Finding Your Style

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DESCRIBE YOUR LIFESTYLE
How would I describe my familys lifestyle?
(i.e. active, quiet, formal, informal, etc.)

How many adults live in the house?

How many children?

How many pets?


What activities do we do at home?
together

individually

How often do we entertain?

Is it typically
formal
or
informal?

IDENTIFY THE PROJECT
What rooms/spaces in the house do I like the way they are?

What do I like about them?


What rooms/spaces in the house do I want to change/add?

LIVING ROOM
DINNG ROOM
FAMILY ROOM
KITCHEN
BASEMENT
MASTER BEDROOM
OTHER BEDROOMS
STUDY/OFFICE
MEDIA ROOM
BATHROOM
SUNROOM
OTHER


DETERMINE THE FUNCTION
Describe the function of the space(s) you want to change.
Make notes about rooms that serve more than one purpose
(i.e. kitchen that also has a home office area).

ROOM FUNCTION

How many people will be using the space daily?
occasionally?

(See example)
Family Room Daily-4, Occasionally- 10

EVALUATE YOUR STYLE
What do I like about my home?


Is it a place I look forward to being in?

YES
NO




Is it a place where I can recharge my battery?

YES
NO


Does my home feel like a refuge from the world?

YES
NO



What parts of my friends and relatives houses do I like?

Describe colors, textures, furniture, styles and other features used there?

What components of design appeal to me from magazine photos and on TV? (i.e. clean and simple, bright and bold, casual, more formal, etc.)

What style terms do I identify with most?

CONTEMPORARY
TRADITIONAL
ECLECTIC
RUSTIC
MINIMALIST
TRENDY
SOUTHWESTERN
ASIAN
EARLY AMERICAN
OTHER





What are the common styles that my partner and I both like?

Where do our opinions differ?

What feeling would I like visitors to have in my home?

What would I like them to remember about it?


GET A CLEAR VISION

Have I identified my preferences in style?
color?
lighting?
textures?
materials?

Are there architectural elements that I wish to emphasize or change? (i.e. low ceilings, columns, etc)

Have I addressed energy issues?
(i.e. window treatments for heating/cooling?)

Do I have other specific problems/issues that need to be considered such as storage or traffic flow?

Do I plan to keep my furniture or purchase new?

Have I considered all those who live in the house? children? pets?

Am I considering durability of fabrics, carpet/flooring and furnishings?


Do I plan to use family photos?
family heirlooms?
antiques?
artwork?


Do I want the same style throughout the house or different from
room to room?

What is my time frame?

Have I established a realistic budget?

Have I prioritized my project to work within my budget and time frame?

Can I visualize and execute my plan or do I need to hire a professional?

FORM A MISSION STATEMENT
YOUR HOME
Summarizing goals into a written paragraph can help to achieve consistency in furniture and decor purchases. Think about your preferences, for example:

SHAPE: curving vs. straight lines
MATERIAL wood vs. metal
COLOR bold vs. soft
FABRIC durable vs. delicate
OVERALL FEEL OF THE HOME formal, casual, country, traditional, eclectic, modern, etc.


MY HOME’S MISSION STATEMENT IS:

Meet Our Designers


Focal Point


Color


Room by Room


Dimensions


Planning Your Space


Budget

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