Where I live in Pacific Grove, CA, there is a much visited private home called "The Butterfly House". I pass it often and it got me thinking about how we all convey our personalities to the world. There are, of course, many ways we all do this. It can be what we wear, from our clothes, shoes and jewelry, to our hair style and our glasses, our make-up or lack there of, or our homes.
The topic of interpreting and conveying someones personality and taste is an endlessly fascinating topic to me as an interior designer. In some cases, such as The Butterfly House, the taste and personality of the occupants is much more clearly presented for the world to see. Having not met them, I can't say for sure what they are like, but I would imagine them to be outgoing, lively, free-spirited, lovers of color and sparkle, not afraid to speak their mind, and not afraid to be judged. I would also imagine they an enormous sense of fun and joie de vivre.
But what happens when a client is harder to read, more private or contained, or perhaps unsure of their taste or preferences? How much of my personality comes into play in helping them discover their own? Or what if they are very clear on what they like, then what role, as a designer, do I play in helping them realize their vision?
These are all questions that run through my mind as I meet with clients, start to understand their vision and goals, where they need help, and where they may take the lead - for example if their life revolves aroundart collecting.
Conveying someones personality is what keeps my work constantly fascinating. It is a fun and creative puzzle that gets assembled a bit differently each time but the core planning, research, designing and install are the constants.
Wishing you a wonderful 2016 filled with joy, beauty, fun, love and a touch of whimsy!