Most of my posts might give you the impression that a designer’s life is all rush, rush, rush. And that’s mostly true. Between antiquing, meeting with custom vendors, installing finished projects and the mad-dash of photo shoots, there’s plenty of rushing to go around.
But before any of that, there’s the steady stream of research I compile to inform each concept. The process of sifting through inspiration pictures is where it all begins.
Recently I’ve had the pleasure of working on a client’s exquisite colonial home in La Jolla. I’m designing the interior architectural elements; paneling, pediments, and built-in units, and the research led me down a rabbit hole of traditional East Coast colonial-style homes, which just happens to be my favorite style of home.
I love this room designed by Victoria Hagan. The abundance of white paneling offset with gorgeous antiques. In my clients home we are going to be adding pilasters, pediments, paneling, and a plethora of built-ins. After many hand sketches, we plug the approved designs in CAD. Here is a sneak peek into the Living Room elevations.
I have built quite a library of trim books. Here are some of my favorites; Driwood, New Decorating with Architectural Trimwork, and Creating a New Old House. This research takes time, and it’s not the most social part of the job, but in the end it feeds creativity.
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