Guest blogger, Deborah Leamann, Deborah Leamann Interior Design
Inspiration comes in many forms for me. Trying to give one priority over another is difficult indeed. As an interior designer my love of beauty is a driving force. In my profession I am so fortunate to be exposed to so much with in the arena of design. Art, antiques and handmade rugs, items from around the world, just to name a few. But ultimately it is my relationship with my client that brings the creative process to a boil. Knowing what my client wants and needs, navigating through the design process and delivering a finished product that is exemplary is a complete joy!
To have the ability, vision, skill and experience to take disparaging components and weave a final space never ceases to amaze me. Fabric swatches, tear sheets, bits of rug samples, the art of scheming, designing custom pieces to complete the process is just one part. Then comes the layering……the details, the personal expression that my client wants to include in the final outcome. Such as, family heirlooms, sentimental objects, photos, books and collections of inherited pieces are under consideration.
It is always a bonus to deal with a client that has a vision to bring to the table, but that is not always the case. Many times they just “don’t know”. They are new to the process and don’t have a feel for what it is exactly that they want. For me this is an exciting prospect. I get to put on my detective hat and start reading between the lines. I innately have an ability to “read” someone. There are key questions that are stock and trade such as, looking through design magazines to find out what appeals to the client the most. But there are other signs and signals. The architecture of the home they live in, the clothes they wear, what region of the country they are from and of course, pets, children & family round out the why’s and why not’s of designing a home. It is paramount to be on the same page and have a clear understanding of who you are going to embark with on the design journey.
The process of designing someone’s home always seems to be a mystery to many of my client’s. They inevitably ask, “How do you do it? How do you figure it out?”. The analogy I love to use is, ”It’s like writing a story. There are many words, but it is the composition and the details in the story that give you visual images and make you not want to put the book down!