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Kitchen Remodel STEP 2: IDEA BOOK Determining Your Personal Style

Posted in interior design, planning, and steps to your remodel

One of the first ways we help our clients’ survey the kitchen remodeling market and begin to narrow down the array of endless design choices, is to begin with creating a personal Idea Book. This is a great second step in the process of updating or remodeling a kitchen and an exciting exercise towards creating your future beautiful and functional kitchen.

What exactly is an Idea Book you may ask? It is a place to put all those inspirational images that inspired YOU to begin the remodeling journey, it is a way to communicate your preferences to your designer and point out any must have features for your dream kitchen.

Here are the steps to follow to begin creating an Idea Book and determine your personal style:

  1. Check out kitchen design books from the library. If you already know you love “Modern Design” or “Shaker Style”, then focus on books in those areas. Color photocopy any images of examples of your preferences.  Note source on index cards & attached to image.
  2. Compile all copies of your current magazine subscriptions and catalogs in your home. Cut out images “that speak to you”, note any references or website information on index cards & attached to image.
  3. Purchase current residential and remodeling magazines or visit their websites.* Then cut out, print or pint to Pinterest images of current trends that you prefer.
  4. Gather together: three ring binder, package plastic sheets, scissors, index cards and pencils and/or pens.
  5. Place images with corresponding index cards into plastic sheets, add to binder.
  6. Bring your Idea Book to your design meetings.

This process can be done over a few months, weeks or couple of days, your efforts will be rewarded for three key reasons, you will have practiced making choices, created a place to gather all your research and have a strong visual to communicate your personal preferences with your interior designer.

The JOY of Design.

*A few of our favorites design magazines are: Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Homes, House Beautiful, K+BBElle Decor and Interior Design.


Photo Credit: Michelle Forst/ from the Milk and Honey Design, Blog

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