Have you ever walked into a room or even looked at a new build and felt something was wrong but didn't really know what it was?
That's because something is wrong and it is usually an error in either scale or proportion.
Interior Design is a mix of art, math, science and psychology. And space is an important design element that could be the starting point for creating and defining beautiful, functional environments for both home and business.
How does that make you feel?
I was SO delighted to receive an email and 'after' photos from one of my clients, Judy, showing how she actually implemented the design in her space!
I'd like to dedicate this post to everyone who has ever felt glassy eyed while standing in front of thousands of paint chips in the store!
The # 1 Mistake everyone is making when choosing paint color is.....
I met my Handsome Honey in a nightclub (okay a bar) in downtown Elkhart one evening at the end of a record cold winter. I was with a group of fellow workers celebrating the end of a long mind numbing payroll conversion project. He was alone, and tall and dark and handsome....
The goal of this homeowner was to sell their home quickly and for top dollar so when they heard this 'free' staging advise from a realtor, "You only need a good cleaning and decluttering" they went with it.....but that's not what happened....
It's Memorial Day weekend here in the middle of Amish Country --the start of Summer so let the good times roll!
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.
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)