Welcome to The Enthusiasts Guide to Home Decorating.
Have you ever looked through your latest copy of a favorite home design and decorating magazine and found yourself frustrated? As hard as you work to create a beautiful home your rooms never quite measure up to those on the glossy pages in front of you. You spend hours poring over each page; taking note of new color possibilities, a chair or sofa you can’t live without and a curtain fabric that would be perfect. And yet after all that time, energy and money invested you step back and something is just not right. Something is missing and you feel defeated.
Some will tell you this is the time to hire a design professional and for some that’s just what you should do. But for others who are truly enthusiastic about working on their own home that’s not an option. This is an act of creation they want to be deeply involved in. The beautiful home of which they’ve always dreamed is something they want to make happen and they’re determined to see the project through to its last beautiful detail. If only they could tap into some of the knowledge and experience of a professional designer and then apply that knowledge in their own home in a systematic manner. Then they would get the results they’ve only wished for. Then they would have the home filled with beautiful rooms that they’ve designed and decorated and of which they are rightfully proud.
The Enthusiasts Guide to Home Decorating is both a guide book and training series created for the many who want to design and decorate their own home. It’s not fancy or complicated but it does deliver a fail-safe system for home decorating that draws on the best the professional world has to offer. For if you speak with or look at the work accomplished by every professional design firm in the country you’ll discover a simple truth; they have a system they follow meticulously that leads them from beginning to end, from start to finish from empty shell to dazzling, photo ready room.
So let’s lay the groundwork by offering a few definitions and one disclaimer.
By definition, what is Interior Design and what is Interior Decoration?
“Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.
Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.” (NCIDQ)
Here’s the disclaimer: No matter how enthusiastic you are about studying and mastering the technics you’ll find in the guide this will not prepare you for a professional career in design. That’s neither the intention nor the goal.
What is the intention and goal is to provide individuals with a system that is easy to understand and implement that can help elevate the beauty of your home in a way that makes you proud of your efforts and of the environment you’ve created for your friends and family. If this stirs interest in a profession in the industry there are many schools to which I would direct you but do not rely on this guidebook.
So if you qualify as an Enthusiast (a person who is highly interested in a particular activity or subject) and you want your home to be as beautiful as possible through your own efforts then this little guidebook is just what the doctor ordered.
Tomorrow I’ll outline my 5 step system for creating more beauty in your home.
Don’t miss today’s interview with San Francisco designer Kendall Wilkinson