Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interior design

The definition for interior design in Wikipedia is:

'Interior design is a multi–faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment and home lifestyle enhancement. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis, and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals'.

And moreover;

'Some use the terms Interior Designer and Interior Decorators interchangeably. However, in general Designers tend to produce more drawn information and plans, whereas Decorators are more associated with finishes and furnishings.'

So what do I do? I design (in the narrow, less academic sense of the word) and then decorate. And what style? Hmmm. That would be a Classic International Lofty style spiced up with some Shabby Chic items :).

Really, isn't that what it almost always becomes? You don't tend to have an empty white space to start with. You have the furniture you have, rarely you can, or WANT to change it, at least at the same time. You have your house decoration items - paintings, vases, lanterns. You have your lamps, baskets, curtains, other textiles. And - you have those items in your house that you just love, perhaps they don't match perfectly with the rest, but perhaps you've got them as a gift, or just bought something at some point somewhere, and you just adore it.

My solution: have classic furniture in colors like brown, white and beige. Simple enough to match it with almost anything. My address: Each room you then decorate around the items you want to keep visible. It might be anything. I've furnished a kitchen around some storage jars :) (those jars still haven't found their way there...), decorated a bedroom under a lantern, and decorated a kids playroom around curtains.

In this section of my darling blog I'll try gather works by the interior designers I just ADORE. Now, I have to say, they've stolen some of my ideas :), which means that I come up with some detail, then go and check out their websites at some point, and there it is!! Must admit, more often, it happens vice versa...

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