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I wandered about our very inspirational design quarter today looking for something new and different for pool tile. Of course I went to all my old hunts and some new ones. At Westside Tile I found Mathew daydreaming on a foggy, overcast Monday morning. He brightened up immediately when I told him I needed to find something new and different for a pool tile. We brainstormed and wandered about their wonderful showroom and settled on tiles from Encore Ceramics. Something unique, colorful and inspirational.
I have probably shared this experience many times, but it still amazes me that the script remains unchanged even after many, many years.
Tonight was the unveiling of a condo project that I have been working on with a client whose main residence is on the East Coast. And yes there is a spectacular view of both the lights of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean from the high rise condo. We transformed the dated, traditional residence into a very 2015 contemporary look. Think gray wood floors and light gray walls, with white kitchen cabinets, medium gray Radianz counter tops, Italian marble spa bathrooms, soft, filmy sheers covering the floor to ceiling glass exterior wall. Furniture and furnishings are gray and white with accents of sea foam green.
But now to the point of the unveiling. The client arrived – suitcase, purse, briefcase [successful business woman] in hand and her very first words “WOW” this is spectacular, sexy and romantic. As always happens, this is the best part, before she put down her suitcase, purse, briefcase she wandered through the entire space with continuous “WOWS”. I will sleep well tonight knowing that we made another client happy and made us happy TOO for our success.
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In recent years we have experienced what I consider designer bashing. And it is something, as designers, we need to be aware of, prepared for and know how to deal with on a daily basis. The bashing can take many forms from accusations of incompetence, errors, lack of communication, over-charging and incorrect accounting practices to mention just some of the bashing experiences.
The first thing to deal with is the preventive medicine for this bashing. It is about effectively managing your business and your projects. It is about correct documentation and SIGNATURE approvals on EVERY item and aspect of a design project. With a client’s signature approval you have effectively prevented any form of accusation and thus combating the bashing. Fortunately we have a social media world with e-mail documentation, save them and use them to your advantage. At the same time, remember whatever you put in writing, lasts FOREVER. And finally, be strong and straight forward in your communication. Fortunately, the client is not always right, even though they may think they are since they are writing the checks. Be honest, but do not allow yourself to be bashed just for the sake of keeping a project – we are better than that. If you are professional and conduct your projects and your business with that in mind, you can always combat the designer bashing.
Stand up and be counted, together we can change this unfair aspect of our business which occurs with too much frequency.
I have been reading a great deal of commentary on the Interior Designer. Who are Interior Designers, what do they do, should we hire one and on and on. It appears that we have become a prime focus and are being scrutinized from many different directions.
I believe this is occurring because we have suddenly become so visible due to what is being observed on television programming. It appears that many cannot discern between the true professional interior designer and the television interior designer star. Television is drama and that is what you see on these programs. Abusive behavior is prominent because it sells to the television audience. Flea market shopping for junk that is then passed off and sold as meaningful antique pieces. It is very unfortunate behavior by a limited number of spotlight seeking individuals passing themselves off as interior designers. As a professional interior designer, each of you should do whatever you can through educating and demonstrating that we are not those who purport that is the norm for our profession. Let’s all stand up and demonstrate the true integrity of our profession. I so look forward to hearing your experiences with this topic.
An interior designer’s creativity is stimulated to reality in many ways. “Heightened awareness” is what I find does the most for my own creativity. Also high on the list are the observations and comments by other successful interior designers. My favorite designer is Billy Baldwin and I find myself often going to my well worn copies of his books when I need inspiration. But in my constant quest by consuming every interior design magazine on the market, I find many quotes that are thought provoking, sometimes validating and always inspiring.
Some recent ones:
“During any given decorating commission, a designer can end up wearing a variety of hats: adviser, confident, marriage counselor, if the planets are aligned and the practitioner is especially talented”
“I strive for a place to feel lived in and settled, it shouldn’t look like a decorator just installed it.”
“As in dressing, you want things to feel layered and less than perfect.”
“Art brings a heartbeat to a home like nothing else. It’s so personal and subjective.”
“A room goes through its awkward stage, then its ugly stage, until eventually – hopefully – it gets to its beautiful stage.”
I would love to hear some quotes that inspire you in the same way so please share.
BRIZO will be launching a new line of plumbing fixtures, ROOK, at the KBIS event in Las Vegas on January 19 – 22, 2015. I have been selected to design the bathroom display at their booth. Stand by for full disclosures of the design and ROOK series.