I'm a very visual person, so I find that I've always started with some pictures in my head that just HAVE to come out on paper (guys, I was sketching my parents landscaping...while they had a professional landscaper working for them, just because it made me so damn happy to draw plans for how things would look. I was all of...7? Part of my happy place right there). I usually sketch a design, with basic structures and scales, and then add color. This is my preliminary design for our living room:
These sketched don't have color because I knew I was using a very easy neutral color pallet with lots of leather. Having a something on paper helps me stay focused when I'm actually furnishing a space, because I'm basically the most ADD shopper ever. I want all the things, all the time. This is the actual room when finished (with a "before" photo first. Our home was a renovation project on a historic 1920 house in St. Elmo, a neighborhood near downtown Chattanooga).
I was going for a look that was comfortable and timeless. I didn't want it to be too feminine or masculine, and I wanted it to showcase the old pieces of our home. I'm not sure if I pulled it off, but I do love the "feel" of the space. I love spending time there, and it feels like home. I think the walls DO talk in any space, and I'm hoping mine have at least a few nice things to say.
On a different note, I want to say thank you guys all so much for the love and support you've shown! Starting a blog was a pretty big leap for me and it's incredibly encouraging.
*Edit: it was brought to my attention that I should add a "before" space photo, the post is updated with that addition.