Congratulations on Making an Investment on Your Home!
Here are some tools to help you get started:
We’ve designed these questions to help guide you through your thought process and visually brainstorm your ideas. Don’t be intimidated! There are no wrong answers. This is a safe space for all your interior design brain vomit needs.
Once you’ve read through the three tasks, download the worksheet, grab a notebook, and get started. (We’ve also provided a Google form if the old fashioned way isn’t your thing.)
If you have any questions as you’re completing your homework, feel free to contact us. You’re also welcome to explore any our of digital resources provided on our website and social media pages. And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!
Make a Wishlist
If your budget were bottomless, what would you do? If you could only pick three things to change, what would they be? Think about what needs you would like to address and jot down some ideas. Don’t worry about censoring yourself right now— just list everything that's in your brain and made you want to start a project in the first place. We’ll work together to narrow and prioritize your list of functional and aesthetic goals in our meeting.
Give Some Thought to Function
Pay attention to how you and your family use the space in question. Make a list of the busiest times in the space along with the biggest complaints about how it works (or doesn’t) . For example: “The kitchen works okay for a quick breakfast, but there’s not enough room for the kids to sit and do homework or hang out after school while I’m making dinner.” Strong examples of functionality will help us determine what advice to give you so that you and your family can live better in your home.
Show & Tell
As much as we’d like to look inside your brain and see exactly what you’re trying to describe, our powers of x-ray vision are limited. Instead we ask that you start collecting information either tangibly with prints and cutouts, or browse virtually on the interwebs. Knowing what you do or don’t like about a specific room will help us narrow down your personal style and better tailor the designs we pitch.
Here’s your specific assignment:
Look for examples of rooms or elements that in magazines, Instagram pages, etc. that you believe are either a THING (T) or NOT A THING (NAT).
Make a folder of THINGS
Jot down your initial reactions of which element caused the happiness. Was it the lighting? The color? The furniture arrangement?
Next, make a NOT A THING folder with the same level of detail. It’s perfectly okay to have one page or image with both T/NAT elements on it, so don’t worry if you can’t find the perfect room example. Use Post-It notes to list your comments on each example.
When you’ve assembled your collection of THING and NOT A THING examples, put them in a binder or digital file for us to review during the consultation. If you’re going the virtual route, create two Pinterest boards or Saved Instagram folders (each labeled THING and NOT A THING). Sample boards with comments are available on our website under the Resources tab.