Interior Design and hosting your own ‘Design Lodge’

Interior Design and Design Lodge hostingIf you live inside them and spend your hours wrapped by their ambience, then your room interiors should contribute to each one of your six or more senses – so does your interior designer ask you the right questions or are they on an ego trip of their own making? Can they absorb and then distil the subtle nuances of your personal life requirements, your location and your budget?

Imagine that you are trying to define your ideal enviroment; one integrated living home, perfect for your every requirement. Hold that ‘mind set’ and start answering the following questions because it could provide you with the recipe for experiencing a very very different living environment.

Do you celebrate Birthdays?
Wear House shoes or not?
What sex is your ego?
Plain or striped?
How old do you feel?
What is your weight? (To the nearest Kg.)
What is your height? (To the nearest cm.)
What is your body type?
What is the color of your hair?
What is the style of your walk?
What color eyes do you have?
Do you like entertaining?
Do you have eyewear?
In what area of the world do you live?
Parties or romantic dinners?
In what type of dwelling do you live?
House plants or not?
Friends to stay?
What type of transportation do you use?
Open Bookshelves or Cupboards?
What type of work do you do?
What is your favorite OUTDOOR activity?
Wood Floors or Carpets?
What is your favorite type of music?
Do you have any children?
How would you describe your sense of humor?
Drink in cooler or cabinet?
Smooth or rough?
Do you smoke?
What do you still have that you don’t want anymore?
What best describes your spiritual feelings or practices?
Are you happy with the fame and fortune in your life?
Shower or Bath?
When going somewhere, are you usually early?
Do you follow fashion?
Fav. Colour?
Deep or shallow water?
Do you lurveeeeeeeee Television watching?
Where would you prefer to live?
Which is your favorite season?
Ever been potholing?
Open plan or secret enclosures?
What is your main source for current events?
What style of dress do you prefer?
Tudor Mansion or Zen Penthouse?
What type of food do you enjoy most?
Cook Electric or gas?
What type of movie do you go out to see?
What Pets live with you?

Getting to know the person you are designing for improves the design results and outlines at an early stage if you are going to ‘get-along’ during the full contract term.

The new way of working up a living space design for your personal lifestyle is by holding a weekend ‘Design Lodge’, and in Italy, this literally means getting a Designer to lodge with you for a weekend and eat, sleep and dream your design onto paper, ‘live’ ! Contact me if this interests you.

In the UK, most designers will do a ‘site visit’ or two, to discuss your space requirements but you will be hard pressed to find many designers who will set up their design studio in your environment whilst speed producing your dream living spaces in front of your very eyes!

Historically, Interior Designers would take your dimensions, notes and photographs back to the safe proximity of their trusty Interior Design Library, draw out plans, elevations and maybe perspective views, then return to present them a few weeksdays later. Nowadays, specialist kitchen and bathroom designers will visit, measure up, and whilst on site, feed dimensions into their lap top and bring up several walk-through images of your new proposed layout, with finish and cost options, before leaving. Admittedly, these specialists are working around modular designs but they are getting a good reputation for speed and flair.

You have to trust that your chosen Interior Designer knows what is on the market thus ‘off the shelf’, and that they are able to design and commission that which is not ‘ready-made’. Once you are confident in them, they have to be made aware of your surroundings and required lifestyle.

With the increase in speed networking and speed dating, maybe speed designing will catch on if first thoughts remain the best ones.

Waves, whilst designing at leisure on this occasion ~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Menopause v. Womenopause

IMAGENAMEHEREHas anyone out there started a group for guys that gives them all the information they need to have to hand when living alongside an active menopause in full flow?

I first experienced these, difficult to understand, circumstances when a young teenager, living at home, unable to fathom why my mother was sometimes out of sorts to the MAX! Thankfully, I was cherishing my own adolescent upheavals at the time so figured most of the world was 5 steps short of where they should be coming from anyway. Having a parent go off at a tangent as well was neat, but I never realised that they were being taken by the big hormone juggler as well.

Since growing up (well, I try!) I still cannot work out why the metabolism needs to create changes that cause shock waves. I can understand the physiological changes and have witnessed the results but I am none the wiser as to why Mother Nature runs the show in the way she does.

There are a few interesting web sites for women tackling the “change”. I’ve read through many in search of understanding far deeper things than the condition itself, but they are all, quite logically, written from the ‘gurls’ point of view. Athough a few guys post questions to bulletin boards, few get answers that guide them in riding the storms. Maybe, the answers all need working out on an individual basis but like those storms at sea, the more you study the action of the rising and falling waves, the more you learn how to design stabilisers for those making the journey.

Waves ~~~~ surfacing ~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant