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My Design Bag

The last few weeks have found me super busy managing several design projects, working on shoots with Turner Studios, and feverishly working to make Room Service Atlanta the success it’s meant to be.  Things are busy, par usual, but very exciting.  I was told at the beginning of the year that I needed an assistant and didn’t believe it, but I’m starting to believe it now! With so many projects going on, I rely heavily on my trusty LL Bean bag that I use as my design bag, and it has become my life. Here’s a look at what lies within:

The bag I take everywhere and use as my design bag is the monogrammed LL Bean bag I received as a gift from one of my best friends last year. My bag is the perfect size and super indestructible.

The most important piece, my composition book.  I’m a list girl.  I love making a list and naturally gravitate towards them. After Erica & Nicole talked about Teux Deux, I tried to use it for awhile, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction of picking up a pen crossing an item off your to-do list. My comp book holds all my pertinent client info, dimensions, details, schedules, notes and the like. It’s so great to be able to pull it out and see all of their design info neatly recorded, plus the modern comp book designs, college-ruled paper, dirt cheap price and  make it a no-brainer.

I love me some paint, so you should know that I love a paint deck.  I keep 4 paint fan decks on hand because I like to make sure I have the spectrum at my fingertips for my client’s choosing.  My go-to paint manufacturers are Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Porter, and Pratt & Lambert (such rich, vibrant shades!). If you have a P&L retailer near you, consider yourself lucky.  The store based in Atlanta is the only one in the Southeast!!!

Using the right pen is like wearing your church clothes–you know you look good, so it makes you walk taller and talk smarter.  Since I keep all my info in my books, I like to make sure that my writing isn’t slopped all over the page, and writing with a good pen definitely helps! My view is that they don’t have to be expensive, but it should write well, feel good, and have a nice, dark ink.  For me, a good Bic with a nice ballpoint does the trick every time!

Headphones to go with my iPhone4 are essential, because last minute scheduling changes mean I sometimes spend my time waiting for people (clients, lines, etc). Rather than get annoyed, I try to keep my headphones on hand so I can watch downloaded episodes of shows like Law & Order: Trial By Jury & Make It Or Break It while I wait. Totally makes being inconvenienced not so inconveniencing.

There’s nothing better than finding the perfect something at a right now price. There’s nothing worse than realizing you can’t buy said item because you don’t know if it will fit because you don’t have your measuring tape on hand! My Stanley measuring tape isn’t light, but it’s 25′ and doesn’t snap on your fingers when you reel it in. Now what’s not to like about that?

Now it’s your turn–tell me about the must have item in your design bag. Any essential I’m missing out on?


8 Comments on My Design Bag

  1. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    March 28, 2011 at 8:05 am (8 years ago)

    What about a camera for taking shots of your work, ideas you come across or possible items you run across on shopping trips?

  2. Erika Ward
    March 28, 2011 at 9:54 am (8 years ago)

    your pen and church clothes analogy made me laugh out loud! one thing i also like to have in my bag is grid paper. call me elementary, but it really helps me in sketching my floor plans. wish i had my pad with me last friday!

  3. Dayka (Life +Style)
    March 28, 2011 at 10:01 am (8 years ago)

    @karen: Yes, of course! I actually keep my camera in my purse, which is why I didn’t include it on the list. I also have an iphone, so in the event my camera is dead, it definitely comes in handy!

  4. Dayka (Life +Style)
    March 28, 2011 at 10:01 am (8 years ago)

    @karen: Yes, of course! I actually keep my camera in my purse, which is why I didn’t include it on the list. I also have an iphone, so in the event my camera is dead, it definitely comes in handy!

  5. Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    March 28, 2011 at 10:33 am (8 years ago)

    Just recently, I have been carrying my iPad. I can show inspiration photos, furniture selections, even design boards to clients without all the clutter of my tattered magazines and catalogs!

    Love the Leverlock tape, I have the same one!

    Take care!

  6. Mrs. Chic
    March 28, 2011 at 11:42 am (8 years ago)

    For sure pen and paper are a must, my camera, mini measuring tape, paint chips and fabric swatches are a must!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 9:30 am (8 years ago)

    Some good lightweight drugs are essential so when a client is pissing me off I have the patience to with hold any slapping and pinching. Other than that you list is pretty similar to mine.

  8. LiveLaughDecorate
    June 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Haha. Great list and that 25″ measuring tape is heavy as all hell but is so mandatory. Ditto on the notebook. There’s just something about being able to mark something off that list. Also agree with Sherry re: drugs. I’d add a bottle of something clear (interpret as you will) to sip on for when the clients work a nerve or two. An I-phone charger is also critical. Nothing worse than a dead phone when you’re out running around.


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