The Design Development Phase - Continued!

Photo by Courtney Paige Ray

Photo by Courtney Paige Ray

This is part of a series of stories where I’m walking you through the process of what it’s like to work with a design professional through a home remodel project. If you haven’t been following along, you may want to start here.

I told you last week in this story that the design development phase includes a lot of back and forth. Last week I showed you some iterations of furniture layouts and got a bit more specific on the actual pieces through some mock up iterations. After some meetings and discussions, where my amazing clients gave the best feedback, we landed on this version.

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Once the client decides on most of the exact major furnishings for the space, I gather fabric and finish samples, then once those are decided, I finalize the purchase orders and begin ordering those items. That’s what happens in full service design. But some clients prefer to do the purchasing themselves, so in that case I would hand over the prepared furniture schedule with all the details for the client.

We had a meeting to finalize paint color, which is a critical portion for this particular project as three main areas will all be a dark midnight blue. At that meeting, we were able to decide on 3 colors. The contractor then got samples and painted some dry wall for us to look at in the various spaces. We finally were able to decide on Benjamin Moore Deep Royal.

Photo by Courtney Paige Ray

Photo by Courtney Paige Ray

Now is also when the smaller, more accessory items begin to be designed and selected. For this project, those items include the layouts for gallery walls which occur on the blue sofa wall and the artwork and layout for the powder room. I also include side tables in the accessorizing category, so we are still deciding on those as well as a mirror for the dining room.

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So at this point in the project, design is nearly done, most all furnishings and smaller accessories have been ordered and the project is under construction as I type this. I’ll give you another update soon with some after construction photos and talk a little more about the construction process. Until then, hoping everyone has a spectacular Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday!)