It is enormously satisfying to help articulate another person’s needs. A design often starts as a blank canvas, which is easy if one is looking for my personal style. But to make it right for the client, I look for a starting point from which to interpret their dreams, embody their vision.
I love taking random comments, or an odd “like,” and using them to create an environment that starts to characterize a person. These tidbits play a major role in developing an environment that represents home, in time and place. Without people, what’s the purpose?
After “listen,” the next best tip I can offer is to find a strong starting point. I am always looking for something that sparks a direction within each client. This is an absolute must. It could be a fabric, a rug, an heirloom, a piece of art, or even an inspiration image. The idea is to create a point-of-reference that is not just a starting point, but a place to go back to if the team is feeling off course. A design project is a journey, and the traveling is easier when you know where the milestones, goal posts, and guide markers are.