I have been in this business for over 25 years, and I have seen many styles, trends and “must-haves” come and go during that time. But lately, a new momentum seems to have emerged. Everything seems to be picking up speed. New technologies become obsolete in the blink of an eye, and, thanks to the internet and social media, new trends travel across the country – and even around the world - like lightning.
There are some things that will never change – at least not for me. To me, good design is, and always will be about having a having an innate artistic sense and following solid, classic design principles. And to me, the best way to earn success will always be to listen carefully and thoughtfully to a client’s wants and needs.
I believe that good design endures. It has a timeless quality to it, because the focus is not on what’s popular now, but on achieving the right scale, the right balance, the right lighting and the right lines for the space. These are components that stay the same across the board, regardless of what style a homeowner prefers, or what the current trends are.
But while some fundamental aspects of design are unchanging, others are always changing. No two clients ever want or exactly the same things, so every project is completely different. Style preferences change from client to client and from year to year. New ideas, techniques, trends and technologies emerge all the time. These changes are what makes this job exciting and dynamic.
To me, having both roots and wings is important in this industry. That’s why this is such an exciting time to be a designer!
Style preferences have shifted solidly toward the transitional, which blends traditional and contemporary design elements. The incorporation of contemporary elements really opens up a whole world of new possibilities and new directions. There are just so many ways you can go with it.
Technology, too, has changed everything. Nowadays, when I visit a client’s home, I can instantly snap photos for reference, and I can instantly save and catalog them. I sometimes think back to the days when all I did was look around, and I wonder how I managed to remember everything well enough to create a design!
Clients also have so many new tools at their disposal. They used to come in with a few clippings from magazines. Now they literally have the whole world at their fingertips. They can look at hundreds of options on sites like Houzz and Pinterest.
Pinterest truly is a wonderful tool. My goal is always to create a home that deeply reflects my clients’ individuality. Since clients can create a whole board of different options, I can get a real sense of who they are and what their style is, which allows me to add so much nuance, detail and personality to each design.
We know our clients love Pinterest, too, so we have made things easier for them. In the spirit of embracing the new, we have made all of our designs pinnable! Collect them, share them, enjoy them – use them as a jumping-off point for creating your own dream home.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with!