#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

#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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Collect Your Thoughts First!

Last time I wrote, we were gearing up for INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSES. Then we postponed – too close to kids going back to school – but now we’re back on track! PART 1 – DESIGN LIKE A PRO starts February 28th with PART 2 – STYLE LIKE A DIVA starting 3 weeks later. Grab your tickets right here at www.placecrafting.com.au/design-classes.html

So today I want to talk to you about COLLECTING YOUR THOUGHTS. I can’t stress enough that before you start your building, renovating, decorating or styling project – do your research, find out what you love, and turn your thoughts into tangible images and objects. First on a MOOD BOARD, then a DESIGN BOARD (if building or renovating) and lastly a STYLING BOARD.

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MOOD BOARD EXAMPLE

A MOOD BOARD is exactly that – it’s imagery and objects that convey the “MOOD” of a space. A DESIGN (or finishes) BOARD shows off the actual finishes and materials that you’ll be fitting out the space with. A STYLING BOARD is the furnishings and accessories. Without these 2 or 3 steps – it’s very likely that your space will end up looking disjointed, unsettling and lacking in harmony.

As soon as new acquaintances learn that I’m an Interior Designer, most often the first thing they say is how frustrated they are at creating their own look and applying this to their home. They don’t know where to start, how to discover their own style and have no idea how to make the style of their home look coordinated and holistic.

I always say to them – do you collect pics of what you love, are you a “pinner” on Pinterest, do you have a design journal where you write down your ideas and stick your pics? Response: No.

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FINISHES BOARD EXAMPLE

I guarantee you that if you do your research, take some time out each week to collect your ideas, start paying attention to what you love and inspires you – YOU WILL DISCOVER YOUR STYLE! As for applying your style to your home, it’s time to learn the PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN – balance, contrast, proportion, texture, and so on.

This is why I teach Classes for homeowners. I LOVE making a difference in people’s lives and homes by educating and empowering them to find their own style and creativity!

Join me in Class and I’ll change the way you look at your home – FOREVER!  SIGN UP RIGHT HERE and let’s finally create the dream home you deserve.

Linda 🙂