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. So, mastering your understanding of the interior design side is a first step toward empowering you in your role as savvy design enthusiast so that 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 myths, mindsets and lack of technical design knowledge. Change alone is stressful but putting the cart in front of the horse 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. 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 brand of beauty.
In the project 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 a shared overall vision, things started going south soon after their construction project began.
In an effort to help them and keep the project on his tight timeline, their Contractor hired 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 united in their design vision & decisions, they would lose control of their project!
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 communicate your story.
My unique process is not found anywhere else because I created it after 17 years of trial and error and after learning a process called Homiletics while serving others in a local BSF group. Homiletics uses both details and principles to create order out of chaos which creates a road map to great decisions. So, I call my design process, 'Homiletics for the Home' because it uses both the design details and the design principals to create God inspired ideas.
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.
In addition, to help my clients save money, I may ask them 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 a cohesive design.
After a design discovery phone call, if we think we'll make a good team together, we'll schedule a single design work meeting or 'clarity' session where I generously share my experience and knowledge so that you can finish your project on their own while avoiding typical, costly DIY design mistakes.
During this working meeting, I'll answer your design questions, create a check list of what needs to be done and in the correct order so you can confidently move forward with your project on your timeline.
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 coaching 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
So let me ask you....
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 "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 (hopefully, 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 schedule a brief 30 minute meet and greet so I can see your space, go over what needs to be done and how I can help you accomplish it.
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 beautiful & meaningful home, you must realize this doesn’t happen overnight or by accident. It requires specific knowledge, skills and practice to master and create beautiful interior design compositions. Just like it takes to create music or a wedding cake.
So, if someone is giving you design advice or telling/selling you about how easy it is, ask to see their professional portfolio. If you don't like what you see, run away or call me. I am qualified by education and 17 years of trial and error and have a lovely portfolio to prove it.
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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. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)