The first step to doing anything worthwhile is commitment. Commitment is dedication in effort and time, persistence. Just as deciding on an exercise plan, such as dancing, commitment is key. Whenever you design, or want to decorate your space- commit to the project, see it through. Because you have a vision and it’s worth seeing!
Historic Downtown Overland Park
One of these days when you feel like enjoying the day, you need to do yourself a favor (maybe bring a friend along) and see the commitment of the local shop owners in the Historic Downtown Overland Park Area.
You’ll find owners such as Diane McCarthy at ‘The Olive Branch’. She was so gracious and excited to share a little about the local artists exhibited in her shop. The displays were arranged with such a pleasing and artistic eye. You’ll find yourself going from collection to collection with ease. One of the unusual yet beautiful art forms you will see is ‘assemblage art’ by local artist Karen Jacks. Another niche had adorable children’s clothing and fun furniture, which could provide great inspiration for a nursery or a gift for your grandchild. When leaving the store, glance up, and notice hand painted over the door ‘Art Is For Everyone’. It will inspire you and make you smile.
Right next door is ‘Now and Then,’ a consignment store owned by Cheryl Hocker. On this particular day her daughter Rachel was manning the shop. Shabby chic or cottage style immediately came to mind. As the name suggests, there were vintage pieces mixed in with new. Vinyl art was artfully displayed next to newer large wooden cabinets, next to sets of china. Hanging from the ceiling were old porch swings, ladder back chairs, and rocking chairs. It’s a great place to just come and browse. Maybe find that dish to complete your china handed down from Granma or the dining room chair you thought you’d never find.
Working with a Designer
Transformation is only possible through planning and follow-through. When working with a designer it’s important to be engaged during every stage of the design process, and ensure all commitments to you are honored.
The designer should:
- Commit to the project plan approved by you.
- Work within a pre-agreed budget.
- Ensure client satisfaction and involvement.
- Ensure open and on-going communication with you.
Whenever you decide to decorate a room sometimes you need an inspiration piece. Sometimes getting started can be overwhelming. But by making a decision to take a couple of hours out of your day, possibly Third Fridays in downtown Overland Park, you’ll be inspired to make that decision. Go out to your local off the beaten path art gallery, antique store, or whatever the case may be, to get your creative juices flowing!
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