In-Depth: During the Break

March 31, 2017

It is the week after spring break, making it the perfect time to write about my In-Depth project. During spring break, I was able to make a lot of progress with my project in terms of the tasks that I must complete, as well as my relationship with my mentor.

In today’s blog post, I will be explaining some of the tasks that I have worked on over the course of spring break, and also sharing a conversation that I had with my mentor, in regards to the six hats, from How to Have a Beautiful Mind. I will also be sharing my reflection on the month of March, and the goals that I have for the month of April.

Progress Report 

During spring break, I was able to complete quite a few different floor plans due to the increased amount of free time that I was given. The floors plans I created include my concept plan, electrical plan, and furniture plan.

For the concept plan, I created two different sketches because I wanted to experiment with different ideas, which is something that my mentor and I had discussed previously in one of our meetings. The reason why it is effective to create a variety of sketches is because sometimes the best ideas are hidden in the sketches that are least logical. In the end; I chose to implement the second concept sketch that I created.

As for the electrical plan, I only created one sketch because the plan is not idea-based but rather fact-based. This is because the electrical plan shows the arrangement of lights and power outlets in the room. This plan was one of the easier plans to create because it did not require much creative thinking; however, the plan was still really fun to sketch out because I was able to learn a variety of symbols that I did not know about before.

The final plan that I created over spring break was my furniture plan. Similarly to the concept plan, I created two different sketches for this plan because I wanted to see what different ideas that I could come up with for the layout of my furniture pieces. In the end, I decided to go forward with the furniture plan that I had created first, and my room is currently starting to take shape around that plan.

In addition to the plans that I created, over the break, I went on various shopping trips. During my shopping trip with Renee and Weijin, I purchased a beautiful map of Paris, that matches the colour scheme of my bedroom. Although I have not yet purchased a frame, I hope to use a wooden frame. I believe that this map will be a perfect addition to my proposed gallery wall.

I also went furniture shopping with my dad. Although I did not purchase anything new on this trip, it helped me to be inspired and develop a shopping list of items that I will need to purchase for the completion of my room.

Here is the list that I have created.

  1. White, queen-sized duvet
  2. Pillows
  3. Lounge chair
  4. White filing cabinet
  5. Wall decorations, including art prints and frames

My dad will be providing the money to buy the filing cabinet and the duvet; however, I have decided to pay for the rest of the items myself. This is somewhat problematic for me because I am unsure if I will be able to cover all the costs. Hopefully, I will be able to stick to my budget and purchase all the items that I need before the end of this project.


During spring break, I had to say goodbye to Vanessa, a valued member of the TALONS program, and a loving friend. Before she left, she gave me a letter and dried flowers that would match my room. I have incorporated the dried flowers as a decoration piece for my room. This piece lays above my wardrobe and in front of my mirror. Thank you, Vanessa ♡.

The SiHats

Now, I will be writing about my relationship with my mentor, in regards to the six hats concept from How to Have a Beautiful Mind.

Below, I have transcribed a conversation from that meeting that we had last week and have identified which hats are related to the things that we said.

Conversation with Mentor 

Sydney: I finished two different concept sketches during the last week and I was wondering if you could give me your feedback on it. (Blue hat)

Mentor: Yes, of course, let me take a look.

Sydney: I made two different ones like you had suggested because I wanted to see if my second idea may contribute to a better sketch.  (Red hat)

Mentor: I like how you made the sketch really simple because the concept sketch is supposed to be more general. By making the concept sketch more general, it becomes easier for people to take one glance at it and understand your design. (Yellow hat)

Sydney: Thank you, I thought that it would be best to keep it simple because my furniture sketch can go into more details. (Red hat)

Mentor: One thing that you should do is add a closet symbol instead of labelling it as a closet because it will make the sketch look less cluttered and more professional. (White hat)

Sydney: Oh right, thanks for the suggestions.

Mentor: If you go online, you will be able to find a lot of different sources of symbols that are used in interior design, you can use those symbols in your sketches to make them look more professional. You will need to use symbols for your electrical sketch. (White hat)  

30 minutes later.

Mentor: Did you have any other ideas for your room that you wanted to share? (Green hat)

Sydney: I had an idea recently for the corner of my room that’s near my bed but I’m unsure about it right now. (Red hat) I wanted to make it into a reading area and have a comfortable lounge chair, maybe a table that could double as a bedside table and a gallery wall extending from the table to the lounge chair. The problem here is I’m not sure if the corner will look too cluttered compared to the rest of the room if I have my gallery wall there as well. (Black hat)

Mentor: It might be a bit cluttered, but I’m having trouble visualising it right now. I think that the chair and table is a good idea, though. (Black hat) The thing about the gallery wall is it quite easy to move art pieces around when you actually assemble the room together, so if you don’t like it looks in the corner, you could move it to a different wall. (Yellow hat)

Sydney: Oh that’s right. I guess I could also work on some elevation drawings to try to visualise it better, and I could show them to you at our next meeting. (Yellow hat)

Mentor: I think that would be a good idea. (Red hat)


Transcribing and interpreting the conversation above with the use of the six hats has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the conversation that I had with my mentor.

I really appreciate the six hats that have been introduced to me because they have allowed me to think in a different, and elevated, way. By using the six hats during everyday conversations, I have noticed that my conversations are often more engaging, interesting and effective.

March Reflection and April Goals

All in all, I believe March was a very productive month for my In-Depth project because I was able to meet all the goals that I had set for myself in previous blog posts. In addition to this, my mentor and I were able to further develop our relationship through the meetings that took place during spring break.

For April, my main goal is to finish my mood board. I will also be working on my 3D model during this month and hope to have the base completed by the end of the month. In addition to this, I plan to have at least two more meetings with my mentor by the end of April.

Overall, I feel that my project is progressing quite well, and most importantly, I am having a lot of fun with it.

I am looking forward to the experiences that my In-Depth project will continue to bring me during the month of April!

Until next time,


One thought on “In-Depth: During the Break”

  1. Please bring in your sketches to show me in person. Do you think you will be able to get your bedroom finished before in-depth? Do you have one piece that is the focal point for your whole room?

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