The Wine Cellar has been making it's way up from the dungeon to prime location on the main floor of the world's posh estate-home! Encased in glass, the fully sealed and temperature controlled, the best vintage wine bottles are proudly displayed.
Period-Homes have been harshly discriminated by many people in recent times, whether for their lack of “Trend”, or “In-Style” features, or due to low level of natural light, though the latter may be a valid claim. Oddly, majority of the country finds Period-Homes perfectly habitable, yet builders of spec. houses tear them down only to build those “Trendy” houses which are “Styled” by formulas set to meet demand.
Once floor plan is drawn, one sets out to select the components that make the powder room- a refuge from the crowd. Marble floor that extends up the wall, and into the niche where back-lit mirror is mounted, vessel wash-basin and deck mounted faucet compliment the Euro import porcelain lavatory. A square recessed light completes the composition.
"I have great ideas for decorating," a client said to me, who was a mega Hollywood star. "And with my friend's resale card, I save 40% at the design centers," he concluded with a victorious smile.
"The actual purchase in the process of a design project is nearly the last step," I replied. "Arriving at the decision of what to buy, and where to buy from count highly."
"You're right. I didn't think of that", he conceded.
Seeing pretty pictures online or on a do-it-yourself TV shows are but a vague hint homeowners are encouraged to make a record of, and share with the designer. Like a TV Ad for new medicine one would share with the doctor before administering. But it's the designer's vision which determines the final outcome, and not because he's under a legally binding contract.
Could you imagine Cardinals and Emperors dictating details of frescoes or musical notes to Michelangelo or Beethoven?
While no modern designer is anywhere in the league of these master artisans, designers do possess the vision and ability to develop and implement concepts, and take them through a logical and methodical process to a successful completion. The designer's ability to solve problems, or challenges that arise during the course of a project, also make him a valuable, even vital to bring a project to its on-time and save on costly alterations.