Designing in the digital age

A client reached out to me Friday night. Esther and her family would be moving from a small New York City apartment into a big house in the suburbs. Could I help her figure out what she should buy beforehand so that they could be comfortable as soon as they move in? My reply: absolutely!

While I was at a friend’s party that night, Esther texted me photos and videos of her gorgeous new home. She was stumped with the living room set up. The narrow room has a prominent fireplace and openings into the entryway, dining room, and sunroom.

With the dimensions of the room she gave me, and the stipulation that most of the furniture be from one of two stores where she gets big discounts, I set to work Saturday morning drawing up a floor plan. I emailed her the plan and links to the recommended products before my kids woke up for the day.

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Over the next three days, we went back and forth on specific pieces, the color scheme, and other details. By Monday, she was satisfied. Once she confirmed that the couch was comfortable in the showroom, she was ready to place her order.

3 days, 6 email exchanges. It just blows my mind how quick and simple the design process can be today, with the tools we have at our disposal.

Lots of people are still putting together their homes the old fashioned way. They buy random pieces of furniture, hoping they fit the space, and then they move these heavy pieces around and around until it looks kind of okay.

There are better options. You don’t drive to a video store to rent movies anymore, do you? Consider hiring a professional designer for a relatively small fee to save you time and offer you a result you can be happy with. This is your home, after all.

Mina Yang

Mina Yang is a certified feng shui and design consultant and coach (as well as the mother of two energetic kids). She helps people transform their space (and life!) through her designs and online course on feng shui-inspired design.

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