Thursday, April 17, 2014
Designed for Life Kitchen and Bath Contest Designer Diaries



Welcome to the Designer Diaries!
 
For those of us who have never worked with a designer before, there’s a bit of mystery behind how they get from that first handshake to the final perfect pillow on an armchair. And just how they get from a statement like, “Nothing Country!” to a modern and sleek kitchen design that meets their clients' needs could be considered one of the wonders of the modern world.

In fact, we’re so interested in the whole design process that we’ve asked our Designed for Life - Kitchen & Bath Designers to write some diary entries to unveil the process behind those almost-magical transformations they are able to accomplish in such a short time.
 
We’ll hear from the designers themselves as they move through each stage of the design process over the next eight-week period. Check back for frequent updates as these professionals share the secrets of how they approach their work. Enjoy!

-Sarah McNary, Editor
 
02
"The Perfect Bathroom Countertop" (Design Planning Process)
Diary by ASID Professional Laura Birns The first stages of the design process are always so exciting as all my ideas bubble to the surface. Kate and George have chosen a design that will require changing the footprint of their bathroom, and I am thrilled. It will make all the difference in the world.  Kim said that it opens the room up. This is true; that bathroom is more than cozy and the ceilings are low.  Bringing in as much natural light as possible is vital. Now that the desi...

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02
"I Hear the Word "Wow" Quite Often" (Design Planning Process)
Diary by ASID Professional Kelly Hendricks Because Pat’s house is so old (97 years to be exact), every room was once closed off by a door. Partly a facet of style of the period and partly a practical function for heating, that approach is not very popular today. Many of Pat’s doors have been removed over the years but still the separating walls tend to be a nuisance. Those walls were the biggest challenge I faced with this project if I don’t think too hard about the cracked lath and plaster c...

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03
The Wild Animal Park…er…Kitchen (Design Planning Process)
Diary by ASID Designer Carol Spong   As a designer, I’ve been to hundreds…maybe thousands…of homes and honestly thought I had heard every doorbell there was. But when I arrived for the preliminary design meeting with our client, Lori, standing at her door -- I heard drumming. And this was no rock band style of drumming either. It was a Djembe, an African drum; and its rhythm crept out of the house like some sort of stalking panther. It took me a second to realize that this was no...

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03
Kellett’s Law of Measuring (Design Planning Process)
Diary by ASID Designer Anne Kellett  Most people are familiar with the old aphorism, “Measure twice, cut once.” And I agree with the basic principle it counsels. But lately that saying has come to be representative of my personal Murphy’s Law…at least the first half anyway. Unfortunately, “Measure twice,” is what I need to do on this project. Now I don’t live in a world of Monday’s or anything, but “Kellet’s Law of Measuring” was in full force when I went to measure my client’s house....

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06
Yes I Can! (Design Planning Process)
Diary by ASID Professional Denise Homme  Even after decades of practicing interior design, the challenge of trying to put together all the pieces of a design project in a way that really works – for the client, for the space and for me as a designer - is as exciting today as it was when I started my practice way back in 1969.   So, the ride back to my studio from my first meeting with Bill and Cyndi heralded the first of many brainstorming sessions.  For me, the first, and ...

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07
Practical with a Sleight of Hand (Initial Design Process)
Diary by ASID Professional Laura Birns  The other day I was asked about my design process. “What part of the process are you interested in?” I said.   My questioner clarified that she was interested in learning how – exactly how – I tapped into that creative well within to draw up the sweet liquid that fuels my designs. “What is your inspiration?” she asked.   It was a provocative question and one for me that is not so easily revealed to an audience. Like asking a magician ho...

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08
My Gauze-clad Wraith of a Muse (Initial Design Process)
Diary by ASID Designer Anne Kellett   My design muse often visits me in the middle of the night. Like a gauze-clad wraith she slips into my bedroom and whispers to me. These days I never seem to be able to sleep straight through. So when I am working on a project, the quiet early morning hours bring her solutions to my mind. Case in point – it is 4 AM as I write this. My husband is snoring (softly); my grandbaby is snuggled in her new “princess bed”; the cat is looking ...

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10
Top Drawer Design (Initial Design Process)
Diary by ASID Professional Kelly Hendricks It’s funny sometimes how connections are made. Case in point: Tuesday night I was watching a movie set in France - circa 1917. It was the beginning of World War I and the scene panned over a residential neighborhood. Then it dawned on me - my client’s house is older than World War I. It really is a part of history. Wow. That realization totally put everything into perspective. I was already inspired by the unique features of Pat’s house that are so re...

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