Quality in Phases | IMI Design 10.25.13

Quality in Phases | IMI Design 10.25.13


Interior Design Scottsdale with IMI Design
Studio. Alright so, you look around the house and
say, “you know we’ve been living with this for a long long time and it’s kind of our
style, but it also might be considered a horrid lean-to by some people walking in. Maybe we
should get some professional help.” “Oh really Pat?”
Anita Lang, welcome back to the Morning Scramble. In contacting in anyway an interior specialis,
an interior design specialist, an interior decorator, wha- what about my tastes? How
can you walk into my house and know what I am going to be comfortable living with for
a long time? That’s a great question, and that’s really
where design starts. Our job is to make sure that you love the space that you’re in. So
it’s interesting, when I get to meet a client I get used to where they’re living now, what
they love about what they’re wanting, and really what they’re aspiring to in a lot of
ways. It’s almost intuitive that I really get a feel of who they are and where they’re
going. ‘m able to take my experience and my talents and make the home be what they want.
So when you look at my portfolio it’s very diverse because its not Anita’s style, I’m
there to make sure that all of the design principles are followed, that we get a good
aesthetic out of it, but it’s going to be your home. Well I hope so, because the home you have
for us, Iwould take tomorrow morning, I’m ready to have the moving videos come in and
escort us over. We would take very few things because they’re already here. Just take a
look at Anita’s work. And tell us what it is that you’ve done. I mean this is about
as welcome as you can get. That is the original door and then the door that you created for
them with your ideas. Yes, what I wanted to show about design, it
goes past the furniture and the colors that are on the wall. It’s about sculpting a space.
This is a mountain home and they wanted a more modern aesthetic. Here you see the living
room space and we have some challenges. Like when you see the before picture the first
thing you see in the background is the bar, the clutter, the trusses are really imposing
on the space. Though I really changed the way that space feels by painting out those
trusses, finishing them so they blend out. Then, I created that fireplace and then the
wine cellar to be more of a focal point of the room. And then yes of course we do the
furniture and accessories, but it starts really with the sculpture of the space and what we’re
trying to set architecturally. And wait till you see what’s coming next.
Oh. Automatically people say, “well what can I do about the television set for crying out
loud. The television sets now are so big they’re taking over the room and I can’t do anything
about it.” Yes you can. Yes, and this is how I make the men clients
happy, I give them the biggest TV possible. But then you always have the challenge of
hiding it. Here in the fireplace I did this metal screen with zebrano wood behind it that’s
automated so we can hide it when we want to and then of course expose it when the games
on. So I don’t have to have the neighbors come
over and actually lift it physically? Nope, just the push of a button. And then
here’s that wine cellar that we were talking about. Where before there was a lot of visual
clutter and to clean that up and make more of a focal point for the dining room space
that’s a monolith lime stone with art on one side and a corking station on the backside
of that with the cold environment of the wine cellar. Now, this was a challenge because
you saw how the dining room was right off of this den space, and I thought it felt very
awkward for people to be sitting by those french doors that you see in the front in
our before picture. So what I did was I did paneled walls in wenge wood and put art on
those so they close up nicely, give you a nice ambiance for the dining space, but then
when the clients use their office they totally pull back and you can see out the front of
the house for the views. This is the kitchen space. What I was highlighting here is that
architectural element that you see on the left. Which is an iron screen that I had water
jetted to create some interest and it actually hides the door to the powder room, so it’s
not part of the public space. I like to think through how people are using a space and adding
that architectural interest had function and then just some beauty to it. I think we have time for one more picture. Okay here’s the living room. Ooh, we picked a good one. Yea, this was an existing fireplace that then
I changed to make more modern. I used the masonry stone that was there, so it related
to the exterior architecture but did horizontal bands in copper a vertical mass in hot road
steel, and then limestone around the surround itself. And then just had fun with the furnishing
too. You know Anita, when people see these pictures,
and they see architectural digest, or they see any of the design magazines, automatically
the vast majority of people are going to say, oh, my dream house, my dream room, my dream
wine cellar, but I could never afford that. That’s not always true. I believe that life
is short, and we should all live in spaces that inspire us. There is always something
that can be done to improve the space. so that was an extreme budget in some ways, but
there’s always something we can do within our own space. But can I have you come in for example and
do say a wall? Can I ask you to come in and do one part of the area I’m having some difficulties
with? I love the rest of my house. Absolutely, and a lot of time what I do for
clients too is create a plan that they can execute over time. So yea, we can start with
the wall, but you know where you want to go eventually to get the look that you’re after.
So we definitely, there’s a zillion ways to come up with solutions and design. How do I find an interior designer/ decorator
consultant? Really how can I find someone that’s going to walk into my house that I
can trust? One of the things you can do is check out
our associations. We have the American Society of Interior Designers, so that’s a group of
professional designers that you can look through their portfolios, understand their credentials
and choose a designer that way. And then interview a bunch of designers because you have to make
sure that you connect on a personal level too, because we get to know you really well.
We know how you like your socks stored, we know how you like to get up in the morning,
and get your coffee. We know every detail about your life so that we can really create
a space that functions well for you. Over the months I’ve gotten to know you well
enough to know that I’m disappointed now because I knew you wanted to talk about the green
bay packers and we’ve completely run out of time. Maybe the next time we’ll do the NFL.
Anita Lang, wouldn’t you love to have just a part of your house look like that? Well
you can and you found out how on the morning scramble.


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