At Huntley & Co. when a new project begins, the first thing I do is develop a concept.
I pour over books, magazines, websites and my own archives to find inspiring and
expressive images. Ones that will represent the client’s sense of style and capture the
spirit of the proposed interior. Sometimes I file them in the client's binder. Often I
make an actual storyboard, so everyone (including me) can refer to the "design snapshot"
again and again for guidance and clarity during an often lengthy process. It's a rewarding
exercise that I eagerly tackle. So what's the problem? Ugh – trying to do it for myself!
I'm planning some future redecoration at chez Huntley (hopefully a new chez Huntley)
and I've been "scheming" for months. Designers are like doctors, we're our own worst
patients – we struggle to apply our professional objectivity and discipline to our personal
lives. So what's a frustrated decorator to do? Pretend I'm a client! I've pulled together a
collection of photos that speak to me for style, mood, color and content. So which story-
board represents the real me? Maybe they’re all me. Whew, I better find a bigger house!