Starting a design project can be a daunting task if you dive in without a plan of some kind to guide your efforts. Whether you are redesigning a room, an existing home, or building a new home, this series of blog posts are the same not matter what the size your project. If you fallow my step by step process it will help guide you thru the process and let you keep your sanity at a reasonable level.
Sometimes the hardest part of designing your home is knowing what you design preferences are. Even when we have a picture in our head, it can be difficult to translate it into the physical product.
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It is the home owners job to do this research. Look through websites like Pinterest and Houzz, and browse magazines like veranda, southern living and architectural digest for ideas and inspirations. Then it is important to put these images in a file either on your computer or in a hard file folder. I actually recommend doing both. The physical file folder is sometimes easier to have on hand as you are working through your project, but both are crucial.
A physical vision board is important to have when you are meeting with the various professionals that you will be hiring to help you with your project. Doing your homework ahead of time will save you a lot of time and frustration during the process of your project. You need have an organized collection of pictures to show the people that are helping make you visions come to light.
These are the labels that you will want to put in your file. You may need to add categories to this based on special rooms and features your home has. An example being if you have an indoor swimming pool, you will need to add it into the file and probably need to have a second or third file folder. If your home is larger than normal I would suggest you get three folders.
- Dining room
- Powder room
- Living room
- Family room
- Master bedroom
- Master bathroom
- Master closet
- Home theater
- Paint colors
- Organizational gadgets
- Ceiling techniques
- Architectural features
- Flooring ideas
- Light fixtures
- Doors and Windows
- Exterior buildings (sheds, carrage house,
- Outdoor furnishings
How I use my clients vision board
As an interior designer, I look through all of the pictures that my clients provide me and I pick out the items and themes that are consistent in the collection of pictures. Example: if I am designing a kitchen and my client provides me with 20 inspiration pictures from their vision board and if 4 out of every five have dark wood floors and painted cabinets, I make note of it. The next thing I look for is if the color palette; is it predominately cool colors or warm colors? Then I look for a consistent theme that they are leaning towards. Sometimes my client knows their theme, and sometimes they do not.
You do not need to know the theme of your home to put a good vision board together. The theme gets sorted out in the next chapter. You may need help coming up with that theme,because a lot of themes tend to overlap. Do not feel bad if you feel like you need help. As an interior designer I can put together a stunning home, but I always told my clients that I was the perfect candidate for that show "What Not to Wear". I am so busy keeping up with my career that I had little time to study fashion design too. It's only been recently that I made my fashion sense just as important as my design sense.
When choosing the pictures, be sure to keep in mind that you are collecting general styles that appeal to you. Make sure it is not the architecture of the space that you are in love with unless you are building a new home and have a substantial budget. Every home can be made beautiful and can be done with the space you already have, but adding in all of the architectural features can become cost prohibitive or space prohibitive.
HGTV can be a thorn in designers sides. The costs stated in a lot of the shows are not the actual price to a normal consumer. A lot of times the quoted prices do not include any of the labor to do the projects. General rule of thumb is whatever the cost is for materials, double it and now you have the full picture. That being said, since HGTV has become so popular, I am finding that more people willing to spend the money on luxuriant living spaces. Our moto at Posh Places is, "We are not just selling you furnishings, we are creating your life style".
See you next time!
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Interior Design/ President