An “A – Ha” Moment – No Reds, Greens, Pinks, Yellows or Oranges….

I was very fortunate to spend last week in NYC at Kravet’s  BlogFest 2012.  

On Tuesday morning, up above the clouds on the 44th floor of the Hearst building, we heard Newell Turner, Editor-In-Chief of House Beautiful talk with a panel of designers about their "A-Ha" moments.  He asked us to share some of ours as well, so here it goes…. 
(Kate Kelly Smith, Newell Turner with Michael Herold, Jill Goldberg and Jon Call)

I hope you are like me and have A-Ha moments every day!  It could be the design a raindrop makes when it splashes or the moment I decided to move to NYC and go back to school at Parsons when I was in my 40’s.  

But the best thing about being an interior designer is that we must have these moments for each of our clients.  It is imperative.  With each project I must have the flash where I can visualize the project and close my eyes and see the client’s personality in the results.  This is what excites me. This is what it is all about!

An example…..

One of my recent projects found me on location where the client stated that she did not want any reds, greens, pinks, yellows or oranges in the palette of her family spaces. There was a great reason for this due to her location, however knocking out that many colors is a quick way to make me quake a little inside.

Through my discussions with her I found that she liked balance, had a love of European traditional furniture and loved contemporary, sophisticated fabrics.  She also collected Delft china – A-Ha!  Now, I am not one to immediately head for the traditional blue and white pottery and toile fabric – but once I found more contemporary fabrics and pulled the collection together we were on our way.  

Here is a sample of inspiration, fabric swatches and focal point executed by pulling all of the Delft together.

Now the full picture.  (Smaller pictures are the before photos)



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