Interior Design or Home Design has become such a hot topic all over the world.   With the birth of Home & Garden Television channel (HGTV) dedicated to all things design, it is no wonder that the general public is now obsessed with designing their own spaces to be prettier, better, bigger and bolder, quicker and faster and less expensively renovated than ever dreamed of before.
So much choice!

So much choice!

The traditional interior design methodology includes the designer or architect asking some questions and jumping directly into the process of designing.  Often the questions include what is your favorite color? Do you know what you want the living room to look like? How do you envision the layout of the kitchen?
With the added sense of urgently and speed with which our day-to-day lives operate at, it is no wonder that this speed engulfs the design/decor and architectural/renovation industry as well.
The traditional method of design typically beings with the question, “What do you want the space to look like?” Relying heavily on you being able to articulate exactly what you want to your designer in the first step of the process.  And at the moment you say something, your designer, architect or contractor will be off and running to the ultimate design solution before the ink has even dried on the page in which the notes from your first meeting were written upon.
Running too fast forward

Running too fast forward

Early on in my career I noticed that rarely did my clients have the skills to share with me their vision of their perfectly designed space.  Too often they would rely on photos from magazines or website sites, or information from family/friends homes to help guide them on what they think that they want.
When I would ask, “Why do you like that?”, they would often be at a loss of the words to clearly explain exactly what it was that they liked or disliked about the specific item selected.
Things such as the layout, the curves, the textured the way the photo  reminds you of your childhood home, or of your cool bedroom as a teenager, or the kitchen in your grandmother’s house where you learned to bake.  Often these reasons are buried deeply inside your minds and are never sought to be discovered by the designer or architect’s working with you because the clock is ticking and you need to move forward quickly in order to meet the ever increasing expectations of being on time and on budget.
Most people did not know right away what their deep down authentic selves wanted.
Due to this early observation of a gap of information in the beginning, and the desire to make sure that my clients always ended up with a space that truly reflects their inner vision and desire, I nurtured a holistic approach of interior design always starting with the end in mind.
It begins with the interior of you first and what you want to feel like.  I want to really know you, what you feel, what your likes and dislikes are and to help you define the perfect life.  The MISSING STEP in the above traditional process is this holistic manner of determining your inner vision and needs first.  The  Magic Box ™ is the process in which I developed to encourage all of my clients to explore and reflect on why they are doing the project in the first place.
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What makes your heart sing, what hobbies have you left behind because of a lack of time that you would want to do again?  What is the idea of your perfect life?  I have developed this special method, the Magic Box ™, to gentle encourage you to think about your interior space.  Only after this important step is completed, do I begin the actual creative process of design.
 My approach is designed to help to delve deep into your own thoughts and feelings of what would make you happy, or better yet, why certain things made you, happy and why certain things did not make you happy.
I do not accept a commission to design someone’s space without their direct interaction and involvement in the design process itself.
My approach is very heavily weighted in the front end.  The exploration of what makes you happy, what your beliefs are, and your life vision.  Where you want to be?  How do you see your life unfolding? What is the most important thing in your life right now? What do you want it to be? What makes your heart sing?  I mean really, really sing?  When you walk in the door to your home, what is it that you want to feel? Excited, relaxed, calm, invigorated, safe?  What order do these things matter to you?

Vision Boards help to define your Space

The Socratic method is the method of instruction by question and answer which was used by Socrates in order to elicit from his pupils truths he considered to be implicitly known by all human beings.  I use this in my design process.  I call it the Holistic Design method.
Holistic emphasizes the importance of the whole and the interdependence of the parts. This inner and outer connection is essential for the design process to work and for your space to be a direct reflection of you.
My own approach to help you begins and ends with you.  Your role is essential in the process of obtaining the perfect space for you where you can be your best self.  My design method works only in-so-much as you are willing to come along on the design journey with me.
Looking forward to helping you make the most of the Monkey Year.

Looking forward to helping you make the most of the Monkey Year.

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