One of my favorite past times is to grab a cup of coffee and sit in a quiet corner of the book store with home magazines and beautiful architecture books spread before me. It's during this retreat that I mix my profession with pleasure as I admire certain works and look closely at craftsmanship and design. It inspires me to study the details of other skilled professionals. I enjoy taking the time to explore and read about how specific elements marry or compliment each other to make a home or room successful.
As a design/build firm, clients often come to us with projects in mind regarding a specific space. As we begin our discussions, sometimes we realize that clients might know how they want to use the space but they don't have the visual language to describe the details. For example, a client might know that they want a mudroom to be in keeping with the design and style of their home but they might not be quite sure what kind of raised paneling would be complimentary. There are many options that can be overwhelming when you are looking at samples in a showroom, completely out of context.
We often recommend keeping a scrapbook of clippings that best represent your likes and dislikes. This process aids in defining aesthetics that you are attracted to. Sharing this information, enables a good designer to move from one genre to another in collaboration with the client, incorporating style elements that flatter the overall space and design. Today, we see many clients embracing transitional styles. They aren't trapped with one distinct design style but yet fall in between traditional and modern. Transitional style tends to include thickset moldings and trim, clean lines and neutral colors. Nondescript tones, allow splashes of color that can draw attention to distinct objects, or a unique piece of art.
In today's modern era, many of us spend more time in front of a computer screen than we do at the book store. If you're thinking it might be hard to start on that scrapbook, think again. Enter Houzz - the digital scrapbook application that provides endless inspiration. As stated perfectly on their website, Houzz is "a collaborative platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community." You can search for inspiration by style, space, or metro area. You can collect images, make notes and share your ideas. Some photos also contain source information as pictured above. When you're in the application, and you click on the little green tag, a window appears with buying information. For example, paint color is displayed, a website given or other essential data appears. Click here to view the application and start collecting images of rooms and designs you like. Who knows? This might be the start of your next renovation.
If you're feeling inspired and would like to discuss how your dreams and visions can become a reality in your home, call TR Building & Remodeling today at 203-664-1303. Also, you can visit our professional page on Houzz.com by clicking here. We look forward to assisting you!
TR Building & Remodeling, Inc.