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industry viewpoint Creating a Better Quality of Life for Your Clients Going beyond aesthetics and broadening your sense of purpose This is not another how-to article about air quality or the benefits of steam for your clients; I will leave that to the manufacturers. Instead, let's focus more on the "why" instead of the "how." My desire in writing this is to help instill in you a desire - as designers and specifiers on the front line with the homeowner - to deepen your awareness and broaden your sense of purpose for creating a better quality of life for your clients. This phrase is commonly tossed around, and we say, "Yes, yes, I do this," but I think we gloss over the real importance of creating this atmosphere and the depth of our responsibilities in doing so. For any of you who understand the psychology of color and even a little about Feng Shui, you are already familiar with how our surroundings can affect us. Those who specialize in green, universal and aging-in-place design are also more acutely aware of this reality. Pleasant surroundings touch our emotions, and we thrive and feel refreshed when the spaces we enter invite a visual experience. Our relationship to our spaces can be felt internally and externally, as our homes become an extension of ourselves. The psychology of how we feel in certain spaces revolves around the five senses: touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing. We are surrounded with a wealth of product knowledge, classes and webinars about aromatherapy, chromatherapy, sound-deadening materials, lighting choices, smart homes, temperature control, healthy food preparation and bringing the outdoors in - which are all important elements for us to understand as we design for all five senses. A Sense of Home How many of you are driven to "nest" when you travel? Once I arrive at a hotel, unpacking is at the top of the list; I put my clothes away before relaxing or moving on to the next activity. Some of us have this natural nesting instinct and know how to answer its calling by creating a sense of home wherever we go. Many may feel drawn to it but do not know how to satisfy it. A friend of mine who bought a new home a few years ago has yet to fully unpack and "move in." He admits he doesn't feel fully settled and comfortable, which I believe leads to a level of anxiety and unrest. Speaking from experience - not just as a designer but also as a highly sensitive end user - I am deeply affected by my surroundings. We are all constantly confronted on a daily basis by the environments in which we travel, so coming back home should be a vacation - a place to just breathe and let our guard down, to get re-centered and grounded. We look to our home environment for comfort, rest, security and enjoyment, which all promote our well-being. Yes, aesthetically we want the spaces to be beautiful, and we need them to be efficient, but a deeper underlying 14 + K BB desire is how the space feels. Attempting to define and understand the feeling part is often daunting, but it is the artful co-mingling of all the elements that go into design that strikes the right balance that contributes to healthy living to nurture the mind, body and spirit. Wholly Holistic Holistic design is also becoming something of which to take note. Holistic is defined as "relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts," which can affect physical, mental and spiritual aspects of one's life. What is it that hinders us from designing from this position and making it a habit? Schedules, competition that creates a sense of urgency to push through the sale, allowing the client to overly drive the process, familiarity of how we've always done things - all of these are valid reasons, but I challenge you to connect with your deeper purpose. Service with a Purpose When we are not connected with our purpose, we can still design a kitchen and bathroom - most of us could design in our sleep - but it'll be unimaginative. As right-brained, creative individuals, ultimately this is a very unsatisfying place from which to create, and we will burn out. When this happens we have to reset the clock and go back to zero. Service with a purpose is a commonly used phrase, but do you know what it means? Servicewithpurpose.net defines it as this: Fundamentally, an organization must ask why it exists (purpose), examine how it interacts with the outside world (service) and then find that sweet spot where purpose and service meet. Remembering our purpose reignites our passion to stay focused on the bigger picture of our client's well-being. As a good reminder, place these tips somewhere you can easily see them often: 1. Remember the five senses (taste, touch, sight, smell, hearing). 2. Design projects as if you are designing for a family member. 3. Create a professional mission statement. 4. Embrace the responsibility of how you affect the lives of your clients. 5. Reconnect with your resting place, slow down, and design with purpose. As an NKBA-Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, I encourage you to find all the education you need on these topics. When I retire, I want to leave knowing I helped create a better quality of life for my clients and designed with purpose. n March 2014 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com - Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, CAPS, is the owner of Timeless Kitchen Design in Seattle, Wash. http://www.Servicewithpurpose.net http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - March 2014

KBB - March 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Industry Viewpoint
Dealer Dish
Universal Design
Solutions
Trends
KBIS 2014 and Design & Construction Week
Products
Design
Ocean Oasis
Coastal kitchen acquires more space and customization
There and Back
Last Word

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