By Tami Smight, ASID
When you come home at the end of the day, does your home rise up to meet you? A home that embraces, inspires and nurtures can be yours. It doesn't matter where you are financially at this moment. It all begins with your imagination!
The home of your dreams does exist within you, the authentic you! Certainly money helps us to express ourselves through our home decor. But creating a gracious home environment does not have to begin with an interior designer or even spending much money.
The goal of an interior designer is to identify and express the client's authentic style, to lead the client into their dream home. You can identify your authentic style with a discovery journal. Here is what you’ll need:
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- A simple three ring binder with white heavy bond paper.
- A pair of scissors
- Rubber cement or photo squares
- 7-10 of your favorite shelter magazines, and/or store catalogs
- Keep all of these items in a basket near your bed.
- Name your notebook "Favorite Things" or "My Dream Home", have fun - make it your own.
- Before you go to sleep each night, pull images from the magazines, and catalogs you have collected. The images you select will speak to you in some way - perhaps the lines of a sofa, the beauty in a simple arrangement of flowers or the symmetry of entire room - don't over analyze why you want it, its what you love that defines your authentic style. Trust your instincts.
- As you place these collected images in your journal, don't be concerned with neatness or grouping rooms etc.
- Continue this exercise for a few days or a few weeks.
As you are gathering and recording these beautiful images you are feeding your imagination. Now look back through the journal. Much will be revealed to you!
I bet you didn't know the color orange was a favorite. Then why does it keep popping up on the pages of your journal? How interesting is that? You always thought you liked contemporary, but images of sun-drenched Italian rooms appear throughout your journal. A picture truly speaks a thousand words!
If you need professional help manifesting your authentic style in your home, we are ready to make your design dreams a reality. Call Tami Smight Interiors 661 430-0127.
Tami Smight Interiors,  a full-service interior design firm, has been gracing southern California homes with warm, accessible designs since 2004.