6 days till show open and carrying on with the ecclectic outdoor garden theme, here is a sneak peak to one of the designs – sorry for the picture quality, originally it was just a quick snap shot as it went out the door to the show and not a styled shot (live and learn huh?). I’ve always loved all t hings in miniature or overly exaggerated – I think they have more character. Maybe it will get you thinking about spring?
CHA is kinda like a wedding. So much thought and planning and hours and hours of creativity and work go into it to make it a gorgeous day and then….it’s over! Here is the inside scoop of how we’ve planned this all out.
I began first with a a brainstorm of theme concepts. I spent several hours perusing the internet to make sure that these concepts were on trend and gain inspiration on how the concept could be given a fresh look and implemented into a 10 x 20 space.
Next, after I have a couple of ideas narrowed down, it’s time to think color schemes. I have a favorite color palette that I love to work with. For a bright cheery space, I love the robin egg blues, mixed with shades of red and accented with yellow. For a more rustic appearance I tend to blend more organic colors. Color has a lot to do with the feel of the look you are going for. Bright colors are whimsical, playful and can be childlike, soft colors give a more romantic feel and muted colors – which are my favorite give a more rustic-homespun country chic feel.
I chose two color schemes and from there worked out the basics of the room by drawing to scale the layout of the space. After I was satisfied with that layout and made sure that it had a good flow, then it was time to gather conceptual photos. Hours and hours of perusing internet websites, pinterest and online stores were spent to pull together the style of the booth.
Next, I collected all of this information, created a powerpoint proposal with the two different concepts and sent it off to my client. After a couple of skype meetings to discuss, they signed off! By now I already have about 15 hours into the process. Maybe this is alot and maybe not? I don’t know, but I tend to be an overthinker….I think most creatives are.
Now, comes the task of sourcing materials, either from other manufacturers or from online/brick and morter stores. There’s alot of logistics into planning this as I only have so much space to work in and I have budget constraints as well. Once the materials start to arrive, I can begin the design process. I pull together my concept photos, color pallets and my notes and begin. The projects always take on a life of their own. I have deadlines to meet, communications to write and in the middle of all of this I’m working on developing my own product line and writing another book. Pile it on!
As someone who wants to do their very best for their clients, I’ve also lost a considerable amount of sleep – my brain won’t shut off with ideas and I’m always working out in my head any “what if’s” and problems that could arise. But so far so good and it’s all coming together.
I’ll be honest, one of the things that I hate to hear is “I wish I could do what you do and sit around and create all day”. Well I wish I could create all day too. The fact is, this is a real job, with real clients and I’m trying to make a real living at this. That means I have to get real with my work and design for the client with lots of factors to consider. There is so much thought, engineering and skill that goes into a design – it’s not just a matter of sitting down and making something. But before I get on that whole subject, I’ll save that for another post on another day…..time to get to work!
Can’t wait to show you the reveal – Just 6 days to go!!