Our 3 Top Tips! How To Organize The Images That Inspire You!
We are often asked by our potential and current clients how to organize their interior design project.
Drawing from our over 30 years of experience in interior design project management, for both luxury residential projects and large commercial projects, we are starting a series of posts today on the 5 factors you’ll want to consider when organizing your next interior design project.
Today’s post is about the fun part, the first step: organizing the images that inspire you!
For instance, the image, below, that we took while on a trip to Paris, inspired the color palette we used in our client’s Acton, MA living room, that you will see below.
As you begin to organize your ideas for your interior design project, you will find that our Top 3 Tips for organizing your images will:
- Help you clarify your vision.
- Help you think more carefully about the functional and aesthetic needs and requirements of your home.
- Help you identify your concerns and fears.
- Help you gain a basic understanding of the investment you will be making in your home, so that budgeting can be discussed in the context of what you must have, what you love, what you like, and what might be nice to have, later.READY?
TIP 1 – HOUZZ PRIVATE IDEABOOKS
One of the foremost resources today for gathering your interior design ideas into one place is to create private online Ideabooks on the site, HOUZZ.
If you’ve never done this before, they have written a very helpful step by step guide on how to create an Ideabook on Houzz, which you can find by clicking here: How to Create and Use Ideabooks. You will find many beautiful full room settings on Houzz, as well as images of individual design details.
TIP 2 – PINTEREST PRIVATE BOARDS
Secondly, gathering your design ideas can also be done very well on Pinterest. This is a useful link on How To Get Started Using Pinterest.
Here at Wilson Kelsey Design, Sally and I have created both Ideabooks and Pinterest boards to help you define your style and we invite you to visit us on both sites.
This is our kitchen ideabook from our Houzz page: Wilson Kelsey Design HOUZZ
And this is our Pinterest board for * Transitional Design Style Ideas*: www.pinterest.com/wkdi
Making your Ideabooks and Pinterest boards, *private*, and then sending us the link to them, allows us to begin our collaboration with a clear visual idea in mind of what you’re seeking.
TIP 3 – EVERNOTE
If you are a magazine and paper lover like we are, you may want to simply save articles in a notebook, but, there’s another solution to saving articles from magazines, that our interior design clients appreciate, because it saves them time and doesn’t require that they rip apart their magazines, and that is the use of the online app, Evernote.
You can save magazine articles in the online app, Evernote, by snapping pics of what you see in any magazine, and saving it to a file on Evernote, where you can also tag it for reference.
The image below shows you how to use Evernote tags.
For instance, if you are searching for fireplace ideas, you can go through all of your magazines, snap photos of all the fireplaces you like, save them into the Evernote app, and then tag that file: fireplaces, for easy retrieval and sharing!
We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and Sally and I would be interested in hearing if you have found or created other ways to save and organize your interior design ideas. Please leave a comment if you have, as we know our readers would also be glad to hear any additional helpful tips you may have.
Stay tuned for our next post in this series on organizing your interior design project, where we will delve into the subject of how to hire your interior design team.
Sally Wilson, ASID, NCIDQ
John Kelsey, NCIDQ, CAPS
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