Finding Yourself Through Design
Is it possible to discover the true you, with a new bedroom design?
Interior Designer Kristi Dinner helped her client do just that.
The Denver, Colorado designer considers listening the most important thing an interior designer can do.
Dinner—who spent several years in Hollywood doing set design for ‘pretend’ homeowners—appreciates creating a space for the real thing. “We would get so much information, and would have to create the rest of the story,” she said. “So when we have a real client, how can you not take that and run with it?”
“This project was a new home for the client,” Dinner said. “She is a young woman who, at the time of this project, was starting fresh, and finding her own voice – sort of finding the woman that she was becoming.”
Through careful questioning during a design discovery process, Dinner found the styles and colors that did, and didn’t work for her client. Together, they identified what made her feel most at home.
They figured out that this young lady wanted “a feminine space – comfortable, with a hint of glamour and sophistication.” Romantic profiles set the tone – the curvilinear shapes of the custom bed and valances, the blown, Murano glass lamps.
A reading nook with a ladylike (but comfy) chaise continued the vibe. “It has a romantic feel, and suggests a sort of graciousness about the space” said Dinner. “A chair and ottoman comes off as more masculine.”
Dinner wrapped the room in a fresh, cool color palette of purples and greens. She added a touch of Hollywood glam with the grey tones of the classic night stands, and glass and silver accents; and she brought in warmth with original, local artwork.
“If the client really does let you in, and lets you know who they are and what they are about, we’re able to give them really wonderful results.”
“A lively, feminine spirit,” Dinner said of the room, and its occupant. “She was looking to find her voice, and together I think we really were able to help her on that road.”