Spend 3 weeks tearing out magazine pages from all the design mags. Filed by room or color or style of project. Schedule meeting with client for the following week and THEN start talking about what direction to go.
Go on HOUZZ and create an ideabook for my client. HOUZZ is my new favorite tool for Designing With a Deadline. I love how I can create a folder of looks and my client can do the same. If my client has created an ideabook in preparation of our appointment, we have shaved 3 weeks off of our timeline. How great is that?