You know you need to tackle a few things in your home (or garden) to get it dressed up a bit, but it's so overwhelming and confusing that you just never really get going and it drags on and gets stale.
It can get confusing with all the media and buzz about what the latest trend is and what's in and what's out. If you're not a do-it-yourselfer and want to hire professionals to do the work, the truth is you still need to be able to articulate what exactly you want to do and in what priority.
It can be really hard to know where to start. And maybe even more importantly, how to bring it all together so that it makes sense when you are done can be very elusive.
The result can be some false starts or even not getting started at all because you aren't confident with how to get going.
I get it.
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To give you the idea of how it works, I thought I would do a little behind-the-scenes peek at the process we recently did for The Ride Prescott House here in Prescott.
Owner and local celebrity Chloe Woodruff has big plans for her bungalow and agreed to share some thoughts on the process.
In her case, we worked on a Micro Design to address both the interior and exterior of her bungalow, as well as the front and back landscape.
I've never thought of myself as someone who decorates -- and yet I love functional design and beautiful spaces. I think a lot of my hesitation to dive into projects tended to come from not knowing where to start.
1) On-site 2-hour walk through of Chloe's bungalow & property, a detailed interview, and images/video were taken.
2) A Design Plan was delivered to Chloe a couple weeks later which included:
- Design Overview,
- Prioritized Project Goals,
- Big Picture Suggestions, and a
- Design Plan Menu (think of this as a preliminary project task list or checklist to work from in priority order)
3) We went back and did a Color Plan consult where we spent some more time evaluating existing colors and goals, and then delivered a Custom Color Palette for her interior, accents, and exterior.
You'll find the a snap shot of the Design Plan and Color Palette that we delivered to her below.
Big Picture Suggestions - for chloe
Each of these items included a discussion of the bigger ideas and direction, and how these were prioritized for her needs, goals, and budget. These groupings then helped to inform how her Design Plan Menu was organized for her to work from, which I believe includes around 50 or more specific tasks/projects.
- Color Planning
- Walls - artwork and design detail
- Patio and Garden
Because she and her family are pretty handy, some of the work will be do-it-yourself but there's a few things that she's planning to hire out.
The Whiskey Porch will be working with Chloe as the project progresses to help address key decisions or find solutions to unexpected challenges. This ongoing support is an additional service that can be customized. For her we are doing this on an as-needed basis, but this could be organized as a weekly or monthly standing meeting, for example.
For other clients, we may be more involved in preparing drawings and managing the projects and contractors. But in Chloe's case, she feels pretty confident that she can manage the majority on her own, so we went with a lighter touch for future support.
What's important is that she now has confidence that each task or project she tackles has a place in the overall scheme and is a step in the right direction.
It's so helpful having a plan in place that aligns with priorities. And I can't tell you how much the color palette helps with paint selection - which is always so hard. - Chloe Woodruff
custom color palette - for chloe
Everything begins by first identifying and mapping what already exists (that isn't going to change) and branching out from there based on personal and locational inspiration.
The palette is designed to facilitate not only interior paint, but exterior paint, furnishings, artwork and décor, as well as hardware and fixtures in her home and garden.
Continuity and flow throughout all the spaces is critical to a successful result.
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While we did most of the Micro Design Planning early this year (2021), Chloe has just started working through the Design Plan Menu recently, after the end of her mountain bike racing season.
If you're curious how things develop, we'll be following along as she continues to make progress, and you can catch updates on our social media or, of course, follow her directly @ The Ride Prescott House on Instagram.
This is a small bungalow. Smaller spaces are manageable and have so much potential if they're designed thoughtfully.
The Ride Prescott House should be available for short-term rentals later in 2022. Stay tuned! And if you're not local, plan a trip to beautiful Prescott, Arizona. And bring your mountain bike.
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Peace & contentment,
Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.
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