Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
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 & the process of interior design so you can speak the language, set expectations and get what you want and need. Because here's the truth about a professionally pulled together space: just like a symphony - it requires a lot of work, time and trial and error experience. So don't beat yourself up or someone else if you are struggling to create a space that reflects your values and supports your vision. Because professional interior designed spaces take hours of work, out of the box thinking, technical knowledge and skill. But middle class America can still benefit from living in these magical spaces if they become aware of where they're going and why before they pick up the phone and start calling general contractors. Or in the case of a redesign, before they start shopping (and returning).
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.
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 vision and a plan but also an understanding of every couple's unique brand of beauty.
In the story I am sharing today, the couple had different points of view 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 but because of lack of interior design knowledge and lack of time, things started going south soon after their construction project began.
In an effort to help them and keep the project on his profitable & tight timeline, their Contractor hired an interior designer to help them make design decisions. But, the designer only knew how to create cohesion using her own point of view. In addition, she quickly discerned that the couple were not united in their vision so because she could not solve their problem, she exploited it. 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 united in their design vision & design decisions, they would lose control of their project and believe they were "difficult to work with". Let's just stop right here before I get angry......
It's your money and your home - you have the right to be picky with the pretty!!
Now I'm not going to bad mouth someone else or shame their game, (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 empowering you to discover what you want and need so you can achieve your specific outcome.
Second, my unique interior design process involves the God component (although you do not need to be a believer - beauty is God's gift to everyone). So what I've done over the years as a designer as I've helped others, is I come up with a successful 'interior design endgame plan' based on God's principles of beauty and design. This brings clarity, peace and confidence to the project, because when you see God step in, so can you.
Third, 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.
After creating a 'to do list' to get the client to their ideal outcome, I'll ask them if they want to participate in the design process 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 their personalized design plan. How do you feel about that?
After an initial brief phone call, if we think we'll make a good team together, we'll schedule a single design work meeting where I generously share my experience and knowledge so that you can finish your project on your own while avoiding typical, costly DIY design mistakes. If you knew what to do, could you do it?
During this working meeting, I'll answer your design questions, help you brainstorm the best idea & help you get clear on your next steps. How does that sound to you?
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 meeting the client feels empowered instead of overwhelmed and can confidently move forward and make design decisions that make sense to their end game goals. They are united in their vision so they can make design decisions that say "I love you" without the pressure of biased opinions or influence of someone who doesn't have their best interests at heart or doesn't have the time or training 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 or pretended to know about professional interior design).
Everybody wins and everybody lives better and everyone loves to come home and be remade (so they can love God and others better - to Him 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."
So let me ask you....
Establishing design boundaries & having an outcome driven plan 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. Contractors/makers and retail design consultants don't have time to listen to all your ideas, interpret them, brainstorm, problem solve like an interior designer & then establish goals, develop the design and set design boundaries for every prospect that calls. Their specialty and goals involve doing what they are good at and doing what it profitable for them.
Let's take a quick assessment and ask yourself:
The great Conductor & Composer, Leonard Bernstein once said:
“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.”
If you want to create a soul-satisfying home or environment, you must realize this doesn’t happen overnight or by accident. It requires a specific process, knowledge, skills and practice to master and create personal, beautiful interior design compositions. Just like it takes to create music or a wedding cake or any type of creative expression.
So, would you like to start your project organized and prepared to avoid potential, expensive pitfalls and lay the foundations for meeting your expectations & communicating them clearly with others?
Are you ready to make sense of your project and actually have fun in the process?
Interior Design is a beautiful puzzle of science & soul, personalized into a reality of what's important to you. But you don't need to figure it out alone. Sign up for a casual, complimentary design meeting over a cup of coffee and I'll help you make decisions for the next step. Today, because of technology, this can be done worldwide via internet, telephone or in person.
Have you benefited from this 'makeover' story? Does your home need a refresh but you're not ready to invest in design services yet? If so, join over 300 other design enthusiasts by signing up for my insider's club below & you'll receive mostly monthly emails filled with inspiring ideas, encouraging stories, worksheets and more real life interior design stories - then make the world more beautiful by sharing this post with your tribe! Thank you!
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 legacy home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)