Friday, January 31, 2014

How I Present Designs to Local Clients

So many times in the past, I have shared e-design projects that I have completed and have discussed how I go about completing virtual design boards. Since I am now moving into servicing local clients as well, I thought it would be fun to share a glimpse of what goes into meeting and presenting to clients, in person. Our first official time meeting is usually in their house, where we discuss the space and what the client would like to change. Before meeting, the client has already filled out the same form I give virtual clients. Having this information ahead of time helps me go into the initial meeting, knowing a little bit about the space and what they are looking for. {They don't have to fill out the entire form, since most of the questions will be covered in person, such as the floor plan. But, seeing the space ahead of time gets the brain turning a bit faster for me! Also, it gives them an idea for what we will be discussing at the initial meeting, so they feel a bit more prepared themselves.} I bring along a bag filled with my tape measure, additional questions and graph paper to draw out the floor plan.



Local Client Project #projectcoastalchic

I take as many pictures as possible, so I remember the space from every angle. I also take close up pictures of fabrics, accessories that they would like to keep in the space. For this family room project, the client would like to keep the Waverly fabric valances on the windows. I immediately went to the fabric store and bought a half yard of this fabric, so I can take it everywhere with me and compare it next to other suggested fabrics for the room. Next, I get to work at home, drawing out the floor plan and putting together the inspiration board. This board, which will be presented and given to the client, shows my design vision, floor plan options and some specific pieces chosen for the room. One of my best investments has been a staple gun! I use that to staple pretty fabric to the plain white canvas board, to make the presentation look more warm and welcoming. For this presentation, I chose a creamy duck canvas fabric that resembles the color of the drapes we will use in the space. I think it's great to cover the board with a fabric that also ties into the presentation and compliments the design! And now, it's presentation time...


Luckily, she loved it and we are now moving onto the installation part of the process, which I find so exciting. I live vicariously through my clients and get just as much joy as them, seeing their space come together and click. It also helps to have amazing inspiration to draw from and show the client, such as Emily's bookshelves and Courtney's warm living room

With e-design, once the client likes the vision, I move forward with the design board and get the second virtual presentation ready. With local clients, it's now all about going into the space and creating the vision! The shopping, sourcing and styling all come into play now, which is so much fun! 

So that's a little sneak peek into my design process. I know it's different for every designer, but I have found that this works for me.  :)


5 comments:

Tamra said...

PLEASE show us a bunch of "after" photos! I'm loving your design concepts for this client and I'd love to see how it comes together!

Stacey said...

Great info! I agree with Tamra too! Would love to see!

Sandra said...

I love every single design you create! Love! Love! Love!

Andrea Mowery said...

So interesting! I love to see the process that gets you from Point A to B. It's way beyond my go-to-Target-and-snatch-up-whatever-appeals-to-me strategy. :)

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Thanks for sharing your process Amber. I love the idea of using the canvas as a back drop. So much more interesting and tactile than a printed sheet of paper!

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