Does your house say something? It should. And hopefully, it should say something about YOU!
Many times, I’ve walked into a room and said, “Oh, so-and-so must have designed this! It’s nice.” I then wonder what the owners of the home must be like. You see, the issue with instantly knowing who designed the space is that the Designer’s style has usurped the feeling of the person living there!
I am a firm believer that a home should reflect its owner. In everything. It should function well for their needs, make them happy, and be a place where they can create memories. As Oprah says, “Your house should rise up to meet YOU.” You said it, O!
Yes, it should have the wonderful things that Designers bring like beautiful vignettes, great colors, textures, senses of scale and proportion, and wonderful furnishings and materials. But, does this work for the people living there? Is the living room more of a museum of antiques and porcelain pieces than a place to entertain friends? Does everyone in the home love being there and using every inch of the space. Does it make them smile? It should!
I like knowing what the owners are into: Do they have hobbies? Do they like to travel? Collect things? Cook? What’s their background? Are they more formal or more easy-going? Do the furnishings reflect any of that? That’s the fun part!
Most of the time, if you are looking at a Designer’s portfolio, and all the rooms look the same, yours will probably look just like that too if you hire him/her. The designs may look “nice,” they may have cost a pretty penny, but is this where YOU see yourself? Is that “YOU?”
My whole thing is that I like to let my Clients talk and tell me exactly what they want. I may refine a suggestion, offer a different solution, or introduce new ideas, but they are all based in that first question, “What do YOU want?” Then, I give it to them. And if I’m really doing my job well, the choices we make together give solutions that respond to what was asked for, with great functionality and an aesthetic that was even better than expected. All the while, remembering that I’m helping someone make their home a better place for them to live.
What’s better than that?