Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
I believe that all building and design projects start out with good intentions. But good intentions never got me where I wanted to go. I have found that many good folks with good intentions fail at design because they haven't established a set of boundaries, don't have a clear plan or they are too overwhelmed. if you don't have a clear vision or a shared vision of what you're trying to create, a stressful time can quickly turn into a project that is stuck and can't move forward, or is full of design regrets and broken relationships. I believe that design done right, is a fun adventure that enhances your relationships at home and blesses those who work with you and I also believe every successful design should begin not only with a plan but also a shared vision of every couple's unique style.
In the project I am sharing today, the couple had different points of view about style and thought they had plenty of time to make color and finish selections later in the design process. They were also relying heavily on their well-respected General Contractor to guide them as they went but because of lack of a design plan and a shared overall vision, things started going south soon after their design project began.
In an effort to help them, their Contractor hired an interior designer. But, the designer quickly discerned that the couple were not united in their vision and instead of making the problem smaller, it grew into massive proportions. Then the usual 'construction stress' quickly escalated into feeling; bullied, confused, chaotic and cornered. To make matters even worse relationships started to suffer, lines were drawn, sides were taken and little mistakes began to snowball into potential massive regrets, and that dream for a happy home was looking more like a potential nightmare - I mean - who wants to be held hostage by ugly in their own home!
But luckily this couple had a friend that referred them to me because they understood that if they didn't take ownership and control over their unique design aesthetic it would affect not only how they feel every time they walk into the home but also every other design decision they make from now on as long as they live there! Yes you may quote me!
Now I'm not going to bad mouth another designer (heaven knows we've had enough hate and negativity lately trying to distract us) instead I'm going to share with you how I do things differently.
My initial process for creating and designing great homes is not the same service you'll find just anywhere. It is collaborative, educational, fun, and client focused. It begins with a starting point that leads to solutions not additional stress. I call this product Designer Download & Discovery because it helps you discover what truly inspires you and then makes sense out of all the information.
First, I focus on my client and I listen to their needs, wants, dreams and limitations and then I interpret those needs by bringing my expertise to the table. Then if needed I can also help them translate those dreams into reality. I'm not an ego driven designer instead I'm a facilitator and guide between my client their ideas and their goals.
I ask my client if they have done any research on inspirational images they like. Sometimes they already have a collection of interior photos and will send me a link to their online houzz or pinterest boards but often, they have no desire to get lost in the rabbit holes of either platforms and need a different, quicker and easier approach to discovering their style - one that reflects their personality, values and interests.
So, to help my clients save money on design fees, I may ask them to participate in the design process.
Depending on how much you can participate in the design process, your homework could look like this:
I've found that many people get overwhelmed in design clutter so I've created an email design course that walks you though discovering your own unique design aesthetic. When this homework is done, we schedule a design work meeting where I share my analysis and explain how to create a cohesive plan from the information they've provide to me.
We could also discuss practical information. For example..what else is going in the room (don't forget to tell me about Granny's cupboard and collection of dishes!). And How is the space going to be used?
I explain how to equitably combine styles and set up the design parameters so their space looks cohesive and makes sense so they can confidently make design decisions and aren't overwhelmed.
Below is an example of the client's color palette after participating in the 'Design Discovery' program. This is very important because every design decision you make limits your options for the other design decisions yet to be made.
Below is the Overall Color Direction or Concept (vision) Board.
When we are finished with this design work session, the client feels empowered instead of overwhelmed and can confidently move forward and quickly make design decisions that make sense. They know what they want and where they're going and can make the rest of their design decisions together as a couple - indivisible, professional, united - without the pressure of biased opinions or be influenced by someone who doesn't have their best interests at heart or doesn't have the time to discover what they truly want and need.
They know their home will reflect them and not someone else so that when they come home after a hard days work, they'll walk into a space that supports their emotional needs, and not be a constant reminder that someone took advantage of them.
Everybody wins and everybody lives better and everyone loves to come home and be recharged (to God be the glory)!
P.S....And that's what it looks like for me to "love the LORD my God with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind and love my neighbor as myself." Luke 27:10
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with design decisions? Do you know what truly inspires you and why? Have you been searching pinterest for hours trying to find the perfect inspiration? Have you been spending tons of time or money shopping and spending on home decor and nothing seems to go together? Has another 'design professional' ever tried to benefit from or drive a wedge between you and your partner for not having your project planned out or sharing a design aesthetic? Establishing the design boundaries correctly will save you time, money, relationships and stress in ways you may never actually see on a bill but you will pay for in other ways. I know this sounds dastardly, but unfortunately, it happens a lot.
If you're ready to get beyond designing with good intentions to designing with intention to create a cohesive look you'll love coming home to, then the next step is to:
click here to turn chaos into clarity!
I can't wait to see the magic you create in your home!
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She has Alzheimer's disease and she'll never realize her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world?. So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)