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!
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....
"Dear Karen, We have lived in our home for over 25 years and are ready to downsize. We have a lot of decisions to make about what to keep and what to get rid of. We've also talked to a few realtors and know we have to freshen it up before we sell if we want to get top dollar. Can you help us prepare our home for sale without judging our style or breaking the bank?"
I have the privilege of working with the most beautiful clients---unfortunately this client's kitchen did not match her sparkling personality.
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!
Question......How Many Paint Samples Does it Take Before you can Choose one?
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....
I believe that all building and design projects start out with good intentions. But good intentions (called flying by the seat of your pants and hoping for the best) never got me where I wanted to go. I have found that many good folks with good intentions fail at design because they haven't established a set of boundaries, don't have a clear plan or they are too overwhelmed. if you don't have a clear vision or a shared vision of what you're trying to create, a stressful time can 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 style.
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)