Remodeling Process: Getting Inspired |

I love helping homeowners realize their dreams for their spaces. It’s the most amazing kind of satisfaction to help people enjoy their homes in a new way. That first meeting with the client is always a bit of a question mark. Some homeowners are very prepared, having done their research, knowing exactly what they want. However, most either aren’t sure or don’t know how to describe their vision for the space. Either way, I have fun looking for the unspoken subtle clues of someone’s lifestyle, taste and design personality sprinkled throughout their home.

So for those of you who don’t even know where to begin, let’s talk inspiration. If I’ve been approached to design a space that doesn’t have an inspiration then my first step is to find one. Inspiration can truly be found anywhere. For the obvious, most homeowners go to magazines or online resources first. One of the best resources out there is I direct a lot of my clients there and remind them that as they browse through photos, knowing what you don’t want is just as important as knowing what you do want. I’ve had clients pull their inspiration entirely from a favorite remodel they found on Houzz.

Rustic Yet Elegant Master Bath

There are ways of being inspired that aren’t direct copying, ways of taking the ideas and concepts and making them your own. You can pull a color palette, a mood or aura, a furniture layout and put your own spin on it. Introduce pieces you already own into the design. I’ve designed bathrooms around a single sink.

Honey Onyx Sink

However, the less obvious sources of inspiration are my favorite to incorporate into a design. What could be yummier than designing a kitchen based around a dessert or a candy?

Salt & Pepper Caramel

Or what about designing a bathroom based on a walk in the woods?

Organic Master Bathroom Remodel

A vacation, a hike, a single piece of art, a favorite article of clothing, truly anything can be inspiring. Keep in mind too that you don’t have to be responsible for translating your inspiration into a coherent design. Call a professional, ask your friends – the best part about designing is that it’s easily a community activity! You don’t have to take everyone’s advice, but some outside thoughts and opinions can help you get the creative juices flowing.

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Let me know if you have any questions; I’m always happy to help.

Rachel |

One Response to “Remodeling Process: Getting Inspired”
  1. Caleb says:

    Thanks for the article. Remodeling and updating projects can be difficult and overwhelming. I always try to have a plan and some patience. You just want to make sure that you step back, have a plan, a budget and spend money wisely. Find fixtures and accessories that will last as well as look good.

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