The Finishing Touches
A highlight for many people on their build journey with Stroud Homes Brisbane East is their time spent with Colour Consultant and Interior Designer, Helen Brown from Living Spaces.
There are many decisions involved when building a new home so, every Stroud Homes Brisbane East client is given a two- hour consultation to help choose their finishing details.
From cabinet colours to benchtops, roof coverings and external bricks to carpet and wall colours, Helen is here to guide you make the best decision for your family and your home.
I’ve been working in design for over 15 years. I started my career in a multi-disciplinary architectural firm and over the years have worked in all sorts of roles and with different types of projects.
I meet with all clients before they start building to work through the finishing details, and ensure that home is a uniquely crafted reflection of both their style and practical considerations.
1. Being prepared
Information is key! I encourage clients to visit supplier showrooms, display homes, research online, create Pinterest boards and bring a collection of their ideas along to work with on the day.
2. Identify needs and style
Although it may seem like there are endless choices, people will always have tendencies to one thing or another – like warm or cool, darker or lighter colours, traditional or contemporary styles, detailed or simple finishes. Once we can identify some of these basic themes it makes it easier to make recommendations that will suit.
3. Use visual prompts
I have several concept schemes based on popular styles, many completed Stroud houses, as well as Pinterest boards and catalogues that we use to talk through different ideas. Even if someone doesn’t know exactly what they want, they can usually say what they don’t want based on images.
I generally start with the outside and work in, then larger items down to finer details.
Resale will have different value to different clients based on their needs. I generally ask what their plans are for their home and the balance of personal taste to resale value is taken from there.
In short – light, simple, practical and not too serious. Above all else, my house has to feel like a home – lived in, loved, homely and well organised to suit a busy family.
Hygge. Pronounced Hoo-ga this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.
I love this because it isn’t limited to one particular style or item but rather an overall feeling of enjoying your surroundings which to me is exactly what a home should be about.