You may be thinking, “I am ready to start planning my project, but where do I begin? What can I share with my architect or contractor to make my objectives clear? The answer in many cases is a “Design File”.
A “Design File” is a collection of photos and samples that help to describe the qualities of spaces that you are drawn to. It tells me you prefer Victorian over Contemporary style. It also shows what your expectations are for certain spaces regarding finishes, colors and scale. I advise clients to begin collecting pictures of what they like.
After you gather a stack of what looks interesting to you, compile them in a 3 ring binder or a pocket folder that has sections you can use for a variety of categories. It is also helpful to write on the picture what it is that you like about it.
Another tip that has proven useful to me is to take pictures of things that catch your eye. That is quite easy to do with today’s technology with a small camera or even your phone. A design file can take a while to compile, so start now. I tend to continuously collect pictures of things that I find inspiring.
To find out more about making your own Design File, please click on the picture on the right.
If you would like to see designer Steven Saint-Onge’s personal “Look Book”, click on the picturebelow…(watch the video on his site)