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.....
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. You are the axis around which your design project revolves and are the final arbiter of both form and function and will live with the results. Therefore......
,,,, your first step in empowering you in your role as a savvy design enthusiast - is to master your understanding of the technical side of interior design so you can speak the language, set expectations and get what you want and need. This requires some intentional thinking & research before you pick up the phone and start calling general contractors. Or in the case of a redesign, before you start shopping.
I believe that all building and design projects start out with good intentions. But I have found that many good folks with good intentions fail at design because of design misconceptions, mindsets and lack of technical design knowledge. Don't feel bad - we've all been there. Change alone is stressful but putting the cart in front of the horse or believing everything we hear makes a stressful project quickly turn into a project that is stuck and can't move forward or is full of design regrets and broken relationships. God is the master Designer and Artist and first revealed himself to us through His creation. He also designs on purpose and so should you.
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)