#1 – Understand how your Space Functions!

We’re here! The #1 reason WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS! And FUNCTION trumps them all!  I know that sounds a little boring – but it’s actually a lot of fun!  Our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES starting 9th of May are going to prove it and…

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Catering to everyone!  (Image Source:  VTwonen)

 “This takes time and you know your home and family better than anyone!  “

This is one of my favourite stages in design – taking a step back and watching how a room FUNCTIONS.  Design is about far more than just your personal style or the latest trends. Great design is about making the users of the space HAPPY & INSPIRED!  For example, a living space can serve an amazing diversity of functions –

  • kids playroom zone,
  • mum’s office zone,
  • pet’s snoozing zone,
  • dad’s bring my work home zone,
  • artist’s studio,
  • hang my coat and take off my shoes zone,
  • reading nook in the sun zone … and the list goes on.

In both of our Courses PART1 – “DESIGN LIKE A PRO” and PART 2 – “STYLE LIKE A DIVA”, we’ll be selecting a room and analysing how the space works for all members of the family.  This takes time and you know your home and family better than anyone!  

By the end of the Course you’ll have created a design for your room that caters to everyone … including the dog!

SO FUNCTION REALLY IS A LOT COOLER THAN IT SOUNDS!

Learn all about our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES right here.

SEE YOU IN CLASS SOON!  Linda 🙂

 

#2 – Tell your Design Story!

Our homes are an extension of who we are.

It was a toss up between which would be #1, and #2 is a very close contender in the TOP 10 of REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE JOINING US IN CLASS.  Our homes truly are an extension of ourselves and at our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES in May we’re going to show you how to TELL YOUR DESIGN STORY!

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When we welcome people into our homes we are welcoming them into our lives and they are getting a glimpse of who we are as people – especially the individual making most of the design choices for the home.

Now before we start dressing up our homes to look like the latest style trend – the Hamptons, Scandinavian, Mid-Century, French Provincial – we need to develop our own PERSONAL DESIGN STORY.  So don’t open the design mags or jump on HOUZZ just yet. Take a moment to get personal… real personal.  You’ll be amazed at what you find.

“STAY TRUE AND HONEST TO YOUR PERSONAL DESIGN STORY!”

Start with these questions to get you going on your personal design journey…

  1. What is your personal story?  Look back on your life and consider what’s really important to you that may have influenced your personal style.  Find old photos that capture special memories or find pics in magazines that convey your ideas.  Jot down key words.
  2. Go on a tour of your favourite local places – shops, cafes, galleries – and take along a notebook to capture your thoughts while you snap pics along the way.
  3. What are your keepsake treasures – from your travels, holidays, events, books you’ve read – what appeals to you that’s timeless and will always have a place in your heart. Take pics of the big items and gather together the small.
  4. Cut out images when you fall in love with the colour palettes.

Now bring these images and objects together to create a collage, snap a pic, and write a paragraph or two that sums up you as a person and your personal style.  This will be your foundation as you now begin to look at different design styles, and yes jump on HOUZZ!  But remember…

STAY TRUE AND HONEST TO YOUR PERSONAL DESIGN STORY!

We’ll show you how at our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES so click here!  Linda

#3 – Great Design Takes Time!

We’re at #3 in our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS – and it’s all about taking your time.  GREAT DESIGN IS A SLOW PROCESS and it’s all about getting to know your space and your style. In PART 1 – “DESIGN LIKE A PRO! we’ll learn how to analyse a room and in PART 2 – “STYLE LIKE A DIVA” we’ll learn how to develop a STYLE ALL OF YOUR OWN!

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Take your time. (Image Source:  George Marks)

“IT’S ALL ABOUT EXPERIMENTATION!”

After each class you’ll be taking home the principles you’ve learned and trying new things out…

  • analysing a room for circulation, function and natural light
  • identifying the good and bad elements of a space
  • understanding the function of a room
  • trying different furniture layouts with tape on the floor
  • testing colour samples on the walls and testing the effects of natural light
  • playing with a variety of fabrics and patterns
  • trying out different styling techniques as you craft the perfect vignette

It’s all about EXPERIMENTATION and finding out what works for you and your family, your personal style, and the big question – CAN I LOOK AT THIS, LIVE WITH THIS EVERY DAY FOR A LOOONG TIME  (just how long depends upon the scale & cost of your improvements).

So before you jump in and paint your living room walls a lively shade of Chartreuse green, take your time, experiment and ask yourself on DAY 30 – “do I still love this as much as I did on DAY 1?”

ONLY YOU HAVE THE “HOME ADVANTAGE” TO EXPERIMENT – MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT.  Learn more about our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES right here.  Linda

#4 – Let there be Light!

We’re getting closer to #1 as we count down the TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS.  #4 is all about setting the mood with LIGHTING and you’ll learn the principles and some out of the box lighting solutions at our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES starting 9th of May.

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“Good lighting is like a layer of magic dust sprinkled over everything.”

Kelly Hoppen

Lighting can make or break a space.  It determines how we read colour.  Light and colour are inextricably linked.  The colour of an object is based upon how it reflects light.

In the past, your typical home had one incandescent globe in the middle of the ceiling to perform the basic function of lighting up a space just enough for us to avoid head on collisions.  Nothing more.

Today, we realise that lighting performs many functions – yes general lighting but also…

  • task lighting
  • accent lighting
  • feature lighting
  • mood lighting.

We have downlights for spot lighting, feature pendants over dining tables and island counters, task lighting over kitchen benches, lamps in cosy corners for reading and concealed lighting for halo effects.

You have the wonderful benefit of living in your home during both day and night hours and you get to experience how natural light from outdoors flows through your home, where are the dark spots in a room that would benefit from a table lamp and where do you perform the key functions that need some additional light shed with task lighting.

Homes function 24 hours and you are the only one who knows your home so intimately. Get to know your home – every little nook and cranny.  Linda

INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES START 9th of MAY!  Learn more here!

#5 – Work with the home you have!

No matter your preferred style, you need to work with the home you have. We’re on the home stretch to #1 of the TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS. #5 adds some reality and brings us back to earth a lil’, but believe me – it’s worth it!  Join us at INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES starting 9th of May, and we’ll help you get to know your home better.

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A home is framed by vertical and horizontal elements.

Your home is basically a box. This box is held up by a series of architectural elements – window and door frames, columns, wall panelling, exposed roof beams.  These elements frame the interior spaces and are part of the interior palette. Often they are an expression of the architectural style of the home. The impressive Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen is famous for applying what she calls the “GRID” throughout her interiors.

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There’s always a time to break the rules and create a focal point!

A home with dark door and window frames has a completely different feel to a home with white framing as you can see from the two feature images. All white timber furniture will never look right surrounded by dark architectural framing, nor vice versa. UNLESS… you want to create a focal point and A LITTLE CONTRAST ALWAYS WORKS MAGIC!

To create seamless spaces that blur the line between exterior and interior, repeat architectural elements in the proportions, colours and materials of your furniture and cabinetry.

So join us in INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES and learn how to make your home sing!  Linda

# 6 – Art is Inspiration!

We often overlook this critical element in any space – and yet it has the potential to inspire everything – yes – ART!

As we make our way down the TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN US IN CLASS, #6 is all about CHOOSING ART THAT SPEAKS TO YOUR SOUL. In our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be learning how to use art as our HERO pieces and to inspire COLOUR PALETTES.

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Art is great inspiration for your home’s colour palette!

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

Pablo Picasso

Just like beauty… what you decide is great art really is in the eye of the beholder.  ART IS INSPIRATIONAL AND ASPIRATIONAL  and speaks to our very souls.  Our preferences in art tell the world so much about ourselves – SO MAKE SURE WHAT YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR HOME TELLS YOUR STORY!

We can use art in several ways throughout our home, let’s start with INSPIRATION FOR A COLOUR PALETTE.

COLOUR THEORY can get quite complex and a little like being back in science class.  By selecting a piece of art that you love it’s doing alot of the work for you.  Based on the rule of 70,20,10 – you can identify your main body colour and pick out a few accents.  The Dining Room image above illustrates how the soft pastels in the artwork can be carried through onto the walls, using lavendar as the main body colour, and accents in the chairs and floor rug – turqoise and light blue.  Basically – an Analogous colour scheme. Beautiful!

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Or ART can be the stand alone “HERO” piece.

We can also use art as the “HERO” piece, the focal point of a room.  These pieces stand alone and are intended to grab the attention – not blend in. As pictured in this Dining Room, the interior decor is largely white making the primary red stand out further.  The minor colour accents in the room are selected to work with and frame the focal point.

When selecting your artwork, it doesn’t need to cost alot of $$$.  What’s important is that you LOVE IT!  And don’t leave it till last and select art that “matches” your home – find these personal treasures early and use them as inspiration.

So join us in class soon and learn how to make art the inspiration for your home! Buy your tickets right here!

See you soon! Linda

FABRIC FRIDAYS!

Happy Friday Design Lovers!

I’ve finally recovered from my last round of INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES  and I’ll be BLOGGING up a storm again starting with FABRIC FRIDAYS! Every Friday I’ll focus on a particular INTERIOR STYLE and 5 wonderful fabrics to compliment – hero pieces and the support crew! If you’re a past PLACE CRAFT student you’ll know just how much I LOVE fabrics and how important they are to expressing your personal style. So without further ado…

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Image: Jill Morris

This Friday I’m feeling a little English countryside and I’m absolutely loving the “Hodsoll McKenzie – Estate” collection out of London.  So if you’re an “Escape to the Country” fan – then I hope you feel transported!

This is my hero fabric – a soft and humble floral on linen base with muted earthy tones, reminiscent of a sweet country garden. Perfect for a cosy armchair and scatter cushions.

I’m adding in some traditional English tailoring in a cashmere geometric – perfect for a large piece with square profiles like a big ol’ ottoman or formal lounge.

Some pattern and contrast will bring a little sophistication to my provincial cottage – throw cushions, nothing too large, I want to keep it cosy.

I love this wispy textured fabric for throw cushions, it modernises the country style and brings some nature indoors.

And lastly this embroidered accent that reminds me of cobblestones and rock walls of the traditional cottage. This soft sheer-like cotton will make a nice feature at my cottage windows.

Thanks for joining me on my country stroll – now I feel like a holiday!

Have a great weekend!

Linda 🙂

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#7 – Colours are a Reflection of Life!

We’re at #7 and one of the most important reasons of all – UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE COLOUR EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY!  At our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be teaching COLOUR THEORY  and the emotions and effects of different colour schemes.

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I love this quote…

“Like emotions, colours are a reflection of life.” – Janice Glennaway

The way we combine colours has an amazing effect on us and the spaces we create.  We’ll be learning about some key colour schemes…

  • Monochromatic – Tints, tones and shades of one colour
  • Complementary – These colours lie opposite to each other on the colour wheel
  • Analogous – These colours sit next to each other
  • Triad – Any three colours equally spaced on the colour wheel

And then you have your Neutrals which is basically any colour “greyed” out – in Australia we love our whites, creams, browns, blacks and greys.  They make for relaxed and serene interior spaces.

So join us in March and we’re going to teach you how to BE BOLD AND HAVE FUN WITH COLOUR! Once you understand COLOUR THEORY you can be your home’s best designer every day of the week!  Linda

Sign up for INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES right here.

#8 – Avoid Split Personalities!

In our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE JOINING US IN CLASS we’ve reached #8 – AVOID SPLIT PERSONALITIES. At our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be teaching you how to maintain a consistent style and story throughout your home.

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Spaces should flow (Image Source: French by Design Blog)

“Your home needs an overarching DESIGN STORY – THE CENTRAL PLOT…”

In PART 1-  “DESIGN LIKE A PRO” you’ll learn how to select a consistent palette of materials that flows throughout your home and connects all spaces.  In PART 2 – “STYLE LIKE A DIVA” you’ll learn how to achieve flow through your style – expressed in artwork, furniture, textiles and colour. You’ll learn how to create a Mood Board for every room in your home – as every room has a different function and purpose.  But be careful – DON’T CREATE TOO MANY PERSONALITIES.

Your home needs an overarching DESIGN STORY – THE CENTRAL PLOT, from which each room varies slightly with it’s own character and feel, but all are connected with common threads.

A colour scheme can tie a house together expressed in a variety of finishes and materials (see the image above) and the choice of flooring can be very effective in tying rooms together so one space flows to the next.

When you’re designing multiple rooms in your home, create your Mood Boards first and then lay them out next to each other.  Make sure they read together as ONE STRONG DESIGN STORY BUT WITH LAYERS OF DIVERSITY.

DON’T MISS OUT! Tickets are on sale right here.  Linda 🙂

#9 – Plan Ahead and Save $$

As we count down our TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BE JOINING US IN CLASS this May, we come to #9 – PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE $$ – and plenty of them!

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“…each decision will affect the others and none should be made in isolation.”

In our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES we’ll be talking plenty about PLANNING WITH THE END IN MIND! There’s two ways we can plan ahead and save – 1. ESTABLISH A BUDGET EARLY ON AND STICK TO IT, and 2. MAKE EVERY DECISION IN CONTEXT!

I have many clients who come to me stressed out exhausted because their builder is bombarding them with questions and they’re making decisions on the run.

  • What floor tile are you using?
  • What finish are your cabinets going to be?
  • What colour are your cabinets going to be?
  • What type of stone do you want for your benchtop?

The questions never end and the builder wants your answers now!

The scary thing is each decision will affect the others and none should be made in isolation.  You need a BIG PICTURE … but you really needed it before you started the project.

So first things first… we’re going to teach you about BUDGETING AHEAD and getting a good understanding of what level of finish you can expect for your home based on that budget. Secondly, you’ll learn how to create that BIG PICTURE DESIGN CONCEPT so that when your builder asks the tough questions – YOU’RE READY!

Sign up for our INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES here or follow this link www.placecrafting.com.au/design-classes.html– you’ll be so glad you did!

Hope to see you in May, Linda 🙂