Sunday, January 3, 2010

Great Beginnings, Part 2

So. . . the New Year is here, and you’ve packed away the decorations and cleared out or reorganized the clutter.  (At least the thought has arisen, right?)  As I promised my clients and readers, I’m working on a series, “Great Beginnings”, to be a guide for planning and implementing any home design project.

Copy of Stout Guest Rm  Space Plan 10-05-08Space planning is just one of my first priorities in planning a room, whether it be a simple or a complicated layout.  I use a special program to scale the design and the furniture for the best fit.  (More on this subject, later . . . )

In a previous post, I addressed some points on organization, not only to open up space, but to plan it in a way which promotes for ease of living and less wasted time in trying to locate important possessions.  A method for achieving that was briefly covered in multi-functional rooms or even multi-purposed pieces of furniture. I’ll get back to some more detailed examples of that, in Part 3.  For now, I want to chat about what emotion or lifestyle you want your well-designed space to evoke.

Identifying this takes a little extra thought.  Many of my clients have collected pictures, prior to our meeting, to show rooms they like.  I study them carefully to see if I can put together a pattern, be it the color scheme, the design style, particular pieces of furniture or accents.  In most cases, the bottom line revolves back to how the room makes them “feel”.

Breakfast.web Do you crave a cheerful, airy space – such as this room, featured on my AVA Living Space?  I named it the “Glorious Morning Room”.  It was designed for a shingle-style home and the original artwork, by Jan Yearwood, was the starting point for the color palette.  Many visitors have said this room made them feel happy.

6611_LGOr . . . is it more your preference to create a cozy retreat, enveloped in texture?  My client’s dining room, dipped in delicious, dark chocolate, achieved the desire of having guests linger over coffee and cordials.  No dinner bell required.

Copy of IMG_3988Is your wardrobe more formal and tailored?  Chances are, you’ll love an elegant entry . . . smooth and polished, with the details of a custom couturier. (Custom build project for my client, with Arcadia Homes, Inc.)

IMG_9829If you are a free spirit, (or a ‘tween of the feminine persuasion), you’ll dream of a personalized nest to reflect your passions, plans and ponderings - with vivid hues placed in a play of patterns.  (Photographed by Chanda Pope Room featured in “Little Ones” Magazine.)

The rooms, above, were completed down to the last ingredient.  They had to have a Great Beginning, in order to achieve the Best Ending.  I was so fortunate to have clients who allowed me to take them through the entire process, from the first questions to the finishing touches.  After all, even with the right recipe in hand, you can’t enjoy a cake, half-baked!

Stay tuned for Part 3 . . . “Thinking Inside of the Box”.  If you would like to receive these posts, be sure to subscribe to my feed, here, or on Facebook Networked Blogs.  (The buttons are to the right.)

Meanwhile, I’d love to hear about your dream room.  What does it feel like, to you?

Cheers to “Feeling Good”!  Wanda


silk purse said...

Hello there from one "Wanda" to another; greetings and happy new year in 2010!..,

You are on my blog list of favorites so I thought I'd take this opportiunity to say "hello",as well as to warmly invite you for "some afternoon tea and treats" for my little, Tuesday Tea For Two, weekly blogging tea party..,

I'm really enjoying your series and your "great beginnings" portion of the series this week. It's rich with ideas and informative as well, as to the "whys and wherefores" of the art, science and theory of of interior design..,Thanks so much for sharing!

Cheers from Wanda Lee, a.k.a./ Silken Purse @ The Plumed Penhello"

Interior Concepts by Wanda said...

Thank you so much! I'll have to stop by for "tea time" to see about your blogging party. From this Wanda to you, Happy New Year and I hope you have Great Beginnings, too!

atayala said...

WOW! I love those high ceilings and dark wood floors. Each photo was so beautiful in a wonderful and unique way. This was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed looking.

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