What Can Hourly Design Do For You?

I think most people in general think it’s all or nothing with designers.  Either you hire them to work on your entire space or nothing at all!  Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.  In fact most designers provide hourly consultations and the hours can be used for whatever the client needs assistance with.  A good portion of my business is hourly consultations, especially in this economy where hiring a designer for full design is a luxury most cannot indulge in.  I have clients who have me come to their home for just a few hours, to get them moving in the right direction.  I have others who will work out their entire design themselves and then just consult with me before making final purchases in order to eliminate mistakes.  I’m their little insurance policy!  An hour or two of consultation can be a lot cheaper than having to re-do bad design choices. 

Let’s take a look at a bathroom for Meg Sexton, a client for whom hourly consultation was a great help.  She had a general idea of the look she was going for but was overwhelmed with finalizing all the details and needed a little guidance.  She had already chosen white subway tiles for the shower walls as well as the vanity.   Yet to be decided was flooring, an accent for the shower walls, faucet/lighting  fixtures and paint.  We started with the floor tile.  We found a dark brownish-taupe tile that had an almost metallic overlay on it.  The metallic is subtle but just adds a touch of polish without the floor becoming glossy.  Next, I found her a limestone mosaic that we had installed as a border in the shower.  We originally wanted something with less beige in it but I found this as a remnant and it had the right price tag attached to it.  It turns out I actually like the mix of warm and cool tones in it.  It helps tie together the mix of them going on in the rest of the bathroom.  Before we move on from the tiling, please take a look at the tile on both the floor and walls.  In the shower, it’s installed all the way up to the ceiling.  Always run your tile to the ceiling….it just looks better!   As far as the floor tile I like to use the largest tile the space will allow for.  Here is the rule, “The larger the tile, the larger it makes the area look”.  It’s an illusion for your eye.  I’ve gone head to head with clients on this one. I’m not generally a bragger but on this topic, I’ve always been right!  Plus…think less grout…less cleaning. I never use anything smaller than a 12×12 for flooring unless it’s a mosaic and if a 12×12 is chosen by a the client I advise them to use a 12×18 instead.  You’ll get the same full amounts of tiles laid side to  side as a 12×12 but a 12×18 just seems to have a more updated look to it.

    

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

The aqua-blue paint we chose makes this bathroom feel so tranquil.

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

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Double Vision

When I found out I was pregnant, after the initial excitement of becoming a Mommy set in…my mind started designing the Nursery! I had no idea which gender I was having yet so I decided I would come up with some mock designs for both. At that time I really felt like I was having a boy, so I designed that room first. Well, I was WRONG so on to the next thought process. Maybe for fun I’ll have to post my boy’s design board later!

When designing, I like to take one item whether it be an art piece, area rug or even a fabric pattern and build off of that. It takes much of that overwhelming feeling out of design. The hard part then becomes what will that one piece be? I wanted a room that would grow with my daughter so it had to be more mature than a typical baby room but still be whimsical enough for a baby. When I found these art pieces, I knew I had found my inspiration. I have a Boston Terrier (ahem…see my Design Assistant) and what woman doesn’t love purses! A yellow & black palette would give the room some sophistication…BINGO…we have set our mood!

 
 

 

 How do you like that table accessory…wink wink?

 

Ok, so now on to why this post is titled “Double Vision”. My best friend Jen Skog threw me the most AMAZING baby shower. She took my vision for my Nursery and turned it into a whimsical soiree. Jen is a professional photographer but from the looks of her design I’d say she has a career in event design wouldn’t you say? Her design was even featured on The Cake Blog.  Details included Boston Terrier and Handbag cookies for the favors as well as the cutest floral arrangement I’ve ever seen.  A purse made from yellow poms to mimic the purse in my inspiration artwork…SERIOUSLY?!?!  I was blown away.  I’m going to let the photos do the rest of the talking.

 
 
 
 
Here I am looking ready to pop but was no where near! 
 
 
All in all both Jen’s and my visions came to life and it just goes to show how different areas of design, whether it be interiors, fashion, events, etc. all go hand in hand.
 
Lil Miss Sydney Bean enjoying her new nursery!
 

 

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