Creating a Design Plan: Planning to Revamp a Room
revamp | riːˈvamp |
verb [with object]
give new and improved form, structure, or appearance to:
an attempt to revamp the kitchen's useable space | (as adjective revamped): a revamped living room.
noun [usually in singular]
an act of improving the form, structure, or appearance of something: the foyer was given a $1 million revamp.
• a new and improved version: the curtains were a revamp of an old pattern.
Stop! In the name of decor!
Now that I have your attention, take another second to absorb the definition of what it means to revamp. I’ll wait...
I know, not really. But it is important to today’s topic of how to build a stellar plan when redecorating a space to your liking - mindset to finish.
Now I don’t know about you but the words 'new & improved' jumped out at me most, whether talking nouns or verbs. But for the purpose of this blog let’s consider the word 'revamp' as strictly a verb - because we are about to start putting our ideas into action, young designer grasshoppers!
Ha! Bad joke - moving on along.
In the last Design instalment of the Food.Wine.Design Blog, we discussed the importance of all things mindset and defining your own style as style. And what did we accomplish by the end of the article, everyone?
We figured out that we might as well bend over and kiss ourselves to the moon without a bit of sheer confidence in our capabilities. And that’s the honest truth. So if you joined the 'lights on' crew and said YES to the question at the end of my last article then let’s move on to our next hurdle together: creating a revamp plan for a space in your home that you'll a) stick to and b) enjoy every step of the way.
So before we get started with the logistics (DON’T RUN - I repeat DON’T RUN) I need you to come back to that same lights on mentality. What brings you to your happy place? If we've done an event together, you probably noticed it doesn’t take much to get my excitement flaring. Why? Because by the time we meet, I’ve been prepping an artistic mood from the moment I woke up. Why again? Because it’s imperative to be in the right mood to create!
So grab an iced coffee, sit in the sunshine, turn on some music and take a deep breath. This blueprint for revamping your spaces is going to start at the beginning - the real beginning.
STEP ONE - PLAN TO MAKE A PLAN
Some of you just felt physical pain reading that - I’m with you in most cases. This sounds like an utter waste of time during our daily grind, but it's also the exact same reason I need you to plan to make a plan in this case:
Life is crazy - I refuse to paint this blog with an unrealistic shade. And in order to initiate that creative mindset required for tapping into your stellar designer potential, it’s better to pre-schedule this planning time as something to look forward to. Look at your calendar - when can you fit in some uninterrupted (all parents read semi) me-time?
Step one is simply planning to give yourself the time, energy and space to think about what it is that you wish to create.
STEP TWO - MAKE NOTES AS YOU MOVE & SHAKE
Have you ever noticed that your best ideas come to you when walking/running/driving/cleaning/showering/exercising/etc./etc.?
This is because our brains are mainly focused on the stimulation in front of us as opposed to over-thinking the task at hand. As we use different parts of the brain for other tasks it provides space for creative ideas to cycle, swoop and loop with bursts of inspiration. When moving around, we're constantly stimulated with authentic feelings, hopes and dreams we can see for ourselves. It's out and about that we get excited and inspired about life!
The challenge? Bottling these thoughts for later - another instance where I’m still quite offended I wasn't invited to Hogwarts.
So before arriving at your scheduled me-time that's currently over there halo-glowing on your calendar, jot down some notes (re: ideas & dreams). Whether it be on your phone, a notebook, a napkin, a forehead; note it down during your daily grind.
My advice? Pay attention to small bursts of happiness and why.
STEP 3 - JEEZE MAKE THE PLAN ALREADY!
Whether you're raring to go at this point or just plain annoyed, the lights are definitely on!
Take that Indigo notebook smeared with inspirational quotes on the cover (guilty as charged) and make a list of essential needs you require for the space to function. This is a moment in the planning process where it's necessary to have two (semi) firm feet on the ground.
What kind of room can this now be categorized as for the sake of psychological ease? Something else that is important to note here is not being afraid to blend categories: office/den, nursery/reading nook, kitchen/dining room, anyone? When you put it this way, mixed-purposed rooms are almost more common! It really depends on your living square footage per human. But that's the point:
Think it out. Write it out. What are your essential needs for the room?
STEP FOUR - MAP IT OUT
Now sit back in your space and observe.
If the room is empty this will be a breeze. But if it's still full of life then you’ll need to put your imagination to use and blank it all out.
Grab your list of essential needs. Observe how and where each one of these 'needs' may fit in a practical but stylish way - like a puzzle in your notebook. Grid the room into sections of liveable areas, being honest when it comes to your space/dream ratio: the actual size of your room vs. how many purposes you’d like that room to serve. I know I want a pony stable in my yoga studio, but it may not happen and I'm mentally prepared for that heartbreak.