A professional Interior Designer lives and breathes their whole project through a design notebook listing every detail on construction, paint, furnishings, and even every little accessory. It is the command center of any project that keeps up with purchases, timelines, photographs and the overall inspiration for a home.
It can be an invaluable tool for any homeowner as well if you decide to make one.
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In the last few weeks, my husband and I have stepped out in faith on a new endeavor and my mind went immediately to “I need a Design Book ASAP”. I haven’t always been very faithful in keeping up the book for my own home, but I do have one that contains at least the paint colors I have used in every room.
I will reveal more on our new adventure soon, but for now, I am sharing some of the first steps to creating a design book for any of your new projects or for your home.
How To Make A Design Notebook For Your Home Projects
Here are a few items I suggest you purchase to have the basics of a design notebook.
- Notebook at least 1″ – 3″ wide (you chose the color)
- Tabbed dividers (preferably one for each room of your home)
- Sheet protectors
- Graph paper (for sketches)
- Notebook paper for notes
- Labels and stickers
- Sharpie markers
The color of the notebook, the style of the tabbed dividers, and even the type of sheet protectors is completely up to your own personal style and preference, even though I do suggest that the heavy weight sheet protectors are the best for this type of book.
For my own purposes this time, I am labeling each tabbed divider for each room of the home. However, if you were to be renovating just one room of your home, let’s say a kitchen for example, the tabbed dividers may be labeled with headings such as Cabinetry, Appliances, Paint, Hardware and Accessories. The label of your tabbed dividers depends on what type of project it is.
The tabbed dividers will kept the paperwork for each area of the home or individual project specifications organized and easy to find.
Behind each tabbed divider, you will insert everything about that certain topic. This is where you will put the sales receipts in the sheet protectors, the paint chips, photos of the before and after, appliance specifications and manuals, design inspiration photos or even a printout of the mood board, and the construction documents. Everything for a project from the planning phase to the installation phase are kept in this book.
Just making the notebook will be a lifesaver for any project, but to bring it even more together, Interior Designers also use a tool called a Design Schedule. I will cover how to create a Design Schedule in an upcoming post.
I will also feature the development of my own design book over the next few weeks as our project evolves so be sure to look for updated posts on how to continue this process. Or you can sign up for my weekly emails where I will be featuring inside details and photos of this project beyond the blog posts.
For now, I have to put my own book together to start our new project.