Designing Your Home To Reflect YOUR Personality

Designing Your Home To Reflect YOUR Personality

Your home, it’s the place where your life happens.

The good times, the bad times, the family gatherings, quiet times, celebrations with family and friends. Rest, relaxation, and sometimes healing.

This is where it all happens.

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Renew. Rejuvenate. Restore.

Your home can be a place that rejuvenates you and restores your energy, welcomes you with open arms at the end of a long day or a place that drains you and causes you anxiety.

It’s natural for homeowners to feel some anxiety when tackling the design of a home whether it be a new home or renovation. There are hundreds of design options and materials to choose from. Design ideas are everywhere and the average person has no idea what to include in their new space. We are made to feel like if our home doesn’t look like the latest design trend, that somehow we have missed the mark.

The bottom line is that it is your space and you should be reflected in it! Your home should reflect your personality.

What does this mean? It means that your home should have and contain things that you like whether that be color selections material selections, patterns, items that you’ve collected over the years or new items that you just love.

In your home, there should always be a place for something that you love (like a unique furniture piece), a decorative detail that you have always wanted (like a modern piece of art that you love, or even a cherished heirloom).

These are the things that give our home personality, and great design can only be achieved by using the right combination of these things woven thoughtfully into a great design plan.

Add rich color.

Get Inspired.

Don’t settle for generic design.

Get inspired by the latest trends.

Incorporate some of those design elements and trends if you really love them and they work for your home.

Don’t be afraid to try something new.

Often people are afraid to do something a little bit different, like adding a personal spin to the design of your space.

Experiment with elements that you know you will love and will have longevity.

We have so much inspiration around us. It can be tricky you don’t know which ideas to use, what ideas work well together. You have so many ideas! How do you be sure that you will really like all of this when it is all put together?

Working with a designer is a great way to achieve the right balance between creating an updated space and a space that truly reflects your personality, lifestyle, and honors the architecture of your home.

The average homeowner can identify things that they like or would love to include in their space, but it takes experience and a thorough knowledge of design principles like scale, balance, composition, space planning and material knowledge to pull all of this together combined with elements that suit your personality.

A good designer will ask the right questions and listen to your thoughts and ideas can help you to be sure that your personality is reflected in your newly designed space.

It won’t take long for an experienced designer to be able to key in on some elements that can be brought into your space that truly makes the space yours.

A beautiful design is not a great design if it doesn’t feel good to the person that lives in the space.

Until Next Time,

Gia

From The Blog

Designing Your Home To Reflect YOUR Personality

Your home, it’s the place where your life happens. The good times, the bad times, the family gatherings, quiet times, celebrations with family and friends. Rest, relaxation, and sometimes healing. This is where it all happens. Your home can be a place that rejuvenates you and restores your energy, welcomes you with open arms at the end of a long day or a place that drains you and causes you anxiety.

You Are Ready To Renovate. Who Should You Hire First? Contractor Or Designer?

You Are Ready To Renovate.

Who Should You Hire First? Contractor Or Designer?

Which comes first? We hear these questions a lot but often too late. Renovating can be a confusing process. Homeowners are often confused as to where to start. When homeowners are ready to begin a project, they often start with hiring contractors to physically implement the project, then schedule this contractor to begin work. You might tell them that you want a new kitchen or a new bathroom, expecting that your contractor can guide you from there, but you soon realize that a vital step in the process has been skipped, the design. Your contractors are now looking at you for detailed information on what exactly you want them to build. The design is the overall plan and specific details of the project.

You Are Ready To Renovate. Who Should You Hire First? Contractor Or Designer? Which comes first?

To avoid confusion.

All of the specific design decisions and material selections must be made before the project even begins.

Many homeowners call us after breaking ground on a project, or with a start date already scheduled, they are distressed because they realize that they need a design fast because they skipped this very crucial step in the process.

Unfortunately, as a busy design and build firm we can’t always accommodate the scheduling needs of a project like this. If we can assist, we can certainly help to steer them in the right direction, but often it is too late as many important design decisions have been made, often by default.

These clients often miss out on some of the biggest benefits of hiring an interior designer, the designer’s resources, vendor connections, their team of highly skilled contractors, and the ability to have a detailed interior design plan prepared before construction begins. Making changes in the planning stage is much easier and less expensive than changes during construction.

Watch this great video of a design walk-through with Gia.

Always hire the designer first.

Always hire the designer first.

The truth is, someone has to design this space, it will either be an experienced designer, you spending endless hours googling your way through a minefield of information that usually leads to expensive errors and design flaws, or a multitude of contractors that are not necessarily skilled at design giving random advice just to keep the project moving. Let your contractors do what they do best and leave the designing to the experts.

Hire a designer in the very beginning so you reap the full benefits of their experience and expertise.

Work with your designer until you have a fully developed plan. This will take some time. It is the designer job to discuss with you the design options that are best for your lifestyle, tastes, needs, and goals for your project.

Your designer will then come up with a complete plan for your space.

This will help you visualize the project in its entirety, develop a project quote, make any revisions if needed. Now that you know what you are building, and this will also save an enormous amount of time as all of this preparation has been done before the start of construction. Once construction does start, there should be minimal reasons to pause for decisions or due to incomplete details.

When you hire a designer first, you also now have access to a team of handpicked contractors that will work as a team with the designer’s oversight to be sure every detail is implemented to the design specifications.

Even if you still would like to attempt managing the build of your project on your own, contractors should only be hired once you have a fully developed design plan. This will always save you time, money, and confusion.

So when you know you are ready to renovate, your first phone call should be to a designer who is skilled in your type of project. Your designer will guide you through the process from there.

Until next time,

Gia

From The Blog

Designing Your Home To Reflect YOUR Personality

Your home, it’s the place where your life happens. The good times, the bad times, the family gatherings, quiet times, celebrations with family and friends. Rest, relaxation, and sometimes healing. This is where it all happens. Your home can be a place that rejuvenates you and restores your energy, welcomes you with open arms at the end of a long day or a place that drains you and causes you anxiety.

Are You Hesitant To Hire An Interior Designer?

Are You Hesitant To Hire An Interior Designer?

If you’ve never hired an interior designer for a design project, you might not know what to expect. How does the process work? Will your thoughts, ideas and tastes be considered? Will the designer just do what THEY like? Do You have to know what style or design elements that you would like so you can tell the designer? These are all common questions that a first time client might have.
Are You Hesitant To Hire An Interior Designer?

There is a difference.

First, there is a difference between someone who is good at interior design and someone who has experience working in the business of interior design. A designer who has been in the business of interior design for any length of time will be used to working directly with clients. Successful interior designers know how to listen to their client’s thoughts, ideas, and problems, and then use their skills to turn their client’s design problem areas into a transformed space which the client loves but also sees themselves living. A professional designer should be creating a space that YOU love.

Trust the experience

Trust the Experience.

Most clients that come to us do not know exactly what they would like to do. For instance, you might know that you would like to do a bathroom renovation, you might have a few ideas of design elements that you’ve seen and like, but you have no idea how to pull it all together. Or if any of these ideas would really work or look good in your space. Some clients have no idea about really what they would like to see in there space or they can’t really articulate how they want the finished space to look and function.

An experienced interior designer has processes in place that walk you through the design and decision making process easily. Asking questions and learning about your tastes and lifestyle help us to design spaces that are right for each individual client. Discussing, your goals for the space and offering guidance throughout the process. This is much different than what is depicted on tv design shows. You will know exactly what is happening and will have final approval on all design elements before they are implemented in your home.

Most of our clients seek us out because they valve our expertise in design and in the design process. They do not want to spend their time and money guessing their way through a complicated design or renovation project, only to be less than pleased with the results. Involving a design professional will actually ensure that the end product will be something that you love.

Until next time,
Gia

 

From The Blog

Designing Your Home To Reflect YOUR Personality

Your home, it’s the place where your life happens. The good times, the bad times, the family gatherings, quiet times, celebrations with family and friends. Rest, relaxation, and sometimes healing. This is where it all happens. Your home can be a place that rejuvenates you and restores your energy, welcomes you with open arms at the end of a long day or a place that drains you and causes you anxiety.

Tips For Bringing A Coastal Feel To Your Decor

Tips For Bringing A Coastal Feel To Your Decor

All of the elements that we as designers use to create a relaxed, coastal feel in a beautiful beachfront home can be used in any home.
You don’t need to live by the sea to create a coastal-inspired space.

Coastal Color Scheme

When designing a coastal property we develop our color scheme from nature, using only colors that you would see when looking out your beachfront home. Soft water colored hues reflective of the beach environment work best. As designers we do this to complement that incredible view, treating the view as if it were fine artwork.

You can bring these nature-inspired colors into your non-beach front home. Lots of whites, blues, greens, sandy tones can be used in various tones to create that relaxing tone of a coastal property. A classic navy blue and white color scheme is an easy way to create an instant coastal feel in your home.

 

Bring in Natural elements.

Bring in Natural elements.

Cotton fabrics, weathered wood, sisal, and seagrass carpets. Mixing in a few of these natural elements will help your space to have that coastal feel.

Let the light in
Design window treatments that let the light shine into the space. Coastal properties have an element of light that is hard to duplicate. But keeping your space filled with whatever natural light you have will give your space the look and feel of an inviting beachfront property.

Use nautical elements sparingly
Coastal homes that are well designed don’t necessarily scream with a nautical theme. Don’t feel as though you need to add nautical elements throughout the space, a little goes a long way. I few nautical images grouped on a wall

Simple lines
Use simple casual furniture with classic clean lines. Solid colors work better than busy patterned fabrics for larger furniture pieces. Classic and tailored pieces look best in this environment

Collections
Display a well-edited collection from your last beach vacation. A piece of coral on the coffee table, a bowl filled with a few treasured seashells, or a collection of sea glass is enough to create a coastal feel and remind you of your time need the beach. Use these items sparingly and they will give you home the look of a classic seaside home.

Until next time,

Gia

From The Blog

Designing Your Home To Reflect YOUR Personality

Your home, it’s the place where your life happens. The good times, the bad times, the family gatherings, quiet times, celebrations with family and friends. Rest, relaxation, and sometimes healing. This is where it all happens. Your home can be a place that rejuvenates you and restores your energy, welcomes you with open arms at the end of a long day or a place that drains you and causes you anxiety.

Designing your home to support fitness and wellness

The interior design of your home can affect many aspects of our daily lives, especially in the area of health and wellness. With all the planning that goes into a well-designed interior, a conscience effort can certainly in designing a home that supports a healthy lifestyle. Here area few ways to set yourself up for success in the area of designing for a healthy lifestyle:
The Kitchen

The Kitchen

Set yourself up for success by designing your kitchen so that you can easily prepare healthy meals.

  • Add plenty of countertop area for prepping fresh food like those fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Include appliances like a steam oven, or a refrigerator with lots of space for all those freshly prepped meals.
  • A large deep sink and a faucet with a sprayer make washing those fresh vegetables easier.
  • Be sure that your range hood is properly venting the space.
  • I kitchen that feels good to be in will encourage you to cook those healthy meals instead of a quick call for take-out meals.

Fitness Area

Include a fitness area in your home. A complete designated home gym space would definitely encourage you to stick to your work out goals, but squeezing that home gym into a dark, cramped, damp, and unfinished basement area will not encourage you to spend time in the space. Create a pleasant area for those workouts. If you don’t have a designated room to create a fitness area, carve out small spaces in areas where you spend most of your time. I always keep my yoga mat under a small area rug at the foot of my bed. When it is time for yoga, I just pull back the area rug and I am ready to melt away the day’s stress. Put your equipment when you can access it easily and where you will really use it.

Fitness Area
Fitness Area

Flooring

The floors of your home harbor can harbor numerous germs and toxins.

  • Older carpets and flooring can house decades-old dirt, grime, and toxins. Install new easy to clean flooring to promote a healthy environment. Greener options are now available for flooring, using fewer chemicals than in previous decades.
  • Remove those shoes. Creating a mudroom or entry area in your home can encourage your family to remove shoes and coats when they enter the space. This keeps germs, dirt, and toxins from being spread throughout your home
  • Use area rugs over wood floors or tile. When these area rugs get dirty they can easily be sent out for cleaning or replaced when necessary. Wall to wall carpet usually stays in place for decades.

Rest

Create areas in your home that are conducive to rest, relaxation, and your overall wellbeing.

  • Keep clutter to a minimum, clutter creates anxiety and restlessness. A well-organized space will be a great step to overall wellness
  • Comfortable seating. We have all heard that extended sitting is bad for our health. We know we must move our bodies as much as possible for our overall health. When you are seated be sure you have comfortable seating and maybe a properly sized ottoman to take the pressure off your back when you are seated. Sitting in uncomfortable chairs in your living room, kitchen or home office area can certainly aggravate back and neck issues. These issues can certainly hinder your fitness goals and overall wellbeing.
  • Design your bedroom sooner rather than later. Many people design their living spaces first and leave their bedroom spaces for last, figuring that they are the only people that see these spaces. Create a bedroom retreat that welcomes and comforts you at the end of a long day. Use colors, fabrics, and materials that you love. Add layers of comfort including lighting, furnishings, pillows, blankets, and sheets and a great mattress. All of these elements will work together to create a relaxing environment. A restful bedroom space will do wonders for your overall health and so will a great nights sleep.
Rest

Until next time,

Gia

Video Tour Of One Of My Completed Projects

Usually, the last day of a design and renovation project is when we take our final photos of the completed space. After my team and I put the final touches on the project we then stage everything for the finished project photos.

Once my incredible photographer arrives we quickly get to work on evaluating the space and discuss the shots that we are looking for. Then we spend hours setting up each shot, moving accessories, and composing each shot so I can share the final photos on my website and in all of my marketing materials. My homeowners really enjoy having these professional shots of their finished space as well and often my client’s set up an open house or an impromptu gathering the following day so they can share their new space with family and friends.

Recently, while preparing yet another project for photography day, I had a few extra minutes so I handed my phone to one of the carpenter crew members for a quick video tour of the finished space.

We dropped in a few before photos so we could show you this transformation!

I Hope you enjoy the tour!

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