Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Designing Brain Is At Work Again!!

I love to read books about Interior designers. What intrigues me is how they think. I love to read about their process in design.

One particular client was always very curious about how my mind worked. Of course she was a professor of psychology so naturally she wanted to know the  thinking process I used when I was designing her home.

She wrote this.......
As the comments indicate, you have a real talent for illuminating this kind of work by providing information on your vision and thinking about how to “get there”.

By making your thinking visible (that is, by explaining how you go about the design process) you provide scaffolding and appropriate support that allows others to think about  similar work.

Your comment about there being no right or wrong in the design world then allows people at all levels of expertise to buy-in to the process, and begin thinking about how they will approach their own project.  

Not sure you realize what an incredible gift that is, but in the world of cognition, teaching and learning, what you do, and how you think is EXEMPLARY!

WOW!! To say I was taken aback would be an understatement. So this post is dedicated to this lovely lady.

Since I am about to add a new element to my family room for the summer months I thought I would take you through my process in hopes that it might help you with your own design journey.

I start by collecting images of the element I want to use in a room. I have been doing this process for the past year. You can see my collection of images, HERE!

I examined the images closely to figure out what I liked, or disliked about each image. I then chose three of my favorite looks.

The three looks that I chose are pictured below………

I like the color of the wood and the contrast of the white. I also love the striped detail in the sail itself.

I did not even realize that this yacht is almost the same as the other yacht pictured above. This one has more detail in the sails and the stand is a  wee bit different. It is also facing a different direction. I do love the scale of this one.

I like the simplicity of this one, but I am wondering if it is too simple for such a large scaled yacht with so much of it being the sails. 

This has a stripe in the sail which I also love. It has a darker wood with a very dark blackish, green/blue paint. One thing I really love about this one is the green painted wood stand. I think that makes it interesting. This feature can be added to any of the yachts we have chosen.

Now the fun part begins, the sourcing!!

Once the sourcing is done I will then have the measurements to try out to see just how large I want to go.

Here is my live-in Handyman making a template on the wall approximately the size of the first yacht pictured. The size is approximately 42w X 45h.

Remember I am the Big is better, less is more gal!

sailboat measuring 007 (800x600)
I am a very visual  so this really helps me get a grasp on the scale of the yacht.

sailboat measuring 008 (600x800)
Sails and even the yacht and stand!! Now I have a really good idea that this is the size we need for sure!!

Now for the price shopping,  shipping cost and availability.

Once we have all this information on hand we will sleep on it, and make our final decision between………

sailboat 1
                OR      sailboat