#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

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#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

How would a Builder build?

HAPPY SUNDAY DESIGN LOVERS!

We’ve got 2 weeks until DESIGN LIKE A PRO starts – Part 1 of my Interior Design Course.

In the weeks ahead I want to share with you some of the amazing insights our Class will be receiving to help them create a beautiful home and save $$. A home that functions perfectly, makes efficient use of space, connects indoors and outdoors and features the architectural character worthy of your home.

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Residential 101 – The Cascade – Aveley Display Village

We’re very fortunate to have GUEST SPEAKER – Andrew Woolley, a Design & Sales Consultant, from Residential 101 joining us in our first class. I’ve asked Andrew to speak to you about “HOW HE WOULD BUILD HIS HOME”. Everyday he helps people customise their floor plans and decide which upgrades to go with – but what would he do?

When a Builder creates a display home, they go to A LOT OF TROUBLE to make it look perfect. There are a multitude of upgrades, pain staking attention to detail, designer selected finishes and perfect styling. Often the house you finally receive at handover is not the house you thought you were buying.

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Living Room in The Cascade

So together Andrew and I will be discussing the following:

  • Latest trends in floor plans and how to get the most living space out of small blocks
  • Which upgrades are worth the extra $$
  • Where to spend $$ now and make space for improvements later
  • What scope to leave with the Builder and what items you can save $$ doing yourself
  • The use of focal points and how a little luxe can go a long way
  • How architectural elements make a house a home

So if you’re building, renovating or a Design Lover and just want to learn the foundation principles of good design and planning –SIGN UP (click here) & JOIN US IN CLASS!

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Master Bedroom in The Cascade

As I shared with one interested participant, your home is one of, if not the greatest, investment you’ll make in a lifetime. Let’s make sure it’s a smart $$ investment and a beautiful investment!

Next I’ll be talking FANTASTIC FLOOR PLANS and introducing our GUEST SPEAKER ARCHITECT!

See you in Class, Linda 🙂