This series of articles is going to be focusing on the process of interior design. This will help people understand what it takes to do a design job and have it turn out well. We want to establish certain things from the very beginning, so that we can hit the target.

The first thing that we start out with is The Dream!” In addition, it's really your dream. It's about what you want, what you need. Maybe what you want, that you do not think you can have. At this point, we want to be very creative and open to ideas, because you never know what might happen.

We do not want to put any constraints on our imaginations at this point. We want to let our minds and imaginations, “free-wheel,” so to speak, and see what ideas and concepts we can develop. It's all about you at this point! Moreover, it's all about you at every point of the design process. We really want to focus on you, because you are the “pivot point” of the whole design concept. Your environment also forms the “backdrop” for you, or the “stage-setting” in which you will be viewed.

The second idea that we are going to focus on is the “Discovery Journey.” Truly, it really is like a journey, because most people have never thoughtfully considered what it is that they totally want to accomplish.

For instance, somebody may say, “I want my home to feel cozy and comfortable.” Well, what does that mean to you? How is this actually going to develop in a tangible way, so that all the elements of that environment environment add up to what it is that you wanted in the first place?

It's important to go through this process, which incorporates a lot of questions and the right kind of questions. We need great answers and detailed answers to these questions, so that we can get the proper result. This is a very critical step of discovery.

This step is akin to what an attorney would do. We want to find out the facts, the “given's,” the things that you have to deal with, the things that can change in an environment, what things are important to you, what things can not you live without. How do you live now? How do you want to live in the future? What do we need to expect regarding changes in the future? We want to answer these questions so that we can accommodate them.

The third item would be your “Lifestyle Statement.” This functions like a “mission statement” or business statement for you business owners. We start with the information that's been culled or gathered from talking about your dream and about what you want, plus all the things that came from the discovery process. We put this into a paragraph that talks about what we want to accomplish, such as the look, the ambiance, the feel, the emotions, etc. We want to refine this in a very descriptive way, so that we have a “yardstick” so to speak, for “measuring” everything from here on out, to the end of the design process.

It's very important that we get this lifestyle statement or mission statement correct, because it will eliminate a lot of the “fluff”, plus a lot of the things that you really do not need to take up your time with. It helps to alleviate many of the extraaneous details that are not important or necessary to the project. It will also eliminate a certain amount of stress, especially for people who may feel overwhelmed by the plethora of things available in the world today. Therefore, we want to create a very comfortable process, where stress is not a part of it.

This concludes part one of this interior design miniseries. I'll see you later for part two.