So, you finally took that leap and bought that sofa, dining table, or coffee table you’ve been eyeing for a long time and it turned out great! You’re so proud of yourself and you’re ready for more. Consistent small steps will lead to positive changes. Sometimes we can’t see the results or the rewards for the decisions we take to improve our lives. It’s not only till afterwards that we look back, reflect, and see what we actually accomplished by taking those small steps. Along the way, we’ll make mistakes and errors because we’re human and imperfect beings. You might have taken a job that you thought was better than your current job with more money and a higher title only to realize that it wasn’t a good fit. Or, you might not have seen the red flags in someone you were in a relationship with until it was too late. Perhaps, you decided to purchase a beautiful expensive rug that you loved, but when it arrived, the colors, thickness, and texture were not what you were expecting at all and you don’t want the rug anymore. Or, you bought a coffee table that ended up looking really small in your living room like the coffee table in this image below.
It’s a new year and people start setting new years goals hoping they will achieve what it is they want to accomplish. However, by the second week of January, people start losing sight of their goals, whether it’s losing weight, finding a new job, starting a small business, or decorating their space. I get it. Change is scary. It takes you outside your comfort zone into something new, into the unknown and it’s easier to stay comfortable where you are. But if you want to transform your life into something better, into something you always envisioned and you don’t want to end up a year later in the same place, it starts with change. Now, change doesn’t require a big huge leap. The universe favors any action, any step no matter how small it is. So, if you have been thinking about decorating or remodeling your home or business, take that small step which will lead to a big transformation not only in the look and feel of your space, but also your quality of life. So, what are a few small steps you can take?
If you have never hired an interior designer before and aren’t sure how interior designers work, let me take you behind the scenes and show you part of the design process that I go through for coming up with a design concept and presenting it to my clients. Please keep in mind that every interior designer is different and he or she will have their own process that they work through to come up with a design concept for their clients. A design concept can be conveyed through sketches, perspective hand drawings, physical mood boards, virtual mood boards, binder of images, and 3D renderings just to name a few. Before I come up with a design concept, I make sure I fully understand my client’s design challenges and what their personality is so I can come up with the best functional design that reflects who they are. I have them fill out a detailed questionnaire so I can find out their design style, what they like or don’t like about their existing space, how they want their space to feel, furniture stores they admire, and more. Based on the questionnaire and any design images my clients have collected and shared with me, I have information to start coming up with a design concept. For example, one of my current clients has a large living room that is quite dark and a corner space that they don’t know what to do with. They want to bring in more light into the living room and brighten it up. They like brown and burgundy for warmth with blue and green for serenity, wood and leather materials, and soft cozy textures for comfort. For my client, I researched ideas and came up with a plan that is the best solution to their design problems. Then, I create a digital mood board.
What is a mood board? A mood board is a collection of ideas through images, textures, font, color palettes, and descriptions that you can present to anyone. A mood board can be a physical board with actual fabric samples, color swatches, tile samples, or wood samples to name a few. The benefits of a physical mood board is that clients can touch and feel the physical samples on the board and have an emotional or sensational reaction to the design right away. However, digital mood boards can be just as effective at presenting a design concept. It’s quicker and easier to modify the design if a client doesn’t like something and I find them to be a great presentation tool. Even though client’s can’t touch the materials through a digital mood board, I can easily order fabric, tile, and paint samples for my clients and have them sent directly to them or show them in person. A lot of traditional interior designers do use mood boards to help clients visualize a space but not all traditional designers. On the other hand, E-Designers who only offer online design services use digital mood boards because that is their business model/ business process and they only use digital mood boards to present ideas to their clients which makes sense. Keep in mind that a mood board only helps people visualize a space. It does not show any items on the board to scale and that’s extremely important to take into account. It’s so important that I’ll mention it again. Mood Boards do not account for scale of furniture items. It’s just a visual presentation. Digital mood boards are a lot of fun and it’s a great way to let your creativity flow so why not get started? There are many tools out there today such as Houzz, Canva, Pinterest, Polyvore, Olioboard, Roomstyler and much more that are easy to use. Some of the mood boards allow you to create a photorealistic 3D render of your creation which is pretty awesome. Check out a few mood boards below to inspire you!
2018 promises to be an exciting year not only for interior design trends, but also paint colors. Besides seeing fringes, geometric patterns, curvy organic shaped furniture, and metallics in home decor, we’ll see dark and bold colors with warm, earthy hues. There will be lots of purple, black, blue, rust, terracotta, and muted colors. Major paint brands such as Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams, and Glidden have released their 2018 color of the year and it’s a wide spectrum of colors ranging from subtle to vibrant. However, the biggest color we’ll see everywhere in the new year is purple. Pantone, a world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems has named Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple their 2018 color of the year. It’s a thoughtful shade of purple that communicates originality and individuality. Purple is a great color to work with because it has a wide range of hues and can be paired with almost any color. Natural, low-key, and carefree is the going trend for next year so check out a few paint colors below by major brands that will be big in 2018. I hope it will inspire you to give your home or office a colorful refresh in the new year!
There’s nothing quite like having Christmas dinner on an beautifully presented table that reflects your personality with centerpieces, dinnerware, accents, or lights. If you are busy preparing a menu or recipe of a delicious meal, desserts, and treats for Christmas and haven’t had time to think about how to decorate your Christmas table, not to worry. You can make it extravagant and formal with a large floral centerpiece, your best dinnerware and glassware laid out with beautiful place cards, or keep it simple and easy with small succulents and candles scattered with mini ornaments and lights for a sparkling effect. Decorating your table for Christmas can be as lavish or as basic as you choose. It’s all about layering your table with pieces you love. Here are some ideas to motivate you and inspire you.