~ Real life Mesmerizing ~ Interior design is a world on its own. The people who construct it, move in it, create it, and make the world a more beautiful place with it—they are the magicians of the real world. But there’s also magic in other types of design as well. Like in the virtual world. Some magic that is so subtle, that it blurs the line between reality and illusion. Have you guys ever heard the phrase, Picture Perfect? Social media is the perfect example of a lot of things that are picture perfect. A virtual platform where online images give us an idealist sense of what a space looks like—and we want it! Why shouldn’t we? But maybe we should pace ourselves… Throughout my journey at Vi Design, I have learned various things. Two of which I’d love to share with you all today: Every interior has its challenges. Whether you’re only decorating its interior or demolishing and starting from scratch Many existing spaces have structural imperfections, and that’s when professional’s help comes into place. He/she must work around those imperfections to re-design the interior of that space. And the result? A unique home; a unique interior. Not everything we see online will have the same outcome in real life for us. Social media doesn’t say it. We don’t always know how well the materials, finishes, or items will work for our specific space. A lot of images on social media look expensive. And yes, they probably did cost a pretty penny to design. And quite often, even as expensive as they are, these spaces start to fall apart—after just a few months—, because of the wrong choice of materials. So I have learned that design isn’t just about taking something nice and making it look nicer, which is one of the coolest things that my principal has taught me. Design can’t just be a decision based on how good it’ll look on social media. Design is about understanding what your client wants, needs, and most importantly, what the space can handle. It’s more than designing for a picture-perfect ending. You want real life satisfaction for your client. Because let’s face it: an online image can eventually be forgotten, but your home? It should last forever. -Dreamer on Fleek.
~ One step ahead, always, with Vi Design ~ A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.-Pantone This is an excerpt from Pantone’s article, announcing UltraViolet as 2018’s color of the year! And I’m so excited that I wanted to dedicate today’s blog to it—why? Because not only is it the color of our logo, but, the word Violet itself is 99% of my principal’s first name! Coincidence? I don’t think so! After reading Pantone’s article about their new UltraViolet, I was taken aback over how meaningful this color is, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” Before working at Vi Design I never really contemplated the meaning behind colors. I only knew I would lean towards some colors more than others without understanding why. I also used to think that there were clear rules regarding what colors should go together and which ones shouldn’t. But from observing our team, I have learned that in the right setting and the right circumstances, some of the craziest combinations actually end up adding that perfect touch to the space you are working with. Not only do certain colors make rooms look bigger, but they can also create a happier, and more relaxing environment! In this case, for example, Violet represents a “mystical or spiritual quality.” And it is a unique shade because it’s the outcome of two opposing colors— blue and red— which together compose this ultra ethereal color. That’s my thought of the day guys, thanks for reading! And keep an eye out, because we might be surprising you guys with a lot more Violet this New Year!
~ Magic at Vi Design ~ This morning, as I stepped into our studio, a quick realization popped into my head: Every existing space has a story; a vision behind it. And when we walk into a room and unknowingly interact with everything—without realizing it was consciously designed by someone else—, that’s magic. We don’t question, we don’t doubt. We flow. We move freely through the space because we feel safe and at home and we can’t tell why. And quite often, especially when spaces are beautifully designed, it’s easy to forget this. With Vi Design I’ve had the opportunity to witness demolitions, reconstructions, wall strippings, floor lifting, stair banisters being torn and then re-built from scratch. I’ve also had the opportunity of witnessing client’s walking into their brand new home for the first time, and how priceless their emotions and smiles are. But one of the most magical moments I witnessed, was when out of excitement, after stepping into her newborn’s nursery, the client screamed at the top of her lungs. And I had never seen this before. I never knew an interior, a well-designed interior could cause such an effect on someone else. And although what I know about interior design is very little, what I do know is how much talent, effort, and dedication it takes to transform a space. And yet out of all the beautiful spaces our team has created, I believe that the best part is the story that’s written. From the moment the old wallpaper’s stripped, to when the last picture frame is put into place, the walls, and the floors, the ceilings, and the backsplash, they all tell a story. Even the chandelier hovering beautifully over the kitchen table has a story to tell. And that is magnificent. Because at Vi Design our team doesn’t just decorate. We take a vision, write a story, and construct a long-lasting dream out of it. And that’s pure magic. -Dreamer on Fleek
~ Authenticity in 21st Century Design ~ “Anything you can think of has already been thought of by somebody else.” I once read this and realized as the years went by that, yes, quite often we come up with ideas that have already been used by someone else. And in the 21st century, it kind of feels like it’s almost impossible to create new things. But I am a firm believer that authenticity still exists in design. It’s all about how we look at it. What I have learned with time, is that as creative beings we are constantly creating and re-creating what we have seen—subconsciously—, lived through, and most importantly: have been inspired by. Just how animals, humans, and plants didn’t evolve from scratch but instead, from little cells, a design must be built upon a foundation. Like a Violet flower for example. Comparing the growth of its seed on day 1 after being planted with the second day may not show much of a difference. But if we compare the seed to the flower that has sprung from it, the change is magnificent! And although all Violet flowers spring from the same type of seed, that does not mean they’re not unique. Some will be taller, others shorter. Some will take longer to spring, other will be quicker. And the ultimate outcome is that each little Violet is unique on its own. Similarly, design also has to start with a foundation. Whether the style that is trending is modern, transitional or contemporary. Whether the same fabrics, textures, and colors are what everyone is using at the time—much like a seed—, the authenticity lies behind how those finishes, materials, and textures are utilized to create the final outcome and space the client dreams of! So that no matter how many designers out there are using the same type of seed to transform different types of spaces, the outcome will be unique and authentic, even in the 21stcentury. That was my thought of the day, dreamers! Stay tuned and stay warm! Yours truly, Dreamer on Fleek