How do people find design inspirations for their homes? Simple. Inspiration is everywhere, and it manifests itself in different forms, even in random. Moreover, there’s an abundance of design ideas on the web that it’s hard not to take notice. Home staging professionals are at an advantage with this opportunity to explore traditions from the past and the trends of the present.
One of the interesting sources of information is features done on interior designers or simply inherently creative people who are involved with dressing up homes. These previews give you a look of what it’s like to see things their way. It’s also an opportunity to learn from experts and form new perspectives.
A good sample is 20 Odd Questions With Interior Designer Suzanne Kasle. In the article, there is a question and answer portion that reveals a little about herself and her design principle. For example, when asked about her “signature design trick”, her straightforward answer is “editing.” Even despite the opposition of clients, she admits to taking things away even when a whole room is done. Editing out after stepping back for the bigger picture, and realizing that there’s too much.
This trick alone takes guts to execute. After long hours of adding and removing things, others would normally settle for what’s done and deem it appropriate for the room. But to be the one to admit that the work is far from over is also an interesting trait.
Which then relates to her “design pet peeve” which is “overdecorating.” This normally happens when the planning team fails to consider the scale and extent of a project to the point that expectations are too ambitious. When there’s too much going on, therein lies the problem of overdecorating.
Information about habits, collections and other preferences give you a glimpse of the personality of a designer. Atlanta based interior designer Suzanne Kasler collects Eiffel Towers. She buys them when she visits Paris and the current count is at least a couple dozen, in all sizes and from everywhere (airport, flea market, etc). She says “I group them all on a gray-silk-skirted table at the op of my staircase and they bring back a lot of memories. But I think that collection is kind of done.”
Another thing that you can expect out of these interviews is recommendations about personalities, websites and whatnots. After all, we are all inspired by a remarkable number of people, places and occurrences. If you’re curious about her “favorite design website,” she says it’s 1stdibs. If you have a special thing for special antique pieces, then you can rejoice with her by browsing the site.
Therefore, whenever you have downtime or enough time to browse by leisure, try to look for these interviews and features online. Home staging is an exciting profession and it requires a constant thirst for inspiration. Pry a little further if you may, and make sure to take note of such revelations.