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Discovering Design

Often times in interiors you notice that most homes are layered in neutral colors, as it is the safe and comfortable thing to do. I personally love neutrals as well, however I like to spice it up every now and then with bold colors. Choosing colors can be daunting when you’re not sure about what compliments what, or elements such as chroma and saturation. Hire a designer for that :). Nonetheless, when you work through all the elements of choosing colors, you’ll have a space that’s full of character and nostalgic. Take a look a these two inspiration boards that utilize bold color patterns while still creating harmony.

 

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Here’s your cheat sheet for choosing colors….. THE COLOR WHEEL!

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Need help working through this round thing full of color? Contact Me today and I will be more than happy to assist you with choosing the perfect colors for your home.

As always,  #BeTheBeauty

Chase

Well, we’re finally to the last post of the working with a designer series. Take time to read Part 1 and Part 2 if you have not already.

DESIGN CONCEPT & PRESENTATION

In this phase I take all the information from our consultation and programming and create a space that is the utmost reflection of you. I normally present once concept that serves as the base along with components that can be easily exchanged which gives you as my client options. There are drawings, beautiful textiles, wall coverings, furnishings, hardware, flooring options, paint colors, cabinetry, lighting, and much more for you to touch, see, and get a great sense of.

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

After you have approved the design concept, we begin moving your project forward. This phase involves managing vendors such as contractors, showrooms, ordering supplies, etc. We ensure that all construction documents and drawings are being implemented as agreed upon. This is the phase in which you get the most of your value, because as your designer I handle managing all of these components which is more time consuming for you to manage along with managing your career, family, and social life.

INSTALLATION

After all the construction components have been completed, and furniture and decor have all been received, we are now ready for installation day. On install day, we literally kick you and your family out of your home (nicely of course) for the day and prepare your home for you. Our goal is to ensure that our entire process is turn-key for you as much as possible. During installation, we put our heart and soul into setting up each room with your family’s heart and soul in mind. When all is completed, we await on your return home for the big reveal of your project. The absolute best feeling in the world!

 

I hope this series has been helpful in giving you an overview of what working a designer for your home entails. Save yourself time and money by working with me to ensure you get the home design you want and deserve. If you’re ready to get started on a project, contact me today!

As always,

#BeTheBeauty

Chase

In part one of the Working With A Designer series, I talked about the first step in the design process, the consultation. Click here to read and get caught up if you haven’t read it already. You’ll definitely want to start there! Now, lets get to the next stage in the process of working with me, your designer.

PROGRAMMING

Now that all the questions have been asked, and both the client and I believe we are a perfect fit for one another; its time to begin the programming stage. This is when I will take all the notes from the initial meeting, and use them to determine the needs of the client, which becomes the scope of the project. Clear descriptions of everything that will require attention is detailed and prepared for presentation to the client. After I complete the programming, I send it over to my clients to review and allow them to determine which areas are priority in order to guide our project timeline. Along with the programming sheet, I send over a cost analysis which defines what my design fee will be for the project. This allows us to be on the same page from the very beginning on budgets and cost.

After my clients approve the programming information, timeline, and cost I draft the contract which outlines every detail of the project and both the responsibility of the client and myself as the designer. After the contract is signed and approved, we’re ready to move to thenext stage; which you will have to wait until Part 3 to learn about!

Ready to get started on your home project? Click here and contact me today! I would love to work with you.

As always,

#BeTheBeauty

Chase

In my last blog post, 5 Reasons You Should Hire An Interior Designer, I gave insight on value that working with a designer brings to you. To continue along that theme, my next few blogs will be a series that focuses on the process of working with a designer. What I have found thus far is that many people want to work with a designer, but they are sometimes intimidated to work with one as they assume its not affordable or they aren’t confident in knowing the ends and oust of design. By the end of this series I hope you are able to approach a designer [ preferably me 🙂 ] with confidence and somewhat of an idea of how it all works.

DISCLAIMER** This series is based solely on my processes. Though most things are universal in the design industry, processes can differ from those of other designers.

CONSULTATION

Working with a designer starts with a design consultation. This consultation is a 2 hour meeting between you and the designer to discuss your design goals, assess your home, and to share broad design ideas and direction. This meeting helps the designer to get to know you and determine exactly what your home needs.

In a consultation the designer will ask whats seems like a million and one questions. Trust me, they all are important. You’ll cover questions such as who’s responsible for the design decisions, the project budget, entertaining styles, hobbies, design preferences, colors, and much more.

Feel free to be your authentic self during the consultation. Not only is this a meeting to talk about design, but it is also an opportunity for both you and the designer to determine if you are a perfect fit for one another. Don’t feel pressured to have to organize your home or add some decor before the designer arrives for the consultation. A good designer won’t judge you or your home based on its current state. It’s our job to help you pull it all together.

I know you are thinking okay Chase, how much does it cost?! Im glad you asked. Though other designers’ cost may differ, a 2 hour consultation with Chase Dowell Interior Design cost potential clients only $250. After this meeting, you should have somewhat of an idea on what areas need focus and general concepts. In 1-2 weeks after your consultation, the designer will follow up with you with programming, timelines, and a cost analysis for service fees. From there you should have enough info to make an informed decision on what areas to focus on first.

Hey, if you’re ready to get started with a design consultation, contact me here. I’d love to be your designer.

As always,

#BeTheBeauty

Chase

 

There are many reasons to hire a designer; from adding value to your home to creating a space that will wow family and friends. Here are 5 more reasons you should hire Chase. 🙂

  1. Fresh Ideas– When preparing to make upgrades and decorative changes to your home, I know first-hand that you spend hours, days, and even months trying to decide on a concept, paint colors, furnishings and finishes. If you don’t have a natural ability to do this, it can become frustrating. By hiring a designer you allow a fresh pair of eyes and a fresh perspective to assess your space and bring a cohesive look that is both custom and reflective of you.
  2. Save Time- Hiring a designer saves you time, as we are able to prepare for obstacles that could happen and are aware of how to avoid them. Searching for furniture and decor is time consuming. With so many options available, a designer will help narrow choices and ensure the best use of your time.
  3. Save Money- Hiring a designer helps you avoid costly mistakes such as painting an entire room a color that you hate because it isn’t the same on the wall as it was in the store; or purchasing a sofa thats too big for the space. Many designers have access to trade only vendors which could allow you to get some furnishings and decor a lower prices than retail.
  4. Liaison- A designer serves as a liaison for you between all contractors and vendors. As a representitive for you, a designer coordinates with your best interest in mind.
  5. Trained Eye- A designer is trained in balance, function, color, movement and many other design elements that make a space become art. Being in tune with design elements is what makes a room look whole and not of many pieces.

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Drafting up this remodel project has truly been a tedious yet rewarding experience. To think just a few months ago, drawing was my biggest fear about interior design and now it’s starting to become second nature to me. This is a prime example why education and researching is so important for personal growth. It allows you to obtain what you assume is unobtainable. At this point of the remodel I have drawn the furniture plan. Im pretty proud of how its turning out. If this is your first time reading about the Japan  Condo Remodel series, check out Part 2 here and Part 1 here.

As always, Thanks for reading!

Chase

 

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If you’ve been keeping up with my Japan condo remodel series, you may already know the details of this project. If this is your first time reading this series, you can read the details here to catch up. This project is a multi-step project for my drafting course I’m currently taking. In this stage I started the dimensioning, adding in the cabinetry, appliances, and plumbing. Drafting is challenging! Well, I can speak for hand drafting. Trying to ensure the line weights are accurate, measurements are correct and in scale, doors and windows are the right dimensions; and I could go on (not to mention drawing is not my ministry!). Its a challenge that I must say I enjoy. This course has allowed me to become comfortable with reading and explaining plans which is very important in the design industry.

Although there are still a lot of things I need to clean up on this plan, and also still more to learn; I am proud of the progress. Studying and practicing is only enhancing the gift of design that comes naturally to me.

Thanks for reading,

Chase

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Currently in design school I am working on remodeling a condo in Japan. I have always loved learning about different cultures and their customs. My drafting professor’s son currently resides in Japan and we are tasked with developing the drawings and specifications for the condo he’s currently residing in. We had a choice to keep it the same or re-work the plan along with a client profile. Of course I chose to re-work the plan.

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As you can see, the condo is very choppy with many walls in such a small space. The condo is a little over 800 Sq. Ft. and for this client I am blending both American and Japanese cultures in the design concept. In my plan I will rework the living room, kitchen, and dining area to be open and flow easily to one another. To bring the inside in and to open the space even more, I am adding a full wall of folding out-swing doors that will lead to the balcony. This will be great to open the home up when entertaining guest. I’ll be sharing more of the design details later throughout this project. Right now, I have drawn the exterior and interior walls for the plan. Next will come the dimensioning, cabinetry, and appliances in which I will be sharing on the next Discovering Design post. BTW… I am excited about being able to hand draw plans for my clients as a part of the design process. Of course there is a place for computer drawings in my firm, but there is something about being able to give a client a hand rendering thats more personable and well thought out. It makes it less of a “thing to get done” and more of an EXPERIENCE.

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Cant wait to share more with you all on this project!

Thanks for reading,

Chase

 

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What an exciting weekend this has been! We finally launched our new brand and refreshed website after months of hard work and dedication. We all know and understand that branding is one of the most crucial aspects of building a successful business. I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with a talented brand and identity designer who helped me take my vision to the next level. I highly recommend Geeky Dreamer for your branding needs. Seeing the fruits of my labor and visions be revealed right before my eyes has inspired me tremendously. Even more so that it has inspired others to move forward with their business endeavors and refusing to let fear get in the way. I am delighted to share with my readers the story behind brand. You can read it here.

I would love to read in the comments below what you think about the new site and brand.

Thanks for reading!

Chase

This week in my Drafting 1 course we learned how to use an architectural scale and scale down objects and spaces in order to fit those objects and spaces on paper. I have always been interested in figuring out how floor plans are developed and how contractors and designers could read those plans and understand exactly how to produce those plans. Needless to say I was amazed that I was finally learning this.

First I had to get an understanding of what an architectural scale is and how it’s used. (Picture Below) Once I got the hang of the scale after continued study and research, scaling started to become a little easier. I still have a lot of practicing to do.

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My professor did a good job with breaking down the 12 different scales, however it was a lot to process. Youtube is probably the best thing since sliced bread! I found an awesome video that was easy to follow while I reviewed and completed homework. Check it out below.

My homework focused on scaling windows and doors. There’s definitely room for improving my line weights and lettering, however I am proud of my first round of tackling scaling. It is true that practice makes perfect. I stayed at it until I started to better understand how it all works.

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I am truly enjoying this journey I’m on to learn and obtain my wildest dreams. The feeling I have from finishing my assignments are feelings of great accomplishment. Every step forward amazes me!

Thanks for reading!

Chase