Foundation of Inspiration
Slow Progress & Heavy Lifting
My parents’ living room and dining room project continues to progress….slowly. We’ve got several other projects going on at the moment so finding time to tackle the work has been a little difficult. The major accomplishment of this past week was getting most of the old furniture out that will not be reused. I used good ole Craigslist and a cool new app called 5 Miles. It’s worth checking out for both buying and selling as it links you to people who are local (usually within 10-ish miles) and forces you to create a profile which will seemingly make people more accountable. I used it a few times with success. What didn’t go between Craigslist and 5 miles got donated.
My parents enlisted the help of Jose, a family friend, and his very large truck to haul some items away. Thanks Jose! Lots of heavy lifting!
Other than getting the furniture out, the other major accomplishment was to find an item of inspiration.
Most designers have a process when creating a space, and finding an item of inspiration is most definitely an integral part of mine. By finding an item of inspiration, I set myself up for success because it gives me place to work from and refer to throughout the entire design process. I loosely define an item of inspiration as a piece or two that serves as the foundation of the space. I will usually use something the client loves, combine it, with their design style and build from there. This process really works for me because a solid item of inspiration can have color, texture, and ambiance all rolled into one…just like a little gift! My parent’s project is no exception.
There she is!
I have been working with a client on another project and we both fell in love with this rug, and I also fell in love with it for my parents! I usually don’t use the same pieces for my clients. It feels like I’m cheating on them LOL! But this piece is too gorgeous to let it slip away, so I didn’t! There she is!
The picture does not do it justice! The color, texture, and overall feel of this rug lend itself to the exact ambiance we were trying to create in our client’s space; calm, tranquil, and serene. It also adds a formal and elegant feel to a space while being light and airy which is something I want to achieve in my parents’ living room and dining room.
Finding the Balance
My parents’ design style is very traditional and the layout of their home reflects that. I think good design has to consider the overall feel of the home to maximize cohesiveness and flow. No sense in forcing it. The living room and dining rooms are formal rooms but they do get used on holidays or when my parents are entertaining which is often. So function and durability have to be considered in addition to aesthetic in order to produce the best possible space. It’s always a balancing act!
Initially, I was going in a completely different direction for my parents’ space. I planned to use these scroll window treatments as my items of inspiration which I still think are gorgeous.
However, my parents are not afraid of color and the drapes were a little boring for them. When initially presented them to my parents, my dad said he was hoping for more color so I knew when I found the rug for the client, that my parents would love it too. It’s important to be able to pivot when working on a project, and was early enough in the game to do so.
A few years ago we completed this room for Habitat for Humanity on a budget of $500 and they both loved the color palette; especially my mom.
Knowing the rug had similar colors and a varied unique texture (it looks almost as if some of the damask pattern is embroidered onto a flat-weave portion of the rug), it was just as I suspected. As soon as I showed it to her, it was a wrap! She LOVED it and our item of inspiration for the project was born! I did mention to my client that I going to use the rug. She was happy to spread the love!
At this point I think the base beige in the rug will be the base for the walls, and larger pieces of furniture but I will find ways to also incorporate colors through decor, window treatments, art & accessories. Of course this could change but for now, this the plan to get us to the next plan!
Now that we’ve got a foundation established, it’s time for the rubber to meet the road! I need to start finding the pieces and placing the colors in order to make these rooms number one stunners!
Create. Innovate. Decorate!