As I begin each new project or event, I ALWAYS start with a design board. The concept of a “design board” can mean many different things to different people, so I want to quickly explain what it means to me. In a nutshell, it is my consolidated visual representation of what we hope to design and create based on an overarching aesthetic, emotion and color palette. I tend to start with a very large collection of potential images that embody our goal for the look and feel of the event and narrow it down into a very small collection. This small collection is then organized into a mini presentation, or “design board”, that is used as the overall design concept to help carry us through the design process, as we meet with vendors and make selections. While some of the imagery within a design board can be a literal recommendation, I typically look for images that compliment each other and help to create a strong sense of the aesthetic, without getting into specifics. Make sense? I don’t want to literally pick all of the details and elements of the day in one fell swoop, but I DO want to design the path for where we are going and make a clear statement of how we want the event to feel.
It is no secret that the design board process, is by far one of my favorite stages in the event planning process. And, in some cases, it can take the longest. It is the time that we set the stage for all decisions to come. And, it is the place that I refer back to time and time again when making any decision, as it allows for the creation of an event that is cohesive and thoughtfully designed. It is home base.
THAT all being said, I thought it might be fun to walk through the process as it translates to a place we all know…..our homes! In the same way that I would start to design a wedding or event, I would approach design in my home! Hang out with us on the blog over the next couple of weeks as we play with color and design and show you how we would transition that into designing and decorating the spaces you live in!
It starts with pink. And a baby nursery. I mean, why not??
I created the mini board above, because I love all of these images individually, as well as how they work together. I wanted to design a baby girl’s nursery that was sophisticated and stylish, using an expected color in an unexpected way. Pink is the classic go-to color for the little ladies, and secretly I love that. I just wanted to use it in a way that incorporated unique tones, and also in a way that introduced a modern, clean edge. Here goes! Let me know what you think!!
- Natural Pendant Chandelier: Serena and Lily
- Michelle Boyd Studio Painting: Michelle Boyd Studio
- Natural Wood Side Table: Serena and Lily
- Black and White Accent Rug: Serena and Lily
- Crib: The Land of Nod
- Pink Channel Stitch Quilt: Serena and Lily
- Blush Floral Quilt: Little Unicorn
- Blush Velvet Throw Pillow: Williams Sonoma Home
- Olive Green Velvet Throw Pillow: Williams Sonoma Home
- Black Floral Patterned Throw Pillow: Madeline Weinrib
- Gold Floor Lamp: Serena and Lily
- Upholstered Linen Chair: Williams Sonoma Home
- Striped Decorative Baskets: Serena and Lily