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How Erika Ward Interiors helped newlyweds find common ground in designing their space while maintaining “shalom in the home.” “Interior Design for Couples” should be a chapter in the PreMarital…

How Erika Ward Interiors helped newlyweds find common ground in designing their space while maintaining “shalom in the home.”

“Interior Design for Couples” should be a chapter in the PreMarital Counseling Handbook. Gone are the days when husbands took a hands off approach in regards to their home’s decor. In my previous post entitled, “Designing for the Sexes,” I asked readers about their mate’s involvement in making decisions on decorating, etc. Here’s what Tammy had to say:

I see more and more men speaking up about their design preferences and I love it. Unlike Tammy, most wives don’t know how to handle their husband’s opinions about design. As a Design Consultant, I also act as an interpreter by translating his-speak and herspeak into a love language they both understand.

Couples therapy
I received an email from newlyweds (the husband!) asking for assistance in decorating their Master Suite. They were moving into a new development in Buckhead where they would reside for one year, then purchase a single family home when they found the right property.

They agreed to start with a clean slate in the bedroom. He requested the design be clean, brown, and void of flowers and frill…frill meaning drapery. She requested a bedroom retreat with lots of color and silk drapery panels. They did find common ground in a color palette consisting of teal, goldenrod, and chocolate.

Based on their design preferences here is the concept board for their Master Bedroom…

…and for the Master Bath…

The process
Via email, the couple received the above design along with a resource guide that provided them with the cost and where to buy information. What’s great about these concept boards is that they allow the homeowners to buy items at their own pace.
After the purchases were made, I visited their home to place items as well as consult on the rest of the apartment! Tomorrow, I will not only reveal photos of the master bedroom, but also the kitchen, dining, living room, and guest bedroom!
READER POLL: Are concept boards / moodboards effective in helping you visualize a space? If you answered no, then what method do you prefer?

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  • Kim@Chattafabulous
    June 7, 2010 12:47 pm

    Hi Erika. My husband pretty much watches from the sidelines when it comes to decorating – unless he thinks its "weird"! Good job mixing both aesthetics in the bedroom/bath design. Your mood boards are great and I agree, very effective!

  • Divamom-Act II
    June 7, 2010 1:11 pm

    You ingested just the right amount of color to satisfy her, and the brown dominant to satisfy him. Surely they loved it! Mood/Concept boards are a must these days. Can't wait to see the reveal.

  • Janell @ Isabella and Max
    June 7, 2010 1:23 pm

    Since I've been writing a blog, with my husband reading, he has developed an opinion about design. Prior to this he really had nothing to say about anything I did, except to say how much he loved a room after it was done. An interesting turn of events, to be sure!

    I am really looking forward to seeing how your design board gets translated into the rooms. I think design boards are incredibly helpful to clients…a designer can visualize the end product but often others struggle with this and the board compensates for this wonderfully!


  • Talking with Tami
    June 7, 2010 1:34 pm

    I agree with you. Boy o boy, my hubby can be a piece of work when trying to pick out furniture for our place. He is all about comfort and I'm all about style lol

  • I can't wait to see how this turned out!! Although its ahrd somtimes when I have an idea in my my mind — I still have to listen to my husbands idea about the sapce! lol – it ends up working out becasue we have both happy with the results

  • Another word more guys should know: chaise! Love the mood boards. so pretty!

    Eddie + Jaithan

  • Great ideas! I think both can agree on this look!

  • Stephanie Sabbe
    June 7, 2010 8:20 pm

    love the color mix! I'm a big peacock fan right now.

  • Adrienne @ Susan Palmer Designs
    June 7, 2010 8:23 pm

    Sounds like you were able to help a newly married couple navigate through some of their first "newlywed" challenges — great job! 🙂

  • Hello Lover...
    June 7, 2010 9:39 pm

    What a great idea! I think that disconnect in what a man thinks goes well in a home and what a woman does leads to a lot of dead ends for couples trying to decorate their home – what a good resource for them!

  • L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys
    June 8, 2010 12:51 pm

    this was my favorite moodboard! I love the colors!

  • good information

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