Solve Your Design Dilemma By Taking A Vacation: How Travel & Decorating Go Together
Everyone needs a little rest and relaxation but have you used a vacation to solve your design dilemma? If not, you’re missing a fabulous opportunity. It’s so easy and fun, once you try out these ideas, you’ll have new reasons to go on vacation.
1. First, reflect on your design dilemma so that it’s in your mind and when you see things, you can think about how they might translate into your home setting. Let yourself brainstorm lots of solutions and be open to different ideas without focusing on just one solution.
2. Open your eyes to all the new sights at your vacation destination. Explore things more slowly by walking instead of driving. Take time to peak into different hotels, restaurants, and shops for inspiration. Look closely at nature ~ study it. Spend the time to see things that you never have time to really see like the interesting shape of a tree branch. Enjoy the sculptural shapes in nature. Take pictures of things you like so that you’ll remember ideas that might be important later.
3. Use the quiet moments while on vacation to think about the form and function of your design dilemma. The best design solutions address both how something looks and how well it works for your lifestyle needs. Write down 3 ways you want the design solution to look and 3 ways you want it to function. For instance, you may have a window that needs some type of window covering. You need to block the afternoon sun (function) and make your window appear wider (form). Think up a few more goals for this design dilemma.
That’s it. While you’re on vacation, give yourself permission to explore things with an eye to how they might relate to your ultimate design solution. But there is one more thing. When you get back from your vacation, resolve to move forward and solve your design dilemma. Don’t wait for a magical answer. Doing nothing is a decision. You’re deciding to live with something that doesn’t work for your lifestyle. That’s not a good solution to your problem.
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