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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!

Industry Support

Why Use an Interior Designer?

A beautifully functioning home makes you feel good.  But how do you achieve that ‘beautiful function’?

Furniture layout, environmentally healthy finishes, proper lighting levels and placement, appropriate window shading…the list goes on.  Websites and apps make it all seem extremely easy, so much so that it is a failure as a human to NOT have a photoshoot-worthy home.  But the reality of a room that looks amazing in a picture, and one where your family congregates daily, can be dramatically different.  Pinning boards, clipping pictures and making files are all excellent beginnings for the design process, but they are not the entire process.

When you are sick, you see a doctor.  When a pipe breaks in the wall, you call a plumber.  When you look in your living room and say, “You know, I don’t even want to go in there,” you call a designer.  For all of the same reasons, you seek out an individual that has gone to school and trained in the field to learn about this specific obstacle to your happiness.  Designers have studied countless furniture layouts, codes, best practices, you name it, so you don’t have to.  Most likely they have experimented and failed and then succeeded so you don’t have to make that same mistake.  We aren’t curing cancer, but proper lighting can relieve a migraine…that’s something!

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Why use a designer?  To save time and money.  If you sit yourself down and come up with a realistic budget, a good designer will help stick to it.  You will be presented with a few choices, rather than the vast internet of choices, to make the room beautifully functional and totally you.  Regardless of your job title, your time is valuable, and it’s not best spent stumbling around in an industry that an entire segment of the population has already mastered.  Most importantly, you won’t find out the hard way that the sectional is too big for the room!