Help! Where do I begin?

‘Help! Where do I begin?’ is a plea that Kate Yurgelun, Interior Designer at Feinmann Design|Build , hears  from clients who visit our showroom in Lexington.  Tile, moulding, fixtures, stone, wood and granite offerings can be overwhelming. To better help our clients craft their custom palette during the concept stage of renovating their home, Kate developed Project Baskets for our showroom. Each basket features samples from all the elements we have used in crafting bathrooms, kitchens and more. It’s a great way to begin the conversation that will ultimately define their style and vision for their home. Kate talks more about the process of choosing materials below…

Kate with the Project Baskets in our Lexington showroom

Many clients find it overwhelming to make decisions on all the parts and pieces needed to put together their new remodeling project. Kitchens and bathrooms can often be the hardest rooms to design because of all the choices that are available. Choosing countertops, tile, fixtures, lighting, wood finish, paint color…it can be a very daunting process! The hardest part is picturing how all your selections will look once they are pulled together, and whether or not they will work to create a beautiful design. Everyone has flipped through magazines and found kitchen designs that they love, but looking at a picture is different from actually being able to see the granite counter top or feeling the texture of the tile.

While we are working with a new client, we start by creating their own personal basket to store their favorite tiles, countertops, inspirational photos, etc.  As we gather samples, we put their selections aside for them to refer to each time they visit. Not only does this help us to stay organized with our client’s selections, but it’s a great way for people to see what others have come up with for their projects, and what materials work well together.  The baskets which we keep on display show a photograph of a completed design from a recent project, and the array of different materials we used, even down to what faucet we used. It’s a fun way to play with ideas and collect samples, while also getting a chance to see what other people are choosing for their project, and comparing the actual materials to the photographs.

As a designer, it makes it easier to offer suggestions for materials when I can get a sense of the client’s overall style, and helps to make the overall selection process more manageable. The baskets are a way of organizing the infinite possibilities and creating a design that is unique to each client, while incorporating ideas and inspiration from others.

Kate recently moved back to her native New England after spending six years in Washington DC and Virginia, where  she completed the Interior Design program at James Madison University. She enjoys shopping for antiques and that ‘one unique piece that can inspire a design concept for a whole room’. Kate can be reached at