There is a time in every design project where the client may second-guess all the work that’s happening – and that is totally normal. In fact, I just had it happen with my own home project. I spent last week at the Hampton Designer Showhouse, where I designed the master bedroom with Duralee, and it was both a fabulous event and … a problem
Why a problem, you ask? Because I became “that client,” the one who says, “maybe I want to tweak that room’s design, or maybe I even want to start all over again!” What put me in that state of mind? Seeing all of the other fabulous rooms at the Showhouse! Designers are no different than anyone else – we can be just as distracted by the latest color, the newest shiny objet, and the paint color we’ve never seen before! But the difference is that we have access to so much amazing product and so many inspiring rooms that it can make designing our own homes a nightmare.
It’s especially hard when some total-home projects can last over a year – you almost forget what you designed for certain rooms and how fabulous the design was! I’m going to try to stick to my guns on my own design, but I did want to show you the rooms that most inspired me at the Hampton Designer Showhouse. I’m not going to throw out my new house’s designs, but I may just have to tweak them a bit!
Phoebe Howard’s lovely bedroom has me thinking about a canopy over my own bed. Aren’t the linens amazing?
I loved this quiet nook in Katie Leede’s bedroom – the color palette is so serene.
I am crazy for the pattern mix in the Mabley Handler room – and the navy is so fresh!
There was so much to be inspired by in the Lillian August room – that ceiling, that light fixture, that bench!
Multiple dining tables would be fun! But it is the wallpaper that really draws me into this room by Mecox Design Services.
No, I won’t be adding a surf-themed room to my house, but I do love the mix of old and new, of rustic and modern!
The acrylic coffee table is fabulous – and I love that Greg McKenzie used a working Knole sofa.
Apple green is so fresh in this amazing kitchen by Gary Ciuffo.
And then there is this gorgeous pool! I may have to steal some ideas from the landscaping.
So what do you think? Are you as inspired by the incredible designs in this house as I am? I may add a detail or two from what I’ve seen, and next week we’ll get back into my own house.