*** Before reading this post, PLEASE READ THIS “DISCLAIMER”. I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I can be opinionated at times. THIS is one of those times – continue at your own risk. ***
If you are a designer (or any creative type), do you ever look at other’s work and wish they just hadn’t? Seriously, have you ever looked at pictures and thought to yourself “why? WHYYYYYYY?”? No need to answer this outright (although I really would love to know), but just think about it.
As a designer (whether of a room, entire home, tablescape, event space, or even system(s)), I strongly feel like professionals MUST bring something to the table that others cannot. As professionals we are expected to have insight, skills, techniques, insider info, access to deals, something that others do not. I think we all strive to bring something unique to every project we touch, whether low end (i.e. dollar store finds), mid range (i.e. Ikea hacks), or high end (i.e. boutique and gallery masterpieces). So when I see a professional project that looks like anyone could have executed, I get a little upset.
Okay, truth… I get offended and a little angry for a minute. Not simply because of the execution itself, but (bigger picture) because we decorators and designers (especially those of color) have a hard enough time as it is just getting the recognition (and pay) we deserve. In addition, there are so many resources available through networking and mentoring that there really is no reason (i.e. excuse) for sub-par design; when in doubt, ask a fellow designer. So when these things happen, I KNOW that if I am thinking a design is not that great or even good, others (potential clients) are likely thinking it too; AND they are also likely saying to themselves something like “that’s why I’d never pay for someone to come do blah blah blah for me. I can do that“.
Indeed, if everyone could do it, we would not have fulfilling and successful careers. If there is one thing I have learned, it’s everyone is a designer until it comes time to get to work.
Rant over…… HAPPY DECORATING, DESIGNING DIVAS!