Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
I have the privilege of working with the most beautiful clients---unfortunately this client's kitchen did not match her sparkling personality.
That's why she called me for help. She works hard all day taking care of and blessing others so when she is at home, she wants to be recharged and blessed herself - ready to go at it again the next day.
Just imagine waking up to that every morning???
She told me she knew exactly what she wanted but she needed to see it drawn first because besides being a beautiful person, she is also a savvy business woman that didn't have the time or the budget for design do overs.
So I drew her vision on my computer and then I showed it to her, and asked her, "is this what you want?"
And she paused....and starred....and there was a long, awkward silence....and a confused face.
Now my job is not to push my personal design aesthetic on anyone....my job is to help you define yours!
And there is nothing wrong with this design concept. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. There are no hard and fast 'design rules' when it comes to decorating (which is different from designing - maybe that's why decorating is harder). In college we were taught 'design principles' (which take about ten minutes to memorize) and then we had to practice using them to create beautiful, functional compositions (that's the tricky part)!!
If you are extremely talented -- or if you fortunate enough to be able to hear that still small voice whispering in your ear (I Kings 19:12), you'll be inspired and create a pleasing composition the first time. All the rest of us have to learn to sketch, draw, render, repeat and listen - until we get it right.
Her Mr. Man wouldn't let her paint the wood trim (what is it about men and their wood affairs), So we had to figure out how to pull it together using what she had.
Today, while I still love to sketch and 'color' by hand, my computer has special magic powers to draw and render so reiterations are quick and easy--and it didn't take us long to turn that confused faced into a confirmed smile! (Option #1 it was!)
I love it when that happens!!
After we got the design concept right, she asked for help narrowing down paint colors, and finish selections as well.
Then she distributed her design drawings and finish selections to her own contractors for competitive bids....which saved her a boatload of moolah. But then again, she owns her own store so she already knows how to negotiate a deal that is a win for everyone.
And.... she also purchased all the items on her shopping list herself as well as managing her project....which saved her another boatload of moolah. My clients almost always save money on the 'back end' which usually more than covers their investment in design.
Now she has a kitchen that sparkles as much as she does!
I just love it when I capture my client's spirit and goals and am able to enrich their lives!
And because beauty begets beauty, she can now beautify herself each day at home and go out and share that beauty with others!
What a dramatic change was made in this kitchen with just a little money!
How about you? Do you have a kitchen (or another room) that needs an update? Are you Interested in seeing how I can help you transform your home? We all have a little 'fixer upper' in us - let me help you get it right the first time!
Contact me today to discuss how I can help!
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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 has Alzheimer's disease and she'll never realize 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)