Inspired to Create by the Beauty’s of India…
This is my first official post on this new blog, other than my intro…so here goes!
A few years back I was brought into a new build project by a couple who had originally been working with another designer. The structure of the house was for the most part complete, but it was the finishing touches were what they were struggling with.
Building your new dream home is a huge endeavor. I had assisted clients in over 100 new builds at that point & understood the anxiety they were experiencing to get it right & the need to know that it really was all going to come together beautifully. Both the husband & wife were brilliant Doctors from India, who were both some of the nicest clients I have ever worked with.
The need to visualize was great for them, along with a desire to make their home feel very personal & unique. They had worked hard for many years to get to the point where they could build their dream home, & when it comes to dream homes it is as much an emotional investment as it is a financial investment.
The floorplan itself was designed by Jeremy Gates of Salt City Home Designs. It was a grand entrance with a curving staircase & a large open area below which needed something….based off my other medallion designs we decided a medallion would be the perfect fit.
The home was to be furnished with an eclectic, elegant collection of the furnishings & art much of it from their native home in India. To me it was vitality important that the medallion work harmoniously which these existing elements… So I began my research….
India had held an impression of romance for me as a young child. Part of this I believe was the story my mother had told me many times of the Taj Mahal. One year for Halloween I remember my mother painting my face brown, spraying my hair black & painting a red dot on my forehead, then wrapping me in a Sari & sending me off to the school parade. It was the itchiest costume I had ever worn, but I felt fascinating & exotic regardless….plus no one even recognized me not even my teacher. It was a good costume.
In my research I was inspired by the delicate, detailed ornamentation of the Indian culture. From a brides henna tattooed hands to the intricate lacy fretwork or repetitive shapes in the architecture….to patterns of embroidered medallions on silk sari’s or embellished metals & gems. I wanted my design to be reminiscent of these influences.
I came up with three different designs options for the medallion. After the client selected the one they wanted, I then rendered options for placement & for the sake of visualizing the colors of the materials & also as important so they could decide on the direction & placement. Which I used to have an approximately 12′ diameter stone water-jet cut medallion fabricated.
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