Concept to Completion III: Developing Every Client’s Unique Style
By Bonnie Caruthers
Sixteen years ago I walked through the front doors of Collins & DuPont Interior Design into a beautiful showroom and I immediately felt a sense of arrival and belonging. This is the feeling that every client should have every day when they open their front doors. We are now Collins & DuPont Design Group, emphasizing our focus on the extensive design team that will work hand-in-hand with the client through-out the process, striving to help the client enjoy every step along the way.
How do you begin to achieve this end? You need to develop creative ideas in collaboration with your designer. The more you share with them about your lifestyle, likes and dislikes such as style, color, texture, etc., the easier the process will be for everyone. Help your designer understand what you are drawn to and your inherent style. Don’t feel locked into a defined style – traditional, country French, coastal – instead, combine elements to form your own personal style.
An “idea book” is a great tool for developing your style and putting one together is easier today with sites like Pinterest and Houzz, as well as the ever increasing number of design and style magazines. Using your inspirations, the design team will put together a design concept taking into consideration all of the knowledge that you have shared with them. During the meeting you will see that all of the selections are displayed in a way to help you visualize all of the aspects of each room and they welcome your comments as to what you love, like or dislike.
Remember that we are designing this project for you and only you! We are thrilled to share this journey with you and as you get more excited about your project, it becomes contagious. Don’t be surprised to arrive to our offices and see your design team dressing to compliment your project – we want you to feel comfortable and be surrounded by the things that you love!