CHERISH or CHANGE?

The million-dollar design question…
“CHERISH or CHANGE?”

Nestled into a private cove on Shaw Island in the San Juan Islands, our clients acquired a funky, vintage lodge filled with crazy collections, stories and possibly even ghostly spirits.

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Kym and I were recently invited up to spend a weekend there to discuss a possible design and remodeling plan for this property. We later found out our clients were a little hesitant and unsure how their interior designers were going to react to their eccentric home where every single possible design rule has been thrown out the window.

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The main collections are authentic totems and Native American art, all things maritime with an emphasis towards luxury cruise liners, and then a wing filled with treasures from the Orient.

Our clients say the theme is “understated is overrated” and, in this case, we couldn’t agree more!

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As certified Design Psychology coaches, we encourage people to create and live authentically in their homes by surrounding themselves with their favorite things and memories.

But what happens when those “favorite” things don’t go together? What happens if you want to thin out your collection a bit? What do you keep, what do you let go of? Or, what happens when repairs and TLC are needed but replacements are no longer available?

We can help answer the million-dollar question…
is it time to CHERISH or is it time to CHANGE?

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Our clients tell us they don’t feel like homeowners as much as they feel like curators of a vast collection. This home and nearly all of the contents were lovingly passed on to our clients. It serves as a legacy to the amazing couple that spent nearly 40 years hunting and gathering the amazing collections that adorn this home.

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You can’t help but thinking this island home is the “life of the party.” Dressed outrageously with midcentury modern furniture, several sets of fine china and over 30 country and 12 state flags to greet visitors on their private dock. The home also boasts a vast collection of fine scotch that looks like it should be on the set of Mad Men.

Somehow, it not only works but it FEELS GOOD to be there.

This is the “Auntie Mame” of properties and needs to be CHERISHED. We all agree that the restoration and remodel of this home needs to be done without disturbing the amazing character of this property.

Design Vision Studio – our big debut

 

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Today marks the official launch of our new division along with a NEW WEBSITE and BLOG featuring our behind-the-scenes Design Vision Stories.   WHY WE DID IT +

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Our focus is to provide professional design services to our clients who have chosen to STAY, SELL, RENT, or FLIP their properties. Design Vision Studio will continue specializing in whole-home, residential design and remodeling projects with the addition of quick-fix design makeovers and staging for clients who want to protect their investment properties.   SEE WHAT’S NEW + 

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We’ve had big success with our signature style, a certain look we coined, California Fresh Design, which is tailored, comfortable, airy and bright.  We are not known for just one particular look, we design modern to traditional makeovers. Our California Fresh Design can look many different ways. It really describes a lifestyle over a design style.  

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If you have a tired and outdated property that is boring and safe Design Vision Studio can help you change that.   HERE’S HOW +

M O R E  E X C I T I N G  N E W S !!!
I can now check ‘become an author’ off my bucket list!
Sleepless in Portland is about the design adventures of remodeling
(and accidentally flipping) a floating home.

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For your complimentary copy of the Sleepless in Portland eBook
click here +

More than a Name Change…

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I promise, this is the LAST BLOG for Lockwood Interiors

 

After 5 years of blogging and sending monthly email newsletters
for Lockwood Interiors… I promise, this will be the last.

I know. I can’t believe it either. But it’s time to take a final encore. Ok, so perhaps I am being a bit dramatic, because really, Team Lockwood isn’t going anywhere. We are in the final stretch before our launch of DESIGN VISION STUDIO.

More than a name change, this is about staying current and at the top of our field. Quite frankly, we have simply outgrown Lockwood Interiors.

When I started Lockwood Interiors, it was only me-me-me. But now I have an incredible and talented DESIGN TEAM! I am so proud of Kym Carilo and Sarah Rochford for continuing their design education. They have made it possible to become a different and better type of “ONLY.”

Design Vision Studio will be the ONLY award-winning luxury design firm in the western states comprised of a team of professional interior designers who are ALSO uniquely qualified specialists certified in Design Psychology.

So stay tuned… Next month, we will roll out the carpet for a brand new blog featuring our behind-the-scenes Design Vision Stories. We will debut our new website with loads of new project photos. We will be launching a variety of new design services with big plans to improve how we serve our clients!

This is NOT goodbye and we promise we won’t forget you. You will continue to receive our new and improved newsletter from Design Vision Studio. And best yet, we will NOT be changing our VERY POPULAR email policy.

“Marketing experts say we should send more emails.
We disagree and think ONCE-A-MONTH is enough!

Thank you for all of your business and support.

 

Winning isn’t everything – but WOW – it’s something!

 

TEAM LOCKWOOD RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
FOR OUTSTANDING INTERIOR DESIGN
3 YEARS IN A ROW WITH 2 MORE…

The Interior Design Society announces Designer of the Year Award Winners!

The Interior Design Society announced the winners of its prestigious Designer of the Year Awards on Friday, April 1, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at an event celebrating outstanding projects completed in 2015. Selected by a panel of noted designers from across the United States, IDS recognized design excellence in this national design competition.

The Designer of the Year (DOTY) Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in residential interior design among Interior Design Society members. There are 19 different categories under the classifications of Window Treatments, Kitchens, Baths, Bedrooms, Living Spaces, Singular Areas, Universal Design, Sustainable Design, and Sponsor Award.

Lockwood Interiors was awarded top honors for the following:
BATHROOMS (30K & under) & LIVING SPACES (30K & above)

1st PLACE
MODERN RUSTIC BATH REMODEL
Vacation Property in Palm Desert, CA

1st PLACE
TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST
Flip & Staging Project in Rancho Mirage, CA

Winning isn’t everything… but WOW – it’s something!
The competition was fierce this year and we are honored to be recognized amongst this amazing group of talented designers.

Thank you to our clients and our Team of Preferred Contractors & Vendors for making
LOCKWOOD INTERIORS shine!

When a designer needs a designer…

The Trials & Tribulations
of an out-of-state remodel

Sleepless in Portland:
a designers experience of remodeling a floating home

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I took my Dad for a whirlwind trip to my Portland houseboat for Fathers Day. We explored Sauvie Island, got rained on (despite weather reports declaring a dry time), and spent a wonderful afternoon at Powell’s Books.

After meeting with contractors and electricians, the project is inching along. My original plan was to spend several weeks living in this houseboat in July. As you can see by the photos, that was clearly an optimistic goal. If only I could clone myself to be on-site to handle the endless questions and decisions to get this project moving forward at a faster pace.

After adjusting the target project completion date to September, this month will be busy struggling to stay on top of the progress from my home in the desert. The electrical is done, the kitchen and flooring have been ordered, and a fresh coat of paint will be applied soon. So although the progress photos still look a bit scary, this houseboat might actually be habitable soon.

LESSONS LEARNED:
This experience is a good reminder of how clients feel during their out-of-state remodeling projects. I have a new and better appreciation for what they go through, because I too feel anxious. I find myself thinking – this designer needs a designer!

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written by Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood is an award-winning designer who runs her successful design business in La Quinta, California. Self-described as an Interior Designer with a twist; she passes along her trade discounts and special pricing to her clients, making her services a true value. As a certified Design Psychology Coach, Patricia helps people create spaces where they feel connected to their surroundings. Lockwood Interiors, with over 40 years of combined design experience, offers a concierge level of service for all of your design and remodeling needs