Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
I believe that all building and design projects start out with good intentions. But good intentions (called flying by the seat of your pants and hoping for the best) 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.
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 and keep the project on a tight timeline, their Contractor provided an interior designer to help them make design decisions. But, the designer had her own agenda. In addition, she 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 this couple couldn't be the powerhouse behind their design vision, they would lose control of their project!
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.
First, I'm on your team! I work for you as your design advocate with the primary purpose of putting you in control of your project so that you'll realize your vision and start living it. I use a process that is not found anywhere else because I created it after 17 years of trial and error. In addition, my service is completely collaborative, educational, fun, and client focused. It begins with a starting point that leads to solutions not additional stress, and helps you make sense out of all the information and design clutter available today.
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. Sometimes they already have a collection of inspirational photos and will send me a link to their online houzz or pinterest boards. But often, they need a different, quicker and easier approach to discovering what inspires them. So I often teach others how to properly gather inspirational photos.
So, to help my clients save money on design fees, I ask them to participate in the design process in any and all ways where they feel confident and have the time to do the task themselves.
I've found that most people get overwhelmed with design clutter while doing research and unintentional shopping but my unique process establishes design boundaries so that anyone can implement a cohesive design.
Most design projects begin with a design working meeting or 'clarity' session where I generously share my ideas, experience and knowledge so that the creative, savvy DIY designer can finish their project on their own while avoiding typical, costly DIY design mistakes.
During this working meeting, I answer all their questions about interior design, what needs to be done and in the correct order as well as establish design boundaries so they can confidently make design decisions with confidence.
This is very important because every design decision you make limits your options for the other design decisions yet to be made.
After a design work session, the client feels empowered instead of overwhelmed and can confidently move forward and make design decisions that make sense. They know what the next step is so they 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 physical and emotional needs, and not be a constant reminder that someone took advantage of them (aka: sold them the big ugly). In short, I tell them how to be the creative engine behind their project so they get what they want.
Everybody wins and everybody lives better and everyone loves to come home and be recharged (so they can love God and others better - 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
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 with "feeling hopeful" as your strategy, to actually designing like a professional interior designer so that you can create a cohesive look that you'll love coming home to (for the next 30 years), then the next step is to:
Click here - we'll schedule a brief telephone conversation to make sure we'll be a good fit. If we are, we'll then schedule a design work session called a clarity session, where I'll answer all your questions, create a to do list and point you in the right direction so you can finish on your own. If you want to delegate some items on the list to someone with more experience (wink wink), then we'll discuss other design packages to get your through the parts you don't feel confident doing or don't have time to do on your own.
Remember, Interior Design isn't as easy as your plumber says it is (otherwise there wouldn't be 4 years of college necessary just to figure out the basics). Don't go it alone and don't be sold the big ugly!
Until next time, Hugs and blessings (Numbers 6: 24-26),
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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 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. Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)