In my humble opinion (and feeble and fading memory), mass and massing were not adequately taught in design school (probably because it is hard to understand--just check out the definition on wikipedia to see what I mean) but it is fundamental and hugely important in creating a successful design! Massing (verb), in interior design, is the act of arranging and manipulating 3-D forms into a unified, coherent composition. I'd say that's pretty important stuff. Mass (adjective) is the solidity, matter or density of an object that is defined by shape, form or color.
Now let me do what everyone else has failed to do.......teach you how to use them.....
"Good Light means good design, but better light means better design"
Shape and form are part of the design elements interior designer's use to create beautiful, cohesive compositions using design elements - wait....I thought interior design was all about shopping for pretty items! Let's change how you think about good design!
Texture is the relative smoothness or roughness of a surface and is read both physically by touch and visually as well.
Pattern is the arrangement and repetition of lines and shapes to create a unified design.
I once heard my college Professor say, "all design first begins with line, so if you can please the eye with line you have a masterpiece!"
Color is the most emotional and most personal of all the design elements--and there are thousands of them (maybe even more)! And because all decorating decisions begin with color, it can sometimes be difficult knowing where to start. Why? Because color affects everything - and if you get it wrong, you'll know it every time you walk into the room.
Have you ever walked into a room or even looked at a new build and felt something was wrong?
Proverbs 31: 13-21
Interior Design is a mix of art, math, science and psychology. And space is an important design element that should be the starting point for creating and defining beautiful, functional environments for both home and business.
Just like the conductor of a fine orchestra leads his woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings to work their magic; you too, need to take point on your design project and lead.
This requires a plan so you can clearly connect the dots behind the details and your vision and effectively communicate your design language to your contractors, vendors, workrooms, installers, and showroom retail consultants and create a beautifully crafted project.
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 framework to make decisions, 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.
About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She had Alzheimer's disease and never realized 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. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)