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What does “home” mean to you?
Choosing an interior designer to help with your home design is difficult. A little research is needed to see if you’re a good fit. A meeting must take place — not unlike speed dating — in which basic questions such as stylistic preferences, scope of work, work ethics and budgets are discussed by both parties. Most important is your approach and/or your design philosophy.
For example, my interior design philosophy is primarily determined by a regional approach. Interiors in Palm Beach, Florida should not look like interiors in New York, and vice versa. Interior choices regarding materials, finishes and colors should reflect the location of the project. A designer should always aim to capture the nuances of place, without becoming kitsch.
Stay away from designers who offer a “signature” look. The best interior designers can work in almost any style. Every home and project should be a reflection of a homeowner’s taste and lifestyle. Every project is and should be different — different in architecture, different in style, different in client requirements. Therefore, the design results are never rubber stamped, never the same. A designer’s role should be to act as moderator, editor and facilitator of design.
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It’s most important to figure out what “home” means to your customers and to yourself. The concept of home captures both tangible things and abstract emotions. The best compliment is when guests and visitors cannot describe why they feel so good in your home. This is the “it” factor. Home is about a feeling. It is a place of comfort, which is the ultimate luxury.
Be honest with your designer about what you want the most important function of your home to be. For one family, it may be comfort. For an aspiring chef, it might be a culinary haven. For a high-stress business person, it can be a spa-like atmosphere. For an art collector, it might be a place to house art. It is crucial for the designer to know this pivot of the design; in the end, the homeowner lives with an interior they truly enjoy, and the designer can walk away knowing they did their best for them.
1. Decorate to please yourself — not your neighbors or friends.
2. Buy the very best art you can afford — over a long period of time.
3. Accessories with few items. It is best if each item is larger than a football.
4. Don’t be afraid to mix. Combine styles, colors and textures.
6. Leave room for changes: accessories, art and the occasional piece of furniture.
7. An inviting room can even make food taste better.
8. Always add your favorite color to any room. It will make you feel good.
9. Take risks. This is your house and your rules.
10. Read “Home: A Short History of an Idea” by Witold Rybczynski as well as “Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live” by Akiko Busch.
Joseph Pubillones is the owner of Joseph Pubillones Interiors, an award-winning interior design firm in Palm Beach, Florida. His website is www.josephpubillones.com.
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