Design is a Puzzle

During the past decade of working with clients to create homes in which they and their families will thrive, I have watched transformation after transformation, and not just in physical environments but in the comfort levels they ascend as they understand the process I love so much. I have a saying: Sometimes design is like a puzzle; work with the most important piece and the rest will fall into place. 

I know that for the uninitiated figuring out how to begin a design project is half the battle. As the person leading the team who will hand over to you, if you come on board, satisfying and edifying residences, my experience as a tactician makes the first leap less intimidating. It all begins with a consultation, which we call a collaborative interview during which we all decide whether our atelier is the best fit for you and your desires are in line with our philosophies. We discuss details for the spaces that will serve as a backdrop for your life, understand what inspires you, and get a feel for your design aesthetic. 

A California home designed by the team at Payton Addison Interior Design Atelier.
A California home designed by the team at Payton Addison Interior Design Atelier.

The process that flows from that initial meeting is a lively one that includes much back-and-forth so that the home we create for you fits you to a tee. Today’s post begins a new direction on the blog, one that represents my no-nonsense approach to life and to design. Though I’m told time and again that the interiors we create are beautiful, I take a very practical approach to design that naturally, as the process unfolds, educates my clients as to what will make their lives easier day-by-day. Though it may seem inconsequential, decisions such as the type of upholstery fabric chosen can have a big impact on life. Choosing a couture fabric, for instance, if you have a raucous family peopled by children and pets, could haunt you down the road. I make this point to illustrate that no decision is too small to matter. It’s especially important if there is a pool just outside the windows.

This pool in a home designed by Payton Addison Interior Design Atelier illustrates life on the California Coast.
This pool in a home designed by Payton Addison Interior Design Atelier illustrates life on the California Coast.

We’re living through an unprecedented time and we’re all spending way more time at home than we have in generations—and we may be doing so for a while longer—so making our homes practical will serve us better as we navigate the new normal we will be facing for some time. Some people hear the word practical and think dowdy or boring, but this is far from true. The development in materials we’ve seen in the industry during the past several decades has produced some remarkably luxurious products that will stand the test of time. 

Twice each month, we’ll be journaling here about the different aspects of design that set us at Payton Addison Atelier apart. If we happen to enlighten you along the way, we will be thrilled that we made a contribution to your understanding of what it means to create sumptuous, ethereal, bold, [fill in the blank] interiors that flow out of your vision into our hands and through our hearts. If you have a question for us, please don’t hesitate to reach out; it’s why we’re beginning this conversation. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Payton Addison Interior Design Atelier was founded in 2009 by Payton Addison. Located in the heart of the HIP district in Laguna Beach along the Southern California coast, the firm’s interior design services are sought after in the region and beyond. In all aspects of  residential interior design, Payton Addison is a name synonymous with creating luxury oceanfront homes and elegant residences with canyon views for an elite clientele. Click through to see a selection of her portfolio. Visit Atelier 1444 to peruse the beautiful candles and pillows designed by Payton Addison, and art painted by her to experience her ability to transform daily life into a sumptuously vital experience.