The Downsizing Designer,” is a nationally recognized interior design and lifestyle design expert, TEDx speaker, and author of Downsize Your Life, Upgrade Your Lifestyle: Secrets to More Time, Money and Freedom

6 Important Tips You Should Know Prior to Undertaking a Big Renovation

Practical advice to anyone considering a kitchen renovation There’s probably no renovation you can undertake that is more disruptive and inconvenient than a kitchen renovation. “After all, it is the heart of the home” … The hub is not just for cooking, but also for Hanging out Eating Working Entertaining Snacking Homework Seating And engaging in [...]

By |2021-01-12T14:04:42+00:00November 17th, 2020|Kitchen renovation, Lighting, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 6 Important Tips You Should Know Prior to Undertaking a Big Renovation

Do You Have a Love Hate Relationship With Your Bathroom?

How to fall in love (with your bathroom)? Hi, I'm Rita Wilkins, also known as the downsizing designer. Do you have a love-hate relationship with your bathroom? And would you like to fall in love with your bathroom all over again? As an interior designer for over 35 years, we've done bathrooms and kitchens and [...]

By |2021-01-14T11:14:36+00:00October 30th, 2020|Bathroom Remodel, Construction, Interior design, Interiors, Renovation, Residential|Comments Off on Do You Have a Love Hate Relationship With Your Bathroom?

Downsize by Decluttering

Downsizing is on the minds of many Americans…especially now! And, particularly with Baby Boomers who are or will become empty nesters in the not too distant future. With fewer day-to-day responsibilities, they’ve suddenly discovered more time and freedom to pursue interests that have been put on the back burner. And, even if you’re not a [...]

Considering Downsizing?

      Hi, I'm Rita Wilkins, also known as the downsizing designer. Are you considering downsizing? You know, due to the pandemic, our lives have changed so drastically and many people are seriously considering renovations to their homes or looking for another type of home that will serve them better. And in many cases, [...]

By |2020-09-15T19:52:35+00:00September 15th, 2020|downsizing|Comments Off on Considering Downsizing?

Do You Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Your Bathroom?

Do You Want to Fall in Love All Over Again? By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer It might surprise you, but according to a survey by “Bathroom Habits,” the average American spends: 3o minutes each day in the bathroom. 182 hours each year. And, that’s just the average! And, that’s a whole lot of time [...]

By |2021-02-01T12:27:57+00:00September 1st, 2020|A Peak into Your Good Life, Baby Boomers, Bathroom Remodel, Decorating, Design, design trends, Home Decorating, Interior design, Interiors, Renovation, Residential, Space Planning, trending|Comments Off on Do You Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Your Bathroom?

22 Steps to Downsize Your Stress and Upgrade Your Kitchen Design Success

Hi, I'm Rita Wilkins, also known as the downsizing designer. Today I'm out here, right near boathouse row in Philadelphia. I don't know if you've ever been there but it's such a gorgeous day to be right here near the water. And I wanted to shoot a quick video about something that might be helpful [...]

By |2020-08-11T19:28:34+00:00August 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 22 Steps to Downsize Your Stress and Upgrade Your Kitchen Design Success

Doing a Kitchen Renovation? Avoid Costly Mistakes and Unnecessary Stress

During the last 36 years, I have designed well over 350 kitchens. Like anything else that you have done many times, you create a process that works, and then over time, you refine it and streamline it to make it even more effective. As a designer, and as a trusted advisor to my clients, my [...]

By |2020-08-05T13:44:03+00:00July 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Doing a Kitchen Renovation? Avoid Costly Mistakes and Unnecessary Stress

The Downsizing Designer’s Top 5 Secrets to Designing a Timeless Kitchen… One That You Will Love For Years to Come

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer When you start thinking about designing your kitchen, it’s smart to go to Houzz, Pinterest, Google, and kitchen remodeling magazines to see the new ideas, trends, and looks in kitchen design.  But a kitchen remodel or renovation can be one of the most expensive projects you will undertake as [...]

By |2021-01-27T19:53:39+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Countertops, how to utilize space in your house, Interior design, Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen renovation, Space Planning|Comments Off on The Downsizing Designer’s Top 5 Secrets to Designing a Timeless Kitchen… One That You Will Love For Years to Come

How Will COVID Change Home Design? Now and in the Future?

The quarantine and extended periods of time at home has forced us to see our own homes through a new set of eyes. It has unmasked flaws in our current home designs and layouts. It has exposed what works and doesn’t work given the radical shift in the way we must now live, work and [...]

By |2020-07-22T14:08:49+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Will COVID Change Home Design? Now and in the Future?

Is It Time… to Just Get it Done?

Is there a particular area of your home that you simply ignore because it’s so cluttered and you have no idea where to begin? It might be a closet, a storage area, a cabinet or some drawers you dread thinking about because it’s been that way for a while and it make you feel guilty.  [...]

By |2020-07-21T14:44:13+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is It Time… to Just Get it Done?

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