You can design your own beautiful and meaningful home on a budget! Today luxury interior design is not about showing off how much money you have - it's about designing a space that fits you well or "personalization"! And remaking items guarantees originality in a way that luxury brands and local stores can not. To make it easy, I follow a process. or a well thought out plan. My proven strategy involves using limited funds, practical creativity, do it yourself savvy and patience. Will my home ever grace the pages of Architectural Digest? No, but there is something inspiring about creating a beautiful, meaningful and purpose driven home simply and elegantly.
You too can add 'personalization' & luxury to your home or office when you follow these consumer savvy, inexpensive decorating strategies and tips.
I believe we are all created in God's image (Genesis 3) and therefore we are all creative. But design is like any skill or talent - If you don't practice it, you won't master it. In addition, design is complicated. There are a lot of 'parts' that all depend on each other to function well and look good. So without a coach, your attempts might not meet your goals and expectations.
Another reason we might have difficulty designing is because it takes more than knowledge. HGTV makes it look easy and the friendly sales person will tell you the same but in reality, design takes work, And from all the pictures I am seeing on the internet it looks like many folks could use a little help avoiding typical, costly design mistakes.
To make my point, I've collected a few google images - not to shame but to educate and dispel common design myths. (Hey - I'm all in for putting the fun back into function and for buying pretty on purpose! That's why I do design different)
I've tried to note the designer or photographer when it was available but if you recognize someone's work and I haven given them credit, just let me know and we'll change that!
Have you ever wondered what the secret is to designing a beautiful garden? I believe successful design, whether, inside or out, doesn't just check off one box . Design is complicated and every decision affects the others (form+function+inspiration=success). So design success starts with knowing what you want. That means that doing the planning and the research (I lovingly call 'homework') before the buying and the digging will ensure the process is easier, quicker and calmer for everyone involved.
What if I told you that the secret to creating beautiful, meaningful homes doesn't start by looking at gorgeous pictures on HGTV, google or even popular home magazines?
Commercial Interior Design is an extremely important part of any company's branding. Not just for visitors but also for the employees the company attracts and retains.
Both clients and employees draw conclusions about a company by the way it looks because the way it looks tells a story about the company, it's people and it's values--even in a small, rural town like Middlebury Indiana. So hiring a professional interior designer to help you create that space makes sound business sense.
Take a guess...what do you think?
If there is one thing I see consistently over the years, is that bad things happen to good people on a good team with good intentions when they begin a new construction project without a plan.
Believe me, it takes more than a wish and a dream to complete a design project successfully - it takes action! So take a breath, say a prayer and then take these five action steps to clarify your vision and maintain control of your project before hiring a General Contractor or Architect....
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.....
"Good Light means good design, but better light means better design"
Shape and form are part of the design elements interior designer's use to create beauty.
When we think of shape, we think of a two-dimensional outline - often seen as a geometric figure, but form is an extension of shape and is actually the three-dimensional configuration.
.Why is this important? Because form, just like all design elements, have the power to persuade us to feel and respond to our surroundings.
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)