Behind The Scenes - Design Process

Project 1

Step 1:  This is the beginning of the process.  Whether it's a new build or existing property, it starts with the consultation.  If you are in town, I will do an in-home consultation where we will review your questionnaire profile to begin to formulate your design ambition.  Next, I will take pictures and measurements to start the creative process of bringing your style to life.  It's all about fusion these days so the inspiration for this room was Modern Farmhouse meets Industrial Glam.  Don't worry, if you need some help in the styling department, I will guide you to the right decisions for you and your lifestyle.  I will be there every step of the way before, during and after to make sure it's perfect.  Even if you live out of town, we can do this process remotely.  You will just need to send me some clear pictures of the room(s) you want to address, as well as accurate measurements for proper furniture selections.  

Step 2:  This is your design concept board used as a visual aid to give you a sense of the mood and style for the room.  Because this is a digital board, we can play around with the pieces to make any changes necessary to give you the perfect look.  When I am shopping for you I usually have 3 or more different options for you to choose from for each piece.  So, if you don't like a lamp I propose, I can change it in the blink of an eye and replace it on the board.  There is a whole lot of brainstorming and planning that goes into sourcing the perfect home furnishings for you.  This isn't like what you see on TV where even so-called reality programming is extremely edited.  Designing a room or whole house can be a challenging experience BUT, in the end, the reward far exceeds any nervous or unpleasant feelings that may arise from the process.  I promise you with a little hard work and getting outside your comfort zone, you will have the satisfaction of helping to create your new space. 

Step 3:  Once we have decided on the final design, you will now have the power to begin shopping!  This list is organized by room and, within each room folder, houses your furnishings by category.  It gives you a running total for the whole project, each room, and each category.  This list, too, has all the product info including retail price and any current sale being offered, and direct links to product pages to make your purchases.  You will also find, under the notes tab, installation instructions for proper placement.  You now have everything you need to install your room confidently.  By removing myself from the project management side, you now are in control of the buying process.  This means you will be able to take advantage of all the good deals retail has to offer these days.  All stores are competing for your business so it is ripe for saving on your bottom line.  Now, with these savings going towards your budget, you have the choice of investing further in the room or putting the savings back into the bank for a rainy day.  With a little patience and savvy shopping, paying full price is becoming a thing of the past.  Take your time and enjoy the process.

Step 4:  Ok, we are more than halfway there!!!  Once my client for this project has completed the install, I will reveal the after photo.  This is the exciting part, as you are shopping and things are arriving it feels like Christmas.  Now, who doesn't love getting presents?  This is the part where you need to pull up your sleeves and dig in.  It's like watering a plant and nurturing its growth.  You will be going through this transition process that can take up to 3-6 months or longer depending on your own timeline to completion.  With all the tools I have given you, you will be successful in completing your install and revealing the transformation that has taken place.  Remember what I said earlier, I will be there every step of the way and I am only a text, email, or phone call away to provide support and encouragement. 

Project 2

Before photo and consultation day.   

Design concept board 1.  I like to blow some of the items up beyond "Scale", especially pillows, so you can get a better look at the texture and pattern if any.  Too, by leaving the background in the picture for the drapes, it helps you get a better read on what it looks like installed.  Pottery Barn has a great how-to video on hanging drapes, check it out.

Design concept board 2, artwork.  The inspiration for this client was Art Deco.  Obvi, right?  Love me some Art Deco.

This image is during the buying and transitioning part of the process.  As you can see from the shopping list that I provided, they have a little ways to go.  If you compare the room in this image from the before picture, using the concept board as a guide for the finished look, you can see their progress so far.  They have purchased the sofa, recliner, sofa table, and end table.  They still need to replace the oversized chairs to the left with the swivels and remove the settee on the right from the space.  Add the rug, lamps, lighting fixture, artwork, drapes, and a little paint and they are done!!!  They are about 4 months in and enjoying the new furniture they have acquired as well as the new space plan.  They are taking their time and being patient to take advantage of all the sales going on.  I love this process and I can't wait to see the reveal.  Stay tuned and check out my blog for some great insider tips and tricks.