Once a client is inspired by what they see, we talk about what they want for their new space, room or house.
Do they want a similar feel to the look of my shop? Do they have an amazing art collection that should be the star of the show? Are they a young family, where everything needs to be bulletproof? We specialize in that!
I like to ask clients what colors, patterns they do NOT like. It always seems to be an easier task of identifying what you may not like than initially trying to describe what you do like. This process helps me narrow down a color scheme.
Next is the INSPIRATION BOARD! I like to pull images that evoke the feel I would like a space to have. Will it be traditional, or modern, or my favorite style which is to create a blend of both contemporary and classic. I think the mix is enlightened design and a nod to many periods in one family’s life or who they want to be. We start a bit more general with the images and then narrow down to specific items as the project progresses. I have a friend, Jan, in New Jersey who lives and dies by her boards. She creates them for every conceivable occasion and sometimes just for positivity. I love when I visit her home and get to see her latest INSPIRATION. Jan is a voracious reader so she has the best images from numerous publications from all over the world. I think she has about 50 subscriptions that she reads religiously every month! See below for some her creations.
After the initial mood board, we come to fabric choices. I think it is really important to have this as a jumping off point.
Most people are very tactile and can decide almost immediately which fabrics speak to them! Sometimes they are so inspired by a pattern I show them, that we will create the whole room around that color or design. It is usually a fabric that ignites this creative spark, but sometimes it can be a rug or a piece of art (BLOGS to follow)…