Week 2: Unveiling the Design Concept
Welcome back to the One Room Challenge, Week 2 edition! Last week, we explored the practicalities, and this week, it's time to dive into the exciting world of design concepts.
If you haven’t heard of the ORC, the origin started from a designer who was finally fed up with unfinished projects around her house. She decided to motivate herself and a small group of friends by creating a challenge to have one finished room.
This year, I decided to participate in the one room challenge because we are in the process of buying a house and I need a home office that will inspire me. As a professional interior designer, I am notorious for putting my projects on the back burner. You know how they say a chef doesn’t cook at home... The One Room Challenge is the perfect motivator.
In 8 weeks, I will aim to transform a space and share it with an incredible community, celebrating creativity and inspiration. While 8 weeks might seem generous, it flies by. But I can't wait to share the progress with you!
The Design Concept Narrative
As an interior designer, I have a passion for many styles, from antiques to modern aesthetics, they all have a special place in my heart. This is why my design aesthetic for both my personal home and Slate Studios focuses on personal design, authentic to the people who live in that space.
The design narrative is the driving heart and soul of the design. Every single project I work on gets a design narrative that is completely unique, and my personal office isn’t any different. The narrative is a way for me to have clarity on the design goals, how I will achieve those goals, and a place to draw inspiration from.
Inspiration: Nuturing Creativity
I was widely influenced by the following images I found while scouring my favorite sources for inspiration.
I squealed in delight when I saw this gorgeous honed cosmic black granite. There is nothing better than a natural work of art, and for me, this was the starting point of my design. I built everything else around this dramatic granite.
Source: Martin Moore
Going further down the cosmic black rabbit hole, I found this stunning built in by one of my absolute design idols, Michelle Gerson. The mix of the metallic cabinets, contrast between the white trim and baseboards had me smitten. It was then, I knew I simply had to have some metallic or gold leaf element in the space to bring out the warm tones in the granite.
Source: Michelle Gerson
I already had my heart set on grasscloth wallpaper, it’s timeless, organic, charming, and gives a room the most appealing texture. Something about it to me is like wrapping yourself in a glorious cashmere sweater, it just hugs a room in all the right ways. I decided to go bold with the grasscloth like this navy room.
Source: David Scott Interiors
At highpoint market in the spring, I fell in love with Justina Blakeney’s collection of rugs. They bring just the right amount of personality to a space, and the Tigress collection spoke to my inner feline. To me, tigers symbolize courage and fearlessness.
Source: Loloi Rugs
Finally, the built-in. I love a good built in. We aren’t talking run of the mill cabinetry, no no no. This built-in is the only piece of furniture in the room aside from the desk, therefore the built in is destined to be a showstopper. This one from Brass Pineapple Interiors with the rich dark cabinetry, and brass mesh panels puts a smile on my face.
Source: Brass Pineapple Interiors
With inspiration in abundance, it's time to bring these ideas to life. Stay tuned for next week's design reveal, and don't forget to explore the other incredible Fall One Room Challenge participants here!
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