Every decorator has his or her own way of doing things but when I'm working on a project (that doesn't require any architectural work) I usually start with a fabric palette. I typically have a general idea of the floor plan & of what types of pieces I'll need but it's the fabrics & materials themselves that drive the design for me.
As a fabric freak, I guess this makes sense, and I really like to start creating a mood and a feeling right from the fabrics. I start out by putting everything that's going in the right direction on my big work table (or the floor) and making a huge mess. At this point, I try not to think about what's going where, I'm more just working for a feeling.
Once the mess is finished, I start organizing it & making general decisions of what goes where.
It's one of my favorite parts of the process and I love it because it's one of the moments in this job where I actually get to just go with it & create and let go. It feels really good to just go with your gut and keep your brain out of it for a change.
The fabrics in the plan below have been narrowed down & everything's got a place to go. My client lives in a really unique rustic-modern home and has a beautiful collection of rugs in reds and oranges.
We're looking to bring a more natural feeling into the home. We're planning to use (below) my Fern Star on a pair of large pillows on the sofa along with a third pillow in the blue velvet, and then we'll do a window seat in the cream linen with pillows in the orange-red, my Pierced Porcelain in Olive with the Greek Key banding, and one of my favorites- Jasper's Indian Flower in Orange.
Hope you enjoyed a peek into the way we do it over here!! Have a great day STAY WARM!!! (Oh my gosh I'm literally in a furry blanket & hat right now!! We still have some vent work to be done!! eeek)
I'll be sharing 5 of my favorite things in my home this afternoon on (super-talented!!) Haskell Harris's blog later today! Check it out here!