Did you know that your home is a reflection of who you are? 

Yes, it’s literally like looking in a mirror.

Except that, you won’t see your face staring back at you.

What you WILL see is different aspects of your personality and all phases of your life – up until this point in time.

Pretty cool, huh?

The way you furnish your home, it’s like writing your bio.

But instead of words, you’re using color, texture, and various materials and furnishings to tell the story of who you are.

It is a story, by the way.

And it’s the perfect Bio.

Who better than you to tell it like it is?

Keep reading to see how you can write your story.


Look to the Past

It’s hard to escape the past.

We have memories –good and bad – that follow us wherever we go.

The secret is to delve into those memories and recapture moments from your past that complement how you live today.

If something no longer serves you, remove it.

Whatever resonates – keep it.

Like it or not, your home reflects all the different stages of your life.

It’s what made you who you are today.


Embrace the Present

Good design tells a story and it’s one that engages and envelops you.



I’m just back from NORDEX, our annual two-day interior design event held at the Seattle Design Center.      

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to listen to a talk by Michael Bruno, President and CEO of an on-line luxury retailer of fine antiques and works of art.

I was impressed by his predictions for the future of web-based design, and what it could mean for both the design professional and our clients.

If you’ve ever worked with an interior designer, you know the drill. After the initial meeting, and discussion of your project ‘wish list’, the designer typically measures the room, or rooms in question, draws up a floor plan, and proceeds to pull together a design scheme.

This can include everything from the color palette, fabric, and furniture selections, finishes and lighting, and of course, any structural changes if you are embarking on a renovation.

As the project progresses, you continue to meet with your designer on a regular basis to review her selections, and perhaps approve them. If not, the design will be tweaked over and over, until you’ve reached perfection.

This process can add up to a whole slew of meetings, not to mention re-arranging schedules in order to accommodate everyone involved on the project.

If you are paying an hourly fee, this can definitely add to your overall costs.

Now imagine this scenario, instead:

In the comfort of your home, at a time of your choosing, you sit down at your computer and log on to a special on-line account that your designer has created for you, complete with a personalized password.

In a matter of seconds, you can view any aspect of your project portfolio that you wish to see.

Want to have another look at the floor plan? Or, perhaps you’d prefer to view three-dimensional drawings, instead?

Touch the screen, and manipulate the images however you wish.

Imagine the ease of being able to see the furnished rooms drawn up in perspective, and in full color, all in the comfort and convenience of your home?

How about separate images of each piece of furniture, complete with realistic representations of the fabric color and texture? Touch the screen again, and the sofa is shown in 3D; another touch, and the image can be rotated to view from any angle.

Need close up details? Zoom in for a better view.

Imagine that you can proceed in the same manner, with any aspect of your project, without having to schedule a single meeting with your interior designer.

Of course, you can still give direct feedback to your designer, from the same secure site.

Although, I will venture to say that some things are best explained in person, no matter how great the technology.

Some of the technology I mention may already be available on a smaller scale, but the long-term potential of such a high-tech, web-based service will be far-reaching, for both the design professional and the client.

Not only would it save time and lower the overall costs of a project, but it would also save huge amounts of paper, protecting thousands of trees in the process.

As on-line renditions are perfected, the industry would also benefit from not having to provide countless fabric samples,  as they provide highly realistic, computerized substitutes of the original.

Well, we can dream, but things aren’t quite there yet.

Give it time. We will get there soon enough!

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