Hey Everyone! Thanks for coming back to Home Glow’s Saturday Blog in 2021!
I must admit that I enjoyed every moment of time off with my men. I think that, even more than before, this pandemic has solidified my inclinations toward introverted homebody-ness! There is nothing better IMO than a weekend ahead and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on the agenda and nowhere we have to be by any certain time. Anybody else feel that way?
That being said, I do love talking with you, dear readers!
Do I ever sound like Jane Eyre when I talk to you? Like when she says, “Reader, I married him,” meaning the overly-loquacious Mr. Rochester — who quite honestly could talk the hind leg off a mule, and usually about himself.
The Benefit of Beautiful Renderings
Anywho! One of the biggest stumbling blocks for homeowners during the design process can be visualizing what the final space will look & feel like. Yes, the design boards (showing floor plans, furniture selections, etc.) all seem awesome, and the fabric & color scheme is great. But even so, frequently homeowners have a really hard time imagining how they will all coordinate & balance spatially in real life.
If you feel this way when you’re designing your own home, trust me, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
This inability to imagine the end product can be a HUGE. Especially if the designer (or you, if you are your own designer!) is encouraging something that may test your comfort zone, either creatively or budgetarily.
That’s where the beauty of renderings comes in, and can be one of the BEST things about working with a designer. I have found that the extra time/expense can be worth every penny for the imaginatively-challenged. You know ahead of time exactly what you’re going to get!
There’s a confidence and an excitement (as opposed to guarded enthusiasm and probably a bit of fear ;)).
And even if some items go through some re-selection, you have a vision of the finish line that keeps you going through all the headaches & heartaches of renovating and decorating.
It used to be that all renderings were hand drawn. I still LOVE this method of showing clients how their final spaces will look. Jane Gianarelli is a favorite artist, and her Instagram account is so inspirational!
Click the link and swipe left to see a time lapse video of her drawing this space!
Digital 3D renderings can be incredibly photo-realistic. Owing to the MASSIVE delays in the design industry right now due to COVID, the Fall 2020 One Room Challenge (which challenges designer/bloggers to design AND install a room in 6 weeks!) decided to let all the featured designers do their final reveals with renderings.
Design by Eneia White Interiors, Rendering by Duke Renders
Obviously, 3D renderings can allow a designer to really show her stuff — the sky is the limit when their is no budget! Seasonal Living Magazine did its entire show house via 3D renderings. The wonderful Carla Aston‘s IMMENSELY creative design “rendered” her cavernous space much more intimate.
See her very valuable blog post on 6 Genius Ways to Make a Large Room Feel Cozy & Warm.
The Cost/Benefit Ratio of Investing in Renderings
But renderings aren’t just for super high-end and aspirational design.
They are perhaps EVEN MORE useful when budget has to be carefully considered and used in the best possible way to maximize a Forever Home.
One of the projects I’m currently working on is living room & entry hall/staircase in a charming 1920s colonial revival. The living room has beautiful natural light, but a few challenges:
- No ambient lighting
- Radiators in awkward spots
- Asymmetrical entryways vs. the opposite windows & fireplace
- No good place for the TV except over the fireplace because there are so many windows. (There are worse problems!)
The homeowners were on the fence about my suggestion to create wall of built-in bookcases (offering symmetry & storage) and a window bench (cozy cuddle spot), wondering if it would be worth the extra budget it would require.
They were also undecided whether or not to reuse their current Pottery Barn sofa and chair, but the wife craved a sofa with a chaise end to lounge on in the evenings.
Design by Home Glow Design, Rendering by Annilee Waterman
While the design of this space has taken a turn in color scheme, these renderings allowed my clients to see benefits of investing their budget in this manner:
- Creating a wall of built-ins (the base cabinets will have perforated metal doors to allow for the radiator that one covers) gives the room architecture, balance, storage, & comfort.
- The chaise end of the sofa disguises the fact that the sofa wall is not directly opposite the fireplace.
Renderings gave the homeowners of this home the confidence to employ architectural millwork to create intimacy in their living room.
Renderings gave the husband in the couple who own this forever home the vision to venture out of his gray/beige comfort zone into using some splashes of color (red).
Having trouble envisioning a potential space in your Forever Home, but don’t want to risk making an expensive mistake? Schedule a FREE 15-minute Discovery Call to see if we can help you!
The kids are back in school (until the next time there’s a positive COVID case, anyway), and I’m getting back in my groove. Here’s to a great 2021! Thanks for joining me here at the Saturday Blog!