A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

You know the old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words", well when it comes to design nothing could be more true.

A few years ago, when I was just starting out in the design industry (OK maybe more than a few years ago); I was working with a client who wanted to re-design her great room in a "French Provincial" style.  Since I was fresh out of design school, I knew exactly what my client was looking for as we had studied the different period design styles in school.

An Example of French Provincial Styled Home Exterior Design

An example of French Provincial Interior Design Style in a Bedroom

An Entryway with a French Provincial Interior Design Style

A Dining Room Hutch with a French Provincial Interior Design Style

A bedroom with a classic French Provincial Interior Design Style

French Provincial Style Mood Board with a variety of Tile Patterns

A few days later, I met with my client to present my design ideas.  After my presentation, I asked my client what she thought of my design, and anxiously awaited her response.  To my horror - she absolutely hated it!!  While I did my best to remain calm, I asked her what it was that she didn't like so that I could make the appropriate changes.  As I proceeded to ask more questions to determine where I went wrong, my client reached into her bag and pulled out some photos that she brought with her....

As I began looking through the photos my client had just given me, I was more than a little shocked and surprised to see that these photos were the complete opposite of the "French Provincial" style my client had stated she wanted.  These photos were showcasing a beautiful sleek, contemporary designed home, similar in style to Dura Supreme's Urban Loft Design Collection.

Contemporary, French Provincial Styled Interior Design in an Open Concept Layout

A Contemporary Styled Home Exterior with an Indoor/Outdoor Living Space

I could not understand where or how my client had mistaken these photos for "French Provincial" styling..... and then I saw it!  The caption under the image of the kitchen stated "A kitchen in a province of France" which my client mistook for French Provincial.

Needless to say, I learned a valuable lesson!  Now, when I meet with potential clients - I always ask if they have brought any reference photos with them.

Because as you know - A picture is worth a thousand words...