Welcome to my new blog. I’ve been thinking for weeks about my first post and finally decided to just tell you a little about myself and the work that I do. It’s common for people to think that I am a “decorator” and that what I do is help people choose fabrics for drapery and furniture and select wall colors. However, my work is so much more complex. I design “retreat” spaces. What do I mean by “retreat” spaces. Well, I mean that I design hospitality spaces for commercial clients however, a very rewarding aspect of my work is designing for residential clients.
I believe that one’s home is a retreat from the outside world. It is the place that we spend the majority of our time, the place we begin and end our day. That place should be special and should be a reflection of you and who you are. It should make you feel safe, comfortable, relaxed and at ease. At times, it should also make you feel vibrant, alive and fun.
Designing for my residential clients is interesting, challenging and fun because the look and feel of a home is such a personal preference. Each of my clients have different needs for the functionality of their home. While they hire me for my aesthetic, they also hire me for my analytical abilities to help them plan their space.
A huge factor in designing a space is budget. A common misconception is that designers are too expensive and that we specify only custom designed furniture. My belief is that the benefits of good design should be available to all. My clients are average, everyday families desiring to enhance their home life. They do not have unlimited budgets and they do not re-design their home every 2 years.
To put things in perspective, I will tell you about a current project I am designing. At the moment I am helping a couple with a complete home renovation. They are a couple with adult children who are both out of the house, married and looking to expand the family with grandchildren. The couple has lived in their home for 40 years and has never renovated the interior. As they move into their retirement years and begin welcoming grandchildren, their desire was to create a space that would function better for their changing needs, allow them to relax more at home and enjoy opening up their home to entertaining.
The couple has worked hard over the years and has saved their money for this renovation. As you can imagine, it has been an emotional process for everyone. Whole home renovations bring about an exorbitant amount of change, which can be a very trying process. Needless to say, it was important to take time in making decisions and ensure that everyone involved was happy with selections. The renovation is so important to this family and rightfully so. They are doing this once, no second takes. That is why it was so important to hire an interior designer. They needed someone to help them visualize their space, someone to help them choose products in budget and someone to help oversee the construction process. They weren’t driven by the materiality that the design world can portray, they were driven to find design elements that were pleasing to them within budget, that would suit their needs.
This has been such a satisfying process for me because at the end of each day, I know that I am leaving a lasting impression on this family. Their lives will be forever changed by the work that we’ve done together. They will soon have a home that will allow them to grow old gracefully with their changing needs. Just knowing that I have been able to touch their lives in such a special way, is as rewarding as it gets.