04.29 playlist

Since we are all so excited that Beyonce’s cd came out this week I had to do a few of my favorite songs she created. She is an incredibly talented woman and been an inspiration, so I am so excited about her new cd!! Have a beautiful weekend!

Truly, Lindy

create your perfect space | design class no. 1

W e l c o m e !  Today I will be starting a design series that I have loved posting in the past, a free design class called create your perfect space! One day for the next eight weeks I will be posting a few tips to help you create your favorite space. This is an easy (and free) way for you to develop the beginning tools to help your dream environment come to life, with the amazing talent that is within you. Feel free to contact me at any point if you have questions along the way!

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class series overview 

purpose : This class series will give you the simple tools to start any design project, no matter the size, to create the perfect environment for you and your life.

For all examples I will be pulling from my personal style inspirations, but the tips work for anyone no matter what your heart desires!

 

 

WEEK ONE | see your muse

main objective : seek inspiration that makes your heart skip a beat.

weekly lesson : inspiration is the key to starting any great design. Everyone needs muses, so this week your goal is to find your muse(s). Before designing you need to seek the beauty that makes your soul melt and want to soak it in over and over again.

Throughout your life you may have collected a few things that mean a lot to you, but what inspires the best version of you? Move around within your life to see what affects the deepest of you to let the best parts of your core shine.

Personally I have several books that are constantly growing, but filled with design class no. 1 | LindyJacoby.com - Nuance Designinspiration. I also try to have the majority of my collection of objects be things that inspire me. Find places that you can place your inspiration to continually find yourself going back to for inspiration.

Our world is filled with beautiful inspiration. Design inspiration can come from art, personal photographs, books, magazines, nature, product, architecture, flowers, people, words… the list can go on forever. Start your own collection of muses.

homework : seek your personal muses. Find at least 10 different muses that stand out to you.

contact: if you have any questions along the way feel free to contact me via email {LindyJacoby@gmail.com} (You can see my personal qualifications for helping you under about!)

Truly, Lindy

{all images found through pinterest, but layouts created by @lindyjacoby}

04.22 playlist

It’s almost the weekend!

 

Truly, Lindy

free printable bookplates

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Today I am pulling one from the archives of Nuance Design preredesign. With Mothers Day quickly arriving and gifts are a must, I thought I would share one of my favorite free printables!

Bookplates can be so romantic by sharing a simple passing in a books journey. If you ever go to a used bookstore you can sometimes find the most interesting bookplates or inscriptions. If you love to mark your books, bookplates can create the most beautiful imprint on your collection. I personally love putting my name in the books I keep, because then it shows which books I not only have read, but also deeply admire. I wanted to share one of my bookplate designs for free! This simple print off is not only great to mark your personal books with, but also a great gift for all book lovers you know and they are free!

 

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To get the bookplates just download the file below and cut!

Note: The best paper to print on is sticky paper!

PDF file:

free printable bookplates

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Enjoy!

Truly, Lindy

{all images by @lindyjacoby}

fashion design to interior design no. 2 | little ones room

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To get this little ones bedroom design click on the links below….

tent, storage, chair, pillow,  : target

bed, dresser and rug : ikea

bedding : anthropologie

pillow : h&m

fashion design image:  100 layer cake-let

D e s i g n   T i p :

A kids room can be so fun to set up! When designing make sure that your key importance is to consider the personality of your kid. It is the only space that they can truly express themselves, so let them be a huge part of creating the environment that they will grow up in. 

Go outside to enjoy the sun and hear the birds sing!

Truly, Lindy

links to love no. 2

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a few links to explore and potentially cry your eyes out over…

an artist that I have been in love with for about two years nowa story of a beautiful love towards those who need it the most, a beautiful home makeover and a dog that shows even humans how to be kind throughout their deepest struggles

… we all need to know how it is to truly care for one another.

 

Truly, Lindy

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04.15 playlist

Today I am sharing a playlist that has helped me work on projects late at night! Have a beautiful weekend!

 

Truly, Lindy

finding the perfect Designer no. 1 : free design consultations: the pros, the cons and how to prep

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Free is a word that our society loves and tries to take full advantage of, but what does it really mean when it comes to the design world? The term “free design consultation” is getting more and more common, but what are you really getting out of the consultation?

 

Design is such a prevalent aspect of our everyday life. It is a field that has a large range of what defines a designer. There are so many different types, skill levels, style types and range in cost for designers. How can you find the right designer for you? I am excited to start a series to help you find your perfect match, starting with what you may often see as “free design consultations.” In todays world almost all designers are competing with one another to grow their business, but designers are now facing a new trend that started about 10 years ago, which is the in home design consultations from large corporations. This is when large furniture business offers a “free design consultation” to their customers. On one hand as a client it is exciting to hear the word “free,” because maybe you may think your budget it too small to hire a designer or maybe you don’t want to “waste” money on a designer.

 

Today I am going to focus on how different a designer is verses an in store “designer” and if you choose to go with an in store designer what to expect and how you can best prep for it. Everyone needs different things so know that a in store designer may be perfect for you, but this is a way to reveal what exactly the differences are. Within my background while I was in High School and Architecture School, I actually played a huge role as an in store designer for a large corporation to make money. So I know all the little secrets you may be wondering about. This is your life and you want to make sure that the environment you live within is perfectly set for you. Don’t necessarily take the first designer that comes to you, but one that you like and will create the best environment for you. It is about creating a relationship that you feel comfortable, because designers see some of the most intimate places in your home and help you create environments that will affect you deeply. So finding that great designer that understands your needs not theirs, while bringing in their skill set to bring all the pieces together beautifully is crucial.

 

General differences between an in store designer verses a professional designer:

(I know that there are is range of professional designers, but these are general comparisons.)

In Store Designer:

– An in store designer typically is hired first as an associate, then the typical training is a day event of learning basic “terms” to feel relatable to clients (ex. warm colors, complimentary colors, bold patterns, layering etc), then will be required to have some what of a knowledge base on the product that they are selling. They may have a few handouts here and there to keep up to date with new product or if there are creative ideas that the store wants the associate to produce.

– There is a range of skill within different in store designers. With some people design comes so easily to create beauty, while other in store designers may believe they can based on just having the in store training and really can’t. The idea for an in store designer is to get great numbers for the store, so selling as much product as possible is the focus. So they may focus their skills on a specific formula that they repeat over and over again or they may be able to adjust to each case to create what you need within the stores boundaries. You may be assigned a designer so you can simply ask them before starting where they get their inspiration or ask them to show you a couple of their previous projects or ask them to give an example of a few things they would put together. This will help you determine if you like their style or not.

– Free doesn’t always mean free. Sometimes a free consultation is a half an hour and if you want more time you will have to be buy something. Or you might get free design services if you spend a certain amount within their store. Or more typically it may be free, but the only product that you can work within their store, which will limit your design potentially. Sometimes they can’t give you advice even if you say that your considering working with other companies to have other pieces. But if you love a store this may not be an issue, because you may want your entire home to be them.

– Since the designer is also an associate you may have a time slot, but know there may be times where their services are needed to either help another customer, grab things, or take over another task. This may cut into your time.

– A huge difference between in store designers and professional designers is they do not manipulate the architectural elements of environments at all, so all their design work is not even entirely cosmetic. Their purpose is to make sure you buy product in their store. Which is; furniture, rugs, curtains, hardware, lighting and maybe not some of these things depending on what they sale. They don’t deal with carpet or floor coloring, or wall color (they may make suggestions, but they won’t have a discussion with you because it won’t apply to their numbers and their managers give them clients based on their numbers purely.)

– With in store designers it’s about getting their daily numbers, number of emails, number of transactions and a certain number of open credit cards.

– Most stores refuse to hire full time employees other then the managers, which cant be designers. This means that you are limited to when you actually see the designer. You are not allowed to contact designers any other way except through the store so if you have questions your wait time may be long and hours that the designers are at the store can vary so much with retail.

Professional Designer:

– Professional Designers range in skill set. Some take a six-week course, while others have a design degree. This is a question you would need to ask the designers themselves. Know sometimes experience isn’t always what makes a great designer. Understanding where they are coming from and what inspires them will help you know what they are bringing to the relationship.

– Professional Designers typically don’t work with constraints. They work for their client, meaning that no matter where their product comes from they want to make sure it fits within your budget, your style and your timelines. It is about searching for the perfect pieces for you. There are some designers who try to work with certain stores, but make sure you know which ones before you start a relationship with them.

– All the designers I have trained with, are friends with and have experienced with will give you time to answer any questions. You can always call and ask as many questions about who they are as a designer, what you were thinking about and if they could do the project you want, what budget you have and how much they charge for the type of project you have. Most designers will start charging if they come out to your home to gather information or charge for an hour of design consulting if you want to meet up and show your full project, but don’t be afraid to ask all those details initially so you know how much you’ll be charged and what comes with the charges.

– You will always have the designers’ complete attention, because they are there for you.

– Most professional designers will be comfortable dealing with all aspects of your environment, so depending on what you want you could completely get rid of walls, this does not mean if you only want cosmetic work done that they won’t, but sometimes it’s nice to know you have the option. Figure out how detailed you want your designer to be involved and ask them how comfortable they are with certain aspects of the design.

– Professional designers focus on not pushing your budget, but create a beautiful space within it. There is nothing we are trying to sell to you, but to make sure that you are happy with the final outcome.

– A designer might have set hours, but since clients including you are their focus you will be able to contact them anytime within those hours or you may have designers like me who tend to just leave their phone on and answer anytime.

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Prep for in store designer:

– Typically you are given a half of an hour to an hour to speak with a designer initially. Make sure you are able to bring the right tools to the meeting to have the best experience within that short period. Things you will need to bring; some short of plan of the space (see below on my tips to create the best plans for going to see an in store designer), pictures of your space, if you have sample fabrics or a pillow that you know you for sure want – bring it, pictures or names of products you love within their store (before you go you will want to actually go through the store on your own or online and take your time to look at the pieces you really enjoy and don’t like because once you are in the store it may be harder to say no, especially with prices), pieces of inspiration, a clear list of your budget (tell them about 15% less then you want because they will want to push it and this way you can stay within your actual budget), a clear list of things you want or you were thinking about. You will basically need to be your own designer to know exactly what you want so when you go in they can just fit pieces within the parameters you create.

– You will probably be given a designer the store is given to you based on their numbers, but you are the client so make sure that you are happy with the designer. Although they may be a great sales associate does not mean they are a great designer. Some easy ways to “test” to make sure if you want that person or you should ask for another designer is by; asking their opinion rather then focusing on your opinion first to see how they interact with you and ask for your ideas or how they design, ask them about a product that you love and know everything about to test to see what they know, walk around the store with them before you start the process to not only show them what you like but to see if they start picking out only the big ticketed items or if they are choosing items that actually fit within your style. Although your time is short with them you want to make sure you are getting the best advice.

Prep for professional Designer:

– Designers are very different, but I always tell a client when I first meet with them to just bring you. We can always create sketches or talk about inspiration. I always tell them that it is wonderful if you want to bring photos or inspirations that moves them, but it is really about figuring out all the ways we can create the best environment for you. I have met multiple clients in their homes, but I have also met clients and stores or coffee shops or where the client wants to showcase something that inspires them. Most designers, like me, like to do their own measurements or drawings of your space, not that we don’t trust you but it is a way for us to get to know the space and see it differently then you since you live in it. But I never want the client to feel like they have to do any work other then the positive, fun aspects of creating a space with me. Not all designers are the same though so when you make the initial phone call or email make sure you ask them what your role would be in the process, because you may have to work harder then you may want to. All I ask is a clear budget to make sure we stay within it.

 

Creating plans to prep you for your in store designer.

Some in store designers will come to your home for an hour, but typically all design services are within the store. To make sure that you come as informed as possible there are two plans I highly recommend you creating; the architectural drawing and the current furniture plan.

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Architectural plan:

Trust me this by no means has to be to scale or beautiful, it is about getting the necessary details for them to see. Also this example is of a living room, because most people go in to furniture stores for living rooms, but you can manipulate these basic rules to fit whatever room you want to work on.

– Draw the outline of the room. Note; windows, fireplace, TV outlet, outlets (crucial for knowing how many or where lights can be placed), doorways, overhead lighting and/or any architectural details (bookcases, ledges, shelves, ceiling changes).

– Measure; the entire room (crucial for how big the furniture will be you put into it), windows, ledges, breaks within walls (ex. how much room from corner to doorway, doorway, doorway to other corner,) and any architectural details that will affect where furniture is.

– Extra notes; flooring type or changes, wall colors,

– If you have a fireplace, I would suggest drawing it or taking a photo of it. Measure the height of the wall space between the ceiling and the top of the fireplace so you know how much room you have for a piece of art work, TV or mirror. Also if you have a ledge on the top of your fireplace, measure it.

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Furniture plan:

– Draw a simple plan of how your furniture is currently within the space, even if you want to get rid of every single piece.

– If you have any pieces of furniture that you for sure want to keep, take a photo and measure its largest surface area so you know how much space it takes up on the floor plan.

– Photos are also great for any pieces you want to keep.

 

Truly, Lindy

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