You’ve read about our four design phases, you’ve seen photos of our finished homes, but… you have yet to see our creative process! For today’s blog post, I’d like to share a couple of our current projects, their schematic design boards (think mood board to the nth degree), and the inspiration behind these incredible spaces.
You’ll have to stay tuned for the final reveal of these projects, but what’s wrong with building a little anticipation, right? Especially when it’s this vibrantly polished…
What are Schematic Design Boards?
Okay, first things first. As you know, Phase 1 of our design process includes creating Schematic Design Boards… what are they, exactly?
Well, think of them like inspirational mood boards. After diving deep into each client’s goals, vision, and design style for their project, we create a presentation to illustrate our design concept boards, inspiration, space plan options, and overall vision for our clients’ home.
Each design board includes a combination of inspirational images from online sources, as well as photos of our work. This helps us illustrate what we envision for each room. We’ll also comment on the color palette and pattern style we plan to use, along with any other important details that speak to the design concept.
I like to believe that every step of our process is exciting, but this phase gets an extra amount of love and eagerness from our clients. And can you blame them? It’s incredible to see your vision expressed in form and color!
Like this one:
Remember this Schematic Design Board from our Linden Colonial Project?
Now, actually sourcing the elements of the design (picking out sofas, lamps, chairs, etc.) is part of Phase 2 — but that’s getting a little ahead of ourselves. The design concept process is critical to ensure that every item we source in Phase 2 is spot on and gives our clients an extra level of confidence as we move forward.
For today, I want to show you the inspiration and Schematic Design Boards behind two of the projects we’re working on right now. Come take a look…
Project 1. The Barrington Bay Project
Project: Living Room and Sunroom
Location: Barrington, RI
Backstory: The Barrington Bay Project takes place at a stunning waterfront property in Barrington, RI. We recently completed the installation of the 3 guest bedrooms and master bedroom, but we have yet to complete the sunroom and living room due to delays from COVID-19.
Timeline: This project started in January and is on target to finish this month.
Project Goals: Our clients’ goals include updating the furnishings in their home to create a comfortable and stylish oasis. The final design will be lively yet relaxing, achieved through comfortable, functional furnishings, natural fibers, and a crisp color palette of blues, yellows and oranges.
Space Plan: Of the options presented, this is the space plan our clients chose for both rooms.
This client has a lot of existing furniture that we are working with in natural fibers and blues. Not to mention the blues coming in through the windows, thanks to 360° water views! We started with the coastal elements they had and built from there. We incorporated more complex blue tones and accents of yellow and orange and green in the living room and the sunroom.
Schematic Design Boards:
In the living room, our client had existing light teal sofas. We found this incredible fabric from Schumacher, which beautifully incorporates a sophisticated combo of teal and navy to tie the room together.
Navy is the connecting color from the living room, so it was important to bring it into the sunroom to create cohesion. The addition of crisp yellows, and soothing neutrals will make this space feel light, comfortable, and warm. We can’t wait to show you how both of these rooms turn out soon!
Project 2. The Safari Coastal Project
Project: Master Bedroom
Location: Narragansett, RI
Backstory: For The Safari Coastal Project, we’re designing a new master bedroom for our clients, complete with a fabulous built-in unit to disguise their TV and offer more shelving and drawer space.
Timeline: This project started in April and will be completed in September.
Project Goals: Our clients desired a sophisticated design and bright coastal color for a relaxing and refreshing master bedroom. We’re sourcing all new furniture (bed, nightstands, upholstered bench, rug, dresser, window treatments, bedding, etc.) to create a dreamy master retreat that truly speaks to their souls.
Space Plan: This is the space plan our clients chose from the options provided.
These clients live near the ocean and have a backyard poolside oasis. Blues were an obvious choice for them, and then we fell in love with this fabric from Quadrille: Les Indiennes Multicolor in Multi Blue Rouge Greens.
The client loves coral and elements of green, so that brought everything full circle!
Schematic Design Boards:
The colors are soothing yet playful, vibrant yet relaxed, and classic yet fresh!
The clients indicated that they wanted to have a television in their bedroom but didn’t want to be staring at a black hole all the time. We came up with this concept, which not only solves the problem but provides tons and tons of storage, as seen in the elevation. The upholstered door design will also add an extra layer of sophisticated comfort.
Taking the Next Step
Once the schematic boards are approved, we’ll source every element that honors the overall concept and color palette (Phase 2 of our design process). These selections may be presented in a board of their own to illustrate the overall design, in conjunction with creating a flat lay of all the fabrics, trims, floor & tile samples and fixtures.
And that’s the creative aspect of the design! Phases 3 & 4 involve the ordering, managing, and installation of your project, which we covered here. But for now, I’ll call this post a wrap. I hope it gave you some behind-the-scenes insight, inspiration, and motivation to see your own vision come to life.
If you’re ready for a home design that sets your soul on fire, let’s talk, my friend.