The design process consists of several layers and order of events. You always want to start with a key inspiration and then design off or around that one item or idea.
STEP 1: Gathering Inspiration & Determining Style
Inspiration images can consist of magazine clippings, an original oil painting, or just adjectives such as a “modern farmhouse”.
STEP 2: Space Planning and Elevation Design
Designers need to be aware of the space they are designing in and how to enhance it with the best traffic flow and exterior views.
For example in this floor plan, the fireplace was originally along the window wall shown and eating into the width of the space. Therefore, we decided to relocate the fireplace to the adjacent wall. This move not only allowed the space to feel wider but enhanced the backyard view. The original windows on each side of the fireplace were smaller, so when we moved the fireplace, we replaced those with a operable glass wall system.
STEP 3: Finish Selections
Like the inspiration step, we like to start with a leading selection. For example, an area rug, leading fabric, tile pattern or rare stone material with lots of movement. From this selection, we begin the other selections like plumbing fixtures, lighting, hardware, etc.
This project wanted some natural raw elements, so the fireplace material was where the client began. Then the selection of shades of blue began to compliment those warm neutral tones.
STEP 4: Furniture, Light Fixture, Window Covering, Rug, etc. Selections
The type of furniture selections depend on the end user and how the client wants them to sit, feel and aesthetically look.
This client wanted a chesterfield style sofa from the beginning and had dogs, so needed a durable fabric for lasting durability. The finish of the nailheads coordinate with the hints of brass throughout to add warmth to the cooler blue/ gray walls.
We offered a chair variety by specifying both stationary chairs to face the backyard window view and swivel chairs flanking the fireplace for aerial views from the foyer, kitchen, television and window view.
STEP 5: Accessories and Staging
Accessories are the icing on the cake for each project. They help make a space have more flavor, whether it is through art work, mirrors, bookends, ginger jars etc.
We will take your personal possessions and tell your story by displaying it appropriately. Here, you can see we used symmetry on some shelves and balance on others. This keeps your eye moving about the space, and from afar it feels complete.