How often have you dog-eared certain pages of your favorite design magazines and bookmarked items on decor sites that inspire you, only to wonder if all the elements you love would ever work together, doubting yourself into complete inertia?
Maybe you’ve ordered a few items online and brought home large pieces from a local furniture maker, only to find that while the pieces are beautiful on their own, they just don’t look good together?
Interior design conundrums like this are the exact reason those of us with dispensable incomes lean on the professionals to make our homes look good. But what about those of us on the other side?
An inventive new brand called Project Decor has come up with an inventive, interactive solution, pulling together the best of three realms: professional designers, social technology and our own unlimited imaginations.
Launched last month, the concept allows users to sign up for a free service that lets them shop designer brands online and either pull them together in a Polyvore-style vision board, lay them out in a scaled version of the space in which they might someday reside in real life, or add them to an uploaded photo of the actual space to help determine what will and won’t clash with existing furnishings and decor.
Once a board is put together, it can be shared via a simple social media plug-in provided by Project Decor itself so family and friends can weigh in on whether or not they love the proposed room and everything in it. In cases where all else fails and an impasse has been reached, a Project Decor representative will step in upon request and offer expert advice to render a makeover truly stunning.
Pulling together the best aspects of online shopping, social sharing and the interior design process itself, this hyper-modern website offers a constructive — not to mention affordable and stress-free — way to re-imagine the statement a home makes.
Eschewing the anxiety of on-the-spot decision making and impulse buys, it provides a thoughtful, collaborative alternative to traditional renovation and redecoration experiences. With several dozen brands already on board, from Jonathan Adler and Knoll to Marimekko and Blu Dot, the site still has more to come as it expands into the homes — and hearts — of design-minded imagineers everywhere.
Photo credits: Project Decor