Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Principles and Elements of Design

I found this great blog that helps to describe design elements. If you follow this link Paula Grace Design Principles and Elements of Design you will find a plethera of ideas and a place to guide you as you make changes in your own home.

Since it is time to get to the nitty gritty of details, it was also time to find out from a professional which way to go. In order to begin that process I inivited a former student over who has gone through school for interior design and currently works in that field. She had some great advice and we could have chatted for hours on end. Thanks again SJ. Her final advice to me was to research design elements. So in doing the research, I thought I might post them here for myself to refer to and for anyone else that might be interested as well.

Please note: The following exerpt is from Paula Grace Principles and Elements of Design. They are not my own words or thoughts.

Design Fundamentals

The Principles The fundamentals are known to most professionals as the principles of design. They are scale, proportion, rhythm, emphasis, balance, and harmony. These principles evaluate each element in a design (magnificent vs. mediocre – right vs. wrong). When you are making selections and / or arranging furnishings, keep these in mind.

Scale – the entire perspective. The objective with scale is for objects to be alike or harmonious in dimensions or mass.

Proportion – evaluates the relationship or ratio of parts to the whole.

Rhythm – speaks to the flow within a room and throughout your home.

Emphasis – is the important focal point(s) in a room.

Balance – is equilibrium though symmetry (mirror images from a center point), asymmetry (optically varying items from a central point to achieve balance), or radial (equilibrium based on the circle).

Harmony – is creating a feeling of suitability through unifying elements and objects and adding variety for interest and diversity. The objective is to create an agreeable, appealing whole that won’t tire in the long-run.

Design Elements
 The elements discussed here are used by artisans of all types — painters, sculptors, photographers, interior designers, etc. They have been discovered and refined over the course of history and are considered elementary and critical to all fine-art. They are space, shape, form, mass, line, texture, pattern, light, and color.

Space – as humans, we need both large and small areas to please our psyche. Both, or the appearance of both, need to be in your home. There also needs to be a comfortable balance and proportion of positive, filled area, and negative, unfilled area. Traffic paths are negative space in a room yet functionally important.

Shape and Form – Shape is the two-dimensional outline while form is the three-dimensional configuration.

Mass – is the actual or optical density of an object.

Line – is used to create width and height, or the appearance of activity, movement, or flow. The psychological effect of line ranges from secure (horizontal line), free or expansive (vertical), action-oriented (angular) to soft and comforting (curved). The most pleasing effect will have a balanced mixture of lines with one taking the lead role. The dominant line will be chosen dependant upon what feeling or image you would like to portrait.

Texture – is the actual physical feel or surface appearance of a furnishing or treatment.

Pattern – is forms arranged in an orderly manner.

Light – is a critical element in all fine-art. General (overall lighting), task (focused lighting), and accent (highlight and sparkle-effect lighting) are important in residential design. Colors, textures, and patterns can be true or altered primarily dependant upon your artificial lighting.

Color – is the most personal and evocative element in design. We all have our favored and least favored color(s) and many people have associations to particular ones. Colors are considered
warm (reds, yellows, and oranges),
cool (blues, greens, and purples), or
neutral (beiges, browns, black, grays, and whites).

There is also graph paper, a ruler, and a pencil. Before you do any purchasing, take the time to draw it out. This will save costly mistakes.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rustic Bench

Here is the bench without the paint and final touches. I love it!
Of course you need to go to Ana White's site to find these FREE plans.
All she is asks is for you to share the pics of your project when completed.

We had quite a bit of fun putting the finishing touches on this bench for Oma.

Each of the grandkids put their name on the bench.
Now I will need to poly it a few times and it will be done.
It already came in very handy when we had to do the company pics this year.

so Merry Christmas from me and everyone at Ecomony Electric too!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Oma's Bench

The wood is measured

and cut to size including the notches.

One set of legs done. They are not as flush as I would like them to be but a good first time try.

and also my first attempt at cutting angles.
By far the hardest part of this project.

Finally a paint finish and I will finish by posting my finshed product tomorrow...

Happy Birthday Oma!

Every year we celebrate Oma's (my mom's) birthday with the kids decorating her Christmas tree and making sugar cookies. This year was no different except those kids keep getting bigger...





Monday, December 6, 2010

Family Christmas

There is nothing quite like sitting around the Christmas Tree
with all the people that you love.

And the kids are getting so big that we have a big table set out just for them.
They all kinda out-number us all now.
 But are they not absolutely gorgeous.
What a great looking bunch.

As the children get a little older they are starting to catch on to the joy of giving instead of just receiving.

Also not forgetting to show their thanks with gi-normous hugs.

and kids too for that matter.

Another highlight was the length of time it took some of the kids to open their presents.
 Thanks for that Uncle Al.

What a blessing to have such a wonderful family.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Doll Bunkbed

Yes I did another project. However, this time on a much smaller scale....

I have so enjoyed learning how to create things out of wood. When I found out that Josiah had Sierran's name for Christmas this year and that she wanted a doll I couldn't resist the urge to try a small piece of furniture. When I stumbled upon this blog Pieces For Reese's I knew I had everything I needed to make the perfect gift.

Since Sierran is now 6 it was important to make her a big girl's bunkbed with a big girl doll.

It appears as though it was a successful.

In fact, before I left we had to go into Sierran's room and we had a photo shoot with

the bed and the doll

 Sierran and yes Aunt Marlene too.

A wonderful day with family and a very happy little girl.