Intentional. This is my word for 2017. A word that I would like to apply to all areas of my life.
Intentional; in·ten·tion·al /inˈten(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/ adjective 1. done on purpose; deliberate.
Isn’t that a great word! I think that if I could apply that word to my daily life I would be a Rock Star! In all areas! Super Mom, Super Wife, Super Designer, and a Super Servant to our Lord. Just think about it. When one is being intentional about something it requires thought. It requires planning. It requires patience.
Today I’m going to touch on the first of those 3 areas with relation to design. With posts to follow covering planning and patience. My business is about the love of the details of interior design and event planning. Helping others create purpose in their spaces or with their event. This requires thought, planning and patience. When you are intentional with design the final product will feel deliberate producing a beautiful and functional space. So let’s dive into the first of the 3 keys to being intentional:
Thought- When tackling a new design project the first step seems that it would be an easy one. The truth is for some that “thinking” about a project can quickly become overwhelming. So overwhelming that the design of the space stops right in its tracks. The design choices are vast and style choices endless. We are flooded with ideas, styles, blogs, photos throughout the internet and social media. I know because I love to pour over all of them collecting those ideas along the way! Storing them up for future use on a project. Do any of these styles speak to you? What is your go to style?
The simplicity of Mid Modern Century
The aged look of Industrial Farmhouse
The flair of French inspired designs
The Eclectic home that combines a variety of styles
Still unsure of your style? The simplest way to determine your style is to go with what you love. Pay attention to what particular design, photo or blog you find yourself being pulled toward over and over again? Are you on Pinterest? What images do you find yourself consistently “pinning” to your personal boards? Maybe you can choose by eliminating the styles you do not care for.
Next, consider whether or not the style you choose is conducive to your daily life. Are you styling a home with young children or building a nest for retirement? Possibly you are somewhere in between. Your current life style should play some importance on the style you decide on.
Finally, think about budget. I know. Yuck. Unfortunately for most budget will dictate how we proceed when styling a space. Ask yourself if the changes you plan to make in one area will affect the rest of your living spaces. Design in any space can be a slippery slope; just be sure you are prepared to slide! This is where investing in a designer can keep your project cost effective. I enjoy helping clients use their budgets to produce the most bang for their buck and prevent them from opening a can of worms that was not budgeted for.
I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite design style? What projects do you have in store for 2017? What is your biggest weakness when it comes to design?
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