Adjectives That Help Us Focus

Personal Style Words:

In defining what we love, and creating a vision of personal style, vocabulary is so important.

If we can find the words to describe what it is we love,

1. we can communicate that to others, and

2. we can remind ourselves of our goals as our spaces evolve.

 I encouraged you to try to NOT use interior design words to define your style {words such as: ”eclectic” or “country” or “traditional” or “minimalist” or “coastal” or “modern”}.

Instead, today, I am going to encourage you to try to find your style words by using regular adjectives or descriptive words that appeal to you on these levels:

These words should describe:

  1. How you want your home to feel
  2. How you want your home to look, 
  3. The purpose you want your home to serve


jot down the first words that come to mind in reference to the above list of 3 criteria.


After you have written down all of the words that you first think of, refer to the list below, and see if any of these additional words help you to refine your vision.


Final step?  Think on it, and then, narrow it down to five or so words that best describe what you want  from your home.





More Descriptive Style Words:  {this list is certainly not exhaustive. In addition, why not take a thesaurus and try to nail down the perfect words for your own personal style?}

playful,    vibrant,   dramatic,   clean lines,   beautiful classic,   comfortable,    lush,   fresh,   flowing,    rich,    bold,    energetic,  

peaceful,   serene,   elegant,   simple,   conservative, interesting,  adventurous,  unpretentious,   unexpected,    order,    neutral,    textured,    showy,    artsy,  funky,   flashy,  glamourous,  regal,   effortless,   timeworn,   spacious, formal,   informal,   bare,   unique,   creative,   musical,   sophisticated,   wild,    daring,    fun,   artistic,   hospitable,   welcoming, charming,   uncluttered,    warm,   hip,   crisp,   airy,   breathable,   bare, edgy,   industrial,   breathes,    minimal,    reserved,    homey,   sentimental, inviting,   ordered,   natural,   modern,   unexpected, soothing,   earthy,    cool,    cozy,    earthy,   quality,   sparse,   storied, refined,   lux,   purposeful,   kid-friendly,    rustic,   vintage,   relaxing, light,   fiery,    exciting,    calm,    open,    colorful,    free,  comforting, sumptuous,  

light-hearted,   organized, colorful,   gutsy,    posh,    plush,    proper,   imperfect,   


Understanding Who to Begin With


Remodeler (Carpenter)  or     Designer

Although these two people often work together, their skill sets and business models are very different. Understanding what they do and how they work is critical to your projects success.  I often joke, "Dont let you designer hang your new door and don't let you remodeler/carpenter design your new kitchen, bathroom or basement"....but oh so true!

A remodelers business model requires them to get in and out as quickly as possible. This means that up front he wants a clear idea of what is wanted, he quickly assess how long it will take him, quotes you a ballpark price. Generally he suggests where you need go to select the materials and make all your selections for cabinetry, tile, paint colors, lighting, hardware, etc. He will do what you ask, and sometimes is comfortable making suggestions.....yet that is usually limited to things he has already been asked to do elsewhere. His skills are generally not about creativity, inspiration, blending old and new, etc.

A designers business model is such that he/she needs to take time to fully understand your goals, budget, changes that may be required, what you want to keep or replace. They have a degreed education that has taught them what they need to consider, how to analyze it, and how to communicate it.   They work with you to define the fininshed plan and prepare all the information and working drawings to aid the remodeler in saving him time getting his job done, with the fewest surprises. That includes: (construction details,all those selections previously mentioned, electrical locations and selections, plumbing locations and selections, venting or heat/cooling, cabinetry, flooring, color palette, etc. They aid the homowner in selecting the best and most cost effective materials to avoid impulsive decisions later that are usually costly, and guide then to make what they envisioned come to life.

Together, an unbeatable team!


Recognizing that partnering with fabulous craftsmen, knowledgable professionals, and dedicated healthcare providers, we bring together a team of people to carry our clients through what can sometimes be an overwhelming experience, only do it on their behalf and with ease.