You can design your own beautiful and meaningful home on a budget! Today luxury interior design is not about pretense or showing off - it's about designing a space that is comfortable and supports your goals and lifestyle while reminding you of God's provision and presence. To do this wisely, might mean combining high and low, old and new, classic and 'now' pieces and even remaking vintage items instead of buying new. This guarantees originality in a way that luxury brands and local stores can not and crafts a space that is layered, collected and timeless. To make it easy, I follow a process. or a well thought out plan (otherwise it takes forever, I can't focus and I make too many boo boos). My proven strategy involves using limited funds, practical creativity, do it yourself savvy and patience. Will my home ever grace the pages of Architectural Digest? No, but it blends different opinions, unique personalities and distinct passions in a fresh, simple, timeless way that checks off everyone's 'boxes' and is a reminder of God's beauty, peace and goodness which inspires and refreshes me daily as I walk through the dark valley of Alzheimer's Disease with my mother.
I believe we are all created in God's image (Genesis 3) and therefore we are all creative. But design is like any skill or talent - If you don't practice it, you won't master it. In addition, design is complicated. There are a lot of 'parts' that all depend on each other to function well and look good. So without a coach, your attempts might not meet your goals and expectations.
Have you ever wondered what the secret is to designing a beautiful garden? I believe successful design, whether, inside or out, doesn't just check off one box . Design is complicated and every decision affects the others (form+function+inspiration=success). So design success starts with knowing what you want. That means that doing the planning and the research (I lovingly call 'homework') before the buying and the digging will ensure the process is easier, quicker and calmer for everyone involved.
Do you know how to start an interior design project? What if I told you that the secret to creating beautiful, meaningful homes doesn't start by looking at gorgeous pictures on HGTV, google or even popular home magazines? Wanna know the real secret sauce?
Commercial Interior Design is an extremely important part of any company's branding. Not just for visitors but also for the employees the company attracts and retains.
There are always turning points in our lives when the battle shifts to a new level - this is such a story....
If there is one thing I see consistently over the years, is that bad things happen to good people on a good team with good intentions when they begin a new construction project without a plan.
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!
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)