A Reality Check

Every month I glance at the little star indicating Favorites on the right side of my task bar when I am on the internet.  I linger on it, knowing underneath it lies the quick link to my blog, and a vast canvas of the internet onto which I may paint my thoughts through words and pictures.

But I have been resisting.  You see, these last 17 months of design work with my boss and mentor, Gretchen, have taught me a ton about what design is really like.  In the real world, we don’t enter a room and rip it apart, saying “that comes down, move that back, throw that out.”  Many, many, many times we are working with what is already in the home, making slight changes and modifications to the actual shell, and polishing it off with some killer finishes.  It’s a delicate balance between creativity and budget, with a whole bunch of the homeowner’s personal preferences mixed into it.

Knowing this, I have been surprised by some of the imagery I see on social media platforms.  One of the things I do for my boss is manage the shop’s Instagram account.  I have learned how intentional you need to be to maintain a professional account.  Taking the time to learn how to do it correctly has made the feed that much stronger, and in looking back at the lessons I have learned as an assistant, I believe that’s the whole point of the whole freaking thing…take the time to learn to do it right.  Anything.  Anything you want to do.  Learn about it, then do it.

Here is the reality…in order to use the title Professional Interior Designer, you need 60 hours of industry specific education at a minimum, followed by 2-3 years on-the-job experience with a certified firm, and then you need to sit for three sections of a three hour each test.  Then you get your license.  If you are considering hiring an Interior Designer, these are things you can expect to see.  There are also Designers that have been in the industry so long that their portfolio speaks for itself.  The point is, in reality, there aren’t any inexperienced Interior Designers.  There’s only inexperienced people calling themselves Interior Designers.  I don’t want to be one of those.

So I took a step back, and refined my digital vision.  I know I have a voice that I want to share, and at the very least, tips I learn at work (ie, we are installing drapes at half an inch off of the floor now, instead of quarter inch.  Few rooms are large enough to have the angle to see the casing behind it, and you never have any section of the drape pooling on the ground)  I am looking forward to a productive 2020, graduating with my Associates in Interior Design, and sharing the real deal here on my blog…have a great February!

Published by Kate Scheck

Interior Design Student

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