athletes warm up before competing, artists sketch before committing paint to canvas- so what does a decorator do to get in the decorating mood? well, this decorator for one, looks at tons of decorating books and magazines, and well as the wealth of photos available on our beloved decorating blogs. not necessarily THIS decorating blog though- you know we are far, far too wordy, and the picture to paragraph ratio is disappointingly low here at maison21... ;-)
the other day before heading off to a client meeting, we pulled down a random stack of decorating magazines to get us in the mood to talk decoratin'. not necessarily to find images to show our client- they are hiring us to fulfill their vision of living a more beautiful life, not hiring a decorator to replicate a look in a magazine. nor would m21 ever want to copy a room from a publication. get ideas and inspiration, yes; imitate, no.
anyway, while we were thumbing through our old magazines, we came across this image from a june 2006 house beautiful (possibly the very issue where the magazine transformed itself from drab to fab), and we thought this vignette of a room designed by kathryn scott, perfectly embodied the look we hope to achieve in our client's home- simple, but not minimal, organic with a hint of rustic, yet never going near country kitsch (shudder)- too tailored for that. rest assured that our design will end up looking NOTHING like the photo (we're going way too vintage meets modern for that- then there's our non-magazine sized budget, too), yet we sincerely hope to capture the "feeling" of the room, but not the style.
holding the "mood" in our head, we went into our client meeting confident and warmed up design-wise. lets hope our project turns out half as pretty as our inspiration photo!
see why we were inspired by this classically pretty vignette? just lovely: