I am in Vegas this weekend speaking on “The Best of the West” panel at the Las Vegas Design Market (see here if you are going to be here or missed the info – come say HI!), but as I was flipping through a few magazines on the plane, and reading through some of the questions for the panel one of which is “what is your design process”, it got me thinking about how many people come to designers after they start a project and then half way through see that it is not going according to plan or how they originally imagined for the space. With the insane amount of design inspiration we have at the click of the button through, pinterest, instagram, or blogs, everyone and their dog seems to have the perfectly designed dream home already concepted up in their head, or thinks they have it in the bag (myself included at times). However, concept is much easier than design and implementation and it can be a challenge transferring those thoughts and making them a reality in your home, even for the most talented designers. Then later finding out that your original vision was lost in the chaos of renovations or changes. So here are a few of my tips for helping you get through the process.
Embrace Your Uniqueness
The things that make great interior design stand out in an image, or in real life, are the quirky details and those areas that you take risks. Therefore, rather than being someone else in your design, find what you love, what makes you happy and what inspires you and bring those into your space to reflect who you are and your unique personality. Figure out how your favorite things could work in a design space, and the alternative ways you can incorporate them. Maybe you don’t want a crazy wallpaper pattern or a wall to wall velvet headboard like I do, but your accessories, artwork, and various pieces of furniture could provide that unique piece in the space will mirror your taste and style, and make it more than just a “out of the catalog” room.
Maybe you’ve purchased an old cottage and are renovating it; EMBRACE that ensure that you bring in details to enrich the charm of the space. Who says you shouldn’t have a rustic dresser in your kitchen, filled with fine china teapots and imported tea? It is YOUR home, so do what makes you the happiest. Now I am not saying put shag carpet on your floor ceiling and walls, but don’t take things so seriously that you forget to create a space that you love and reflects you. There is nothing worse than walking into a home and having it lack the personality or charm of the homeowner that lives there.
Be Bold With Your Decisions
If you THINK you can do it and if you WANT to do it then build yourself a home, knock down a wall, retile the bathroom or take an adventure and buy yourself a kit home that you put together. Starting from scratch or doing a little DIY isn’t for the faint hearted; however, when you do take risks you’ll end up with something that reflects you in every detail of the space. It will be worth it when your sitting in your new living space looking around and enjoying the fruits of your labors and knowing that you created something that is uniquely you.
Don’t Take Things too Seriously
Designing may seem like it is just fluffing throw pillows, grabbing a tray for the coffee table and feeling fabrics all day, but after many a design mistake on my own, I can confidently say that it can be much harder than it initially seems. But, at the end of the day it is just design and decor, so have fun with it and enjoy the process. Don’t take yourself and the design so seriously that you lose the unexpected, the fun, and the unique that makes your house feel like YOUR home.