Mind Games of A Designer

What do you do when you are stuck in a situation that is frustrating and you are unable to do anything to change it?  Like when you are driving to work and you are sitting in stand still traffic with no exit nearby and no alternate route? Or when you wake up in the middle of the night and cannot get back to sleep?  Or you are immobilized because of an illness?

 One of the things that I started doing when I was homebound  nursing sick babies for what seemed like an endless string of cold, gray snowy months, is to create rooms and even entire houses in my mind.  These imaginary rooms were just for me- meaning, no budget, no spacial problems to solve and no need to be realistic.  Maybe this sounds weird, but for me, it is my happy place and after I have done everything I can to change a difficult situation, and after I have prayed, I allow my mind to start creating simply for the fun of it. There is no pressure to come up with something fabulous because if it doesn't turn out well, I just erase it in my head and no one has even seen it to judge!  Today, I am going to show you one of my imaginary rooms. I think it was lurking in the back of my mind and all it took was an hour of quiet to let it appear. It starts with a misty, fragment something like this:

And then there is always a feeling or atmosphere entering into the picture.  In this case, it was a feeling of the atmosphere of Venice.  But as I haven't been there in many many years, it distilled down to an old marble floor, antique tarnished silver and water.



Then, I begin translating this image in my head into a vision of a room and it begins to form and change:

Then, as the idea solidifies, I begin to select all of the elements, usually starting with paint color and flooring.  Dining rooms are particularly fun for this mind game because you don't have to think about floor plans and can just focus on the fun stuff. Into the room goes some things that I have seen over the years that have made an impression on me.  For instance, I have always loved a certain turquoise beaded chandelier. So if I were to actually install the dining room in my imagination, these are the elements I would choose:

And there you have it!  Now you know what I am thinking about if you see me stuck in a very long line at the DMV or caught in traffic.  If you want to recreate my imaginary dining room, use these products (#11 is for the ceiling and #5 is an idea for the painted floor):