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Design Solutions makes decorating easy
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Design Solutions is a new boutique in downtown Turlock that offers both one-on-one interior design consultations and home dcor items. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

Type of Business: Interior retail and professional services


Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Location: 121 W. Main St. Suite B (Located inside Inspirations salon)


Contact Information: 209-277-7888


Specialty: Home décor


Interior design can be tricky. Between the arrangement of furniture, organization of knick-knacks and placement of throw pillows, the options may seem limitless and exhausting. Luckily, those looking for home décor help now have a friend in Design Solutions, an interior retail boutique that also offers one-on-one design consultations.


Lupe Johnson originally established Design Solutions in 2007 as a design consulting business. When the opportunity to open up a storefront presented itself, it was one that Johnson, along with her daughter Melinda Anderson, couldn’t pass up.


“We wanted to create a space that would be enjoyable to be at, where my mom could meet with clients and provide a beautiful environment,” said Anderson.


Design Solutions is located inside Inspirations Salon in downtown Turlock. The salon is just one of many spaces where Johnson has lent her design expertise. Services provided when booking a design consultation with Johnson can include finishes and fixture selection, space planning and home accessorizing.


Along with design consultations, which range from commercial to residential spaces, Design Solutions offers items for customers to put their own design skills to the test, including tables, glassware, lighting fixtures, wall art and floral arrangements.


Johnson frequently travels to the Las Vegas Market to select items for the boutique, ensuring that each piece in the store is unique. Whether a home’s décor resembles a coastal, country or contemporary theme, Design Solutions aims to provide something for everybody.


“Whatever the style is, you can find pieces in here that work for you,” said Anderson. “We really wanted it to be that no matter what your design style for your personal home is, everything we have is neutral enough that you can come in and say, ‘Okay, that will work in my place.’”


There are only a select few of each piece in the store, however, and once a specific item is sold out, it often is not restocked.


“I think it’s fun,” said Anderson. “There’s only a select few of the different pieces, and you want something in your house that no one else is going to be able to get.”


Though the store currently reflects a summer decorating style, Anderson explained that the boutique’s items will change with the seasons. Anderson hopes that the store’s displays will provide inspiration for others when decorating their homes, especially during the holidays.


In addition to interior design pieces, the boutique also sells jewelry, Archipelago candles and skin care items. The boutique also plans to host decorating workshops in the future; Anderson encourages anyone interested in more information to join the boutique’s mailing list, which can be done on their website.


“We want everyone to feel welcome,” she said. “You don’t even have to buy anything; you can just come in and visit.”


Information on design consultations can be found at the boutique, or online at