Hi there a la moders, it's Christine here from Bijou and Boheme and I'm tickled pink to be taking part in Shelli's series, 3 secrets of design.
I have to start this post off by saying I'm not actually a designer so take what I'm saying with a grain of salt...or at least a poppy seed etc...
Although I'm not formally trained in such things, I do think I have some idea about what makes great design.
So here you go...my 3 cents on the matter.
One: Buy What You Love
I know, I know...this seems obvious but in actual fact, it's not.
I can't tell you how many times I've stared at something at a store, put down the old/overused MasterCard, and purchased something that I really didn't heart as much as I thought I did.
The trick to good design is to look at every item as if it truly is important...even if it's just a vase or a small trinket...ask yourself, do I really LOVE this? Will I think about it days for now if I don't buy it? Will I be jealous of the lady in the next aisle if I put it down and she grabs it? Will my room/space really be improved if I put this in it? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, slap the money down and purchase...assuming you have the necessary funds and all that:)
Two: Your Needs Matter
When starting to design a room decide what you want to use it for and what you need from the space.
If you have 5 kids, don't buy a glass waterfall table...trust me, I have 3 kids and mine lasted a grande total of 24 hours- no lie.
If you want the room to be a relaxed space to entertain and watch the game, don't fill it with French antiques that you can't rest your feet or a glass on.
I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.
Start a space by really thinking about what you want from it.
Take measurements, draw it out (paper and a pencil will do- no fancy computer programs needed here) and start playing around with where you want the furniture and how the room will work.
Once you have a basic layout, deciding on the pieces that you can re-use or buy, becomes much easier.
Three: Variety is the Spicy
(as in the spice of life)
After arriving at a plan for your space, the real fun begins.
And by fun, I really don't mean heading down to your local Leon's and buying their 'Contemporary Living Room' or 'Baroque Dining Montage'...STAY AWAY FROM SETS.
Take your time with shopping.
Back to point one, only purchase things you really love and don't for heaven sakes buy them all at once...Rome was clearly not built in a day.
The more time you take to look/shop/compare/search, the more you'll discover the little treasures hidden along the way.
In the end, you want your space to look collected/curated...this can only be achieved by taking the time to seek out and capture those little gems that are off the beaten path.
Don't be afraid of the hunt...look, look some more, and then look again.
And PS, back to my main point here, the less things match, the better (in my humble non-professional opinion).
Sure...you can decide on a basic palate/feel for the room but once you do, make sure you add in a variety of textures, shapes, patterns, materials, and colours...this layering is most certainly what makes any space...how they say...to die!!!
Oh and don't forget at least one whimsical/ugly-pretty item...every room needs one- think ceramic zebra, brass gazelle, dalmatian bookends..again, I could go on and on.
So there you go...my 3 secrets of design...I'm not sure if they're actually hush hush concepts but they certainly are the ones I follow and they haven't really let me down yet.
Thanks again to Shelli for having me...was a delight to visit!!
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